Dear students:

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the start of the University of Illinois System’s 2019-20 academic year!

Whether you are a new student or in your last year before earning a degree, this is a defining time in your life, filled with change and opportunity. You will spend it as part of a special community of scholars, at universities that each rank best-in-class among their peers.

So make the most of your time.

Find what motivates you. There’s an ocean of academic and extra-curricular opportunities to dive into and explore. Expand your horizons by enrolling in courses or participating in clubs that expose you to new ideas and different perspectives.

Find a mentor. Our extraordinary faculty includes globally respected experts in every field imaginable.

Find an internship, join a service organization or volunteer. These experiences will open doors, unlock hidden interests and talents, and give you a sense of achievement and pride.

Finally, find new friends and have some fun along the way.

A college education is truly transformative, a time-proven pathway to success. What you take from your experiences here will put the life you imagined within reach.

On behalf of our faculty, staff and administration, thank you for choosing the U of I System and I wish you a wonderful academic year.



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