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Community of Scholars - Spring Campus Visit Program

Community of Scholars

The Graduate College recognizes that talented students have many graduate school options from which to choose. We also know the importance to the University of Illinois of enrolling diverse graduate student talent in our graduate programs and, in turn, understand how critical it is for a prospective student to see themselves as a valued member of our campus community.

Among the many opportunities offered by the Graduate College to support our graduate programs’ efforts to attract and enroll prospective graduate students from underrepresented populations is the Community of Scholars Campus (COS) visit. COS is designed to introduce newly admitted graduate students to the University of Illinois campus, their prospective graduate programs, and the many resources available to them while a student on our campus. 

This year, we are offering two (2) options for newly admitted graduate students to learn more about graduate life at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign while in the process of making that critically important decision about where they will begin their graduate education and training. 

On Thursday, March 4, 2021, and April 1, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. we will offer the following virtual activities:

  • Introduction to the Summer Predoctoral Institute (SPI) 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Graduate Student "Table Talks" 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Access to the Graduate College suite of videos that describe programs and services for new, current, and graduating graduate students (available any time)

2021 Community of Scholars Virtual Visit

Graduate programs may invite their newly admitted graduate students from U.S. racial/ethnic populations underrepresented in graduate programs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign by completing the invitiation form sent to your graduate program by Friday, February 19, 2021.   If you have questions about the Community of Scholars Virtual Visit Program, please contact