Hello, I’m Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Dean of the Graduate College. First and foremost, I’d like to welcome you to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Whether you are from the area, or from around the world; You are welcome here. We encourage every idea, every field of study, and of course: every student. As a former international student myself, Believe me when I say, you could not have picked a more inclusive Graduate College to begin your journey. We’re immensely proud of our past and current graduate students. Who continue to change the world with their innovation, their drive, and their dedication to their fields of study. Although the rigors of Graduate School may seem daunting at first, do not worry, the Graduate College is here to help you. We can help you navigate your first year of Graduate School, explore career paths, seek out fellowships, and connect you with resources. The Graduate College is designed to help you succeed. And we will be with you every step of the way. There are more than 14,000 graduate students, enrolled in 150 Masters, 90 Doctoral, and 25 Fully Online Programs. Some of you are here on campus, some of you are earning your degrees online. But know that no matter where you are, you’re part of our vibrant community. At Illinois, we value diversity in all dimensions. We have a deep appreciation for a wide variety of perspectives, and viewpoints, and an intellectual climate of respect. In addition to valuing diversity in community, we also care about you and your well-being. and we want to help you on your journey. One way we do this, is through our electronic newsletter: Grad Links. You will find announcements in it of events, opportunities, and resources to enhance your Graduate College experience. We’re so glad you are here, and we wish you all a happy, healthy, and productive year. From all of us at the University of Illinois Graduate College: Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome, to the University of Illinois Graduate College.