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About the Graduate College

Dean Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko                                                                  In the rapidly changing environment of higher education, research, and technology, graduate education matters perhaps more than ever before. With graduate programs in more than 100 disciplinary areas, the Graduate College fosters a vibrant campus community of scholars. Graduate students and faculty at Illinois enjoy an intellectual environment that reaches across the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, and engineering to create, challenge, and transform knowledge. Our graduate community is international in its composition and global in its impact.

The Graduate College is committed to the success of our students. We work closely with individual graduate students, faculty, and staff to provide support at all stages of graduate education from admissions through thesis deposit and degree certification. We administer fellowships for the recruitment, development, and retention of the best and brightest graduate students from many diverse dimensions and backgrounds. Our programming and workshops help students compete for prestigious fellowships and develop strong professional skills to position them well for their future careers.

In addition to the work we do on campus, the Graduate College contributes to broader, national conversations about best practices in graduate education and fosters new initiatives to promote innovative research. We work closely with other institutions and organizations, such as the Council of Graduate Schools, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

If you are considering graduate study at Illinois, you will find here a large array of outstanding programs and expert faculty as well as top-notch libraries, research facilities, and support services that help create a holistic student experience. For information about our graduate programs, our services, the application process, or available financial support, please contact the Graduate College at


Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, PhD
Dean, Graduate College