Get Involved

We welcome our alumni and friends to partner with us on recruiting, research collaborations, and philanthropy to uphold our rankings and global reputation as a leader in computer science education and research. Learn about all the ways you can benefit from getting involved.

Build the Talent Pipeline

Illinois Computer Science has developed programming throughout the year to engage and inspire more young people to explore the fun and diverse applications of computer science.

  • Girls Who Code chapter—ongoing programming for local girls
  • Sail (April)—a day of student run workshops targeted for high school students
  • NCWIT Aspirations Awards (April)—recognizes high school girls for their interest in computer science
  • Gems Computer Science Camp for Girls (June & July)—6 weeks of day camp for middle and high school girls
  • ChicTech Retreat (November)—an overnight retreat for high school girls
  • Hour of Code (December)—open labs for coding fun for the whole family

All of these outreach activities are funded by the CS Department, alumni donations, and corporate partners. To get involved, email

Continue Your Education

Keep your skills on the cutting edge. Explore the CS Graduate Programs, Illinois Online offerings, or MOOCs through the Illinois-Coursera Partnership.

Stay Active with CS Student Groups

The CS-Affiliated Student Groups are strong and as active as ever.  They are eager for alumni to stay involved, and welcome corporate partners to participate in events.

Join in the Illinois Computer Science Alumni Network

Keep the Illinois Computer Science Alumni Network strong—attend or host a regional CS alumni networking event in some of our high alumni population cities across the country. We have plans to be in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco on regular cycles. Keep an eye out for e-invites. Make sure your contact info is up-to-date with us!

Share Your Expertise with Current Students

Schedule a custom Engineer in Residence experience where you can meet with faculty, give a presentation, attend or speak in a class, meet with student groups, and tour around the newest areas of campus. Email Michelle Wellens at to schedule your campus visit today.

Visit Campus for CS Awards and Homecoming

Illinois Computer Science joins forces with our student groups, including ACM, to jointly host the WCS Alumni & Student Dinner and the CS @ ILLNOIS Distinguished Alumni Awards. Held in conjunction with Homecoming, this is the best time to visit campus to deeply engage with CS faculty, students, and fellow alumni. Enjoy panels, networking events, campus tours, tailgating, and football. (Fall)

Become a Corporate Partner

We encourage alumni to connect their companies to Illinois Computer Science to establish recruiting relationships and to explore sponsored research opportunities. Visit to learn more.

Take the CS Alumni Engagement Survey

Tell us how to best connect with you and develop communications and engagement activities that interest you. We'd also like to know about your affinity with our student groups and get your thoughts about philanthropy. Visit:

Be Philanthropic

Learn how making a gift—of any size—can really make a difference in supporting current students. Visit cs.illinois/give