Alumni & Campus Stories

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The early years

Its beginnings were modest. When Illinois Industrial University opened its doors on March 2, 1868, the campus—if one could call it that—occupied a muddy pasture in the prairie town of Urbana. That day, the...


Full spectrum

Chalk it up to fickleness, finickiness or just plain indecision. It wasn’t until 1894, more than a quarter century after its founding, that the University of Illinois selected orange and blue as its official...