University of Illinois boasts 23 Nobel Prize & 19 Pulitzer Prize winners

Friday, May 23, 2008

A world-class university - Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been committed to excellence in research, teaching, and public engagement. Among the University's most significant resources is its talented and highly respected faculty.

23 Nobel Prizes, 19 Pulitzer Prizes, and more than 80 National Academy of Sciences members - The University of Illinois has produced 23 Nobel Prize faculty and alumni winners, 19 Pulitzer Prize winner, the Crafoord Prize, and counts more than 80 current faculty as members of the National Academy of Sciences. Many faculty members are recognized for their exceptional scholarship, with memberships in the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and  the National Academy of Engineering; and as recipients of the Nobel Prize, Crafoord Prize in Biosciences, Japan Prize, National Medal of Science, Pulitzer Prize, and Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, and MacArthur Fellowships; and by such organizations as the National Endowment for the Humanities, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Academy of Education, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The largest public university library in the world - Academic resources on campus are among the finest in the world. The University Library is one of the largest public university collections in the world, housing more than 10,500,000 volumes, over 6,000,000 manuscripts, periodicals, and other non-print materials, and more than 65,000 journals. In addition to the main library, there are more than 37 departmental libraries and divisions throughout campus, including the largest U.S. engineering library, state-of-the-art agricultural library, and the world-renowned Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The library's computerized cataloging system was the first in the world to serve as the primary access to a large academic library. More than 53,000,000 users worldwide access the online catalog annually. The Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Law Library is the nation's 14th largest and features the complete collection of Blackstone's Commentaries on the Law.

Leading in supercomputing - A world leader in supercomputing design and applications, the University is home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, developer of the internet browser Mosaic(TM), which revolutionized the use of the World Wide Web. Students have access to over 3,500 computer terminals in classrooms, residence halls, and campus libraries. Seventy-six percent of classrooms and over 130 buildings allow wireless connectivity.

Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research - Scholars, both faculty and students, find the University an ideal place to conduct inter- and multidisciplinary research. The most visible example of the University's commitment to such study is the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, where 12 research groups from 30 University departments work within and across three broadly defined themes: biological intelligence, human-computer interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures. Nearly half of the Illinois law faculty have advanced degrees in fields such as medicine, economics, engineering, business, philosophy, political science, and psychology.

Illinois students - The University enrolls more than 30,000 undergraduate students in nine undergraduate divisions, offering over 5,000 courses in more than 150 fields of study. Illinois also welcomes more than 11,000 graduate and professional students in more than 100 programs. It is among the top eight universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually in the United States. The College of Law houses nearly 700 students studying for either a JD, LLM, or JSD degree. For the past four years, the incoming College of Law classes have ranked among the nation's Top 15 based on median LSAT (166) and GPA (3.6).

The arts - A major center for the arts, the campus attracts dozens of nationally and internationally renowned artists each year to its widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Designed by alumnus Max Abramovitz, an architect of New York City's Lincoln Center, the facility has four indoor theaters and an outdoor amphitheater. Together, they host more than 350 performances each year. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, located directly adjacent to the College of Law and ranking second only to the Art Institute of Chicago among Illinois public art museums housing over 9,000 works of art in its permanent collection; and the Spurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture, which holds in its collections approximately 46,000 artifacts from diverse cultures and varied historical time periods.