Campus and Community

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a national and global leader in education and research, attracting the best students from across the country and around the world.

The School of MCB

The School of MCB is the largest school in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at Illinois’ flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign. We are a rich and close-knit community of scholars focused on research, education, and discovery in a broad spectrum of disciplines. The collaborative spirit among colleagues in the school and on the campus sustains a large community of peers in our graduate programs. Regular gatherings focused on scholarship or relationship ensure successful mentoring and enrich the graduate experience.


A modern community of 100,000, Urbana-Champaign lies in the middle of Illinois’ farming region, conveniently located less than 2 hours south of Chicago, about 2 hours west of Indianapolis, and 3 hours north of St. Louis. The entertainment and recreational opportunities on and near the campus include a wide variety of musical, artistic, and sporting events. The campus has excellent recreation facilities for its students, staff, and alumni, and the world’s largest public university library system. The Campus Visitors Web page has detailed information about the campus, community, accessibility, visits, and popular destinations.


A wide variety of reasonably priced housing is available in Urbana and Champaign. The university maintains housing for single and married graduate students, and many private apartments and rental houses are also available near the campus. Detailed information is available from the Housing Information Office.