How Illini Succeed

Thinking about going to college can be nerve-wracking, but also wonderful. And you know what is even more nerve-wracking and wonderful? Thinking about graduating from college! Graduation season is one of my favorite times of the year. We plant flowers (orange, of course), and Alma wears her robe. I love it. It is such a special time of the year. I love seeing students celebrate their amazing accomplishment with friends, family, and mentors.

Alma in her robes!

But before you think about graduating from college, you have to make a big decision on where to go to college …

Many factors go into that decision: size, tuition costs, major, location, etc. But a big factor in determining where you go to college should be graduate outcomes—basically, what opportunities will be available to you after you graduate.

I’m here to show you where our graduates go, what they are doing, and how Illinois helped them get there.

Illini Success is a project that gathers data from our graduates after graduation to share their first destinations after Illinois. Launched in 2014, Illini Success shares data, stories, and facts about our graduates. What can you do with a degree in English? Community Health? Social Work? The annual reports can answer all of those questions!

I won’t go into too many details here (really, because you can explore over 150 different majors). Long story short, 88% of our graduates last year secured a first destination after graduation.

Beyond data about where our graduates work and study, you can also find data reflecting how many students within a college or program participated in internships, study abroad, co-op, volunteering, and more.

If you’re like me, you can spend a lot of time on this site looking at numbers and graphs. However, also take some time to read through some of the success stories to learn more about an individual’s Illinois journey and their advice for you!

This is a great tool for you to use as you are looking at applying to Illinois. AND, once you get to campus to find experiential learning opportunities (like internships and study abroad), THEN you contribute to our data as an Illinois graduate!

Happy reading!




Admissions Counselor
I work extensively with our large campus visit programs to give our prospective students first-hand experience of life at Illinois. I grew up in and around Champaign-Urbana, but most recently I moved from northwest Ohio, where I finished my master’s degree in College Student Personnel.


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  • I need assistance with my application submission. I’ve finished everything and reviewed it multiple times but it still shows an error or more like it says “submit courses to all high schools you have added” and I only added one and I’ve added all the courses I took for it so I don’t know what the problem is.

  • Hi Abigail,
    I’m glad you asked! I would recommend calling our office today so we can pull up your incomplete application and make sure it’s submitted correctly. You can reach a counselor at 217-333-0302.