Illinois Computer Science has educated leaders and visionaries in the computer field, including such innovators as Ray Ozzie (Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corp., BS ’79 BS), Marc Andreessen (co-founder of Netscape Communications, BS ’93), Max Levchin (co-founder, PayPal, BS ‘97), Tom Siebel (founder, Siebel Systems, MS ’85), and Andrew Yao (Professor, Tsinghua University, 2000 ACM Turing Award winner, PhD ‘75).

The goals of our undergraduate programs are to continue this tradition, providing an education that is second to none in the theory and application of computer technology. Our constituents include employers nationwide, who need well-trained computer scientists; the people of Illinois, who need a strong IT workforce; graduate schools, at which our students may pursue further studies; and our own students, for whom we seek to provide an excellent CS education as well as opportunities for professional growth.