Illinois has one of the largest and most vibrant Asian American university communities in the Midwest. It was recently listed as one of the best colleges for Asian American students. Our campus has a total close to 17,000 Asian American and Asian international students, which makes almost 40% of students at the UI are of Asian descent.
Asian Americans have a strong presence on campus and a long history of student activism since the late 1970s. Over the past two decades, we have developed many resources to address the needs and interests of Asian Americans and those interested in Asian American issues. Opened in fall 2005, the Asian American Cultural Center provides the University of Illinois community with space to gather and share the diverse and rich cultures that are a part of the Asian American experience.