Donations to LAS
Your gift matters now, more than ever.
For nearly a century, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been changing lives—with discoveries that improve the world, with knowledge that enlightens and inspires, with an educational environment that prepares students for lives of impact.
Excellence is expensive.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is committed to an educational and research environment that is outstanding in its depth and breadth. To continue to hire the best faculty, provide the highest quality resources, and to attract the brightest students, we need your support.
Operating costs exceed state funding.
With state funding now providing less than 20 percent of the college's budget—a sharp decline from the nearly 50 percent in the early 1980s—your gift helps ensure that the college will maintain its standards of excellence for decades to come.
Tuition does not cover the cost of an education.
Even as tuition rises, it still does not cover the cost of education. The true cost of educating a student at Illinois is nearly twice the amount charged as tuition. Gifts from you and others who have benefited from the "great dollar value" they obtained in LAS help keep a U of I education affordable for future students.
A liberal arts & sciences education is more relevant than ever.
A liberal arts and sciences education is prized in today's job market because it teaches students how to analyze, create, problem-solve, and succeed in a globalizing world. Thanks to gifts from alumni, students in almost every major now have the opportunity to study abroad, gaining invaluable cultural experiences.
You can make dreams come true.
Education opens doors and is the cornerstone of the American dream. LAS challenges students to realize their potential and to lead lives of impact. And every year, hundreds of students benefit from this education because of scholarships and fellowships made possible by gifts, like yours.
You can change the world.
Education is only part of what goes on in LAS. Its research programs are changing the world, from the invention of life-saving drugs to award-winning creative writing programs, which your gifts help support.