Springfield is located in central Illinois and is home to our state capital, the Illinois General Assembly, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the Office of the Governor of Illinois. It has an active downtown area with many historic sites and tourist attractions, including the newest museum in the Midwest that celebrates Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President, his family and his years in the White House. Lincoln lived in Springfield from 1837 until 1861 spending those years as a practicing lawyer and politician.
Springfield is also home to the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) campus positioned on the southeast edge of the city on almost 750 acres of beautiful and spacious land. In the fall of 2015, UIS will welcome its newest students; those interested in pursuing a degree in nursing. These students while being able to stay close to home and attend the Springfield Regional Campus, will be a part of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC CON), a top ten nationally ranked nursing institution.
U.S. News & World Report ranks UIS as the top regional public university in the state of Illinois and one of the best public regional universities in the Midwest. The rankings reflect the strength of the student body as well as the high-quality, teaching-focused academic experience. UIS is known for its small class sizes allowing personal interaction between professors and students.