Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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

1 College Sophomore

Facilities: Snobby in a Weird Way – most people have a weird sense of entitlement. A lot of people think they're smart when their program here is very average, and look down on people from other schools when really they're no better off than they are. others think they are party animals when really they were loser in high school and didnt start partying untill they got here, its odd

2 College Sophomore

Weather: the fall is ok, winter is brutal as usual and there is ice everywhere. spring is nice like everywhere

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Dont Get Me Started – the campus police only care about underage drinking. they raid the bars all the time, yet when a kid gets mugged on campus they're nowhere to be found and have never done anything to help security on campus. they're a joke and it needs to change quickly before someone gets killed

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: technically alch is a drug so in that case the drinking scene is prevelent, but nothing to write home about. other than drinking its pretty much pot or addy, never seen or heard of people doing hard stuff.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Good Enough – the labs get crowded a lot, but the quality of the computers and labs is good

3 College Sophomore

Academics: other than engineering, all the programs here are really average. A lot of people here act like they're smart because they're in a business program or somthing when really compared to the rest of the country are truly average

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: unless you're the perfect student the best aid you'll get is a small loan

1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: there has been a lot of issues with the townies coming on to campus and mugging or beating students late at night. Never walk alone at night. During the day is fine, but dont think just cause your anywhere on campus you're safe once it gets late.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are a ton of kids at this school so you can find almost anything you want to do. But most of the people are from the same area. School spirit is not what i expected, most people could not care less about any of our sports teams, which sucks. A lot of the students here go out a good amount, but most of them act like they have never partied before.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: It Went Smoothly – Financial aid at a school like U of Illinois is smooth and well organized. They deal with thousands of students and take care of hundreds of different situations.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Are Everywhere – We have one of the biggest Greek scenes in the whole nation. Hundreds of fraternities and sororities are available to our students and a large number of students take advantage of joining them. However, those who wish not to go Greek have plenty of other opportunities and will not feel that they are missing-out.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Most of them are under construction, but the renovations are great. The libraries are some of the top in the nation, and the athletic centers are newly renovated and constantly used by students and the public.

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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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