Student Life

Your experience beyond the classroom

In the College of ACES you’ll not only earn a degree, but will have the chance to apply what you’ve learned to real-world situations and problems. The personal connections you cultivate through campus involvement can also make a large university feel more like home.

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Student clubs & organizations

In ACES, more than 30 organizations provide students the opportunity to network, learn about careers, and contribute to the life of the college. From student clubs based on common interests to honorary societies, you will find plenty of ways to get involved.

Student Clubs

Undergraduate Research

The University of Illinois is one of the top research institutions in the world. Discoveries are made here every day, and opportunities for undergraduates to participate abound. Undergraduate research can help you gain experience in a lab or certain field of study, and give you opportunities to work closely with faculty and graduate students.


Gain experience in your industry of interest by completing an internship. Lessons learned outside the classroom are essential for choosing an ideal career path. Internships are encouraged and in some cases required within the degree program. 


Continue your leadership journey. In the College of ACES you can build and expand your leadership skills to prepare you to make your impact. Take classes, get a certificate, or minor in Leadership Studies.

Study Abroad

We encourage you to see the world. In addition to hundreds of study abroad experiences available at the University of Illinois, the College of ACES developed experiences with your interests in mind. Visit coffee farms in Costa Rica, cattle operations in Peru, or coral reefs in Belize while earning credit, developing marketable career skills, and making memories that last a lifetime. Through our First Year Experience Programs, you can study abroad as early as your freshman year during winter break.

Campus Life

Learn more about campus life, including housing, campus activities, culture, and traditions at the University of Illinois.


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Honors Program

The College of ACES James Scholar Honors Program invites all students with a 3.4 overall college GPA or higher to join. You’ll gain access to tools to help you complete your own undergraduate research project, opportunities to enrich your already prescribed class schedule, and other benefits including early access to class registration.