Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Available, but Need to Pay During the Day – Parking slots are generally available, but, if you need to park during the day you will need lots of quarters or a special permit.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not really too much a problem. However there seem to be a very few individuals who probably take drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Tons of parties in school. Parties virtually every friday night, when students relax after a rough week. Tons of fraternities/sorority housing.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I think U of I does a pretty spectacular job placing new students into a dorm and really does the best in making their students comfortable where they are living.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Food Variety Nearby, Buses for Other. On campus there's quite a few different food styles for one to enjoy; these range from the Gyros at Zorba's all the way to the Ihop straight down the road. There's also a Walgreens nearby for all your dorm needs. A few local shops for random interests and a Gamestop for my fellow gamers.

Unfortunately, to actually go out and do things, you'll need a car or to plan a bus trip. Normally this would be a problem, but the buses are free to all U of I students, and they run quite often and at very accessible times.

In short, food and shopping nearby, but for other entertainment, it's best to take a free bus trip nearby campustown.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: During the summer its between 75-80 , and the winter and fall it really cold

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Green St – Green St which is on campus has all the dining needs you want. If you want to go 'off-campus' you may need to drive a bit. you can take the bus downtown if you are looking for a bit classier places to eat.

5 College Junior

Computers: There are engineering work stations all over campus, especially the north quad. The Ag engineering building also just got new computers. They are nice, up to date computers and as an engineerign student get 24 hour access and 300 pages of printing a semester.

4 College Junior

Academics: Number 1 in Country – In Ag/ Bio engineering we are told we are the best and as a result think we are the best. Our department gets looked down upon by other engineering departments but in reality we take alot of the same core classes. The teachers are really great and dedicated. They want you to do well and with a little effort you are golden

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: UofI has fantastic student facilities and resources. The Athletic center is unbelievable!!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Busses Are Effective – Busses are effective, yet sometimes busses are a couple of minutes late.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Strict but Reasonable – The police is pretty strict. However there still seem to be crimes occurring around campus at night.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Diverse Group – There is a diverse group of students in this university. There seems to be the type of girl you are looking for. However even though this is a diverse school, there are many people from Illinois who seem to have a naive international attitude.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's a Difference – At my high school, there was a huge amount of diversity, and I was surprised how at U of I, it was significantly lower. It's not that I feel that there isn't enough diversity, because there is a large amount, but it is not as much as I grew up with, so i notice a difference.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living It up – The dorms can be summed up in one word: simple. It is living at its basic. There's a bed and a desk but that is all. What really makes the dorms is the people who you live around. Because everyone is in such close proximity it is very easy to get to know the people around you. Because of this, dorm life went from seemingly unbearable to surprisingly enjoyable.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Variety, Without Quality – The dining halls are great about switching what they have for meals, but the problem is that the meals are not always of the best quality. On multiple occasions I have been excited by the menu, but disappointed with the actual food. But as most college students will learn, you get used to it all; the good and the bad.

2 College Junior

Weather: Winter Is Horrible – I absolutely hate the winter here, because the campus is huge and students have to spend a great deal of time walking to class in the freezing cold and snow. I lived in Urbana for a year, and the sidewalks were always covered in ice and everybody was slipping all over the place. I love it when it gets warm and everyone starts hanging out on the quad though.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not Strict – Socially, the university is not strict as all. You can pretty much do whatever you want. Bar age is 19, so it seems like the university actually encourages underage drinking. Some dorms can be strict, but I lived in a dorm that seemed to have no rules whatsover- it was extremely lax. Academically, there are many challenges and it can be very difficult to switch colleges if you decide to change your major. It can be kind of restricting as stressful.

3 College Junior

Computers: Overall, I would say the computer service is pretty good. There are plenty of computer labs on campus, and if need be I always have access to a university computer. However, I sometimes have trouble connecting to the university internet in various buildings on campus, especially the library, which can be extremeley frustrating. I also had a lot of trouble in the dorms with internet.

4 College Junior

Facilities: This is directed towards my major, but throughout campus there are many differnt clubs and activities for anything you are interested in. I found clubs my freshman year that has allowed me to gain leadership positions in many different areas. I have been able to find passions and explore them greatly. Also with a vet school on campus I am able to get involved in a school that I hope to attend after undergraduate work. No matter what you passion there is something for you at Unversity of Illinois.

1 College Junior

Transportation: Need More Parking on Campus – While the bus system on campus is very convenient and easy to understand it is very hard to get around campus if you have a car. There is very little parking on campus and if you do find a space it has a meter and a limit of two hours. Parking lots and garages are very far from campus and permits for them are very expensive. The library that is open 24/7 has a parking lot that is only open until 2am which does not make any sense. Parking needs to be a lot better on campus, especially for those students that need to commute.

4 College Junior

Diversity: My major on campus is primarily white students but walking around campus I often feel like a minority as a white student. There are a lot of Asian students primarily in the Engineering school and there are lots of Indian and Africa American students dispersed throughout the majors. There are a lot of clubs dedicated to different cultures and it is very easy to learn about those cultures while on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol Drug of Choice – Most students go out and indulge in alcohol consumption. I am not really aware of nor hang with anyone that participates in drugs. I am sure that recreational drugs are probably accessible.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Top Notch Students – You'll find a variety of students of all walks of life. Everyone is pretty friendly and most are decent looking.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Quaint Small Town – Pretty Campus, great accessibility to transportation, large greek system, lots of restaurants. This town has plenty of hotels, shopping, etc., as that of any large city.


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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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