Celebrating our Sesquicentennial 1867-2017
Celebrating our Sesquicentennial1867-2017


A land grant institution established in 1867, the University of Illinois has a long record of commitment to public engagement and to the discovery and application of knowledge. In 2017 we will mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of the University of Illinois. Over the past 150 years, our faculty, staff, and students have transformed the social and economic landscape of our world. As a leading institution of higher learning, we will continue to expand our global presence through supporting public policies that address the grand challenges of a global society, to lead advancements in information and medical technology, and to catalyze economic development. A fifteen month long celebration will highlight the accomplishments of our university and the ambitious vision we have for the future. Please join us in celebrating and embracing the University of Illinois’s past as we continue to shape the future through teaching, research, and public engagement.