Why Illinois

Ten Reasons to Choose the Arts at Illinois

1 FAA’s programs are highly ranked and accredited by national associations. Top marks were given to programs in Urban and Regional Planning (Chronicle of Higher Education 8; Planetizen 3), Architecture (Design Intelligence 20; U.S. News and World Report 19), Industrial Design (Design Intelligence 4; U.S. News and World Report 10); Landscape Architecture (Design Intelligence 13), Art and Design (U.S. News and World Report 21), Metals and Jewelry (U.S. News and World Report 10), Music (U.S. News and World Report 6), and Theatre (U.S. News and World Report 16).

2 Students enjoy all the benefits of a Big Ten campus—NCAA ranked sports teams, access to the largest public university library in the country, more than one thousand student organizations, and modern recreational facilities—plus small class sizes (typically 30 students or fewer) taught by faculty, not teaching assistants, in a family-like atmosphere.

3 Faculty members earn both professional and teaching distinctions. They have won teaching awards from the university as well as national instruction-focused associations. FAA has Guggenheim fellows, Grammy Award winners, international prize winners, Tony Award winners, and honored practitioners in their fields of expertise.

4 Illinois has the third most recruited undergraduates (Wall Street Journal’s Top 25 Recruiter Picks). Graduates secure internships and employment at Hulu, Intel, Encyclopedia Brittanica, Apple, Orbitz, Teen Vogue, Mitsubishi, and the Mark Morris Dance Group and have performed on network television, Broadway, and concert stages all over the planet.

5 Two world-class cultural institutions—Krannert Art Museum and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts—bring big-city energy and expansive expressions in the arts to campus. Krannert Art Museum displays visiting exhibitions, multimedia installations, photography, and pieces ranging from ancient Greek vases to Andy Warhol’s Marilyn. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts hosts ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival, Pygmalion Music Festival events, and artists such as Diavolo and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

6 The School of Architecture’s academic year in Versailles is the oldest and remains the most distinguished study abroad program for architecture students in the country and will be centered in Barcelona—one of Europe’s most distinguished and modern cultural capitals—beginning in 2014.

7 FAA students forge collaborations with engineering, computer science, and agriculture majors to create sustainable processes, build award-winning Solar Decathlon entries, and imagine interactive multimedia productions.

8 Illinois recruits the most diverse student body in the Big Ten. You will share classes with students from Chicago to China.

9 With distinctive landmarks, it was identified as one of 50 college or university “works of art” by Thomas A. Gaines in The Campus as a Work of Art. Urbana-Champaign is also routinely named a top ten college town in the United States for organizing activities such as Ebertfest and the Illinois Marathon and supporting entrepreneurial activity at the Research Park and Blue Waters.

10 Illinois has the world’s largest alumni network for vast opportunities to make valuable connections. Our alumni are spread across continents, providing a truly global network to support students and recent graduates. Visiting artists and researchers give master classes, engage students in new work, develop innovative projects in the classroom, and build bridges to employers and professional contacts.

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