Student Life in Peoria


Located midway between Chicago and St. Louis along the Illinois River, Peoria combines all the amenities of big-city living with the friendly comfort of the Midwest.

The Peoria medical school campus is located in downtown Peoria, adjacent to our major academic affiliates, UnityPoint Health - Methodist and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Together, these two hospitals provide access to more than 900 patient beds and serve a patient population of more than 2 million people. OSF-SFMC is a Level I trauma center with the busiest helicopter transport service in the State and is also the home of Children’s Hospital of Illinois, the only full service tertiary hospital for kids in downstate Illinois. UnityPoint Health - Methodist serves patients with a wide range of disorders and houses the psychiatry and family medicine residencies.  The Peoria campus has 11 residencies and nine fellowships with more than 260 residents and fellows. The healthcare economy is the largest employer in Peoria. Students also learn and train in the new, world-class Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center.

Here, students will find small class sizes and learn from residents and faculty who are approachable, accessible, and who are expert in their field. Students often relate directly to their attending physicians in a community dedicated to education.

In addition to a large academic clinical environment, students reside in an exceptional mid-sized city. Named an All-American City in 2013, Peoria has its own ballet and symphony orchestra, is home to an NCAA Division I basketball team, a minor league baseball and hockey team, a world-class zoo and the Peoria Civic Center, which hosts nationally-recognized concerts and live Broadway shows. Peoria has one of the largest park districts in Illinois, including five public golf courses, an indoor skating rink and access to miles of walking/biking paths. Peoria also enjoys a low cost of living and is home to the Fortune 50 company, Caterpillar Inc.

The Peoria campus has its own student government which fosters an environment of participation, and students have many opportunities to take part in faculty-guided research, international health care rotations and community service education.  

Click here for a listing of all current student interest groups one can join while studying at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

In addition to the above, there are many other volunteer and leadership opportunities in the local community.