The University of Illinois is one of the top-ranked educational institutions in the world where students from different parts of the world come to pursue their higher education. Media sources like ‘Times Higher Education’, ‘U.S News & World Report’ and ‘Academic Ranking Of World Ranking’ have often published lists of top universities around the world and this institution has often appeared on these lists. The campus of this university is unbelievably huge and sprawls over more than 4500 acres. More than 600 buildings are situated on University of Illinois’ vast campus. The University has also been praised by media and masses alike for producing several noteworthy students, who are making waves all over the world for their incredible accomplishments. The notable alumni association of the University of Illinois includes names like film critic Roger Ebert, entrepreneur Marc Andreessen, businessman Steve Chan as well as author and motivational speaker Suze Orman. Roger Ebert has been extremely popular within Hollywood circles and cinema lovers not just for his impressive reviews, but also his books. One of his works ‘A Memoir, Scorcese By Ebert’ has been a favorite among several aspiring filmmakers. Scroll below to find a list of well-known personalities who studied at the University of Illinois. The names on the list speak volumes about the kind of students this renowned university has been producing over the years. Probably this is why this university receives applications from all parts of the world.
Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner
(Founder of Playboy Magazine)

09 April 1926

American

Larry EllisonLarry Ellison
(Founder of Oracle)

17 August 1944

American

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson
(Civil Rights Activist)

08 October 1941

American

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

18 June 1942

American

Jawed KarimJawed Karim
(Co-Founder of YouTube)

28 October 1979

German,American

Temple GrandinTemple Grandin
(Professor)

29 August 1947

American

Shel SilversteinShel Silverstein
(Poet)

25 September 1930

American

Jack WelchJack Welch
(Former Chairman & CEO of General Electric)

19 November 1935

American

Steve ChenSteve Chen
(Entrepreneur)

18 August 1978

American

Herbert SobelHerbert Sobel
(U.S. Army Officer)

26 January 1912

American

Suze OrmanSuze Orman
(Author, Television Personality, Motivational Speaker)

05 June 1951

American

Dorothy DayDorothy Day

08 November 1897

American

Dave EggersDave Eggers

12 March 1970

American

Rafael CorreaRafael Correa
(Politician)

06 April 1963

Ecuadorian

Jack KilbyJack Kilby
(Inventor of integrated circuit)

08 November 1923

American

Allan ShermanAllan Sherman
(Writer)

30 November 1924

American

James R. ThompsonJames R. Thompson
(Lawyer, Politician)

08 May 1936

American

Rosalyn Sussman YalowRosalyn Sussman Yalow
(Medical Physicist)

19 July 1921

American

Wallace Hume Carothers Wallace Carothers
(Inventor of Neoprene & Nylon)

27 April 1896

American

Arnold Orville BeckmanArnold Orville Beckman
(Chemist)

10 April 1900

American

Kandeh YumkellaKandeh Yumkella
(UN Executive, Economist, Politician)

05 July 1959

Sierra Leonean

John Robert SchriefferJohn Robert Schrieffer
(Physicist)

31 May 1931

American

Robert W HolleyRobert W. Holley
(Biochemist)

28 January 1922

American

Polykarp Kusch Polykarp Kusch
(Physicist)

26 January 1911

German,American

Edwin G. KrebsEdwin G. Krebs
(Biochemist)

06 June 1918

American

Vincent du VigneaudVincent du Vigneaud
(Biochemist)

18 May 1901

American

Ann Carlson KhanAnn Carlson Khan
(Shahid Khan’s Wife)

American

David OtungaDavid Otunga
(Lawyer, Actor, Professional wrestler, Television actor)

07 April 1980

American

Deron WilliamsDeron Williams
(Basketball player)

26 June 1984

American

Carol Moseley BraunCarol Moseley Braun
(politician, diplomat, prosecutor, lawyer)

16 August 1947

Max LevchinMax Levchin
(Computer scientist, Entrepreneur, Businessperson)

11 July 1975

American

Iris ChangIris Chang
(Historian, Journalist, Writer)

28 March 1968

Chinese,American

Sheila JohnsonSheila Johnson
(American businesswoman)

25 January 1949

American

César PelliCésar Pelli
(Architect, Entrepreneur)

12 October 1926

Argentinian

Ed BoonEd Boon
(Programmer, Engineer, Screenwriter, Computer scientist)

22 February 1964

American

Donald JohansonDonald Johanson
(Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Prehistorian, Paleoanthropologist, University teacher)

28 June 1943

American

Sri Mulyani IndrawatiSri Mulyani Indrawati
(Economist, Politician, University teacher)

26 August 1962

Indonesian

Richard HammingRichard Hamming
(Mathematician, Computer scientist, Engineer, University teacher)

11 February 1915

American

George CrumbGeorge Crumb
(Composer)

Mark Van DorenMark Van Doren
(Poet, Autobiographer, Literary critic, University teacher, Professor, Writer, Journalist)

13 June 1894

American

Paul HalmosPaul Halmos
(Mathematician, Philosopher, Statistician)

03 March 1916

Hungarian,American

Andrew YaoAndrew Yao
(Computer scientist, University teacher)

24 December 1946

Bernard ShawBernard Shaw

1940 AD

Michael GrossMichael Gross
(actor, stage actor, television actor, model railroader)

1947 AD

American

Scott D. AltmanScott D. Altman
(Astronaut, Fighter pilot)

15 August 1959

American

Bob NovakBob Novak

1931 AD

George CarruthersGeorge Carruthers
(Physicist, Scientist)

1939 AD