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Reviews 3237 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Freshman

Campus Housing: I haven't been there yet

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't started school yet.

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had any, but I do plan to.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of places off campus

College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I haven't looked around that much yet, I wouldn't know.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Again, being a carless freshman meant I never really left campus.

College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I didn't leave campus too much, so I don't really know much about local stuff.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never noticed any issues, so I guess I assume it's really good.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't know much about it, because I never really broke any rules.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food on campus is decent, I'd rate the quality about on par with a place like Chile's or Applebee's. I know those places aren't fantastic, but that's still not awful when you have it every day.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't know, I didn't really ever go to any parties.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: We have 2 lectures a week with 100+ students, and 2 smaller classes per week, with 15-20 people. I personally don't like lectures very much, because I learn much better if I have a better connection with the person teaching me. High school was a breeze, largely because I was kind of friends with all of my teachers, whereas this is certainly more difficult, in part because of the distancing between me and the professor.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are several career fairs each year, with many large companies appearing. A couple of the big ones that matter to me are SpaceX and Boeing.

College Sophomore

Diversity: I don't really notice diversity. If you ask me if some guy is black, I'll be able to tell you, but it's not like I walk around keeping count of each ethnicity. I know that there are some of each ethnicity, but I don't know how diverse it is, and I've never really encountered any diversity related problems.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are fantastic. Every professor I've had has very clearly enjoyed their job, and they really get into the lectures. The TAs are also generally as good as the professors, and often if I misunderstand something the professor teaches, I can go to a TA for easy clarification.

College Sophomore

Academics: I don't really know yet. I've only completed my freshman year so far, and all of my classes were just gen eds or prerequisites for my major.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most of the girls I see on campus are fairly attractive and, as far as I can tell, dress fashionably. I don't know about the guys though, as I'm a straight guy.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: For the most part, the campus is beautiful. Many of the buildings have been there for over 100 years, and there are all kinds of different building designs. The only real flaw I see with the facilities is that many buildings don't have air conditioning, including some of the dorms, which makes for a very uncomfortable first few weeks.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I haven't really participated much in Greek life. I'm not part of any fraternities and I haven't been to any frat parties, so all I know about it is by word of mouth. And as far as I can tell, being involved in it may be fun for some, but I'm not really interested.

4 College Freshman

Majors: UIUC offers a variety of majors that are considered some of the top programs in the country.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Neuroscience is offered through IPS to undergraduates. So those who wish to major in this field must go through the tedious process of creating their own track and getting it approved.

College Freshman

Majors: I plan on interning in the summer.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: We have beautiful facilities. #1 princeton review, but our football team is terrible. Illini basketball is getting pretty big though.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was offered no scholarship money or grants. I received one option to take out a subsidized (0 interest) loan for a very small amount. The rest of my "aid" was an option to take out the rest of the money in the form of a loan with 7% interest. My family is not particularly affluent and I consider myself an above-average applicant in context to the typical profile of a high-school senior applying to illinois.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: the ike's food is actually really good.


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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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