Community Rankings

Who’s Talking About Champaign County

Academic Ranking of World Universities – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked #4 worldwide in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences, August 2015

Forbes – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign named one of the top 25 best Midwest colleges, July 2015

Forbes – Forbes cites University of Illinois Research Park as factor behind increased startup funding in Illinois, July 2015

TECH Cocktail – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign named one of the top public schools to produce the best startup talent, July 2015

Business Insider – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked #9 on “The 10 Best Public Universities in America” list, July 2015

Online PhD Programs – Champaign ranked #17 of US cities for PhDs per capita, July 2015

The Huffington Post – Champaign-Urbana named one of “The 10 Best Cities for College Grads in 2015” by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), May 2015

Business Insider – Champaign-Urbana ranked #4 on “The 10 Best Small Cities for Educated Millennials” list, May 2015

TIME – Champaign ranked #12 on “Best Places to Walk or Bike” list, May 2015

Thrillist – Champaign-Urbana ranked #3 on “Illinois Food & Drink” list, May 2015

AARP – Urbana ranked one of the “30 Easiest Cities to Get Around”, April 2015

The Brookings Institution – Champaign-Urbana ranked among top in nation for annual venture capital first fundings on a per-capita basis, with 3.2 times the national average, March 2015

Popular Mechanics – Urbana-Champaign ranked #11 on “The 14 Best Startup Cities in America” list, January 2015

Business Insider – UIUC Has Produced Some of the Most Amazing Visionaries in Tech, December 2014

LivabilityUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked #7 on Livability’s “10 Best College Towns 2014” list, August 2014

FiveThirtyEight – Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD) ranked #3 for Public Transit Use in Small Cities (& #7 Overall), July 2014

Forbes University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked #5 in Forbes’ list of “5 Colleges That Produce Awesome IT Grads”, July 2014

CNN Booker T. Washington STEM Academy of Champaign Unit 4 Schools featured in “Better By Design” list, July 2014

Forbes – University of Illinois Research Park named one of 12 Business Incubators Changing the World, July 2014

Movoto Real Estate – Champaign ranked #7 in “The 10 Most Exciting Places In Illinois”, April 2014

NerdWallet – Champaign ranked Illinois’ Third Fastest-Growing City, April 2014

Smart Growth America – Champaign-Urbana named #5 Smart Growth Community (Small Metro Area), April 2014 – Champaign-Urbana named a “Tech Hub to Watch in 2014”, January 2014

MSN Real Estate – Champaign-Urbana ranked #6 on “10 Cities Where You Want to Walk to Work” list, October 2013

SpareFoot – Champaign-Urbana ranked #15 in Fastest-Growing College Towns, August 2013

Forbes – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked as Top Ten Public College, July 2013

NerdWallet – Champaign-Urbana ranked #5 in “Best Places for Work-Life Balance” list, July 2013

Inc. Magazine – EnterpriseWorks named a College-Town Incubator to Watch, June 2013

Newsweek – Top 10 Hottest Tech Cities in the World

Readers’ Digest—  Top 50 “Best Places to Raise a Family”

Expansion Management Magazine—A “Five Star Community” for Quality of Life (only 50 of the 329 metropolitan areas receive this recognition) & Ranked 10th in the Nation for Quality of Life in 2003.

Newsweek—Champaign-Urbana has more supercomputing power “Big Iron” than any other university in the U.S.

National Association of Home Builders—Ranks 22nd among metropolitan areas in the U.S. for affordable housing

Expansion Management Magazine – Champaign Unit 4 Schools recognized as a Gold Medal school district

U.S. News & World Report—Ranked the University of Illinois among the top 10 public universities in the nation

U.S. News & World Report  – Ranked Health Alliance as the #1 HMO in Illinois

Wired Magazine “For the latest innovation, look slightly south of Chicago to Champaign-Urbana, a.k.a. Silicon Prairie”

Expansion Management Magazine— Ranked 44th most logistics friendly city


Champaign County  – Excellence at all levels: curriculum,teachers, facilities, and equipment.

Key statistics:

Ranked 6th out of 329 metropolitan areas for the percentage of high school and college graduates in the adult population:

  • 87% of population over 25 has high school degree or higher
  • 34% has bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 10,000 UIUC graduates each year
  • 2,000 high school & Parkland College graduates

Recognized for its Award Winning Public Schoolsby Expansion Management Magazine.

University High School, operated by the University of Illinois, is a unique facility for gifted and talented students.  University High students’ ACT average composite was 29.6; national average was 18.8.

Higher Education – A reputation for quality.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Since its founding in 1867, UIUC has earned a reputation of international stature.  Its distinguished faculty, outstanding resources, breadth of academic programs and research disciplines, and large, diverse student body constitute an educational community ideally suited for scholarship and research.

Select Rankings:

U.S. News & World Report:

Ranked the University of IL among the top 10 public universities in the nation.

Fiske Guide to Colleges:

UIUC is one of 43 “best buys” based on the quality of offerings in relation to the cost of attendance.

The Kaplan/Newsweek College Catalog:

Recognized the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a top school in three areas: best value for the tuition dollar support for diversity and academic challenge.

The University Library is the largest public university library in the world.

Faculty and Alumni

  • 11 Nobel Prizes
  • 7 Nobel laureates
  • 16 Pulitzer Prizes
  • 10 National Medals of Science
  • More that 70 faculty belong to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences or the National Academy of Engineering.
  •  More than 60 scientists have received the National Science.
  • Foundation Young Investigator Award while on the faculty.

A world leader in supercomputing design and applications, the university is home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), developer of the hypermedia browser Mosaic, which revolutionized the use of the World Wide Web in the 1990s.