Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Junior

Weather: Walking to class after a snowstorm is ridiculous. People are falling left and right because of the ice on the sidewalk.

4 College Junior

Athletics: School Spirit – The fans on the Illini basketball are great. They are called the "Orange Krush" and their dedication to their team is amazing.

4 College Junior

Computers: Printing on Campus – The computer labs offer printing that bills your student account so it's easy to do and very convenient. If I ever need to quickly print something before class and don't have time to run home, I will just go to one of the labs on campus and quickly print what I need then get to class.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life at this school is huge. I rushed and joined greek life early this year and it was undoubtedly a great decision. There's so much more to do when you're a part of greek life. Although the benefits are mostly social, there are philanthropic and leadership activities as well. Plenty of my friends are GDIs (God Damn Independents-people not affiliated with Greek life) and they have a blast at this school as well. Although some Greek students may look down upon GDI's, most don't care. The sorority of frat that you're part of kind of defines who you are in a way. When people hear what house you're a part of they get a feel for what kind of person you are. Greek life can definitely be seen around campus - many people proudly wear they letters around school and at the bars.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Experience as of Far – Great balance of social and academic life. Professors are dedicated and really want the students to learn. There are numerous opportunities offered to students in regards to furthering their education and experience. The workload is definitely reasonable; it's all a matter of time management. Most popular study areas are Engineering, Business, and Biology/Chemistry. I'm an out of state student and have not gotten homesick once. There's so much to do on campus; the opportunities here really are endless

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: 19 Year Old Bars – With the bars at the University of Illinois open to 19 year olds (they just cant be served) it makes for a very large drinking scene. Marijuana is the most common illegal drug, but I would say the enforcement of policy is very sub-par.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Leggings and Ugg Boots. I'm pretty sure the only thing in every girl's wardrobe here at the University of Illinois is UGG boots, leggings, and north face fleece jackets. It is a social school, but cliche? I think so.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: University of Illinois does encompass all ethnicities to my knoweledge; however, it is obvious that much of the student body is comprised of white students. The second most group on campus being orientals. The amount of latino and african-american students on campus would seem to be roughly 2 for every 100 students.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The ARC is amazing – No one should ever gain the freshman 15 at UIUC, because the Activities and Recreation Center is phenomenal. It's all brand new, with high tech equipment and gorgeous architecture. I hate working out, but I love going to the ARC!

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As a freshman in the dorms, I've learned that as long as you don't disrupt anyone, you can really get away with drinking at any time. Drugs, however, are a no-no. Do not smoke weed in the dorms, you will get caught.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are tons of parties all the time and plenty of places to go. You only have to be 19 to get into the bars on campus so a lot of people go to bars at night. There's a wide variety of bars for dancing or just sitting down and hanging with friends. There's a pretty good bus system here and its free for students so it's convenient and most buses run every ten minutes and pretty late into the night.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Most of the campus is gorgeous but right now there is a lot of construction going on which is kind of an eye-sore. We have a great new work out center that has everything you could ever imagine and it's very clean and all the equipment is in great shape. There are tons of libraries all over campus and they're all very helpful. All of the buildings are old and have really cool architecture and are just a constant reminder of the history of the university.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel generally safe on campus. If any crime ever occurs the chief of police sends out a mass email to the student body so everyone is aware of the issue. Of course it's always necessary to be cautious at night like locking doors and not walking alone. There are always police officers driving around campus and even more at night. Also all the dorms have ID card access at night.

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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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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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