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  • Al Ronan at podium

    UIC Athletics announces third-largest endowed scholarship

    The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Athletics Department announced today a $250,000 commitment from football letter winner and two-time alumnus Al Ronan ('69 & '70) to establish the Al Ronan Family UIC Athletics Scholarship Fund.

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    UIC creates program for students with intellectual disabilities

    The University of Illinois Chicago announced a $2.5 million grant to develop an accredited postsecondary two-year certificate program aimed at preparing people with intellectual disabilities for employment opportunities.

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    iBSW Chicago Program

    This two-year program allows community college graduates to complete University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign BSW degrees while residing in Chicago, through a combination of hybrid and online courses and metropolitan-area based internships.

  • Four Black students smiling around a table

    DuSable Scholars Program aims to increase number of students of color in STEM

    In an effort to bolster the number of Black and Latino students studying STEM-related fields, the University of Illinois Chicago has established a merit-based scholarship program within the College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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    New tech boot camps at UIC

    To meet the demand for cyber-security and coding professionals, the University of Illinois At Chicago and Fullstack Academy are rolling out a new tech boot camp. 

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    American Talent Initiative

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has joined the American Talent Initiative, a coalition of top universities committed to enhancing the recruitment, enrollment and graduation of high-achieving lower- and moderate-income students. More...

  • Raymond Harshorne and James Plunkard in suits in front of office building

    UIC fellowship aimed at increasing diversity among architecture students

    Raymond Hartshorne and James Plunkard have committed $500,000 to the University of Illinois Chicago’s School of Architecture to create an endowed fellowship aimed at increasing diversity among students obtaining a UIC architecture education at the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts.

  • Ida B. Wells

    Ida B. Wells Scholarship Fund announced at UIC

    A new University of Illinois Chicago scholarship honoring the groundbreaking African American journalist and civil rights leader Ida B. Wells will serve Chicago Public Schools and Archdiocese of Chicago students.

  • UIC campus

    UIC is No. 3 in ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ ranking

    The University of Illinois Chicago stands out as one of the “Best Bang for the Buck” institutions in the Midwest, according to the 2020 edition of Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings, which were released this week.

  • Mexican flag & I-MMAS logo

    New initiative to increase Mexican enrollment, partnerships

    U of I System President Tim Killeen recently launched an initiative to expand connections with Mexico, seeking to increase enrollment of Mexican students as well as academic and research partnerships with universities, government agencies and private industry in Mexico.

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    UIC named top school in the Midwest for diversity, No. 6 in U.S.

    The University of Illinois at Chicago ranks highest in the Midwest for the diversity of its students and faculty in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. 

  • Female teacher of color in front of classroom

    UIS partners with school district to support diverse workforce pipeline

    The University of Illinois Springfield School of Education has partnered with Springfield School District 186 to support the district’s new Diverse Workforce Pipeline Program to increase the number of diverse teachers in classrooms.

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    DPI Launches First Apprenticeship Program with Cognizant

    The Discovery Partners Institute’s Pritzker Tech Talent Labs is launching its first apprenticeship program in partnership with global professional services leader Cognizant, aimed at advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech industry.

  • students on campus

    Extension to ACES scholarships

    University of Illinois Extension and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences(ACES) are now offering up to 54 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. More...

  • Latina students in caps and gowns

    $5M grant to support national initiative in Latino humanities studies

    The University of Illinois Chicago has been awarded a three-year, $5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a national initiative in Latino humanities studies called “Crossing Latinidades: Emerging Scholars and New Comparative Directions.”

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    Environmental Leadership Program prepares students to be sustainability leaders

    The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is a cutting-edge program launched by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The program is designed to prepare Illinois undergraduates for leadership roles in the sustainability field.

  • Sarun “Mac” Chanprung

    Why this first-generation student chose UIC

    Sarun "Mac" Chanprungf from Buffalo Grove is the first in his family to graduate from college, earning his kinesiology degree close to home at University of Illinois Chicago.

  • College of Medicine campus

    UIC College of Medicine decreases tuition

    The University of Illinois College of Medicine will reduce its tuition rates for all students, beginning with the 2020-21 academic year to address the rising indebtedness of medical students upon graduation. More...

