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Urbana High School (above) was established as the public high school for the city of Urbana in 1872 and serves over 1,100 students.


  • Urbana School District #116 is the public school district serving the Urbana community and consists of an early childhood school, four neighborhood elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an adult education center. Urbana is known for the progressive, high-achieving school system of Urbana School District 116 and its great Urbana Tiger spirit. The district's elementary schools have a neighborhood focus and are co-located with beautiful park facilities; all of the schools have been recently renovated and two of them offer international instruction in a multitude of languages. The middle school offers an indoor aquatic center and the high school has recently upgraded its athletic and performing arts facilities on its beautiful, historic campus. In 2010 and 2012, Urbana High School was awarded a Bronze Medal by U.S. News & World Report compilation of “America’s Best High Schools.” The school was also named to College Board’s AP Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012 for increasing both access to AP courses and participation by minority students while maintaining or improving the percentage of students scoring a three or higher on AP exams.

  • University Laboratory High School is a selective admission, public laboratory school sanctioned associated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The school serves academically talented students, residing in Illinois, from the sub-freshman level (combined 7th and 8th grades) through high school. The school is notable for the achievements of its alumni, including three Nobel laureates and a Pulitzer Prize winner; Uni High has also been recognized as a "public elite" school by Newsweek because of its students' high scores on the SAT.

Higher Education
  • Parkland College: Since 1967, Parkland College has offered educational opportunities and community enrichment to thousands of students and visitors from across Illinois and around the world. The third largest community college district in Illinois, Parkland offers over 400 degree and certificate programs as well as  a library collection of over 120,000 volumes, an FM radio station, educational TV station, experimental agricultural land laboratory, art gallery, and exceptional physical education and recreation facilities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center. Parkland's cultural center contains a 320-seat performing arts theater and a 50-foot dome planetarium, the second largest in Illinois.

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Since its founding in 1867, UIUC has been recognized as the state’s flagship public university and is consistently ranked as one of the top research institutions in a number of disciplines. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign at #41 for the 2022-2023 edition of National University Rankings. Notable alumni include 25 Pulitzer Prize winners and 23 Nobel Laureates. The University is noted as among the top ten U.S. universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually and is rated as one of the most "disability friendly" U.S. campuses.

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