- Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team won the National Championship.
- University received funds to renovate Lincoln Hall.
- Stanley Ikenberry named interim President.
- Michael J. Hogan named the 18th President of the University in May.
- Student Dining and Residential Programs building–first part of Stanley O. Ikenberry Commons construction project–completed.
- University of Illinois led the nation in the number of Fulbright Scholarships awarded.
- February snowstorm caused classes to be canceled for two days.
- March 23rd fire on Green Street forced Mia Za’s Cafe, Zorba’s, and Pitaya to close. The businesses reopened roughly one year later.
- Phyllis Wise named Chancellor.
- Mike Thomas appointed Athletic Director to succeed the retiring Ron Guenther.
- Ron Zook fired as football coach and replaced by Tim Beckman.
- Jolette Law fired as women’s basketball coach and replaced by Matt Bollant.
- Bruce Weber fired as men’s basketball coach and John Groce named as replacement.
- UIUC students approve a fee to help the Daily Illini in March.
- Michael J. Hogan resigned as President and Robert Easter chosen as his successor.
- Alma Mater statue sent to Forest Park, IL for renovation.
- Timothy J. Nugent Hall completed.
- Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) went on strike.
- Late March storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on the campus, causing classes to be canceled.
- University police increased their use of surveillance cameras.
- Blue Waters computing facility officially opened.
- Alumni astronaut Mike Hopkins spoke to students from aboard the International Space Station in October.
- In November, the YMCA lost support from the Catholic Church over its connection to a group that supported same-sex marriage.
- Assembly Hall renamed State Farm Center ahead of expected renovations.
- Former student Dany Sammak from Saudi Arabia arrested and deported after making terrorist-like threats on campus.
- In January, Chancellor Phyllis Wise was the target of sexist and racist online comments after her decision to keep campus open despite the cold.
- College of Business offered a 3D printing class.
- Adjunct instructor James Kilgore’s contract was not renewed because of his former ties with the Symbionese Liberation Army.
- Illinois’ pension reform laws resulted in mass retirements.
- Crop Sciences major Richard Fu of Taiwan was reported missing in June, after going swimming with two other students off the coast of Brazil while studying abroad.
- Chancellor Phyllis Wise blocked the appointment of Steven Salaita to the American Indian Studies Program. As a result, nearly 6,000 professors nationwide support boycotting the university, 16 departments voted “no confidence” in the administration, and Salaita sued the University after being denied a request for public documents.
- Timothy L. Killen named 20th president of the University of Illinois.
- In December, Central Black Student Union organized peaceful marches and a Die-In when hundreds of students protested the events that unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri regarding Mike Brown.