Rising to the challenge

Rising to the challenge

Oct 30
Jesse Thompson, Assistant Dean, Academic Programs
  

As I have been actively engaged in the recruitment of the next undergraduate class, many things have come to mind as I travel around the state about why students should come to the Urbana-Champaign campus. Students express that they are hesitant to apply because of what they may see as a restrictive environment based on race, gender, geography, and other concerns. I beg to differ. 

U of I strives to build a campus environment which allows students to develop an array of skills that will make them productive citizens and problem-solvers for the future. The diversity of this campus is what energizes the learning process. The quality of experiences that students gain allow them to demonstrate that no matter what the environment that they came from, they can engage with others and free themselves of the stereotypes about themselves and their groups.

When you exist in the highly charged and challenging academic environment of the University of Illinois, the focus is on academic growth and discovery, and students tend to perform based on the highest expectations which are placed on them by faculty, staff, potential employers, and their peers.