The University of Illinois at Springfield was established in 1969 as the Sangamon State University. On July 1, 1995, it became a part of the University of Illinois and adopted its current name. The university campus comprises of more than 15 buildings in Springfield, Illinois. UIS confers bachelors and masters degrees to around 5,000 students every year and is organized into the following academic divisions:
UIS competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' American Midwest Conference and in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. They are also members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. The University of Illinois at Springfield's sports teams are known as the Prairie Stars.
Some of the notable alumni of UIS are Timothy Davlin, the Mayor of Springfield, Illinois; Gordon Heddell, the Inspector General of U.S. Department of Labor; and Michael S. Schwartz, the Chairman of US Railroad Retirement Board.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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