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Student Services

The following is a summary of the superb resources we provide at Illinois for your student.

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As a parent, you want to make sure your student is safe and healthy and receives excellent academic and personal support while at Illinois. The U of I believes in providing such resources to all our students. It is vital that they have access to any assistance they might want or need while attending our University.

New Student Programs

New Student Programs (NSP) takes the guess work out of navigating campus for new undergraduates and their families. NSP is dedicated, exclusively, to maximizing the personal and academic success for new freshman and transfer student at the University of Illinois. NSP works tirelessly to provide new undergraduates the warm welcome, orientation programming, and on-going transitional services that empowers students to thrive at Illinois. NSP has helped thousands of new students and families succeed at Illinois. Let us do the same for you.


McKinley Health Center

is the primary medical care center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. McKinley physicians and nurse practitioners handle a wide variety of medical conditions and provide routine physical exams.


Nurses at McKinley’s Dial-a-Nurse service answer students questions about illnesses, injuries, and other health concerns over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students don't even have to leave their room.

McKinley Health Center's Immunization and Travel Clinic

provides a convenient way to get study abroad health requirements, allergy shots, and vaccinations taken care of right here on campus.

McKinley’s Women’s Health Clinic

provides quality care to women by providing preventive care, treatment and management of health related issues, with emphasis on reproductive health.

Mental Health Clinic

The Mental Health Department at McKinley provides evaluation and consultation for a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Pharmacy Service

The McKinley Health Center pharmacy will fill prescriptions, if needed, after receiving medical treatment at one of the McKinley Clinics.  Many of the medications are covered by the McKinley Health Service fee that is included in tuition and fees.

SportWell Center

The SportWell Center helps foster healthy, active lifestyles on the University of Illinois campus by providing nutrition, fitness, and athletic injury prevention and treatment services.

University Counseling Center

With over twenty licensed counselors and staff, the Counseling Center helps students explore and deal with problems like academic difficulties, relationship problems, adjustments to college life, and more. Covered by the student services fee, workshops, therapies, self-help groups, and individual counseling are available for students in need of help.

Campus Recreation

It’s easy to get fit and stay active at the University of Illinois with Campus Recreation and its many programs and facilities.  Campus Recreation Center – East (CRCE) and the new Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) offer cardio-equipment and weights as well as indoor basketball and racquet ball courts, running tracks, and leisure and lap swimming pools.  Memberships to CRCE and ARC are included in student fees and come at no additional charge.  Campus Recreation also sponsors numerous club sports like hockey and ultimate Frisbee as well as intramural sports like co-ed soccer and broomball.  Students can ice skate at the Campus Recreation Ice Arena, swim laps at Kenny or Freer Pools, and even go canoeing with Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventures.


Library Services

Housing over 10 million volumes, the University of Illinois library system is the third largest academic library in the nation.  The more than 40 department and subject libraries on campus not only provides excellent resources but also great locations for studying. 


To help with such a large library system, we offer Ask-a-Librarian where students can instant message, chat with, or email a librarian to get assistance right from a personal computer.  They can also visit one of the information desks at each library for assistance.  

Online Research Resources

The University of Illinois library also offers many online research resources including academic journals and published articles that can be accessed from anywhere.

Interlibrary Loan

It's very easy to find desired resources. Interlibrary Loan finds resource materials located anywhere on campus and allows pick-up at any library.

Transitions to Illinois Program for International Freshmen

International freshmen can join this program that enables them to come to campus early to get prepared with English skills, campus knowledge, and social experiences to help ensure a successful freshman year. For more information, visit the Transitions to Illinois Website.

Tutoring and Coursework Help

Office Hours

For help with coursework, professors and teaching assistants (graduate students preparing to be professors) are always readily available in office hours to assist students.  Office hours are held weekly and can usually be scheduled individually when needed.

Additional Tutoring

In addition to office hours, many colleges and academic departments offer free and private tutoring sessions.  Many honor societies serve students by offering tutoring services in specialized areas as well.

Study Abroad Office

The Study Abroad Office at the University of Illinois helps organize study abroad experiences. The office assists students with program details and scholarships for approximately 250 programs offered in nearly 50 countries.


The Career Center

Located right in the center of campus, The Career Center counselors help guide students along their career path.  The professionals at The Career Center help students choose or change their major and with post graduate possibilities like graduate school or the perfect job. In addition to assisting with internships, The Career Center prepares students by offering job shadow opportunities, resume and cover letter reviews, and practice interviews.

The Leadership Center

The Illinois Leadership® Center provides students the resources needed to develop skills for effective leadership. Through assessment tools, leadership staff can assess skills, connect students with a leadership coach, and develop a customized plan for self-development.

Minority Support and Opportunities

Office of Minority Student Affairs

The Office of Minority Student Affairs offers academic and counseling services for minority students. They also provide numerous programs, including a semiannual Multicultural Career Fair, to help students define their potential through active involvement and leadership on campus.

Cultural Houses

The four cultural houses on campus provide welcoming environments for all at Illinois. Each hosts various culturally-themed events throughout the year while offering services on a daily basis.

Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES)



Instructional Computing Services (ICS) provides computers at convenient locations around campus for all students at the University of Illinois. All computer labs are staffed with a student site consultant available to assist with equipment and software.

Wireless Internet

Illinois is ranked the sixth most wired campus in the nation by 2006 PC Magazine. There are over 450 wireless locations on campus for student, faculty, and staff use.

Web Store

U of I students receive significant discounts on over 100 software applications when purchased through the Web Store.



The CITES Help Desk provides walk-in, phone, chat, and email consulting for CITES services and other computing needs.

Education Technology

CITES provides hands-on workshops that introduce software and other computing topics to students for a minimal fee.


Bus System

Although walking and biking are the most popular way to get around campus, students can catch three different bus routes directly serving campus with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD). Illinois students have unlimited access to all routes and services at all times just by presenting their student ID. After pulling a late night studying at the library, an additional MTD service, SafeRides, picks students up so they don’t have to travel alone after bus operating hours.

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