  • Nursing students working on mannequin

    UIS/UIC guaranteed pathway to UIC nursing degree

    UIC and UIS have announced the creation of a joint undergraduate nursing curriculum that will guarantee a spot for incoming freshmen in UIC’s highly ranked nursing program.

  • Asian students smiling holding a photo frame around their faces

    UIC awarded grant to support initiatives for Asian American and Pacific Islander students

    For the fourth time since 2010, the University of Illinois Chicago has received the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority-Serving Institutions program.

  • UIC circle logo statue on campus

    $1.2M NIH grant backs UIC, Malcolm X College biomedical research program

    UIC and Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, have teamed up for a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support undergraduate students training in biomedical research during the last two years of their studies.

  • Young black female smiling in front of buildings in Chicago

    New UIC fellowship aims to diversify architectural community

    Martina Smith is the first recipient of the Hartshorne and Plunkard Fellowship, a new annual award given to a UIC architecture graduate student which aims to diversify the talent pipeline into the architectural profession.

  • woman at laptop

    U of I System excels in online program rankings

    Online programs at all three universities in the University of Illinois System have been recognized in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings. More...

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    U of I System excels in online program rankings

    Online programs at all three universities in the University of Illinois System have been recognized in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings. 

  • Alma mater statue in graduation gear

    UIUC a top producer of young executives in Midwest

    UIUC is listed as the No. 2 university producing young executives in the Midwest. Between 2011 and 2021, the university saw an increase from 2.4 percent to 5.9 percent of recent graduates working in an executive role. 

  • artist rendering of proposed DPI

    DPI's IWERC awarded $1M for computer science education research

    The Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC) at the Discovery Partners Institute has been awarded $1 million to research computer science education in Illinois with the aim of helping schools meet new statewide requirements and recruit more women and people of color into the major at Illinois universities.

  • Black man teaching at white board

    Preparing CPS educators to teach next generation of biomedical engineers

    The UIC College of Engineering and College of Education have received a $538,237 federal grant to continue a summer biomedical engineering program that has trained 27 Chicago Public Schools science teachers over the last five years. 

  • future home of DPI

    DPI Partners with OneTen to Advance Black Talent in Illinois

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) has been inducted into the OneTen employer partner network, a coalition of leading CEOs and their companies aiming to upskill, hire, and advance one million Black individuals without four-year degrees over the next decade.

  • parent taking pic of graduate on mobile phone

    Report shows recent Illinois graduates succeeding despite pandemic

    The seventh annual Illini Success report released today shows that University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduates in summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 found jobs, enrolled in graduate school or began volunteer programs on par with previous years.

  • future home of DPI

    Google to help DPI & Wilbur Wright College build diverse computing pipeline

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Wilbur Wright College are expanding their partnership to develop promising and diverse tech talent in Illinois, focusing on the student journey into computer and data science fields, with support from Google.

  • woman on laptop on kitchen counter with two boys playing in background

    UIS adds new online degree programs and certificates

    The University of Illinois Springfield is offering students more options to advance their education online on their own schedule. Starting in fall 2021, several new fully online degrees and certificates will be added.

  • two masked students studying on the quad

    Test-optional admissions extended for two more years

    The Executive Committee of the University of Illinois System Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a request by the three universities to allow high school students to apply for admission in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years without taking standardized tests.

  • DPI aerial rendering

    DPI and UIC CHANCE Announce Expansion of Digital Scholars Program

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and University of Illinois Chicago (UIC’s) CHANCE program today announced the expansion of its Digital Scholars Program to support and develop promising and diverse tech talent in Illinois.

  • students in a law classroom listening to lecture

    UIS partners with UIC School of Law on expedited degree

    UIS undergraduate students now have the opportunity to earn both their bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years (compared to the typical seven years) thanks to a new agreement with the UIC School of Law.

