In your time of college visits and endless applications, you have probably started to take note of what you believe makes up a good college. It might be one that has good weather. It could be the college that houses the number one program for your area of study. It might be where your friends are going. The decision-making factors are endless. All of those aspects matter, and they are all part of choosing where to spend your next four years.
What has always stood out for me is whether a college is pushing its students for excellence. Whether the student is a freshman majoring in chemistry or a grad student just finishing up a master’s degree, he or she should feel that the college is putting student success as the top priority. After years of long nights in your college’s library, it’s essential to know that your college is putting as much into you as you are putting into it.
I was reminded of my views on collegiate excellence recently when I saw a new video that Illinois released. The video reinforced how large and impactful our student body has been across time. Each day spent on campus adds up to tremendous contributions by Illinois students. In every field imaginable, Illinois has succeeded at putting students and their achievements first.
The value in placing students at the forefront of the university’s mission has withstood the test of time and proved its merits. The belief that all students should explore their passions at a university that gives them the tools to succeed is what makes Illinois special. You won’t just leave with a diploma at the end of your years here. You’ll leave with a philosophy that can be applied to everything you will do next.
If college is supposed to prepare you for your life and career, shouldn’t your studies be founded on the ideal that a high-quality beginning is what makes for a remarkable journey? With every class attended and test taken, your vision for how you will pursue what you love should only become clearer. It all starts with a commitment to excellence.
Every member of the Illinois faculty, student body, and alumni system are dedicated to one thing: discovering what will make tomorrow better. This simple notion has propelled Illinois through 150 years of history.
Because of the university’s commitment to excellence, you may find yourself thinking, “Am I deciding on a college? Or am I deciding what the future looks like?” Illinois is ready to help you realize your journey. The only thing left to do is embrace what’s next.