Diversity & Inclusion

We strive to foster an environment defined by diversity, inclusion, and openness. With new ideas, experiences, and perspectives constantly available to you, our campus provides a space in which all students can succeed on their terms.

most students of color
among top-ranked midwest universities (NCES)

countries represented on campus

U.S. states represented on campus

The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

Cultural Houses

Open to all students, our cultural houses help you celebrate your own heritage and give you a better appreciation for other ways of life.

Meet Our Students

Every Illini has a journey. These are their stories.



Building a network of peers, connecting with mentors, and inclusive programs at UIUC helped first-gen student Jonathan achieve his dream career as a Boeing Engineer.

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From cultural and academic student organizations to biology research labs, Angela has never missed an opportunity to get involved on campus during her journey to medical school!

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Future educator and resident advisor for University Housing, Devon is following in her father's footsteps to become an advocate for the next generation.

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Resource Centers

Our resource centers work to foster an environment that's open, safe, and inclusive for people of all backgrounds and identities, and they offer opportunities for you to network and build support systems on campus.

Undergraduate research assistant for Abriendo Caminos: Clearing the Path to Hispanic Health which is a health promotion program for Latino families through culturally sensitive workshops on healthy lifestyle behaviors

Academic Support

Our Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) supports the academic achievement, personal development, and graduation rates of first-generation, low-income, and historically underrepresented students at UIUC.

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What do Illini have to say about The OMSA? Read about two students' experiences.

Cultural Student Groups

UIUC offers nearly 100 student groups related to culture and diversity, and you can explore them all before arriving on campus. Don't see what you're looking for? You can always create your own group as an Illini, too!

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Diversity Programs

Seniors from the city of Chicago and other high schools in the Chicago area are invited to Multicultural Academic Achievement Receptions, where they're recognized for their academic achievements. We provide them with information about the college search process and encourage them to consider applying to UIUC. One of the receptions we offer is bilingual in nature (English and Spanish). We also host a Multicultural Academic Achievement Reception in Champaign for local students and their families.

Admitted students from EOP schools in the Chicago area and their families are invited to attend one of our Next-Up receptions. Attendees learn about the dynamic opportunities offered at UIUC through presentations and dinner conversations with staff, current students, and alumni. One of the receptions we offer is bilingual in nature (English and Spanish).

This day-long campus program is for President's Award Scholarship recipients and their families. It includes a reception, meetings with our colleges, a current student panel, informational sessions on student resources, and a residence hall lunch and tour. Transportation is provided from Chicago.

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