  • students in library

    U of I System creates new, $36 million financial aid fund

    The University of Illinois System has created a fund that will provide at least $36 million in new, targeted financial aid to help students who are facing increased need now and for the coming academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Alma Mater statue

    I-Ready online camp offered for high school students with autism

    Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at Illinois high school who are on the autism spectrum are encouraged to apply for I-Ready, a virtual summer camp at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

  • Several people gathered around conference table, working

    UIC awarded grant to continue developing CPS leaders

    The UIC Center for Urban Education Leadership has received a $250,000 grant to continue its efforts to assist the Chicago Public Schools’ five-year vision to strengthen its leadership pipeline. 

  • student in front of colorful computer display

    UIC launches online master’s program in artificial intelligence, machine learning

    A new Master of Engineering online degree program will increase access to graduate degrees for working engineers, scientists and managers with strong quantitative backgrounds as well as meet the growing demand for artificial intelligence and machine learning professionals.

  • Female student on laptop

    New virtual summer camp for high schoolers diagnosed with autism

    Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at Illinois high schools who were diagnosed with autism and are considering attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign can explore and prepare for college life through a new virtual summer camp.

  • student working on laptop

    Gies launches fully online, stackable graduate certificates

    Furthering its longstanding commitment to break down barriers to business education, Gies College of Business is launching a pair of fully online, credit-bearing graduate certificates, the first ever offered by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • Reon Gillespie putting on UIC hat and necktie from 2018

    Call Me MISTER graduates hope to inspire, mentor

    The first three students of UIC's Call Me MISTER initiative will graduate from the UIC College of Education May 6, and be one step closer to becoming Chicago-area teachers and mentors to students who look like them.

  • large pack of students look up to the camera

    17 companies tap more than 100 UIC students to tackle tech challenges

    More than 100 women and nonbinary students pursuing undergraduate degrees in computer science, data science and other tech disciplines at the University of Illinois Chicago will team up with 17 Chicago and national companies to help solve technology-related business challenges.

  • teacher helping student at computer

    New center helps HS teachers enable students with significant disabilities gain employment

    The Illinois Center for Transition and Work provides resources and training for special educators and others who are preparing high school students with significant disabilities to work after graduation.

  • UIC campus

    Expanded funding for MAP grants and merit scholarships

    Tim Killeen, president of the U of I System, spoke with the Chicago Tribune about what the increase in state funding means for public higher education. 

  • aerial rendering of future DPI campus

    DPI aims to diversify Chicago's tech sector

    The U of I System-led Discovery Partners Institute's Pritzker Tech Talent Labs are a resource to help increase the diverse supply of tech talent for Chicago-area businesses. DPI Director Bill Jackson writes about why it is so important in an OpEd in Crain's Chicago Business.

  • students on UIC campus

    U of I System universities formalize partnerships with Hope Chicago

    All three U of I System universities are among the 23 institutions that have formalized partnerships with Hope Chicago, the innovative two-generation scholarship program providing college and vocational scholarships to Chicago Public School students and their parents.

  • UIC red circle statue on campus

    UIC becomes founding member of alliance to boost Hispanic opportunity

    The University of Illinois Chicago and 19 of the nation’s top research universities have formed the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities to increase opportunity for those historically underserved by higher education.

  • UIC students crowded around laptop at outdoor table

    $40M donation to support UIC first-gen and low-income students

    The University of Illinois Chicago is the recipient of a $40 million donation from philanthropist and novelist MacKenzie Scott. It is the largest gift from an individual in school history. The funds will provide life-changing support for first-generation and low-income students attending UIC.

  • Young boy with mom or female caregiver outside

    DPI’s IWERC awarded funding to expand research on education issues

    The Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC) at the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) has been awarded a total of $275,000 in funding from three organizations — CME Group Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies —  that will expand IWERC’s research on Illinois education issues.

  • Headline: Expansion of Digital Scholars program

    Discovery Partners Institute, UIC CHANCE expand Digital Scholars

    The Discovery Partners Institute and University of Illinois Chicago (UIC’s) CHANCE program, in partnership with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, announced the expansion of its Digital Scholars Program to support and develop promising and diverse tech talent in Illinois.

    Digital Scholars, now in its third year, is an intensive, free, five-week summer program for high school students and incoming UIC freshmen.