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  2. About University of Illinois

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), is the oldest, largest and most prestigious campus in the University of Illinois system. It is one of America's most highly selective state schools with several of its programs ranked 1st in the nation, such as its agriculture and civil engineering programs. The university is composed of 18 Colleges and Institutes that offer more than 150 programs of study. Its campus includes 272 major buildings on 1,458 acres (5.90 km²) in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, and has an annual budget of more than $1 billion.

    As of Summer 2007, 42,728 students from all 50 states and 100 nations were enrolled; 31,472 were undergraduate students and 11,256 were graduate students. Until 1998, UIUC was one of the 10 largest universities in the United States in terms of student enrollment.

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was ranked as one of the top 10 public universities in the United States for the year 2007 by U.S. News and World Report. It is also included on the list of top state schools designated as a Public Ivy. The Public Ivies are America's flagship public universities. A "Public Ivy" institution is defined as one that "provides an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public school price". Eleven alumni and nine professors (two of whom are also alumni) from U of I have won the Nobel Prize.

    Alumni and faculty have created numerous products and companies including Mosaic and Netscape Communications, Advanced Micro Devices, PayPal, Playboy, the National Football League, Siebel Systems, Mortal Kombat, YouTube, Oracle, Lotus, Yelp, Black Entertainment Television, the transistor, the integrated circuit, the light-emitting diode, Magnetic resonance imaging, and the Plasma screen display."