Our School

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A destination for success

The iSchool at Illinois leads the way in shaping the future of information. This success is the result of a commitment to research, education, and engagement and a long history of innovation. Our School consistently earns recognition as one of the best destinations—both on campus and online—for graduate studies in the information sciences.

  • #1 ranked MS/LIS program since 1996
  • A leader in online education
  • Renowned faculty with interdisciplinary research interests
  • A strong network of alumni professionals
Allen H. Renear

Our faculty, students, staff, and alumni create information-based strategies that address society's most pressing challenges. Their work is characterized by a human-centered, interdisciplinary approach that connects people with technology to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Allen Renear, Dean and Professor

Groundbreaking opportunities

The iSchool is a premier academic institution, attracting the best among faculty and students who contribute to its outstanding academic programs and leading-edge research. We have earned this reputation through a tradition of excellence in creating groundbreaking opportunities for those who earn a degree from our School and engage in our research initiatives.

Key global challenges

Our faculty conduct research that addresses key global challenges at the intersection of people, information, and technology. Their impressive work, which includes partnerships with prestigious funders, consists of a variety of unique and interdisciplinary projects aligned with our School’s strategic research vision.


Diverse information needs

Information professionals must be aware of diverse information needs and ensure those needs are met. The iSchool equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to accomplish this across a broad range of occupations and contexts, including business, healthcare, the arts, education, government, and international information exchange.

Distinctive, flexible programs and experiences

Our School is known for the quality of our programs, which offer extensive opportunities for learning and practical experience. Our students have the freedom to customize their degrees according to their career interests and in consultation with our experienced advisors and faculty. In addition, many of our programs are offered online as well as on campus.


Exceptional community

A university is only as good as its people—and at our School you'll find an inclusive community of exceptional individuals who work together to achieve a common goal. We take pride in the contributions of our faculty, students, staff, and alumni, who strive to provide the best educational experience possible, learn with enthusiasm and ambition, and change the world through their innovative work.

World-class experience

The School of information Sciences and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are known for innovative research and teaching that address global problems and improve the human experience. Students enjoy a wealth of resources, including cutting-edge research laboratories, superb library collections, and rich cultural programs. In its 2017-2018 rankings, U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges rated Illinois as the number 14 public university and the number 52 national university.

Find us in the heart of Urbana-Champaign

Our building is located at the center of our diverse and culturally rich campus. We are close to the Illini Union, a meeting place for food, fun, and studies, and two blocks south of Green Street, the main route through our vibrant Campustown.


The University of Illinois is situated in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 207,000), located about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of Indianapolis, and 180 miles northeast of St. Louis.

Contact Us

By telephone:
Administrative Offices: (217) 333-3280 
Admissions: (800) 982-0914
Dean's Office: (217) 333-3281
Advancement/Alumni Relations: (217) 300-5746
Communications: (217) 244-4643

By fax: (217) 244-3302
Via email: ischool@illinois.edu

For U.S., international, and express mailings:
School of Information Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
501 E. Daniel Street, Room 112
Champaign, IL 61820-6211

For campus mailings:
School of Information Sciences
112 LISB  MC-493


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