Champaign, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Libraries Are Great – We have three libraries on campus and they are a very nice place to study. Each library offer student workshops for homework and papers. They offer a lot of useful resourse to help you gain the knowlege you need.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus Life – Campus life is very fun. There are alot of fun places to hang out.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm underage So I can't even go to bars or clubs. So I just stay at my friend's house and throw a party.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: University of Illinois has a largest public university library in the U.S. There are libraries in every college bulidings.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Financial aid process is very easy at Univ of Illinois. The majority of scholarships you are automatically entered for by completely the school application and fasfa.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I would rate the housing a B. Lots of options, different areas of campus, different types of room set ups, dining options. Lots of campus security especially late at night.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: If you want it, you got it. We have the biggest Greek population out of any school in the states. But there are PLENTY of people not in greek, so there will be no trouble finding those who aren't into greek life.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Research! Know What Crowd You're Getting Into – The dorms are pretty mediocre, but freshmen don't really know the difference between what's considered good and bad. Rooms are tiny, so most students don't live in dorms after freshman year (it's required for all freshmen). It's important to know what type of crowd you're going to be surrounded by - dorms can make a big difference! Dorms in Champaign are mostly for those interested in frats/partying (Six Pack), and dorms in Urbana are a little more low-key. Allen Hall has the artsy type people, ISR has more engineers/Asians, and PAR/FAR have the minorities.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Greek System – U of I has the largest greek system anywhere. Offers many options for fraternity/sorority life.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Most often the area around and outside of campus has alot to offer in the way of nightlife. Whether it's a sports bar, club, etc., there is a variety of options.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Expensive, but Conveniant – The parking permits are expensive, but there is a variety of 4-5 parking lots for the Vet school alone. All of the Parking lots are within a 5-7 walking distance, and there is always an open spot to park in no matter the time of day.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I do not see much police action, however the veterinary campus is rather safe. The university security keeps everyone posted of emergency situations via e-mail so that everyone is up to date on the most recent issues

4 College Freshman

Academics: Highly Accredited School – I have chosen the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine over 3 other veterinary schools to which I was accepted. The way the curriculum is focused and centered on the students is what I love so much about this university. The professors are amazing. They are always there to help and very easily available to students. They respond to email in a very timely manor and are extremely friendly. The Lab assistant are more helpful than I could have ever imagined. I love my education and university. Attending the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The Midwest is not a region for people that love constant enjoyable warm weather. The weather here fluctuates all the time. We have every type of weather, from hot and humid, to cool and breezy, to freezing and snowy. Classes are very close to the dorms and bus stops which makes bad weather easier to handle. Regardless of what the weather, there are always fun activities to partake in.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Everywhere! Most apartments available for students are relatively close to campus, and accessible by buses that run on campus. There are also quite a few apartment complexes located on campus. Sometimes they're not even as expensive as the room and board for campus dorms! Although they do go fast, they are advertised just as often as campus dorms are.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining Halls – The dining halls in the dorms are not too bad. Although they do have many options to chose from, you feel like you've had everything already by the end of the semester. It sure beats high-calorie (and eventually expensive) fast food though. Plus, you can't go wrong when the dining hall is in your building, and you don't have to cook.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty Diverse – The school would seem pretty diverse, but if you're American, you might feel like you're the minority, especially if you're an Engineer. If you're Out-of-State, you'll find that most Americans are from Illinois.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: A Little Something for Everyone – Lots of walking grounds, covered with grass and trees and some parks. A street adjacent to campus is covered with restaurants and bars. There are always concerts going on at the Krannert Center and the Assembly Hall.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Are Fast and Reliable – Most of the computers are running Linux and are optimized for academic work. I've always been able to find a computer for me to work at in the lab.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Work hard, party harder – U of I students know how to party. College students can be found stumbling down Green Street heading to several campus bars every night of the week. The best thing about the U of I bar and dance scene is that all campus bars are 19+. Fraternity and apartment parties on the Champaign side of campus are always popular choices on the weekends, although such events tend to be exclusive and invite-only.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Definitely Going to Miss It – U of I was a great experience for me as an undergrad student. I wouldn't change it for the world. I met a lot of great people and had the opportunity to get involved in all sorts of fun clubs and activities. There's something here for everyone. Definitely feels like home.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Easy on the Eyes and Love to Party – The boys on this campus are definitely nice to look at. There's always someone around who's willing and ready to go out and have fun.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So Many Choices – The Off-Campus dining options are amazing. Many of the restaurants deliver to campus via the campusfood website. It's really convenient.

3 College Student

Parking: I don't have a car yet but based on what I have heard and saw it is hard to find a parking spot on campus. There is a lot of walking involved when going from class to dorms however

5 College Student



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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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