International Summer Advertising Academy | About Illinois
University of Illinois
The University of Illinois has long ranked among the nation’s most distinguished teaching and research institutions. As the largest public university in the state, the U of I Urbana campus hosts over 42,000 students. Its diverse, world-class programs reflect the mission of a comprehensive, land-grant university. Eleven colleges, two institutes, and two schools offer 4,000 courses and 150 programs of study. More than 150 centers, laboratories and institutes perform research for federal and state agencies, private industry and other campus units. In 2005, The U of I spent nearly $500 million on research and development in science and engineering and ranks 16th among U.S. universities for money spent on campus research. Explore Illinois more here.
Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising
From the moment of its founding, The Department of Advertising at Illinois was considered the best. Thanks to Charles H. Sandage – known as “the father of advertising education” – and the stellar faculty he recruited, the department was ranked as the top undergraduate and graduate program throughout the 20th Century. As the leading institution for advertising education in the world, the department faculty has adopted a curriculum entitled “The Sandage Way” that lays claim to the philosophy of our founder while positioning us for the future. We are committed to continually address the evolving practice and definition of advertising through our teaching and scholarship. In the Sandage tradition, we will focus on the “why” of advertising in the social and economic contexts in today’s marketplace. This philosophy provides the foundation of our mission to generate ideas, produce knowledge and educate individuals who will impact the theory and practice of advertising locally and globally.
Champaign-Urbana, home to the University of Illinois, is a place where the sense of community found in small cities and towns meets the outstanding cultural and entertainment opportunities usually associated with major metropolitan areas. It is a place where world-class faculty members are your neighbors, and where leisure is laced with learning. This short video showcases many of the great things that Champaign-Urbana has to offer.