Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3145 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Freshman

Parking: It is horrible, you can never find a spot and the police are very stricted with tickets

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: They freshman dorms have a wide variety of options to choose from. There are private housing, which are much nicer then the regular dorms, but are more expensive. And then there are the regular dorms, the rooms are smaller, but they are more social.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The University Is Affected by the Financial Situation – The university does not place providing the best education possible as its highest priority, and if it does it doesn't know how to do it. Professors who may excel in areas of research make terrible teachers, and demand more and more pay. Money is spent on what I think are trivial things, and then the university says that they do not have the means to provide financial support. However, there are many external sources of aid that can contribute in your finances.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We Are 60K Strong – With a school this big there is no doubt that there is a group or organization that shares in your interests or talents. As it is a campus-town, there are many places that cater to the interests of the student. 3 walmarts!! And we have a good bus system. Don't have to walk in the snow

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Champaign Urbana Loves Students – The campus itself is a college campus town. The town is used to, and thrives on the presence of college students. Therefore there are many places, whether shops or restaurants or whatnot, that cater specifically to the college student demographic.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You find a ton of different types of girls and guys at Illinois. Depending on what style you're into or what type of person you find attractive, you're sure to find someone that fits the bill.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Everything You Need Is on or Near Campus – Downtown Urbana and downtown Champaign are quaint and full of culture. From art galleries to jazz clubs to cute bakeries, they have everything you want from a small town. They're not too far off campus, and the buses get you there fairly quickly.

4 College Senior

Weather: It's Great – The winters can get somewhat cold, but usually I love spending most of my time at the quad.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Not Too Strict – The strict rules about alcohol & drug use are helpful to prevent dangerous behavior.

5 College Senior

Computers: Necessary Software Available – I like that the lab computers contain the software that is necessary for all of my classes. The systems are relatively new and the speed of internet is extremely fast. Very satisfied!

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's Not Bad – U of I doesn't offer many academic scholarships, so pretty much the only money you are going to get money to go to U of I is through the FAFSA. There are some scholarships, like from ROTC and the different colleges on campus, but there are not many. More opportunities become available as you progress through your college career, but there are not many scholarship opportunities available for incoming freshmen.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's a Party School, Not Going to Lie – U of I is a big 10 party school. Drinking is a very popular activity on campus and people go out all the time. Other people go out everyday but Sunday. Since you only have to be 19 to get into the bars on campus, there is a lot of underage drinking at the bars because most people know someone who is 21 or has a fake ID. A lot of people smoke weed on campus, but it is not nearly as popular as drinking. No one forces you to drink or do drugs, people understand that this is an educational institution and that if you don't want to participate in such activities then that is fine. In regards to policy enforcement, there is no policy enforcement at the frat houses. Basically, in regards to getting caught, you are the safest at a frat house. There are bouncers, security guards, and undercover cops at the bars, so if you are going to drink there you need to be very careful because there is definitely a chance that you will get caught.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Overall I Feel Safe – Overall, I think campus is a pretty safe place. But that doesn't mean that you don't have to be careful because crime happens all the time on campus. I get crime alert e-mails at least twice a week. You just need to be smart. Stay in groups and don't walk around alone at night, and stay away from the sketchy parts of campus, basically anything past First Street and north of University. Campus police does make an effort though with having safe rides at night. And the dorms all have ID cards for their residents and you can only get in at night with the ID.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: No School Spirit – no one seems to care about most of the sports. on satuday in the fall you can not even tell that there is a football game that day, its scary. some people care about basketball, but none of our sports are well supported compared to ther schools

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Nothing Special – the gym is very nice, but eveything else is not pretty to look at

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pretty Good – at times i wish i went out of state, the people here are depressing at times and a little dorky for me. but the academics are solid and its close to home. but i cant help but wonder what if i had gone to a more fun school out of state with an equel academic reputation.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Large and in Charge – a ton of houses, greeks with out a doubt have a lot more fun than independents. but dont go as hard as you'd like or think they would. nothing special compared to the rest of the country

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Bars Bars Bars – its all about the bars here. the frats throw down here but not nearly as much or as hard as they'd like you to beleive. A lot of amateurs here, dorks who think they're cool now that they're in college

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: very good and convienent, take you anywhere in the area fast and run fairly late

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: there is so much good on campus housing it would be stupid to go off campus. plus off campus is not safe at all

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pretty Good – a good amount of food options. most places are open late and very convienent

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: as always its mostly white people, but there are a TON of asians and indians. so it's fairly diverse

2 College Sophomore

Academics: a huge workload, alot of it is reopetitive and mindless. very blah programs all around here, aside from engineering

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Huge School So There Anything and Everything – im a guy so i can only speak for what i think of the girls here. there are a good amount of good looking girls, but i have not seen any gorgous girls. they're known as being the slutiest girls in the big 10, probly because they feel like they have somthing to prove due to them not being coolest or best looking in high school

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: best social experience of them all, the food is aweful but the social advantages are well worth it

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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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