Thesis templates

We have had many requests for thesis formats already set up in TeX. None of the files are guaranteed, but they have worked successfully for previous graduates. The Graduate College changes thesis formatting requirements from time to time; as far as we know, these files conform to Fall 2009 requirements. However, be sure to consult the current version of the Graduate College Handbook.

The 2009 version of the template was prepared by a student who is himself in the process of writing his phd thesis and graduating. This template has thus not been validated in any way by the graduate college. There is still no indication that a thesis prepared with this template has been received and accepted by the graduate college. The student who wrote this package can make no guarantee that this template will comply to the current rules of the graduate college. This student is also busy, so support may be hit or miss until he graduates.

The 2007 version of the template was prepared by Tim Head, based on prior templates by Peter Czoschke and David Hull.

uiucthesis is a LaTeX package for formatting theses in the format required by the University of Illinois, effective Fall 2007.

A class file and a style file are provided. Both provide identical functionality, except that the class file loads the "book" class with the [oneside] option.

While we are happy to answer questions about this (or any Physics) page and to assist our visitors, we cannot provide any kind of meaningful help with specific TeX questions. An excellent resource for LaTeX users may be found at


latex uiucthesis.ins <== Produces uiucthesis.cls, uiucthesis.sty and thesis-ex.tex
latex uiucthesis.dtx <== Produces uiucthesis.dvi (documentation)
latex uiucthesis.dtx <== One more time, to fix cross-references

You can do the last two steps on thesis-ex.tex as well to generate the example file (DVI).


This package requires the setspace package.

Download Templates