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Student Life

Student Life

Illinois offers the best of both worlds: the opportunity to study in the heart of agriculture, with access to the culture of a vibrant community.


The University of Illinois has a variety of housing (and dining) options. Surround yourself with students who share similar interests in private or certified campus housing, or stay in an apartment with a close friend. Learn more about University Housing.

Research Opportunities

In the Department of Crop Sciences, you will have the unique opportunity to work alongside professors and their teams on research projects that interest you. The best part? You can earn class credit during your experience! Learn more about our research areas.

100 Undergraduate students working alongside faculty

Jobs and Internships

Many of our students work part-time while going to school and/or complete paid internships with highly sought-after agriculture companies. Internships provide a great way for students to network and often lead to job offers after graduation.

Students intern with:

  • AgReliant Genetics
  • BASF
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • DuPont Pioneer
  • Growmark
  • Monsanto
  • Syngenta
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Additional companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations

Learn more about careers in Crop Sciences.

Student Organizations

From skydiving to Greek life, there is something for everyone among the 1,400 registered student organizations at Illinois. The College of ACES student organizations offer more ways to get involved.

The Department of Crop Sciences is home to two student organizations for students interested in plant sciences:

Field and Furrow Club

The largest organization in our department, Field and Furrow is a great way for students to get their feet wet in all aspects of agriculture. From philanthropy and social events to networking with industry professionals at monthly meetings, members have several opportunities to get involved and meet other students. Field and Furrow is a member of the national organization Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences (SASES). SASES members can attend the annual meeting and travel throughout the country competing against other schools.
Visit Field and Furrow on Facebook.

Horticulture Club

The Horticulture Club is comprised of members from majors across campus that come together for educational and recreational events. From floral arranging to stomping grapes, this club is an active group with a passion for all things horticulture.
Visit Horticulture Club on Facebook.

Study Abroad

Want to travel the world? Crop Sciences offers over 20 study abroad tours on six continents. More tours are available through the University of Illinois Study Abroad Office. Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we encourage all of our students to experience.
College of ACES Study Abroad Office
University of Illinois Study Abroad Office