Champaign, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3198 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Fans would be more into the teams if they won more games.. I think that athletes walk around campus thinking they own the place.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Most guys are either super into greek life, or super nerdy....

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Everything is right there! Any type of food you want, you can get.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: It's going to be hard, but the study areas are awesome. There are 40 libraries on campus!! USE THEM!

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: You have to do clinicals and shadow people in your field. The field is very competitive, so make sure to have a very high GPA.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I like the U of I looks at the broad picture, instead of just looking at your ACT scores and such. Make sure to have a good personal statement written, and volunteer!!

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I absolutely love the research experiences and the opportunities to get to know your professors.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I love downtown Champaign. It's a little hard to get to if you don't have a car, but once you're there, it's a fun area.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I think the greek life is overkill, but the people who are into that thing really enjoy the greek life there.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The landlords are all scamy and the apartments are WAY over priced for what you get.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: On campus nightlife is awesome! I really enjoy the atmosphere, and prices are right. It's definitely a fun area, and the bars are 19 instead of 21 year old bars! :)

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I don't like that the process is completely random. So if you get into the University on priority admissions, that doesn't mean you get your top priority on dorms. Someone who got in on the last set of admissions might still get a better dorm than you.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The scenery is beautiful, but the cost of college tuition is too expensive and overwhelming to the non-resident students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: U of I overall has a good atmosphere there are a few museums and such on campus. The shopping is ok either you can go to Green St. or go to the mall if so inclined. The recreation center, ARC is great and people are always doing things if it is nice out. As for safety it seems that there always safety alert emails, but I have never experienced anything. As for sports teams our football and men's basketball team are the jokes of the Big Ten.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I just entered my program, but it has been very time consuming, but rewarding.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: They're good, worth checking up on and giving them a chance

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's convenient and great for something to eat. The taste and quality is how we all describe it.."ehh, eatable".

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Been to many frats and their parties. Fun, although most of the time it depends on the people you know.

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College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was accepted as an international student, thus I was not acknowledged for scholarships, grants, or federal aid. From what I've seen, they're very helpful when they see the talent.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The most diverse place I have been in. You'll find anyone from many tastes and styles.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's acceptable for the size of the university. Not much I can disagree with.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I've liked the whole party scene, although I wish there would be more public events where students can engage in. This includes music events and frats.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: From what I heard it is very much worth it and high up in the quality of experience. I'll be looking for one this summer.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: It's horribly competitive and sometimes you're just waiting on people to fail so that they can drop out of the major and you can move in.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's the same as in other college towns. There are not many repairs done to place that look torn down.


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Emily Thiersch
Wilmette, Ill.
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One might expect some tentative and even negative opinions about any school, but this is truly not the case here at U of I. Students are proud of U of I’s history, proud of is academic accomplishments, proud of the social opportunities it offers, and, most of all, they are proud to be alumni. For so many students to view their choice to come here as an unequivocally good one is a fantastic testament to the University’s strength.

Of course students here have plenty to complain about—the weather, the parking, the Greek social scene, the rural location. But all things considered, the positive points of the U of I experience tipped the scale—the University’s academic excellency, the safety, the social atmosphere, the athletic tradition, the city’s excellent transportation system. Some students admitted that they had a hard time adjusting, that they occasionally wished they had made another decision—but in the end, they were all happy to be here. The most encouraging fact was that so many people mentioned that they were leaving as better people, more knowledgeable, eclectic, and better equipped to navigate through life. University of Illinois students do not just leave with a piece of paper in their hands, they leave with a wealth of experience that is not easily rivaled—and, for in-staters, without enormous debt burdens to face when they graduate.



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