University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour – UIUC Campus Photos

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University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos
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Take the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour – UIUC Campus Photos by visiting more than 650 unique buildings spread across 9.9 square miles area. There are many unique attractions, spots, architectural wonders, and more than 15,000 trees and therefore you will get many beautiful selfie points or Instagrammable photo points here. University of Illinois Urbana Champaign campus has earned as the Tree Campus of USA by Arbor Day Foundation for consecutive 3 years. So not only the architecture but the greenery of this campus would enchant you. Let’s take UIUC virtual tour and admire some of the best spots with lovely UIUC campus photos taken by me.

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour – UIUC Campus Photos with some iconic buildings and achievements

ALMA MATER

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos

Alma Mater is sculpted by UIUC alumnus and world-famous sculptor Loredo Taft. It is the most iconic sculpture and photogenic point in whole campus.  This  sculpture represents – “Learning & Labor”  and it has inscription – “ To the happy children of the future, those of the past send greetings.”  This sculpture is believed to give blessings to all those who study here taking pictures with it during special events like Ebertfest, Home Coming, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon and Graduation is kind of ritual.

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos

ALTGELD HALL

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos

Altgeld Hall was built in 1896 – 97 designed by Nathan Ricker and James McLaren in Romanesque style. It has bell tower which marks the hours, half hours and quarter hours.  This building is now a Department of Mathematics. This iconic tower having a pink sandstone ancient style of structure that is visible from all corners of the campus. It is a bridge between the College of Engineering to the north and the Main Quad to the south.

HALLENE GATEWAY

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos

Located to the east entrance of UIUC, it is the stone portal to the first University – built classroom building, University Hall.  Take a beautiful fountain at the gate and Alice Campbell Alumni center behind you. 

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos

LINCOLN’S NOSE

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos

Located in Lincoln Hall on the west side of the Quad, you will find bust of Abraham Lincoln.  This is famous among students for bringing good luck by rubbing Lincoln’s nose before an exam.  So you can go and try your luck.  If not believing in this ritual, then have a photo with sculpture of Abraham Lincoln bust. 

FOLLINGER AUDITORIUM

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos

Follinger Auditorium is a beautiful concert hall and largest lecture hall of University. The southernmost building on main quad and the most popular photogenic spot. The most popular dome on the campus as it is very large and also surrounded by lush green grounds and grove of trees nearby. This is the most recognizable building of campus and forms the main quad in front of it.  This circular building is 120-foot sq. ft. and has 396 lights in copper dome.  This building is constructed in Beaux-Arts style and was original to the composer Edward McDowell. 

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Let’s feel the University lifestyle

ILLINI UNION

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos

Designed by architect, Ernest L Stouffer located at West Green Street in Urbana, Illinois.  It serves as the student union, cafes, restaurants, social meeting point, and an Illini hotel. It was built in 1941 and Georgian Revival architectural style.  Even the interiors are worth admiring by man-made woodworks and also many colonial traditions. It serves as a social space for students, faculty, guests around the world. 

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos
Inside Illini Union

Admire some great UIUC almnus who are world famous for their achievements – In Illini Union’s Gallery of Fame. 

Mc FARLAND TOWER

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A dream of Chimemaster – Albert E Marion got shaped in 1958.  This 49 bells tower which is computer programmed can play 500 bell-songs.  As Altgeld Hall at the Main Quad could not hold so many bells, this tower is constructed which can play any combination of songs through electronic programming.

ECE BUILDING

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos

Located on Wright Street, this modern style of building houses high tech learning in field of electrical and computer engineering.  This special feature of this building is that it is designed as one of the largest net-zero energy building which is one of the most unique in the whole nation. Having numerous solar arrays on roof, it has self-generated electricity.

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos
Nano Lab Technology – Inside Ece Building

For energy conservation this building has implemented chilled-beam heating and cooling technique. A one of its unique building on campus which comprises of all modern technology teaching methods and also running on energy-efficient method. What a great way to teach students modern technology and energy conservation hand in hand without stopping any future developments too.

UIUC ENGINEERING HALL

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos

Located on the Green Street facing Illini Union and on the southern end of the Bardeen Quadrange, it is an administrative building. This building of UIUC College of Engineering is well known for its color scheme co-ordination and in fact the University’s official colors are adapted from it.  You can see the deep orange bricks and navy blue roof and so the official flag, or color code of this university is too orange and navy blue. 

This building was completed in 1894 and due to its interesting orange and blue color scheme, the University too adopted these colors as it’s official color scheme.  This campus is not only the beautiful spot of UIUC but also ranks as one of the world’s top-ranked Engineering Campus. So would you not like to take a photo with world’s top-ranked Engineering building photo, when you visit Champaign – Urbana county in Midwest USA.

