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 professional 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

Our programs and research address contemporary information issues in data science, human computer interaction, digital libraries, privacy, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, bio- and health-informatics, information literacy, cultural analytics, youth literature and services, and more.

World-class teaching and research

The School of Information Sciences and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are known for innovative teaching and research 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 2020-2021 rankings, the Center for World University Rankings ranked Illinois as among the top 25 universities in the world. 

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.

Socially relevant research

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.

Informatics

Informatics in the iSchool

The iSchool includes Informatics, which fosters interdisciplinary research, education, and community engagement involving the application of computing and information in diverse areas, including the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences as well as engineering and business. Programs include the PhD in Informatics, MS in Bioinformatics, and Informatics Minor, as well as the CU Community FabLab, a workshop for rapid prototyping and computer-based design. 

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.

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
Dean's Office: (217) 333-3281
Advancement/Alumni Relations: (217) 300-5746
Communications and Marketing: (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

 

Show your iSchool pride!

The Illini Union Bookstore has an online store for official iSchool merchandise. Items for sale include iSchool polo shirts in orange and navy, a blue t-shirt and crew-neck sweatshirt, a tumbler, and a coffee mug. Shipping is available.

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