Prospective Graduate Student Visits

Students admitted into the MatSE graduate program are invited to attend a special visit. The dates for Spring 2018 are: February 22 – 25 and March 15 – 18.

At this visit, you will have the opportunity to visit a research poster session (with pizza!), attend faculty research presentations, and are invited to networking dinners and social opportunities in addition to research facility tours. Detailed itinerary to follow registration.

Visit Registration

Visits fill up quickly, and we encourage students to register as soon as possible.

Register now

Contact us with any questions about the visits.

Why Illinois?

Students from across the nation choose the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois for many reasons. Our rankings reflect the quality of materials education at Illinois; U.S. News and World Report ranks our graduate program among the top in the nation. As an added bonus, graduate student stipends go further in Champaign-Urbana due to the lower cost of living than many big cities. Most importantly, students decide upon Illinois because they find a professor whose research interests match their own.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to education, research, and public engagement. The College of Engineering is one of the most prestigious and largest engineering institutions in the nation. But the Illinois experience is more than academics. As a student, you will enjoy the arts, community involvement, sports and recreation. Discover dance, music and theater at the University's acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, cheer on the Fighting Illini sports teams in the Big Ten Conference, get involved with one of the 800+ registered student organizations or join an intramural sport through campus recreation.

Find out more about the University of Illinois.

Travel Information

The University of Illinois is situated on 1,454 acres located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (combined population: 100,000) and the surrounding area. Champaign-Urbana is 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 miles northeast of St. Louis.

Willard Airport (CMI) — 6 miles from the UIUC campus; served by American Airlines.

Amtrak — rail service from Champaign to Chicago, IL.

Greyhound — bus service from Champaign to Chicago, IL.

Peoria Charter — shuttle service from Chicago airports to Champaign.

Hotel rooms have been set aside at the Illini Union for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings during the visit. Visitors will share guest rooms at the hotel. We are required to provide the hotels with the names of our prospective graduate student visitors 10 days before their arrival, so it is important for you to reserve your visit as soon as possible. A visitor's packet with information and an agenda will be waiting for you at the front desk when you check in.

Reimbursement Information

Reimbursement Guidelines – pdf

NOTE: If you cannot find a flight that falls within our reimbursement maximum, please contact MatSE Grad office. Our business office has made arrangements to reimburse visitors at a higher amount when cheaper flights to Willard Airport (CMI) are not available.