Champaign, Illinois Colleges and Universities

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Champaign is a city of 84,000 people that is located approximately 130 miles south of Chicago and 120 miles west of Indianapolis in Champaign County, Illinois. Champaign is home to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a four-year university named after the two cities where it is located – Urbana and Champaign. It is also home to Parkland College, a two-year community college that boasts over 18,000 students.

With an academic staff of nearly 3,000 and 42,000 students (32,000 undergraduate and 10, graduate) the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is the largest four-year higher education institution in Illinois and one of the largest universities in the United States. The university is also is home to second-largest university library in the country (also the fifth-largest library in the United States). The university is designated as a research university and is considered by many in academia as a “Public Ivy”, term coined by author Richard Moll, referring to public colleges and universities that provide an Ivy League college experience.

While not as large as the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with an annual enrollment of 18,000 students, Parkland College is still quite large, especially for a community college. Parkland College is the only two-year college in Champaign and a member of the Illinois Community College System. The college is fully accredited and grants Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Engineering Science, Associate in Fine Arts, and Associate in General Studies degrees.

Below you can view profiles for regionally accredited 4-year colleges and universities located in the city of Champaign, Illinois.


University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
601 East John Street
Champaign, IL 61820-5711
main phone: (217) 333-1000
admission phone: (217) 333-0302
admission fax: (217) 244-4614
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign reports a total enrollment of 40,000+ students and provides bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and first professional degrees and programs.


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