Location
Aurora, IL
Undergrads
2,608
Tuition
$20,100
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 436 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is small, which is convenient for students

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a good school, however I do not believe it is for me. I don't feel like part of the community, and there are some times I just don't want to be here. If i could do it all over i would not pick this school, because it hasn't really met my expectations as far as a college experience should go.

4 College Freshman

Majors: there are plenty of opportunities for an internship

3 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into a program is not too difficult, theres just a lot of stuff involved with it

1 College Freshman

Parking: We do not have enough parking for all the students that go here. Students have to park in the residential area, for which of not careful, they can get tickets for. Although the parking pass fee is reasonable ($25), it gets to be a waste of money just because half the time students are not able to even use the parking area.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are iffy. Some are really great and friendly, and some you even question how they got a doctorates. Registration is a hassle because no one knows how to register on their own. Classes fill up quickly, especially because of all the students we have had this year.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food here sucks! There are only two places to eat, the third option is a cart that is part of the commuter plan, and it's probably the most decent place to get a good snack. The cafeteria food is questionable, and there's not too much variety. There is no fresh cut fruit available, you must purchase separately with"points". As far as "the spot" goes, the food is bad quality, and the people who work there aren't always friendly. I would never eat any kind of "meat" from there, because once it made me gag. Everything else is pretty much fried, and there are not many healthy options

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not involved with Greek life, so I don't know much about it. But they don't seem to recruit as many people as you would think. However, they do throw some events that all the students are invited to.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: AU tries to give any incoming student a scholarship. We have many people out of state here because of a sport scholarship. They also work well with students to get the financial help they need by offering grants and student loans

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Like previously stated, its a dry campus and a zero tolerance for any kind of drug/gun/alcohol reference. If seen coming back intoxicated or high, and seen by a famous officer, there's potential dismissal from the university.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The closest off-campus restaurants are just fast food, and a BDubs, Panera, and Starbucks. I'm not aware if they offer student discounts, probably not.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are a decent size, and most of them have been renovated in someways. However, those that have been untouched are dark and dingy, and have really old bones. Some halls don't even have AC. There's not many amenities in the buildings. There is laundry, but it costs money, and sometimes the cards you have to put the money on, don't even read, so there goes like five bucks. There's a vending machine, and some couches in the lobby, but that's it. Even though we all live in the same building, there isn't much of a community feeling. Each floor kind of keeps to themselves. My floor although, thanks to my RA, is very close knit and friendly, but I have heard that the other floors are not as close to each other as my floor, which I am grateful for

2 College Freshman

Weather: Well, we're in Illinois, so it snows a lot which sucks, so it's a lot colder when walking to classes, thankfully its a small campus so it's not too terrible. During the warmer months, there are a lot of students hanging out on the quad, or playing a sport on the quad.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are plenty of organizations that acknowledge differences. We have a black student union, and LGBTQ, a latin student organization, and a religious organization. Usually, there is something here for everyone, but they aren't very well-known across the campus.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most students here are in "cliques". The hockey guys are all friends, the football dudes are all friends, etc. They don't really talk to many people outside of their clique. Like most colleges, the girls mostly wear yoga pants and uggs, where as the guys usually wear some type of AU shirt, or team shirt

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is nothing to do at this school! Yeah they have events that tries to rope students in, but not many people go; and if they do have an event, it's at 10 at night, when most people are sleeping,especially when they have class the next day. It's a zero tolerance school, so there are no parties on campus. The school has one place for students to hangout, and theres not much to do there either.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's a dry campus, and alcohol is not allowed on the premises obviously. Although, if you're coming to school for a good time that requires alcohol, this is not the campus for you.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's located in Aurora, which is a big city, but theres not much to do that's close to campus. It's a residential campus, but the houses are old, and in close proximity of one another, so parking sucks.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Are school is in NCAA division three for football, and we aren't very good. However hockey and volleyball are very good. The "fitness center" for students is merely a small room with some treadmills and weights. The athletic fitness room is a lot nicer, however it is for athletics specifically, and is located in the basement of Alumni Hall, which is where the gym is located. Oh, and our gym isn't air conditioned so if you're trying to watch a sport, you get claustrophobic and sweaty, so you want to leave like after the first half of the game.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The problem with the dorms is that even though all students have an id card to get in, any other person is able to just follow the student in as well. They don't really check to see if people that are entering the dorms actually go to the school, because they just assume. I would prefer that they had some what more of a strict policy, especially because the campus is located residentially, and anyone living nearby could just walk in behind a student. We have a Wellness Center, and although it is technically on campus, it is not in a very convenient location. Students have to walk on a separate street to get there, and for some it can be a walk, especial if it's cold and the student is sick.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Each major has a specific advisor, which gives students the opportunity to get the close -knit feeling, and one-on-one time if they have any questions. If you are in a specific major, the school sends out emails if necessary to keep students aware of what they must do in order to continue the education down the specific path they chose.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus, so I don't know how convenient it really is. We are in the middle of the suburbs, so many landlords do rent out to college kids, but then some landlords don't because they're college kids. Parking sucks over here because it is residential and the streets are very small, and because everything is so close together, it gets very crowded during school hours.

3 College Freshman

Computers: We only have a few labs, and most of the time they are packed. Sometimes the wifi signal dies, and sometimes it doesn't work as well as most would like. There is free printing in the library and the Spartan Spot, but either all the computers are taken that are hooked up to the printer, or the printer is out of order.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is limited parking here, so most people may not even find a parking spot to put their car. In addition, we do not have a campus shuttle that takes students without cars to the closest grocery store.

College Junior

Nightlife: Don't live close to campus.

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