Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3145 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I only ate in the dining halls for the first semester, as I moved into my sorority house for the second semester. UIUC has loads of dining halls, one that even caters to vegetarians. However, in my experience much of the food was unhealthy and didn't look very appealing. However, there was always a salad bar in each of the dining halls, the options ranging from each dining hall. Meal plans were a bit of a hassle. You could either choose between having too many credits or too few credits. I worked in the dining halls first semester so I got free meals so it wasn't a huge deal for me but my friends often complained about their meal plans.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Because it is a very large school, receiving the financial aid you want can be a hassle so my family does not push on it. We are a middle class family and accept the aid we receive since we know that we probably would not get any additional aid unless my family had special circumstances.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The attendance policy varies from class to class but most of them have been average for me. Alcohol use in dorms are documented by the RA and a certain number of violations will land you in trouble. Drug use is taken very seriously at UIUC as well as the honor code. I know several students who have gotten into trouble for drug use and cheating. Cops also raid bars on a very frequent basis.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The cost of living is somewhat expensive, albeit cheaper than the dorms. The cheapest ones are off-campus and are a 20 minute walk to the quad from what I have been hearing. There is a nearby community college, Parkland, but I have not met anyone from there yet. Transportation is amazing, buses will take you all over campus and there is an app that tells you the arrival times of buses at certain stops.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: As a student in greek life, I am required to live in the chapter house for a school year. I will be living in the house this upcoming school year so I can not speak for my experience with off-campus housing.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a club sport for everyone out there. Many perform well during tournaments and games and many recognize club sports as a great way to stay in shape and meet new people. Unlike other schools, many do not recognize our football team as a huge integral part of the UIUC athletics. Many more people would be seen going to a UIUC basketball game. However, UIUC has much school spirit, students are often wearing uiuc apparel during school days.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: UIUC's greek life is one of the biggest in the nation. Greek students are extremely proud of their chapters and you will often see students wearing their letters. Greek life often dominates the social atmosphere of the campus. You will often be asked "Are you in a house?" if you meet someone at a bar. From my personal experience, non-greeks have a stereotype about greek students. Many find that they cannot get into parties and become bored of the bars, especially if they are male.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UIUC offers services such as SafeWalks and SafeRides, which I have used on numerous occasions and have been thankful for. However, many attempted robbers/robberies and sexual assaults still do occur. It is very frowned upon to walk home at night alone, especially since there are actual high chances of something bad occurring, which speaks volumes to UIUC's safety.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife at UIUC is the best! There are plenty of parties going on during the weekends and bars are always an option, even during the school week. However, many parties are thrown by fraternities so those not in greek life might have a difficult time getting into them.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is very diverse. I've met people from different countries and people of different religions.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is always something to do on campus. U of I is really great at accommodating everyone. Our athletic facilities are clean and big, catering to everyone's needs. There are over 30 libraries on campus as well as multiple bars.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Campus facilities are amazing. Everything is kept clean and although some buildings are old, many renovations are being done to make them better. The main quad is beautiful and the heart of campus.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my university. Classes are great and there is always help available if you need it. Lectures are a little big sometimes. Professors are top notch.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Students have great job prospects for the future with a degree from U of I. There are huge career fairs every year and students almost always have a job quickly after graduating.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: The social party scene is top notch and everyone always has a great time. Students are also responsible and know when enough is enough. The bars are always a great place to be to be social and most events occur there.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Campus is full of budding relationships so the guys and girls at my school are great. Students are all relatively good looking and share lots of common interests. Everyone is very social

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at my school is awesome. It is very social and many greek students can be seen out and about at any given time. The houses are huge and for the most part kept up pretty nicely. Greeks and non greeks don't interact as much but the relationship there isnt bad.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The life off of campus is culturally vibrant. Downtown there are many places with live music and art theaters. Its fun to venture out there every once in a while

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Our school athletics are pretty subpar compared to other big ten schools. We are not super competitive so I think that plays a role. Our students do however have a large amount of school spirit anyways and game days are always full of orange and blue.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity on my campus is great because we have a large number of international students. That provides for many different points of view on topics and helps us to learn to be more accepting.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The sports programs on campus are nationally renowned and often compete at a high level within collegiate organization. We often cheer on many of the sports team and are well supported by the alumni network as it brings together many generations of Illini for similar causes. The intramural program at UIUC is less than spectacular in organization but is well participated by students from all backgrounds. The programs could be developed to accommodate a longer season without inconveniencing those who do not participate. The capacity for these activities as well as the locations are more than suitable and have been well provided by the university.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus experience is individual to each student as there are different means to exploring these areas. One must do a bit of exploration to find the many gems that surround campus but are limited to on campus without regular transportation means. The variety is quite significant as a reflection of the student body but is not centrally located and must be sought out to be discovered and relished.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The school is quite large and accommodates studies of all origins, interests, and studies. The campus encourages acceptance of all cultures and interdisciplinary as well as cross cultural exchange to promote a unified and diverse community.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: There is a large variety of dining options on campus between dining halls, restaurants available on campus, as well as the option to purchase unfinished foods from food vendors for home cooking. You can certainly find any type of cuisine on a campus as large as the Urbana-Champaign grounds and will be as pleased as I have been with the available options.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Will be living in an apartment next year. Excited to have more space and private bathroom.


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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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