Champaign, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 2927 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The intramurals are prominent and the athletic facilities provide students with up to date facilities.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It is normal college town with many off campus amenities, but it is nothing like a big city.

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1 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is temperamental and may affect students going to class.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health services are there, but not always the most reliable. It is a big campus, so there are problems with assault and theft.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug and alcohol abuse is prominent on campus, but the University is taking necessary steps to prohibit and aid students with dealing with the abuse.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It is a small campus town and thus options are extremely limited. It is reserved for fast food and sit down chains, unless students know where to look.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It is strict when it concerns drug use, parties, and underage drinking, especially since the campus has a prominent "bar scene". However, officers are kind and helpful and usually respectful.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are many options and the University is currently renovating their public housing. There are also many private housing options that fit students' needs for upgraded amenities.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very prominent and the UIUC campus boasts one of the largest Greek communities in the nation. It is fairly easy to find a sorority or fraternity to fit a student's needs, but there do remain bad stigmas related to the fraternity and sorority system.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are not very many parking options, but there are meters and UIUC parking lots after a certain hour. Some spots require city parking permits.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bus system is confusing at first, but once students get used to it, they are easy to use and are timely.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors offer numerous research opportunities and there are always options for work study programs. The registration process is done efficiently and there are many classes that are with renowned professors, but also smaller classes to promote learning.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Good, but sometimes confusing as to which classes are available. It is extremely interdisciplinary and can sometimes cause confusion and miscommunication between students and advisors.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My program had an average application process and did not require any additional materials.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I dont go out much, but hear it is good.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It is just okay. I eat off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am not eligible for aid.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Local weather doesn't affect my experience.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I live off campus; however, from what I hear campus has a safe vibe.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are average. I use my own personal laptop all the time. The network is reliable as I connect remotely almost every night.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Disappointed in education, cost, faculty.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Rainbow Garden, awesome, cheap Americanized Chinese food. Lots of pizza places, some Indian places. Plenty of good food.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: They try but there's still a lot of crime and a lot of dangerous drinking.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are pockets of people who are really trying to make the university diverse and pleasant for all people but their efforts aren't enough. There is a "house" (a place to hang out and where relevant events are hosted) for each minority: Latino/a, Asian, Native American, African American, and LGBT and there are programs/groups which fight for equal treatment, but there are a lot of insensitive redneck idiots who say and do hurtful things, even targeted at Chancellor Wise recently. I wouldn't say that the university as a whole supports racism, but they could do more to fight it, certainly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There are a lot of things to do in CU. Plus you're really not that far from Chicago. I really enjoyed the community.


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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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