- Intermission period between classes changed from five to ten minutes.
- Cosmopolitan Club house damaged by fire.
- Argos Club became chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.
- Aztec Club re-organized as Psi Upsilon fraternity.
- Baseball team took Western Conference championship, having won all of its fourteen intercollegiate games.
- Mary E. Fawcett appointed Acting Dean of Women.
- Class of 1910 donated terra cotta container–known as Celebration Urn–which was installed on Illinois Field
- First Homecoming on UI campus occurred. Illinois football team defeated Chicago by a score of 3-0.
- The University of Illinois Alumni Association of India became the first overseas Illini club.
- Control of Daily Illini invested in a board of six trustees–three faculty members and three undergraduates.
- President William Howard Taft visited the University.
- Publication of Facts for Freshmen authorized.
- First Siren published.
- Champaign voted to go alcohol-free.
- Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt visited Champaign.
- Council of Administration ruled that students may not join fraternities until they have completed eleven hours of study.
- First annual mass meeting for women held.
- Pan-Hellenic Council voted against hazing.
- Colleges of Literature and Arts and of Science combined.
- Student votes defeated petition to open theaters on Sundays.
- Chapter of Jewish fraternity Zeta Beta Tau established.
- Robert Zuppke appointed football coach.
- Transportation Building completed.
- Class of 1912 donated “Eternal Flame” bench.
- First issue of Fortnightly Notes, supplement to the Alumni Quarterly, published.
- Lincoln Hall dedicated.
- Kappa Alpha Nu, first African-American fraternity on campus, was organized. Group’s name was later changed to Kappa Alpha Psi.
- Ex-President Draper died.
- Phi Beta sorority became Gamma Phi Beta.
- Trustees approved system of freshmen advisers.
- All classes adopted class hats.
- Sack rush replaced pushball contest.
- East wing of Commerce (now Administration) Building completed.
- Council of Administration banned popular dances from University functions.
- Lincoln Hall gateway was gift of Class of 1913.
- All athletic and social events called off because of scarlet fever.
- First African-American sorority–Alpha Kappa Alpha–on campus was organized.
- Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi established.
- First annual freshmen cap burning held on Illinois Field.
- First campus sing held.
- Martha Kyle appointed Acting Dean of Women.
- University boasted largest fall enrollment up to that point: 3,906.
- Fifteen thousand people attended Armory dedication.
- President James’s wife died.
- Kappa Alpha Theta house damaged by fire.
- Stock Pavilion completed.
- Football team shared national championship title with Army.
- Lambda Chi Alpha established.
- Louise Freer appointed director of physical training for women.
- Council of Administration declared end to class scrap.
- Armory completed.
- West wing of Commerce (now Administration) Building completed.
- Fire destroyed the Co-op Bookstore. The new building constructed in its place will ultimately house Follett’s bookstore.
- Long-time professor and former acting regent Thomas Burrill died.
- Fanny Cook Gates appointed Dean of Women.
- Movie “Pro Patria” filmed on campus.
- Lorado Taft, ’79, and Roland Conklin, ’91, announced gift of bronze Alma Mater statue.
- William B. McKinley gave $100,000 for construction of University hospital.
- On April 21st, 136 students withdrew for military and farm work. This figure grew to 1,000 by May 5th.
- Military instruction began
- YMCA and new Women’s Residence Hall used as barracks.
- Daily Illini launched “smokes and chocolates” fund for Illini overseas.
- Fall enrollment was twenty percent below previous year’s number.
- Panhellenic Council abolished dances for the year.
- University service flag raised with 2,960 stars–one for each Illini in the service.
- Daily Illini published semi-centennial edition.
- Gamma Epsilon Pi established.
- Dean of Women Fanny Gates resigned. She was succeeded by Ruby Mason.
- Some 3,000 students enrolled in Student Army Training Corps (SATC).
- Woman’s Residence Hall (Busey Hall) completed. (This was the first residence hall built by the University.)
- Phi Delta Psi became national ‘Mortarboard.’
- Matrix re-organized as Theta Sigma Chi.
- Chapter of Jewish sorority Delta Alpha Omega installed.
- Homecoming canceled because of war.
- Influenza pandemic struck campus. About 300 students were afflicted, with roughly ten deaths.
- Classes canceled in celebration of end of World War I.
- Alumni Association released University of Illinois in Action, a film showing University life.
- David Kinley appointed acting president.
- Women’s Residence Hall opened to students.
- Victory Homecoming attracted large crowds, including many Illini veterans.
- Wartime restrictions on student dances abolished.
- Chapter of Jewish fraternity Phi Epsilon Pi installed.
- The University closed early for the winter holidays because of a coal shortage.
- Football team shared national championship title with Harvard and Notre Dame.