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About LAS

Believing in the Power of Ideas

The scope of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences spans the breadth of human endeavor. Within its more than 60 academic units, faculty and students are pursuing knowledge on scales that stretch from the subatomic to the cosmic and from the individual to the global.

We fondly refer to LAS as the heart of the University because of its fundamental role in all education and research. Of course it is much more. It is also its soul.


Students Our students graduate well-versed in their chosen field and with the analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills that are essential to success in life and the workplace.


Faculty Our faculty explore new fields of research in ways that are improving the quality of our lives while winning accolades for their innovation.


Alumni Our alumni include Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, CEOs, and everyday heroes who are improving the world by being standardbearers of a liberal arts and sciences education.

Fast Facts

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has 11,000 students, 600 faculty, more than 60 departments and academic units, and 154,000 alumni. All students begin their careers at the University of Illinois with LAS courses; half graduate with degrees from the college.

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