UIC Campaign Goals
It’s a remarkable time to be part of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Our many achievements and incredible progress have been possible because of the care and generosity of alumni, faculty, parents, volunteers and friends of the university. We are grateful for your support and for what you have helped our university and our students become. That’s what happens when you give someone a chance—you can create something bigger than yourself, something which keeps on growing.
And now we look to you in our boldest, most ambitious effort yet. The Brilliant Futures Campaign will not only help us keep this momentum but also will fulfill our vision: to be, and be recognized as, the premier urban public research university in the nation. It’s possible when all of us—the university and the supporters who share our vision—come together, combining our energy, passion and investment to give someone a chance.
Five Strategic Priorities
Our vision for UIC’s future is ambitious, but there’s nothing pie-in-the-sky about it. That future is as realistic as it is brilliant and exciting, and it’s achievable with a focus on five strategic priorities:
- Accelerating the discovery and dissemination of knowledge
- Offering even broader access to academic opportunity
- Enriching the student experience
- Promoting healthy societies in Chicago and around the world
- Strengthening and expanding our Great Cities Commitment
These priorities are natural outgrowths of our unique strengths. They complement and reinforce each other as they build upon and honor our achievements. And our investment in them will take us to a new level of national prominence.
Today, our faculty trains doctors and other healthcare professionals in our comprehensive health sciences programs. Our institutes and centers directly serve local communities through hundreds of improvement projects and applied studies. We train engineers, business leaders, teachers and artists, many of whom go on to enrich Chicago’s economic and social fabric by pursuing their professional careers here. And today, the faces that populate UIC’s classrooms and laboratories form a microcosm of Chicago’s—and our nation’s—diverse and vibrant population.
UIC’s $650 million goal for the Campaign will be allocated among its priorities as follows:
- Discovery and Knowledge: $300 million
- Healthy Societies: $150 million
- Scholarships: $75 million
- Student Experience: $75 million
- Great Cities: $50 million
A critical juncture, a new campaign
We’re proud of where we are today and of the momentum we’ve achieved. Now is an exciting time for UIC—but a crucial time as well. We know this momentum alone won’t carry us the whole way. It is the tireless support and advocacy of our alumni, friends and donors that will propel us to the future we envision.
That’s why we’re launching Brilliant Futures: the Campaign for the University of Illinois at Chicago. Our supporters see the potential of UIC. They know the importance of investing in an urban public university at the forefront of research that enhances the quality of life in urban areas everywhere and stands as a gateway to the American dream. A university whose doors swing wide to admit students of all backgrounds and income levels. A university with uncommonly strong ties to the city it calls home.
Achieving the $650 million goal for this five-year campaign will make the University of Illinois at Chicago the nation’s premier urban public research university. Please join us as we create Brilliant Futures.