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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A College Town – Champaign-Urbana is a college town. Everything is easily acessible to the students, especially transportation. The atmosphere here is very comfortable as a freshman away from home for the first time.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here can get really bad. From fall to winter it gets extremely cold. During the winter, we would get at least 3 snow storms. You have to be prepared for the fall and winter because it could get really bad.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We Have Tons of School Spirit!! U of I students has awesome school spirit! You will always see tons of people walking around with Illini gear on. Football is the most popular sport here, and they have tons of support. Basketball is the second popular sport.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartment Hunting: NOT Easy! Champaign apartments are pretty expensive. It is more expensive to lease an apartment on campus than off campus because everything is at your feet. Off campus apartments are kind of reasonable, but it is still pretty expensive. You will be lucky to find an apartment that has you pay $300 a month. Finding an apartment here is not easy, there is so much scouting to do. The quality of the apartments on campus are pretty nice and only some of the apartments off campus have good quality.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining at U of I – The dining options here are pretty flexible. You get a choice of 14 meals a week but no cafe credits(flex dollars), 12 meals and 15 cafe credits per week, 10 meals and 45 cafe credits per week, 10 meals and 60 cafe credits per week, and then there is also the option to have 100 cafe credits but you do not get any meals. The quality of the food at all of the dining halls are pretty good as well. The best place to eat, in my opinion is the dining hall at Illinois Street Residence Hall because they have more variety than all the other residence dining halls. The best place to spend your cafe credits(flex dollars) is at Ikenberry Route 66. They have everything you can think of there, smoothies, candy, all types of beverages, food, medicine, etc. It is kind of like the mini version of Walgreens, which makes it awesome to shop there.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Two Extremes – In the summer, the weather is great for being outdoors. However, in the winter, it snows A LOT and we never get out of class.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Plenty to Do – Even if you're not 19, or not 18, or not 21, there is something on campus to do late at night. The Canopy Club caters to the younger crowd, while the variety of bars is available to those over 19. There is always a party going on somewhere, and everything is within walking distance

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Usually Available – Printing on campus is relatively inexpensive, wireless is generally available in all buildings, it is very convenient to have a laptop, but there are generally accessible computers

3 College Junior

Parking: No Big Yellow School Bus Here – I do not have a car on campus but many of my friends do. Parking is difficult because it is extremely limited and you are only allowed to be at certain meters between certain hours of the day. I would suggest leaving the car at home and either using school-provided buses or just walk.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Being Greek Isn't Everything – Greek life definitely has a high priority on our campus but you do not have to 'Go Greek' to be accepted. When Greeks throw parties they are usually generous with drinks and allow different types of people from the campus to attend. Believe it or not, our Greeks are also heavily involved with campus activities as well. All the stereotypes about Greeks are not necessarily true.

2 College Junior

Computers: Can You Connect Now?...Good. When there is an overload of people in the libraries on campus the wireless connection is extremely slow. In order to get high speed action you have to go to the library very early or very late when there is no one around. More wire-less areas with high-speed internet would be pleasurable for a university of its size.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Check Out Downtown Champaign and Urbana – There are many bars and restaurants in downtown Champaign and Urbana. Some places allow online ordering.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: This school is the most diverse of all the big 10 schools. It is obviously still majority white, but there are a lot of other races as well.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Are the Best – The bus system here is really good because there are a lot of people who take it day in, day out. They run frequently and for almost the whole day. Anywhere you can think of going, there's a bus that goes near it. They even have a rack in front you can put a bike on if you want to both bike and take the bus. There's also something called SafeRides that you can call at night if you need to get picked up and dropped off somewhere you don't think the buses get close enough to. Best of all, they're free!

3 College Senior

Parking: Since the University of Illinois is such a large school, a lot of people like having their cars on campus and driving to classes. The University has grown and is still growing, so sometimes parking spaces can be hard to find or not close to where you want to go. You can get a permit to park at certain parking lots, or you can also park on the street in Urbana if you get a city permit which does not cost as much. However, another option is to go green and get a bike or catch a bus. You don't absolutely need a car to get anywhere here.

4 College Senior

Academics: When a lot of people think "nuclear," they might think of all the things that have gone wrong with it. But nuclear is also a form of energy that is used widely and competitively without releasing all the greenhouse gases and other pollutants coal, oil, and natural gas do. Here, at the University of Illinois, I am surrounded by people who understand this and look at it in a technical light. How can we use nuclear power to meet our energy demands? How can we improve existing designs and components so that the efficiency increases, so that it's safer, more reliable, and also sustainable. It is great to be part of this community because of the people here who help me learn and grow. Since the major is small, everyone is close with each other and I have not met a single person not willing to help another. The school itself is good about providing networking opportunities, holding career fairs, and providing resume critiques or mock interviews. Since it is such a big school, a lot of employers look for university hires here. It is an amazing opportunity overall.

2 College Junior

Parking: A lot of people considering UIUC will be coming from Chicago. Compared to there, parking's not so bad. But the campus is so condensed, and the bus system caters so much towards students, you're really better off not bringing a car.

A bike's a pretty good idea, though.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Career Center Is Great – I was an undeclared major, and the career center was a really big help in choosing a major.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Good Residential Neighborhoods – There are a lot of off campus housing options for students. You'd normally have to have 3-5 people living in one house for it to be affordable, though. They're all pretty convenient too.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not So Great – There is a crime alert basically every week, so don't walk around by yourself at night. The police doesn't really do much. Safe Rides is the best and safest way to get around at night, although sometimes you have to wait a while for them to get to you/get you to your destination.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: was at a frat party. They parked outside for a bit, but left.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many Restaurants Are Available on Green Street – Chipotle, Jimmy John's (which is local here), subway, etc. In addition, there are nonchain restaurants for sushi, chinese, korean, etc. Oh and there's a Taco Burrito King!

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities are quite new and the school is pretty good about finding funds for the construction of new buildings and improving on the older ones.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have a HUGE Greek life here at U of I. There are a ton of frats and a lot of sororities. I am not a Greek type of girl myself, but if I were, I would have plenty of options! They have parties every weekend and are always putting on great philanthropy events!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Life on Campus – The dorms are a pretty great place to live. You make lots of friends and get involved with a lot of fun activities. My RA acted as a mentor and a friend to me. And we still keep in touch. The cost is pretty ridiculously expensive though. It is like $10,000 dollars for the school year to live in the dorm with a meal plan. I am spending way less now in an apartment. The dorms are pretty close to campus though and I would say the most fun dorms are in the six pack! (Ikenberry Commons)

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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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