Illinois is the most diverse public university in the Big Ten and offers multiple cultural houses, centers, and programs for its students.
United in Orange: Illinois students come from many different backgrounds and walks of life, but share passions and pursuits.
With students from all 50 states and 118 countries, you are sure to meet people from all backgrounds. In fact, 26% of all Illinois students come from underrepresented populations.
But diversity at Illinois goes beyond that of ethnicity—all the way to the classroom and extra-curricular activities. Whatever your background, interests or future goals, plenty of resources and support exist at Illinois.
For more information about Illinois's diversity check out diversity.illinois.edu.
Cultural Houses and Centers
Japan House: Located on the south end of campus, the Japan House and gardens offer students a peaceful retreat.
The four cultural houses on campus are open to all students and serve to educate and promote appreciation for different backgrounds.
Illinois also offers other centers of international interest, including:
- Japan House – famous for its tea ceremonies
- European Union Center – focuses on teaching, research, and outreach programs about the European Union
- International Coffee House – provides free refreshments and opportunities to talk with professors, other students, and community members about their international experiences
Illinois makes it a priority to encourage an educated and welcoming campus community.
- Academics – take classes in ethnic, religious, and gender studies
- i-Unite – participate in a 10-day event to discover differences and similarities among cultural groups
- Inclusive Illinois – be a part of an initiative that coordinates programs to embrace our diverse campus
- Cultural Centers – attend seminars, guest speakers, and other learning experiences