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Giving to the Graduate College

Funding Priorities

Make a Difference to Graduate Students @ Illinois - Funding Priorities

  1. Increase Fellowships and Scholarships
  2. Provide for Scholarly Travel
  3. Broaden Participation
  4. Support Greatest Needs

Message from the dean

Graduate education matters. It is critically important to the success of all research universities.  In the rapidly changing environment of higher education, research, and technology, graduate education matters perhaps more than ever before. Through research, scholarship, creative work and community engagement, it trains students to address the world's most pressing problems for the future of humanity.

Recruiting, retaining, and graduating the very best and brightest graduate students is a top priority and why Illinois remains a premier land grant institution with global impact.

I hope that these stories of our students, alumni, and friends will inspire you to support Illinois’ best and brightest graduate students through a gift to the Graduate College.

With warm appreciation,

Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, PhD
Dean, Graduate College
Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Professor in Applied Health Science

Then and Now

Founded in 1892, the Graduate College is the hub of graduate education on campus. Since that time, more than 180,000 alumni have earned their master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Today we have:

  • More than 10,000 degree-seeking graduate students are enrolled
  • 139 master's degree programs
  • 93 doctoral degree programs
  • 20 fully online degree programs

We are:

  • 6th nationally in number of earned doctorates
  • 10th nationally for number of earned doctorates by underrepresented minorities