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

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I think the university had many different races and religions. Most people are white although many were international students.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: the transports are fair, they allow you to travel around Urbana. Although not much places to go around

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: the strictness of the school is pretty alright, although a lot of party causing major distractions

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3 College Senior

Facilities: Uof I Campus – The campus in UofI is ginormous. It has many minorities in the college. Although traveling to a different building to a classes is alot of hardwork

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: University of Illinois is a GREAT school. Although very difficult at times in terms of studying, it's really worth it to attend this school. There is a large student body, and there is always something to do or somewhere to volunteer. If you attend, you will have the best time of your life.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Green Street – Probably the most popular spot for students to go somewhere to eat would be on Green Street. This is an area that is close enough to the campus that you can walk there after class, and it has a variety of restaurants. There are chains, such as Potbelly's and Starbucks, but also local restaurants for when you want something different.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I Mean C'mon, It's the U of I – The University of Illinois is known for having one of the largest greek campuses which allows for a large social population. Although it is a large school we are able to assimilate fairily well. There are always events on campus and activities to keep everyone active and interested. This was my first choice school and I am glad I got accepted.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: This Is My New Home? There are a number of apartments on and off campus that a campus bus will pick up. The prices vary and it depends on how many people you pick to live with and what location you want to live at. Many of the apartments look old and rundown which is not attractive to young buyers and college students. It would be nice if they fixed them up better.

College Sophomore

Academics: I am currently Undecided but working on getting into the Psychology program. It is seen as one of the harder programs to become a part of on this campus and there are a lot of prerequisites and coursework that goes along with that particular major.

2 College Student

Parking: Lucky If You Find One Close to Your Class – You are better off taking the bus and saving money then driving. You find a parking spot and still have to walk accross half the campus to get to class.

1 College Student

Drug Safety: Drinking Seems to Be the Thing – This school has been on the news numerous times since the begining of this emester about students passing out, under age drinking, etc. Just the other day a student died in her dorm room but cause of death is unknown yet but people have their assumptions.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: There is a huge Greek system which leads to a lot of parties. The age limit of the bars on campus is 19 so this is also a popular place to be. Night life is great and there is always something to do. Safe Rides offers transportation for late rides home. The bus system is also always running.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a huge amount of apartments available on campus also for older students. The best realtor is Roland Realty. I have heard that Campus Property Management is not suggested. The cost of most apartments are reasonable, depending what you want. The social atmosphere is great. Some apartments have pools which are a great way to meet people. Parking is expensive everywhere on campus. Most realtors do offer parking near the apartment. Overall, the apartments are nice and there is a wide-variety.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are great for freshman and sophomores and a wonderful way to meet people. They are however expensive. There is the option of private or public. Private dorms such as Newman and Bromley are very nice. The Six-Pack which is public was recently renovated and very nice also. Most of the dorms are located close to classes and have bus systems. I would not recommend living in PAR or FAR. They are a long way from classes and the social areas.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: There are any and every sport at UIUC! The football games, basketball games, volleyball games, soccer games, women's basketball games, etc. All the games are just extremely fun and energetic. There's never a dull moment at any games. IM sports are also huge and get pretty intense. I can't wait until IM comes up again for basketball. UIUC has it all!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe, but Things Happen – The campus overall is an extremely safe place in my opinoin, however there are a few crime alerts off campus such as robberies or somebody getting beat up, but nothing ever extreme such as death or a gun to someone's head. Campus security does an awesome job keeping the actual campus safe. I feel safer on campus than in my hometown.

5 College Freshman

Computers: At our university, the computers and labs are everywhere! You really do not need a laptop since there is a computer everywhere you go. Along with that, there is always somewhere that isn't crowded as well the fastest computers an average student has ever seen. In the Engineering dept, the computers are running on Linux which is a really advanced and fast processing system. Overall, the computers are awesome.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Career Center! Visiting the career center is a must - whether you already know what you want to do or you don't know at all, go and see anyway. You're paying it with your tuition money anyway so might as well!

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Enough. There is enough variety, but it's the same restaurant chains everywhere else: Chipotle, Noodles and Co, Panera, Za's, Potbelly's, etc. Ethnic food exists but there is very little to choose from.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Campus dining has gotten better recently. For some dorms, they've made it more catering to your taste buds rather than having the same old foods rotate every other week.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It! I have had so many great experiences at the U of I. I can't picture myself going through college anywhere else. It can be difficult to find things to do at times if you're like me and not a huge partier, but eventually you begin to know where to look. For the times when my friends and I do go out, there are plenty of options for where to have a fantastic time (plenty of bars and we're pretty much the Greek life mecca). High school wasn't my best experience and U of I really helped me to come into my own.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The Summers are pretty warm and humid, but not unbearable and everyone loves to get outside and participate in many different activities on the quad(s) and all over campus. The Falls are unfortunately extremely short...which is a bummer because I love Autumn. The Winters aren't excessively snowy, but it can get pretty cold sometimes. Spring is pretty much like Fall, short and sweet.

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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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