Student Life

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Experience the iSchool advantage

There's an energy here that inspires success. The iSchool offers a collaborative, inclusive, and academically challenging environment with flexible learning options. Our programs provide the opportunity for you to find your place in the world—and leave your mark on it.

As an iSchool student, you'll have the opportunity to customize your program to meet your academic and professional goals. And you won't be doing it alone. Our outstanding faculty work closely with students to ensure success in understanding and applying key concepts. Our advising program offers individualized support to help you design a path that leads to a fulfilling career. Plus, we make it easy. When you have questions, you can schedule a one-on-one appointment with your advisor, contact our Help Desk, or check in with our Student Affairs staff. Our support helps ensure your success.

Meg Edwards

Staff and faculty provide a high-touch, personalized experience by working individually with each student, and the curriculum is tailored across all professional pathways. Resources such as student groups, research lectures, and our professional mentor program provide opportunities to supplement learning in the classroom with valuable real-world and pre-professional experience and networking.

Meg Edwards (MS '04), Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

What can I expect as an iSchool student?

iSchool students benefit from a customized, relationship-based educational experience. Whether you study on campus or online, you'll engage with the brightest minds, including students from diverse backgrounds who excel in their studies and faculty who are world leaders in the information sciences. You'll experience engaging classes and thought-provoking lectures, and you'll develop professional relationships by interacting with others in our close-knit, collaborative community. You also will benefit from the extensive resources available at our world-class university.

  • Innovative curriculum
  • Strong advising program
  • Supportive community of peers and faculty
  • Advanced technology
  • Access to top academic resources
  • Diverse programs and people
Hadley So

The BS/IS degree is the perfect combination of technology and human factors. I've always had a love for technology and computing but found it too distant from the end user at times. This degree enables me to utilize the power of computers without forgetting the human consequences of our decisions.

Hadley So, BS/IS student

Face-to-face connections

Whether you are an on-campus or online student, you'll build relationships that enhance your experience and create a lifelong network of career and personal support. From distinguished faculty who teach and mentor, to peers who collaborate and inspire, you'll find our School to be filled with people who will bring out the best in you.

Can't come to us? We'll come to you.

At the iSchool, we understand the importance of flexibility, in terms of course delivery and the ability to tailor your degree according to your career aspirations. We know how to deliver online learning because we've been doing it for more than 25 years. Our MS/LIS degree program is available both on campus and online (Leep).

Krystal Madkins

I like that the MS/LIS program is flexible and customizable. I also like how the program emphasizes the importance of practical experience and that staff and faculty offer students a high level of support and resources. In addition, the fact that the iSchool’s online program is as rigorous as that offered on campus is important to me as a Leep student.

Krystal Madkins, MS/LIS Leep student

Your career begins here

Our School offers a wealth of opportunities inside and outside the classroom to prepare you for career success. Jump in, join in, and take advantage of the many chances to challenge yourself and to collaborate with others. These experiences will set you apart.

Mayank Vijaywargia

The combination of courses that the iSchool offers, especially the different pathways, made a significant impact in shaping my career to where I am today. I was able to form a tailor-made curriculum by choosing relevant courses from each of the program's four pathways in order to excel in data analytics and consulting.

Mayank Vijaywargia (MS/IM '19), Associate Product Manager, Goldman Sachs

Something for everyone

Progressive libraries? Cultural awareness? Data science? Our student organizations offer something for everyone, and in the process, help you make connections, explore your interests, and build new skill sets. Find your niche at the iSchool.

Get connected with the iSchool Ambassadors

These dedicated students promote the iSchool's mission and vision. They work with Recruitment & Admissions and Student Affairs, serving as liaisons for prospective and incoming students. They also are valuable resources for sharing the iSchool experience and connecting students who have similar interests.

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Enjoy our micro-urban community

Champaign-Urbana offers an eclectic mix of experiences that you typically find in a big city—all of which are easily accessible and affordable. From music and food to arts and culture to sports and recreation, you can expand your interests outside the classroom, and in the process, get to know the people who truly make our local community unique and special.