College of LAS « Illinois

Prospective students

Video: About LAS at Illinois

Immersion in cutting-edge innovation

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In LAS, you are invited to become part of the academic discourse and creative process through research in labs, fieldwork, dynamic capstone courses, and distinction projects. You will work alongside your peers and interact with esteemed faculty to tackle some of today’s most pressing societal issues. Explore our list of majors and minors to learn more about each academic program.

Global minds, diverse perspectives

students in Nicaragua

LAS has been a leading force in international connections for more than 60 years. We inspire students to expand their knowledge of other cultures and worldviews. You can take an academic program in another country, participate in service learning in a range of cultural contexts on campus or abroad, or select a program of study that builds your intercultural knowledge and skills.

Meaningful learning environments

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Learning environments where you gain expertise and leadership is a priority in LAS. While you’ll hear lectures from inspiring professors, you’ll also have the chance to apply your knowledge in small group-oriented sections. LAS Honors programs provide opportunities for you to engage with topics more deeply, explore more thoroughly, and make an impact on your community through outreach, service, and co-curricular experiences.

Comprehensive student support

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All LAS freshmen spend their first semester in a course designed for their success in college. These small-group classes are led by junior and senior mentors who are eager to share knowledge, resources, and advice. Advisors will help you chart your path and set achievable goals. We also help you develop professional skills and experiences. Many programs on campus can enrich your experience too, such as the Leadership Center and the Office of Volunteer Programs.

Peek inside life in LAS

LAS Insider, our student blog, shares stories and tips from current students.
It covers topics like:

  • Tips for time management in college
  • What to do when you're unsure about your major
  • How internships and study abroad can round out your LAS experience

Learn about the value of an LAS degree

Recruitment and admissions

Las-newstudent@illinois.edu
(217) 333-1703

Jonathan ElugbadeboJonathan Elugbadebo
Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Erica KouryErica Koury
Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Aaron SmithM. Aaron Smith
Office Support Specialist