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Illinois State University

Founded: 1857 Illinois State University
Nickname/Mascot: Redbirds / Reggie Redbird
Colors: Red, White
Motto: Gladly we Learn and Teach
Location: Normal
Illinois State University in Normal is the states oldest institute of higher education. Sean Hayes and and John Malkovich attended the school

Northern Illinois University

Founded: 1895 Northern Illinois
Nickname/Mascot: Huskies
Colors: Cardinal, Black
Motto: Forward, Together Forward
Location: DeKalb
Homer Simpson himself, Dan Castellaneta, is among the alumni.

Northwestern University

Founded: 1851 Northwestern University
Nickname/Mascot: Wildcats / Willie the Wildcat
Colors: Purple, White
Motto: Quaecumque sunt vera
("Whatsoever things are true" (Philippians 4:8))
Location: Evanston
Northwestern in Evanston is a popular school for fictional characters to apply to for admission, including by Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Parkland College

Founded: 1966 Parkland College
Nickname/Mascot: Cobras
Colors: Green, Gold
Location: Champaign
Champagne is home of the University of Illinois and the lesser known community college Parkside College.

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Founded: 1869 Southern Illinois University
Nickname/Mascot: Salukis / Brown Dawg and Grey Dog
Colors: Maroon, White
Motto: Deo Volente
(God Willing)
Location: Carbondale
SIU was the first major university in the United States to be handicapped accessible in the early 1960s.

University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana

Founded: 1867 U of Illinois
Nickname/Mascot: Fighting Illini
Colors: Orange, Navy Blue
Motto: Learning and Labor
Location: Urbana & Champaign
The former mascot, Chief Illiniwek ("The Chief"), was retired officially in 2007 as a misappropriation and inaccurate portrayal of indigenous culture. It is the largest and flagship university of the University of Illinois system. Alumni have gone on to create, among other things, You Tube. It is the among the top 10 universities in the US with the largest undergraduate enrollment.


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Updated December 2011