Why Physics Illinois

The Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world leader in theoretical and experimental physics research and education, with an illustrious history, a prestigious faculty, and outstanding students. We are ranked among the very top physics departments in the U.S. by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

Here, you will immerse yourself in an inclusive, interactive, intellectually rich culture, where you’ll find abundant opportunities for individual growth and achievement. In a typical semester, we offer more than 50 courses in physics and host more than a dozen special seminars. Moreover, the breadth of our research programs in seven core areas and outstanding research facilities offer a diverse range of research options.

The student experience at Illinois Physics is enhanced by a wide array of opportunities on campus to make connections and share interests with other dynamic individuals. The department is home to several highly active registered student organizations, and there are more than 1,400 registered student organizations on campus. Whatever your interests, you will find new friends to share them with at Illinois.