The beautiful 1,400-acre flagship campus of the University of Illinois is just one reason Champaign, IL has earned a spot (for a fourth time!) on our Best College Towns list. Is Champaign a great college town? Absolutely. But it's also so much more than that: a tech-friendly home base for entrepreneurs, an art-loving community, a sports town, an international city and a foodie's paradise.
Let’s start on campus. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is ranked #52 for public colleges in the United States, according to US News & World Report. It’s known for its engineering program, which ranks sixth in the country, but also offers 150 undergraduate degrees through 16 colleges. The university is a great value for local students, and is a highly regarded destination for international students.