Graduate Student Life
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate students are involved in several student organizations and activities, such as the Annual Graduate Research Symposium and the Graduate Student Advisory Council.
Illinois also supports a number of organizations for graduate students, including GradSWE (Society of Women Engineers), NOBCChE (National Organization for the Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers) and others.
The Champaign-Urbana community
The campus is in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 180,000) in East Central Illinois and is connected via interstates or rail lines to Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis.
Champaign-Urbana boasts a low cost of living, diverse and international population, vibrant arts community and a thriving tech and start-up scene. It’s home to the University of Illinois Research Park, where companies like Dow, Yahoo, inBev and AbbVie have offices. The entrepreneurial ecosystem is strongly supported by the campus and community. Education is the major employer, followed by healthcare. Some of the richest farmland in the world surrounds Champaign-Urbana, contributing to a robust agricultural and agribusiness community.
The area offers a variety of sports and recreational opportunities in-town and within a short driving distance of campus. We’re bike-friendly and bus-friendly (University of Illinois students, faculty, and staff have unlimited access to bus routes and services). Whether your passion is biking, running, speed skating or cricket, you will find a community of like-minded individuals equally as passionate. From the sprawling Activities and Recreation Center and its Olympic-size swimming pool to the region’s golf courses and thousands of acres of parks, you’ll also find plenty of amenities inside and outside.
Helpful guides to Champaign-Urbana
Cindy’s Guide to Living (Cheaply) in Champaign-Urbana is a comprehensive guide for graduate students compiled by Graduate Program Coordinator and Urbana native Cindy Dodds.
ChBE GSAC has created a helpful guide to cultural and recreational spots and tips for new students on getting acclimated to the life in Champaign-Urbana.
The University of Illinois
Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned an international reputation as a leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Transformative learning experiences, in and out of the classroom, are designed to produce alumni who desire to make a significant, societal impact.
Illinois students are among the most academically talented in the nation. Faculty and alumni have been awarded Nobel Prizes, National Medals of Science, Pulitzer Prizes, and many other international accolades. The university is consistently ranked among the top five universities for National Science Foundation-funded research and annual research funding exceeds $600 million.
Learn more about the University of Illinois.