About the College of LAS

The College of LAS is home to about a third of students and faculty members on the Illinois campus. More than 99 percent of all Illinois students take a class in our college, and we offer about 1,500 unique classes each semester. Find more statistics about LAS.


LAS offers more than 70 majors, 60 minors, and numerous certificates, and our more than 14,000 students develop a broad perspective and the skills employers seek. They're in demand after graduation— many go straight to work, while others continue their education in graduate school.


Our 600-plus faculty members lead their fields; they also share their scholarship with students in the classroom and through research opportunities. They continue to create innovative courses and programs that prepare our students for a constantly changing world.


Our alumni network—more than 180,000 strong—is full of accomplished people who change the world every day through their work, advocacy, and philanthropy. They include seven Nobel Laureates and nine Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as thousands of business leaders, public servants, entrepreneurs, teachers, researchers, and the backbone of many companies and non-profit organizations.

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Welcome from the Dean

Any way you look at it, the College of LAS is an amazing place. Read a letter from Venetria K. Patton, Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Designate.

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Learn about LAS
Across our more than 60 units, faculty and students are pursuing cutting-edge research and education that's changing the world. View the most up-to-date data on the depth and breadth of LAS.
Construction site of Illini Hall in 1907
College of LAS history
The College of LAS has been central to the University of Illinois campus for more than 100 years. Learn all about our powerful history.
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College of LAS alumni
The college’s alumni body is 177,000 strong and includes leaders, thinkers, and go-getters. Read about some of our notable alumni, who are changing the world everyday.