Resources for Future Faculty

Individuals who are considering joining the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are often aware that we are a pre-eminent, land-grant research institution in the Midwest.  Not so well known is that Champaign-Urbana is a terrific micro-urban community with much to offer in terms of quality of life, affordability, the arts, and recreation.  This site is maintained by the Office of the Provost as a resource to prospective faculty and their families who want to learn about life and opportunities in Champaign-Urbana.

Before you explore this site, we invite you to watch a brief video about the area:


We also invite you to look at a recruitment brochure we have created that overviews the Champaign-Urbana area, called Work, Live, Play.


Now feel free to peruse topics that may interest newcomers. 

Education and Jobs

Champaign-Urbana is home to excellent schools, both public and private, a strong community college system, excellent public libraries and a world renowned University Library.  The vibrant community provides a rich array of job opportunities for spouses. 


If you have pre-school aged children or older relatives needing care, you will find links to local information here, as well as information about how the University can help you balance your personal and professional lives.


Champaign-Urbana has great local parks, and Illinois and neighboring Indiana have wonderful State Parks.  In addition, the University owns Allerton Park in nearby Monticello. The campus and surrounding area are also home to entertainment and sports venues, museums, and recreational centers.


The University of Illinois has a strong commitment to the diversity of the faculty, staff, and students. We support diversity of worldviews, histories, and cultural knowledge across a range of social groups including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities, economic class, religion, and their intersections.  

Academic Life @ Illinois

Teaching and research are at the center of academic life at Illinois and there is strong support for both on campus.

Additional Resources

Campus Visitor Information

Champaign County Association of Realtors

Champaign Chamber of Commerce