A University of Distinction – With Illinois: The Campaign for Illinois
Campaign Priority A University of Distinction

With Ambition

The Morrow Plots

cultivating a culture of excellence

At Illinois, we pride ourselves on fostering an academic atmosphere that is unafraid to pursue what may seem impossible.

Our scholars collaborate across disciplines, and our undergraduates are welcomed into labs. It is important that we come together with open minds if we are going to fully engage with our future and fully understand our past.

During this campaign, donor support of unrestricted funds, such as a college’s annual fund or the Chancellor’s Fund, has allowed us to pivot and provide flexible financial support quickly, as when our faculty came together to develop an emergency ventilator during the early days of the pandemic.

These gifts give us the ability to be nimble and respond to pressing needs so we can preserve our ambitious culture and continue to feed that exceptional energy.

Next time you visit campus, don’t be surprised if you sit next to a Nobel Prize winner on the bus, or stand in line for lunch behind a MacArthur Fellow, or walk past a student on the Quad who will, one day, write the Great American Novel or discover the compound that revolutionizes cancer care.

Anything is possible, With Illinois.

Our distinctive reputation continues to set us apart

Students head into class at the Campus Instructional Facility (CIF).

Students head into class at the Campus Instructional Facility (CIF).

During the With Illinois Campaign generous donors named three of our academic colleges–the Gies College of Business, The Grainger College of Engineering, and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. These investments in our top-ranked programs reflect the pride of being associated with an elite school, as well as the trust in what our students and faculty can achieve in the future. Across campus, donors also helped create a number of centers that focus resources for research and teaching in areas such as journalism, law, and computer engineering. Add to that various newly created awards, lecture series, and professional development programs for students. This web of programming and support helps elevate our entire campus, allowing us to remain a place where there are no boundaries to what is possible.

  • $851+ millionraised for unrestricted funds, providing flexibility to meet Illinois’ priorities

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