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Alma Mater

Corner of S Wright ST and Green ST, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL
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Looks great in orange and blue

This is always one of the biggest attractions for visitors to see on campus. But for 3 days before... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2017
joe-chicago-23
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Chesterfield, Missouri
Revered statue but not "sacred"

I was just telling my son yesterday (he graduated from U of I) that I admire that Alma Mater is a... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
Mark S
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Antioch, Illinois
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Corner of S Wright ST and Green ST, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

This is always one of the biggest attractions for visitors to see on campus. But for 3 days before graduation ceremonies it was fitted with an oversized cap and gown. The line to take pictures of this, or to stand in front of it while...More

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Reviewed 24 April 2017

I was just telling my son yesterday (he graduated from U of I) that I admire that Alma Mater is a revered and beloved iconic statue and symbol of the university yet, it is not treated as "sacred". Meaning, the students and university will dress...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 12 March 2017

The statue has been there "forever", and has a great message. But really, I don't see what all the hype is about. Nice to have it there and all, but I don't see it as a destination or even as an activity...just something interesting to...More

Thank Cello12345
Reviewed 15 January 2017

If you do not take at least 100 pictures with Alma Mater while you are a UIUC student, did you really go here? "To thy happy children of the future, those of the past send greetings." Go Illini!

Thank ElanKaroll
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Beloved Alma Mater, flanked by Labor and Learning; however, after the repair job, a small group of students sneaked in a vote to coat this statue to keep it an ugly brown color instead of allowing it to age with patina back into its former...More

Thank Denise M
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Everyone goes here to get their photo taken, and it's easy to see why. It's inspiring and monumental.

Thank CathyLen
Reviewed 25 October 2016

I never paid much attention to it when I was a graduate student there. However, I do "stop by," take a look and read the inscriptions whenever I return to campus for visits. "Impressive" is an understatement.

Thank urbanguy
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Love the symbolism of this statue where the students of the past welcome the students of the future. In the 70's this looked green and needed to be restored and now it has been! Beautifully!

Thank fizzy1991
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This is hard to miss as the structure is so imposing and impactful ! Love the message and the architecture - truly an inspiration to all students !

Thank Lall888
Reviewed 21 July 2016

The renewed and improved Alma Mater was always striking to behold even before the work done to clean & stabilize the statute had begun. This is a wonderful way of tying one's experience and growth at U of I into a visual summation that everyone...More

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