KRANERT CENTER OF PERFORMING ARTS AND AMPHITHEATER

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For 50 years this amphitheater is one of the most famous amphitheater in Midwest for music & live programs performed by well know artists around the world.  It has both outdoor and indoor arena. The architecture of outdoor amphitheater is inspired from Greek style of amphitheater.

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos

Consisting of 14 million volumes and 24 million other items, the UIUC Library is the largest public university library in the whole nation and second-largest University library in overall. This library has a beautiful history of imparting knowledge to famous researchers and Nobel Prize winners of the world.

Even you can spot many sculpted busts or achievement boards of Nobel prize winners on the campus and also highlight the area of their achievements in specific field or subject.

STATE FARM CENTER

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Huge indoor arena for multipurpose events which has seating area of 15,000 to 16,000 people. Many famous Broadway series and renowned basketball matches are been held here.  It has glorious history of many great performers performing here with some mentions of Elvis Presly in 1976.

ETERNAL FLAME

Located between Lincoln Hall and English Building. Earlier it was oil lamp with a flame burning forever which represents Eternal Love. So it is a local belief there, that kissing your sweetheart under it will bring eternal bliss in love life. 

MEMORIAL STADIUM

The famous football stadium of Midwest and was built in 1923.  It was built in 1923 in the memory of martyrs of World War I and hence it is named Memorial. 

Total capacity – 60,000

You can also look out the beautiful metallic sculpture of a footballer in action at the entrance of the stadium.

ILLINI’S ROUND BARNS & MORROW PLOTS

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos

Illini’s Agricultural research is nation’s famous and favorite on this campus. You can visit the oldest continuously formed experimental field in the country. This farm’s experimental research has produced or innovated the famous sweet corn or Illini super sweet corn which is flavor-filled sweet corn and now famous all over the world. 

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University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour – UIUC Campus Photos – In all 4 seasons

Not only University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC) has many attractive photogenic locations but this University is worth admiring in all 4 seasons too. As it is surrounded by lots of natural beauty, UIUC looks beautiful and unique in all 4 seasons.  Feel the beauty of change in weather of change in seasons in all four seasons at UIUC campus. 

UIUC Campus During Fall | University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour – UIUC Campus Photos

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos - In all 4 seasons

UIUC Main Quad During Winter | University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour – UIUC Campus Photos

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos - In all 4 seasons

UIUC Main Quad in Summer – Spring | University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour – UIUC Campus Photos

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour - UIUC Campus Photos

Be it a bright sunny day with blue summery sky or a snowy afternoon or lanes surrounded by orangish red colored trees in Fall, this place is perfect for taking perfect photos. Due to many architectural styles from ancient to modern, many sculptural installations, tree groves, rolling green gardens this campus is worth visiting for outsiders too for admiring the beauty of nature, seasons, architecture, technology, and many innovations.

I hope you enjoyed University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Virtual Tour – UIUC Campus Photos and I would love to know your favorite spot in the UIUC campus tour here in the comments below. Read more about how to reach this University in my Things to do in Champaign county post. 

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49 Comments

  1. This university looks like such an interesting mix of old and modern buildings. Great history too, and it looks beautiful through the different seasons

    1. This University also offers some great programs too in which some of them are top ranking in the world. A great University in cute University town of Champaign.

  2. I love this post as it’s my school! I just graduated with my MBA and loved learning some things I didn’t know. Great info! 😁

  3. Here seems to be a lot of history and quite a bit to see at this university, but as a person who loves the looks of buildings, there seems to be a mixture of old and new here which I like. Never really walked around universitys before, can you do this in USA as a tourist?

    1. Yes Dainik, you do this as a tourist too in USA Universities. Infact some of them give University tours which you can book online or can do on your own also.

  4. I have never thought to visit a University and was quite curious when I began reading your post. So many notable buildings on this campus but what really drew my attention was the farm’s experimental research. Had no idea they produced the famous sweet corn. I would have guessed it was something Nebraska would have produced 🙂

    1. I was also not knowing about sweet corn before visiting here but then it reassured me as Illinois has many corn fields farms, especially this region.

  5. I remember so many days touring universities when my son was looking at schools. But I am not sure we ever visited one that had 650 buildings across almost 10 square miles. I love the mix of old and new buildings. A serenade from 49 bells in the McFarland Tower would be magical. If I was a student, I would definitely rub Lincoln’s nose for good luck. And kiss my sweeetheart under the oil lamp for eternal love. Certainly some interesting spots on the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

      1. University of Illinois Urbana Champaign sounds like an interesting place. Never thought a campus tour could be so enlightening. Loved the fact that it is energy efficient in today’s world. The statue of Love sounds fun. Would definitely rub Lincoln’s nose got good luck.

