Investing in our greatest resource—people
We are consistently awed by how our alumni, students, and faculty engage with the world. They break boundaries and stand up for the rights of all. They dive deep into the oceans and set their sights on the moon. They travel the world in service to humankind, and they also help communities closer to home prosper and thrive.
But they can’t—and don’t—do this alone. Donor support of scholarship funds, named faculty positions, and department chairs enriches the educational experience and attracts the most promising scholars to our university. These gifts open doors to a culture of excellence from which these brilliant minds challenge, collaborate, create, question, test, test again, rewrite, and, most of all, wonder. There are no boundaries to what is possible at Illinois. And when these scholars leave Illinois, they bring that sense of possibility with them wherever they go.
When you invest in Illinois, you invest in our collective future. The power to impact the world is within each of us, and your gifts empower us all.
an illinois education is more accessible than ever
We value access. We value collaboration. We value the people who come together to make this place exceptional. During the With Illinois Campaign, donors have been incredibly generous with their support of our students, faculty, and staff. Creating scholarship funds, immersive student experiences, fellowships, and named faculty positions enrich the educational experience and attract the most promising scholars to our university.
In 2019, we launched the Illinois Commitment program, which covers tuition and fees for up to four years for all qualified in-state students. This past academic year, 30% of the incoming class were Illinois Commitment recipients, and this program has impacted over 3,900 families from 88 counties around the state. Our commitment to make the university more affordable for its students is now even more possible, thanks in part to donor support.
$664+ millionraised for student support
2,750+ new fundscreated for student scholarships, fellowships, and faculty positions
$100+ millionraised for professorships, chairs, and other faculty support