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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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Not Bad – I received a pretty decent amount of financial aid, as much as I could have received I assume. I do find that the financial aid office do all that they can to help students pay for school by offering reasonable payment plans and making loans available and easy to receive. The employees are also nice and well-organized.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Well Greeks pretty much are known for their many parties and occasional community service. I really don't think non-Greeks know what Greeks really do sadly. I'm indifferent about them personally.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Diversity at It's Finest – At the University you will find people of all works of life. You will find the jocks, the nerds, the rednecks, the preps, the small town people, and the celebrity entertainer wannabes. Overall, very diverse.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: U of I is terribly stingy, and I didn't get any financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are alot of apartments, but since I haven't lived in them yet, there's not much I can offer in advice. I think if you don't have a car, don't bother with apartments because the grocery stores are far away.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: U of I's Local Atmostphere – Urbana Champaign is definitely a student town. Everything revolves around the university. While safety hasn't been really good this past year, the activities and attractions make sure that no one is bored while on campus. There are inter and intra mural sports, and alot of clubs you can choose from.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: The Bar/Club Scene – It really depends on what you like to do. I do enjoy the bar/club scene because there are different types to choose from, depending on what you want from a bar (type of music, dance floor, diversity, etc.).

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Unsure About Safety – When I first started college, I felt relatively safe. I didn't go out late at night, and if I did, then I always walked with friends. Nowadays, however, you can be walking during the day and be mugged or assaulted. I know the University is working on increasing the safety of the campus, but I do not feel that I can walk around campus without my rape whistle or my key in between my fingers.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Sucks for Me – Although I entered the university on deans list honor roll, i WAS not provided with a scholarship or grant. Through out my three years in college I was never presented with financial help due to my good grade(always above a 3.0) and all of my leadership experiences. I had to bust my rear each year to seek for my own scholarships. FAFSA has me holding loans every year, which means when I graduate in 2012 I will be stuck with over $70,000 in loans! God help me!

5 College Junior

Facilities: RSO; Registered Student Organizations – My university provides easily over 200 student organizations and clubs that give students the ultimate experience to get involved in the community, and boost their resumes.

4 College Junior

Weather: Since chicago is only 2 hours away, the "windy city" lingo still maintains. When its hot in the city of chicago, it's usually hotter in champaign. That can be a plus or a negative at times. When its cold in chicago, trust that its usually colder in champaign for some reason. In my opinion at least.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: A Community – My experience here at The University has so far been the BEST! i have met many good friend and have been presented with wonderful oppertunities. My favorite thing about attending the University would have to be Homecoming. its a real enjoyment to see all the differents race groups come together and enjoy eachother.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dinning Halls – There are plenty of verious types of foods to pick from. each dorm has a dinning hall and on different days there are diferent servings. Example: Sould food day, greek day, Fat Dons (bbq), etc. and there is always an area for the vegetarians. and there is lots of fruit to pick from always.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Clean, Friendly, Spirit-Filled – The campus facilities are kept very tidy by great building service workers. They're kept friendly by residents, RAs, and various board members. The school colors and other efforts at school spirit are found everywhere. It's an exciting environment!

4 College Junior

Academics: My Professors Care – My experience at the U of I has been a pleasant one. My professors truly care about imparting knowledge and wisdom in my life during our time together. However, there is room for improvement in general university administration. The general administration of the institution seems to care more about money than the well-being and quality education of the students. I like it here but I wish the genuine care that I've received in the Urban Planning department was alive throughout the university.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking, Not Drugs – There's a huge alcohol intake by both under 21 and over 21 year old students every weekend. There are a ton of parties in the surrounding college neighborhoods, and it's definitely a popular activity on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Convenient, but Not Private – By far, on campus housing is closest to classroom buildings, but there is a lack of personal space unless you pay extra for a single room.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Quality but Repetitive – There are dining halls in every residence hall, and their menus are different from one another, but the main meals become repetitive after eating there for a few weeks. I recommend getting cafe credits, which allow you both to eat in the dining halls and to shop at convenience store type places on campus for some different food.

1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Needs to Be Better – There are way to many crime alerts. Security is terrible at my school.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: College Life – The atmosphere is amazing. The quad is one of the most beautiful places on campus. Green street is always entertaining especially late at night.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Thank God for MTD – It snows a lot here and it's very windy due to the school being close to Chicago, but classes hardly ever get cancelled, which can be annoying. The public bus systems make it easier to get to and from far away classes when it rains or snows.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Go Illini Go! I really believe that the alums take great pride in our sports. Our school took a huge blow when the controversy involving our mascot caused the school officials to ban it. Campus Rec has great facilities and school spirit here is amazing!

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Stay in or Go Out – You can basically walk in to any party that's going on and make friends with people there. House/apartment parties every night and the bars are tight as well. Everything is close range and sometimes the bars charge cover under 21.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are computers everywhere in almost every building. Wifi in every building, too. Everyone brings their laptop

4 College Freshman

Academics: Bit of Errthang – Great community, lots of different people and activities going on every day. Great academic reputation.

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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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