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Great memories

Loved seeing the Alma Mater after many years away. It is so worth the stop if you're back on... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2018
South Bend, Indiana
A great work by Lorado Taft

This statue is a highlight of any U of Illinois visit. Graduates wait in long lines to have their... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Urbana, Illinois
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

Loved seeing the Alma Mater after many years away. It is so worth the stop if you're back on campus.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank monicacN2080AI
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This statue is a highlight of any U of Illinois visit. Graduates wait in long lines to have their graduation picture...cap and gown...taken in front of this statue. Lorado Taft was a well known sculptor. His Abraham Lincoln is in Carle Park, Urbana by the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank HKMS086
Reviewed July 19, 2018

Taking a pic by Alma is a classic part of a UIUC visit experience. Don't miss out on a chance to add to your insta.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Emily S
Reviewed July 4, 2018

We made a brief stop just to get a feel for the U of I campus, and were glad to find metered parking just across the street. Some campuses are not so “visitor friendly” and you’ll be frustrated trying to find parking near a landmark....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank James M
Reviewed May 22, 2018

A magnificent bronze statue depicts the welcoming embrace of a new student's Alma Mater, or Nurturing Mother, which in the past represented the loving care that a college or university would provide for its students, and then welcome her alumni when they return to visit....More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Karen K
Reviewed September 2, 2017

When one visits, you have to come here to take a photo of course. There are always people around here hanging out or taking photos.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed May 15, 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

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank joe-chicago-23
Reviewed April 23, 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

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank R5871BQmarks
Reviewed March 12, 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

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Cello12345
Reviewed January 15, 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!

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank elankaroll
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