History and Traditions

Historical Markers – Virtual Campus Tour

Across the Illinois campus, bronze historical markers commemorate some of the University’s world-changing achievements, discoveries, and creations. This virtual campus tour created by the Office of Public Affairs provides visitors with the incredible stories...


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Alma Mater

Perhaps the most recognizable symbol of the Urbana-Champaign campus is the iconic Alma Mater statue crafted by the renowned sculptor and alumnus Lorado Taft ‘1879. Unveiled on Alumni Day, June 11, 1929, it depicts,...

Student History Project

The UI Histories site was a student project of Kalev Leetaru.  It includes commentary and links to many published sources of historical information about the University of Illinois.  While useful as a general reference, not every...

The Land Grant of 1862

The University of Illinois owes its existence in part to the advocacy of an Illinois educator and the persistence of a Vermont congressman. In 1853, the Illinois General Assembly adopted a resolution, drafted by...


Memory Lane

Click on the images below to read about events in University of Illinois history.