Irwin Academic Center

Academic Counseling Brochure

The Irwin Academic Center first opened up in 1997 and gave a home for Student Support Services for student-athletes. The Irwin Academic Services Center is home to one of the best athletic academic student support programs in the country. The staff is dedicated to working with Illinois athletic teams to ensure that all of our student-athletes are balancing the athletic, academic, and social responsibilities that arise during their time in college. Staff includes:

  • 8 Full-time Counselors
  • 2 Learning Specialists
  • Nutritionist
  • 2 Graduate Assistants

The Irwin Academic Center is home to many support services for the Fighting Illini. These programs include:

  • Study Table provides a quiet place to study and computer lab use, and includes various learning environments, such as group, individual, and private.
  • Tutor Program provides one-on-one, small group, and drop-in sessions in all academic areas.
  • Champs Life Skills provides student-athletes with opportunity to make a successful transition to college, and enhance their growth personally & professionally.
  • Illini Leadership Academy
  • Career Services
  • Community Service
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics continues to pursue a “Best of Both Worlds” mission for each student-athlete on the University of Illinois campus. This is evident in the recent success of the past year:

  • 3.12 cum GPA for all student-athletes in Fall 2012
  • 4.00 GPA for 14 student-athletes in Fall 2012
  • 59% of all student-athletes earned over a 3.0 GPA in Fall 2012
  • 3.12 cum GPA for all student-athletes in Spring 2013
  • 4.00 GPA for 21 student-athletes in Spring 2013
  • 62% of all student-athletes earned over a 3.0 GPA in Spring 2013

In 2007, a five million dollar expansion was completed. A few of the highlights of this project are:

  • Increasing facility size to 20,000 sq ft
  • Increasing computer work stations from 30 to 75
  • Added a laptop station work area
  • Wireless Internet Availability throughout the building
  • Large Multipurpose Room
  • Increased Private tutoring rooms from 8 to 18
  • 50+ seat auditorium for meetings and presentations