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Reviews 3237 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Various Experiences – The overall experience of the University of Illinois is pretty good. There is a lot of culture and many different things to do. As far as academia, the work is hard, but doable with the right work ethic. Keeping in mind that the campus is research oriented, courses tend to be the same.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Various Opportunities – Off-campus housing is numerous. Prices range from 3xx a month to over 1000 a month. There are many nice apartments that are on or basically on campus that cost around 500 a month. The pros of off-campus apartments are more living space, more private living, and generally less expensive than the university estimated cost. The cons are potentially bad landlords, utilities, and roommates if acquired. As far as availability, most people start looking for apartments around November for the next year. Many apartments fill up quick, but there are always ones ready as late as the summer.

4 College Junior

Academics: Computer Science Engineering Dept. It's hard to be a computer science major. The workload is believably harder than many other majors. There are decent software perks through our web store. For example, many discounts on programs that cost hundreds of dollars to own. Our facilities are very nice and up to date. Job opportunities are numerous post and pre graduation. Being a theory based university, it takes a certain mindset to excel. Many courses describe the hows and whys, but don't emphasize actually doing a lot. This is a double edged sword as many employers appreciate computer science theory knowledge, but need students who know how to proceed with practical applications.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lots of Asians... Nothing Else – My experience in UIUC has been marked by the "diversity" that this school provides to its students. You can call this university an "Asian heaven" since yeah there are minorities, but most of them are Asians. Chinese, Koreans and Indians are extremely overrepresented in this institution, while African Americans and Hispanics are kept as a minimal and non-existent minority. Here it is either White or Asian.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Nice Campus... Boring Town – UIUC campus is one of the biggest ones I have seen in my life. The campus extends for many blocks and offers a huge variety of extracurricular activities like clubs and sports. On the other hand Champaign and Urbana are both extremely boring towns. Even going to the market becomes an entire day's journey since everything is so remote from campus. If you like to join clubs or go to frats and Greek parties this University is great, but do not expect any city atmosphere here.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Uneven Study Programs – When I arrived to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, I thought that all university classes would have a similar difficulty level, but this wasn't the case. There is an incredible disparity in the quality of education between the Engineering College and the rest. All liberal arts are a joke, but in contrast any Science class is brutal. This is the reason for the high B+ note. In engineering it deserves an A or even A+ but for any other major it would be like a C+.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime Alerts – Areas north of campus are very dangerous and we often have reports of crime alerts.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Popular Study Areas – Business instructional facility, ACES Library, Undergraduate library, SDRP

3 College Sophomore

Parking: if you want parking you need to look for it and call people with information on it.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Accelerated Chemistry and Lab – some of the most notable professors are doing research at the University of Illinois. A balanced workload of online/hard copy home work, quizzes, and exams. Internships available through these professors offer invaluable experience, and knowledge that can only be received by working with minds of this stature.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Seemingly Non-Existant Monetary Assistance Through the School – I don't know many people who have gotten financial aid despite the college having boasted that a large percentage of student receive money from them. I wouldn't count on getting any financial help from the University unless you're a super genius or you're literally broke and own nothing.

5 College Sophomore

Parking: There is really almost no need for a car on campus because there is an amazing bus system that runs literally everywhere on and around campus. It is paid for in the costs of tuition etc. so it's really your own loss for you NOT to take advantage of it. BUT, if you are parking, there are meters everywhere (and theyre free on the weekends!) so that's also extremely convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: They Strive to Help You Succeed – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has an amazing campus with even more amazing educators. The professors and teaching assistants genuinely want you to succeed and this is made evident in their teaching behavior as well as their availability for help outside of class. Although most lectures are large, the discussions are small and make it very easy to more deeply comprehend the curriculum and learn to apply it accordingly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There were many computer labs that were available and most people brought their own computers. If you did not have one, it would not have been a problem to have access to one. Printing on campus was cheap and widely available.

3 College Junior

Weather: the weather's always changing, we have beautiful days but also rain and snow when it gets cold, which makes getting around campus a little frustrating, but manageable.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Free Bus Service – free bus service is provided for all University students. It will take you pretty much anywhere you want to go, with frequent stops to many locations on and off campus, so having a car is just not necessary.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Could Not Find a Better Haven – I was scared at first when school started. As the year progressed, I absolutely LOVED it and grew so fond of it! --I'm missing it now as I am at home for the summer! The classes here are difficult, yes, but are definitely worth the workload they require. Socially, I love going to sport events such as football and basketball games - especially since I am in our student fan society deemed the Orange Krush. I would choose this university again as it provides many opportunities to build your life upon it!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: One of the Best Educational Experiences – U of I offers so many programs of study. Currently, I will be double majoring in Molecular/Cellular Biology and Psychology, along with a Chemistry minor. As there are plenty of PreMed students on campus, the majority of my science-lecture classes consist of more than 300 students in a lecture hall. The professors are great at presenting the material necessary for this large type of group. Science homework becomes overwhelming at times, but with great study habits, it is doable and can even do well--I received a 3.56 GPA in my hardest semester yet! There are so many outlooks for jobs as many people love citizens who have attended this institute.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, I could not find any more diversified area of people than this place. There are an incredible amount of eager international students from over hundreds of nations. As I walk around campus to go to my classes everyday, I am always hearing languages such as Chinese, Hindi, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, etc. I have made so many friends of different backgrounds. Learning from every single one as give me a well-rounded new perspective of the world. As it seems, a lot of people come from middle to upper class of income families. As I am unsure about the majority of people's political beliefs, I have seen (at least one time each) every type religion on campus, from Islamic to Taoism. And finally, all types of sexual orientation are accepted on campus. We have a Transexual, Bi, and Gay week as well as the formal Day of Silence. I love my campus!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: You Won't Starve – The dining halls are fairly convenient for students with a meal plan. In general, they serve similar dishes, but on any given day there are a variety of entre options to choose from. The facilities are clean and accessible; some of the halls are harder than others to navigate though. Apart from the dining halls, there are many restaurants on and around campus, but not all of them are as accessible without a car.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Social Opportunities – The bar scene is extremely popular at the University of Illinois. What makes it different? The bar entry age is 19, so almost no one has a fake ID.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't always have the best seasons, but sporting events are very fun to attend. The Block I at football games and Orange Krush at basketball are great ways to get involved. Athletes are treated like royalty here.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus. We receive a few crime alerts (via email) a semester, but I generally don't walk alone at night and have never felt threatened. The University offers safewalks and saferides, two programs designed to assist students when they feel unsafe going home.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Not to Knowledgeable – I'm not too knowledgeable about the nightlife as I don't go out much but from what I hear it is generally diverse. You find a lot of bars and it is all very close to campus. Usually they let people under 21 in and in terms of getting "service" people are a little lenient. It's generally positive with the exception of obvious drunk people that annoy and disturb the peace.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I've lived in about three different dorm areas all at 3 ends of the campus, FAR, ISR and 6Pack and I can safely say I have almost all of what campus has to offer. I dormed for 4 years and the options for everything were second to none. Food was excellent, housing was great in certain areas and you generally find what you are looking for if you are in the right place.

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Emily Thiersch
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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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