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Illinois Scholars Program

The Illinois Scholars Program is designed to help guide undergraduate students’ transition to the University of Illinois for select admitted new students. The Illinois Scholars Program (ISP) aims to combine opportunity and access, experiential learning, and support to position students for academic success and personal growth throughout their time at Illinois.

The Illinois Scholars Program begins with a four-week intensive summer bridge experience for incoming freshmen, then continues to provide support and community for Illinois Scholars during their undergraduate years. During the summer experience, Illinois Scholars will be matched with a current University of Illinois student mentor, receive personalized math and writing instruction, and build a strong relationship with peers and campus to support them during their first year and beyond to help them meet the rigorous challenges of university life.

The Illinois Scholars Program for 2023-2024 is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in partnership with several colleges across campus. The Illinois Scholars Program is supported by generous donations from graduates of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.