The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the state's classic land grant university, dedicated to its traditional excellence in education, research, and public engagement, and driven to innovate in each of these missions.
More than 2,500 Urbana-Champaign faculty members lead more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students in a process of discovery and learning in 17 colleges and schools and more than 150 research centers and labs. The Urbana campus faculty and alumni are internationally renowned. Many faculty members have been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Thirteen Nobel laureates have served on the faculty. In October, 2003, Illinois became only the third American public university, and the eleventh institution in the world, ever to have two Nobel Prizes (in different fields) awarded to members of its faculty in the same year. Eleven alumni have also won Nobels.