At Illinois, there's a lot of life outside the classroom. Student organizations at the university provide numerous extra-curricular activities and experiences that are available for every student to explore. Opportunities can include gaining leadership and professional development experience, being a mentor or mentee, volunteering for a wide range of service projects, and social events to meet new friends and have fun. With over 1800 student groups on campus, including several related to computer science, there's something for everyone.
CS student groups reflect the diverse interests, backgrounds, and passions of our student body and can enhance your learning and team experiences around computing.
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): has over 20 SIGs (Special Interest Groups) that explore the possibilities of computers and learning how to use and develop them. Helps organize HackIllinois and the Reflections | Projections Conference.
- CS Grad Student Organization (CSGSO): the organization for computer science graduate students at the University of Illinois.
- Black & African Americans in Computing (BAAC): an organization providing support for minorities in computing related fields that fosters scholarship, professional development, and a sense of community.
- Founders: has events and programs to nurture a strong culture and environment that educates, inspires, and motivates people interested in entrepreneurship.
- Latinxs in Computer Science (LCS): a special community to retain, support, and foster a close relationship among the underrepresented students.
- Project: Code: an organization that allows introductory and intermediate programmers to learn and explore with like-minded peers through group-based programming projects.
- Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM): aims to advance the application of mathematics and computational science to engineering, industry, science, and society.
- Women in Computer Science (WCS): an educational, service-focussed organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of young women interested in computer science and technology.
Engineering student groups offer opportunities for leadership, networking, and support.
- American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
- Engineering Council (EC)
- Engineering Student Alumni Ambassadors (ESAA)
- Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
- Financial Engineering Club
- Illini Hackers
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Promoting Undergraduate Research in Engineering (PURE)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Registered organizations enrich life on campus by providing programs like dances, lectures, movies, tournaments and races. Some examples of groups you'll find among the 1000+ RSOs include:
How to Apply
As a Grainger Engineer, your opportunities to do the impossible are limited only by your imagination. Here, you apply directly to your major of interest. This enables immediate interaction with faculty and peers, builds community, and assists your involvement in research and extracurriculars related to your academic goals.
All engineering applications are submitted through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. We do not use the Common Application.
- Select a program of study that best fits your skills and interests.
- Review all application requirements and prepare for each stage of the application process.
- Complete the online application through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
- Carefully read all emails sent from the department and university to ensure no additional forms must be completed after you submit the online application.