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Building a Community at Illinois
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Hello Graduate Student,
By starting a graduate program at the University of Illinois, you have joined a large, vibrant community of people committed to exploring and understanding the world. You’re surrounded every day by tens of thousands of fascinating, dedicated, and creative people.

Within such a large and dynamic community, though, it can sometimes be challenging to connect with others. You may be wondering how to find those connections and build relationships with people around you. Good news, though: everyone else is wondering the same thing.

Read our latest GradLIFE blog post to learn how and why to build your support communities.

Campus Spotlight
Academic Resources

As you dive into your work, here are several resources that can help you further develop your academic research and writing skills. 

The University Library has a wealth of resources, including information for researchers, discipline-specific Library Guides, Savvy Researcher Workshops and reference librarians available to answer questions in person and through Live Chat.

The Writers Workshop offers consultations, workshops, writing groups and other activities.

If you have a disability that may be impacting your academic work, contact Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) for more information on the process to request accommodation.

Grad School Lingo

RSOs, Registered Student Organizations, are student clubs and organizations registered with the university. You can search the RSO database by category, including graduate students, groups with an academic or professional focus, cultural or ethnic groups, social interest groups and many other categories.

OIIR, The Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, works to make the Illinois campus welcoming and inclusive for diversity and cross-cultural engagement. OIIR offers programs, workshops and classes through the Cultural and Resource Centers on campus.

Next Steps

Join us in celebrating Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW). See the GSAW calendar for more information.

Read our GradLinks email newsletter on Sundays for information on upcoming events and resources for the graduate student community.

Check out one of the RSOs or Cultural Resource Centers of interest to you and participate in one of their activities.


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GradLIFE Blog
A behind-the-scenes look at the graduate experience


Biweekly job postings for graduate students