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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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Being out of state, I'm scraping by to afford college. Essentially, the only aid I received was in the form of loans with interest. Finding a way to afford this is harder than school itself.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This Place Is My Home – Coming from Florida, I was looking for a completely new experience. That is what I've received so far at the University of Illinois. Everyone is very innovative, inspiring, and interesting. I couldn't have made a better choice (aside from the out-of-state tuition bill).

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Are Central – UofI has a great basketball team but our football lacks. Its very exciting to be involved but sometimes you want to win.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: Stay in State – I'm not from Illinois, so the school is NOT very forthcoming with the financial aid packages. My suggestion? Apply for as many scholarships, both in and outside of school, as possible.

4 College Senior

Transportation: MTD Is the Best – Illinois' bus system is great. You can call or text MTD to find out when the next bus is coming to an intersection near you which is useful once it gets, and stays, cold outside. Safe rides, and safe walks, are also another option free to Illinois students. There are cabs around Champaign and usually they're pretty cheap.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Private Certified Housing – I lived in Illini Tower my freshman and sophomore years. Illinois has regular dorms and private certified options that are supposed to be nicer and are suite/apartment style living with a meal plans. Socially, it was awful because people always had their doors shut and it was extremely hard to meet people. It's overpriced considering how outdated everything is but the food is really good. It's close to the quad, so you can't beat the convenience, but I wish I would have lived in the dorms to meet more people.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Surprisingly Good – The on-campus dining is pretty good. There are many options for vegetarians, as well as for healthy eating. Some dining halls also have specialty food for some days of the week, such as Mexican food or Soul food. For those who don't plan on getting a meal plan, there are also plenty of other options, such as eating out at Green Street, which is really close to the campus.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: No Experience – I have no experience with the financial aid process at this University.

2 College Senior

Parking: One Big Headache – Parking, like on most college campuses, is hard to find. There are a plethora of meters, but parking enforcement is more strict that the local police department is on underage drinking. Free overnight parking for guests is far away.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus Monopoly – The property companies in the area monopolize their profits on the students. These buildings have been present for years, the upkeep on them is delayed and needed, and the rent is huge. If you want to live on/near campus, you will be overpaying for it. There are not many options to choose from company wise, but there is not way to escape it unless you are willing to live a 10 minute car ride commute away.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Alot of bars, have to be 19 to get in. Frat parties and stuff.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There's 40,000 students on campus, and many of them are exchange students or international students. Definitely alot of diversity ethnically. There are alot of clubs so you'll definitely find somebody with the same interests as you

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: U of I's Dining Options – Pretty good variety, but during the winter months, students who don't have a car will find it hard to get to them since they're mainly on Green Street.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial Aid is very recommended because tution is very expensive. Scholarships help a lt with minimizing the cost and out of pocket money you would have to spend.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: All Types of Different People to Meet. u of i has a lot of different ethnicities such as, African american, Asian, Latino, Native Americans, and etc. i'm not really sure of the percentages but it is pretty diverse here. The professors all come from different backgrounds as well. The diversity is one of the greates things here at u of I because it gives you the oppurtunity to network, and meet new, and different people!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dine at Flat to Grill! Flat Top Grill is a create your own stir-fry restaurant off campus that is wonderful! The food, and service is great, if you bring your student ID you can even get a discount! It's my absoulte favorite because, it's inexpensive, with good food, and great customer service. Other great off campus restaurants are Red lobsters, Hooters, Chilis, and IHOP among many more.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District – We are extremely fortunate to have such a great public transit system operating at U of I. The bus system is extensive and highly organized. Whether staying on or heading off campus, there is always a bus to take you there. Many of the busses come once every ten minutes, so waiting is not a huge deal. Additionally, the MTD provides "SafeRides" at night if you do not feel comfortable walking home alone (which is a good idea!)

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Smooth and Efficient – I was very impressed with the amount of aid I received compared to other Big 10 schools that I applied to. The process was simple but make sure you stay on top of it. The earlier you get it done, the more aid you most likely receive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Be Smart! There aren't many cars on campus so police needed to find another way to ticket students. The top ways to get a ticket come from drinking and jaywalking. You're allowed into bars at age 19 which can be a good thing. However, cops do occasionally raid bars and hand out underage drinking tickets. Campus police is also extremely strict on jaywalking, and this is often how they pull over drunk underage students so be careful!

4 College Freshman

Computers: It seems as though nearly every university building on campus has computers which students can access. There are computer labs in every resident hall and there are several libraries which also have computers available. Depending on where you go, printing ranges from 5 to 10 cents per page which is fairly cheap. Wifi is available in most buildings on campus and network speed is very fast. However, I would recommend bringing your own laptop so you can work out of the comfort of your own room or even bring it to class with you for easy note taking.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I had to fill out fafsa, like every college student who wants to worry about financial aid. The fafsa is tedious and very long. But it is helpful nevertheless.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking at the University of Illinois is a hassle. If you want to drive your car to class, forget about it. You would probably rather take a bus or walk. The prices are decent, about $0.25 for 20 minutes. There are always places to park for free, but they are an inconvenient walk from the campus and classes and such.

4 College Junior

Athletics: We have a big ten football team. That means the pre-gaming, and games are incredible. The stadium is always packed, and the games are thrilling to watch. The football stadium is big and always fun to walk around. Our team has a very rich history and I am proud to be part of it.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A lot of people complain that the University of Illinois barely gives out any financial aid, and that can be true depending on your situation. The only financial aid I received from them was in the form of federal or state grants. I think I won a one-time $300 scholarship from the university itself, which helps, but doesn't go very far. They don't seem to hand out merit based scholarships or full rides unless you are a minority, National Merit Scholar, or have a random special circumstance. Overall though, the financial aid officers are friendly and helpful and will try to work with you if you explain your situation.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Private Housing – Private housing at the University of Illinois may seem like a great option for those who are creatures of comfort (suite-style bathrooms, housekeeping services, private pool, large spacious rooms), but you should be aware of the fact that they are going to be a lot less social than the freshmen dorms in University Housing like the Six Pack (Ikenberry Commons). If you live in private housing, be prepared to have a lot more difficulty making friends right away, unless you join a sorority or a fraternity.


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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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