Top-24 things about the University

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the No. 24 university in the world, according to Times Higher Education’s world reputation rankings.


In honor of our No. 24 spot, I have named the top 24 things about the University. Do you agree?

No. 24 Squirrels

No place has friendlier squirrels. Cute and fluffy, what’s not to love? Just keep an eye on your food!

No. 23 The Daily Illini

The Daily Illini is the independent daily student newspaper of the University. Not too many college newspapers can boast that. Not to mention, in 2012 The Daily Illini won first in general excellence by the Illinois College Press Association.

No. 22  Bus system

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District offers a great bus system that takes us all-over campus and to surrounding towns. It also gives us SafeRides, which comes in handy late on a Saturday night.

No. 21 Registered Student Organizations

Illinois has over 1,000 Registered Student Organizations ranging from Nuts for Nutella to the Ballroom Dance Club.

No. 20 Research

The Research Park offers valuable research internships for students where established companies work with faculty and students to develop new technologies.

No. 19 Best band in the land

Illinois Bands is a program of firsts, most notably the first college band program in the world. Philip Sousa himself called it the “world’s greatest college band.” The Marching Illini, one branch of the band program, also keeps the football games interesting.

No. 18 Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Krannert offers a beautiful concert venue for performances ranging from campus instrumental groups to Circus Oz from Australia. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra sometimes uses Foellinger Great Hall, the main performance hall in Krannert, to record.

Read more at The Daily Illini.




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