  6. It definitely is a beautiful and photogenic campus. I would want to visit in fall. It’s my favorite time to travel because of the orange/red trees! I love the Lincoln’s Nose, how unique!! Lots of pretty architecture too!

  7. I never really thought about visiting USA universities as a tourists, but you’re right it’s a great thing to do. Sounds like the university of Illinois has a lot of history – I had no idea Lincoln was a past student, that’s quite a heritage to have. The architecture looks amazing, must be an inspiring place to study.

  8. Far out, what a huge campus! There are some gorgeous old buildings there I’d love to take a wander through. I can see why they have earned points for trees and greenery.

    1. Poor Lincoln! His nose has definitely taken a beating, haha! I love the architecture on the campus. They’ve done an incredible job of preserving everything and devoting the campus to our history.

  9. I must admit some of your posts are just so educational as it shows us places in cities and towns which we would not normally think of visiting even if we were around. I was not aware of this absolutely stunning campus and wit all the architecture it is a must I think if you were in the area. I would love to send my son there some day if it was possible. What a magnificent place with more than 650 unique buildings across 9.9 square miles area. That is vast. Some great historic relevance and sentiments attached to this place including that of the grand master of USA Abraham Lincoln himself. Thanks for a very educational post. .

    1. Thanks Amar for finding this post very educational and helpful. It would be great that you think to send your son here and especially if you are thinking for Computer Sciences/Engg here then it is in top 3 of the world.

  10. It’s so interesting to get to see an American university like this. Despite having visited Illinois many times, I’ve only tended to stay in the Chicago area. The grounds of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign are super pretty, and the architecture of the buildings is impressive too. I also like the statue of Lincoln, and you can see his nose has been rubbed many times!

    1. You noticed correctly about the nose part and yes it has been rubbed so many times that it is shining more. I guess students are trying their luck.

  11. I do recall touring an old university in Vilnius but it’s not something I would have thought of in this case. Weekday an extensive campus but a lot to explore.

  12. The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign campus is huge! I never think to take campus tours when I visit a campus, but it makes sense that you would since there is so much history there! I like the little bit about the students rubbing Lincoln’s nose for good luck. You can even see where the color is a bit worn.

  13. I do recall touring an old university in Vilnius but it’s not something I would have thought of in this Illinois. What an extensive campus with a lot to explore. I’m particularly interested that a big part of this campus is so agriculture focused, such as the round barns and marrow plots, so different from universities near me.

  14. I never knew that you can take a campus tours of any university if your are not a member or a visitors. It seems like a great options for tourists from different parts of the world to get the exposure of how American universities work, I love the farland bell it still holds some traditional values but looks updated and the fact that with electric power it can tune out any music is just great.

  15. This is such a comprehensive post and I had no clue about this tour and about 650 unique buildings spread across 9.9 square miles area. I loved to know how each statue or building has some significance in the life of the students. Rubbing the Lincoln rose is interesting. The amphitheater and the library looks amazing. As an engineer myself, it was good to see and know about the world’s top-ranked Engineering building.

  16. That is a great idea for a post. The university grounds and buildings have so much history. Recently we toured Trinity College in Dublin and your post evokes the same feelings. I would certainly attempt the Lincoln nose rub.

  17. It’s interesting to tour universities, I recently did it in Dublin and loved their library. I liked reading the fact about how students rub Lincoln’s nose for good luck hehe, back in our University days, we had similar rituals to ensure that we do well in our exams. I’ve never been to Illinois but seems like this would be a great place to visit, love the architecture of the uni too.

    1. Yes every University they have some funny rituals and we as a student used to believe in them a lot. After visiting such Universities, we really remember our college days too.

  18. I might have missed this in your blog, but did you go to school there? Looks like an absolutely beautiful campus….and with the largest public university library in the USA….looks like a place we might need to visit on our library RV tour of America 🙂

  19. Wow, there is so much to see just at a university!! It’s so beautiful and historic, I really love that about a lot of universities in the US. It’s cool that it’s so big and a destination in its own right!

  20. I spent a few days visiting a friend at Duke University years ago, it’s fascinating how American colleges are such cities on their own, we don’t really have that in Europe or Australia… I like the idea of rubbing Lincoln’s nose, it’s an endearing symbol and if it brings good luck, why not?

  21. 650 unique buildings in just one campus? I must say the students and the locals are super lucky to be there! It reminds me of my university in India which is centuries old and has palace like structure, I studied in those rooms and it feels great to be part of the heritage!

  22. A large green campus housing the temple of education inspires everyone. Thanks for this beautiful virtual tour. Reminds me of the iconic campus of my alma mater IIT KGP.

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