Alumni & Campus Stories

Emma Mercier

Cyberlearning

Two little girls stand side by side in a virtually empty room, gleefully gyrating their arms. The room is “virtually” empty because the girls have a companion of sorts, a computer-simulated robot illuminated in...

GreenStreet and Springfield Avenue

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...

Learning and labor

The University of Illinois’ history is reflected in our nation’s history. Founded in 1867 as Illinois Industrial University, it traces its origins back before statehood. In 1787, Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance, which established...