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Prospective graduate students who wish to visit campus should contact the graduate admissions coordinator in the desired department to set up an individual visit.

Prospective students from under-represented groups in engineering are encouraged to apply to the MERGE recruitment event. If you have any problems connecting with a department to schedule an individual campus visit, please email

Discover Champaign-Urbana

Champaign-Urbana is a micro-urban community with a small-town feel while sacrificing no big-city advantages.

Quick Facts About Champaign-Urbana

  • Centrally located between three major cities: Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis
  • More than 100,000 local residents in addition to the university student body
  • Global options typically not found in cities of similar size such as a wide variety of dining choices, excellent shopping in boutique stores and national chains, a diverse live music scene that continually brings in national and independent acts, and an active visual and performing arts community
  • Award-winning mass transit district, Zipcars, hybrid buses, biofuels, green architects, molecular and electronic nanostructures.
  • Home to major technology and healthcare industries, making Champaign-Urbana a top-10 tech city outside Silicon Valley (Newsweek) and a top "green" city
  • Ranked the No. 4 small city for educated millennials by Business Insider
  • Competitive cost of living compared to other major cities


For a more detailed cost of living comparison, see the Cost of Living Comparison calculator.

Source: Sperling's Best Places