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Champaign, IL
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31,118
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Average
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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I Have No Problem With the Police – This is a large university, they can make plenty of money writing up underage drinkers with hefty drinking tickets. That is going to be the case at any large university. The only complaint I have is the lack of results in all the robberies, assaults, and various other crimes directed at students. Many of these crimes take place in broad daylight or in the heart of campus, not necessarily in boo-foo land. Parents all across campus are in a state of panic because of the frequency of "crime-alerts". It has definitely changed where I go, what time of day I do things, and my overall sense of uneasiness on this campus...focus more on our safety rather than busting parties!!!

1 College Junior

Greek Life: GDI's FOR LIFE!!! Good lord do I dislike frat boys. I'm pretty sure the only requirements for being in a frat are 1) gotta be a douchebag and a half, and 2) gotta be willing to wear sleeveless t-shirts and 2 dollar plastic sunglasses on an everyday basis. I've met people who literally won't be seen with me because I'm a GDI (god-damn independent). But I guess it sort of works the same way because I do my best to never be seen with a frat boy. Though it makes finding friends a little easier; they've already grouped the guys you couldn't pay me to be friends with into Greek houses. :)

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1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Signing for Apartments in October Is STUPID! I don't understand why people panic and start signing for apartments in October. As a freshman, two months may not even be enough time to get acclimated to homework, midterms, living on your own, etc. Yet, we are thrust into an unfair and unfamiliar position two months into college; by the end of the year, most my friends didn't want to live with the people they committed to living with the following year. But what can you do when you have only had two months to get to know these people and learn their habits, idiosyncrasies, etc? The facilities themselves aren't bad (if you get a good landlord), but the process is what chaffes me. The prices are unfair, too. Friends at other big ten universities get bigger, more modern apartments for cheaper than we do. How landlords can get away with charging more for an apartment in Chambana than downtown Chicago is beyond me.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: High Availability – There is a reason U of I has the reputation of being a party school. There is a lot of alcohol available always. There is a lot of pot as well, but I think the drug popularity goes way down from there on. If you want to avoid that scene, however, it is completely possible. I know many people who do not get involved in drinking or drugs, and many people that do. Peer pressure with drinking is high is Greek life, but outside of that,you can be friends with drinkers and not drink yourself.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of places to eat in Champaign-Urbana. There's Indian, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Greek, American, Japanese, BBQ, French, Italian, etc.

4 College Senior

Academics: Registration Process – UIUC's registration process is all online, which is very nice. The only downside is that some of the required classes may only be offered once a year and then they don't put enough spots for everyone that needs to take it.

5 College Senior

Facilities: UIUC has one of the largest library systems in the country. There is always a supply of information for whatever you need.

1 College Junior

Parking: They are going to be making meters $1 per hour, and there isn't much parking for dorms or apartments. Most students don't have a car.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Block I and Orange Crush – Athletics are huge at the U of I. The school spirit is immense, but the teams always seem to disappoint. Being part of groups like the Block-I and Orange Crush gets you great seats and is a blast to be a part of.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Grocery Stores Are Your Best Friend – County market is the best place to shop for students. It's relatively close and moderately priced. Shopping for food rather than eating out will save you tons of money.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Love My University – This school hass opened so many oportunities for me new friends sorority life and a really great learning experience.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I really do not think it has an impact. It is the midwest and we are lucky to have a varity of seasons.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Our Campus safety and security is taken very seriously police are always patrolling and due to the vast size of our campus I feel the job is well done. E-mail alerts are posted as soon as anything is in question.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Love Line – The University of Illinois is a huge. Therefore, the variety is also huge. Most people dress in jeans or sweats. However, there are the occasional boys and girls who dress up for class. No matter what you are looking for U of I probably has a boy or girl that fits your needs. The proof is obvious because relationships are all over campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – Housing at the University of Illinois ranges and there are many options. The university offers both public and private housing. Public dorms are wide ranging. The food is always good and depending on where you live it can be very spacious. For example, Busey Evans is an all girls dorm that offers air conditioning and big, clean rooms. However, the majority of freshman live in the 6 pack dorms. These dorms are very social and a good size but not all of the dorms have air conditioning. Private dorms cost more but also have greater perks. For example, Bromley Hall has a private pool, workout room, sacked lunches and bigger rooms with private bathrooms. There are only two dorms that I would not suggest. Both PAR and FAR are located in the outskirts of Urbana. Thus, the location itself is a turn off. The housing process is easy and the options are fairly good. Overall, what you make of your dorm life is what it will be.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Chambana Living – The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana has many local attractions. The student union boasts many activities such as a bowling alley, arcade, relaxing room, and food. Throughout the year there are many guest speakers and performances. For example, the boys from MTV's hit show The Buried Life came to speak. Cultural events are always happening at U of I. The cultural houses are located right next to the quad and offer many services. A perk of becoming involved in the cultural houses is that the first talk that you attend comes with a free lunch! There are many sports and recreational facilities. However, the Arc is the best place to rock climb, get a massage, take dance or yoga classes, swim, sunbathe, or just workout. The local mall is only a short bus ride away and has all the trendy shops. However, if you don't want to take the bus you can alway shop at the local shops right on Green Street. Some of the best places to get clothes are Pitaya and Urban Outfitters. One of U of I's best kept secrets is its Japanese Zen garden. This beautiful garden is relaxing and a good place to get away. Because Champaign-Urbana is a college town the local attitude towards students is very positive. The only thing to worry about at U of I is safety. Like any town it is not smart to walk alone at night. Safety is always important and for that reason safety has improved at U of I. Wether its lying on the quad taking in some sun, or going to cocomero for some frozen yogurt. The University of Illinois is one of the greatest college campuses to be on. There is always something to do or be a part of in Chambana.

3 College Student

Scholarships: Not Generous by Any Means – The University likes its money, I didn't get any financial aid and they werent generous with merit either, it's an expensive school so try and come in with some private scholarships already in hand

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: Not Unreasonable – I haven't seen the school exercise any thing outrageous or unreasonable, but they can get strict; Unofficial St Patrick's day is usually the craziest day of the school year and every police officer and staff member is no nonsense. For good reason, in years past kids have gotten hurt and sometimes killed in the heavy drinking.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Champaign Versus Urbana – Champaign-Urbana two totally seperate places. There has been alot of recent crime in Champaign and Urbana is generally viewed as alot safer though the apartments there can get expensive. Start searching early because the well priced places go fast.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food at U of I – There are an incredible amount of choices on campus. There are several different dining halls that serve a variety of foods. The new ikenbery dining hall has fairly good food and is worth getting a 14 meal a week dining plan. Make sure to take advantage of "late night" in the ikenberry.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Honestly, there are so many different places that a student can go to use a computer that there are very few times where finding a computer is even an inconvenience.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Business Program U of I – There is a unique feel to the University of Illinois's Business School. It brings a very large school and allows you to get to know a smaller group of approximetely 3000 people. The academic advisors do know your name. I really do enjoy being in the business program and it will help me with my future goals.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Great transportation during the week. Always busses running every few minutes. NO GOOD WEEKEND RO?UTES!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse Campus – Lots of foreign students, and a good mix of different cultures. You can learn a lot about different people and cultures while attending U of I. NO RACIAL ISSUES APPARENT.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Are Cool Need More Work – The greeks are very activie and cool. They are missing a few groups from the greek life but the ones I have seen they are on point but can step it up a little bit.

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Emily Thiersch
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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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