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Champaign, IL
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31,118
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Average
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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Green Street – There are plenty of restaurants to choose from if you don't want to eat at one of the dining halls. Most of these are located on Green Street and this is where you can find places like Mia Za's which is an Italian place that serves things like pasta and pizza. Next to Za's is Zorba's which has awesome gyros and down the street from that you can find Potbelly's, Chipotle, Noodles & Company, Panera, and much more. There is also a lot of opportunity to order in if you don't feel like walking or taking the bus somewhere to eat and the most popular places to order food from include: Papa John's, Jimmy John's, and Insomnia (they have the best cookies on campus!)

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I've Learned to Love the Bus – Before coming to school, I never used public transportation. And for the majority of my time at school, I never did. However, when I became a tutor at a local elementary school during my second semester, I found that the bus system was completely necessary to get from point A to point B. It was always on time and the fact that I could use my ID card as a bus card was awesome.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: From My Perspective – I'm not one to go out and eat; I don't have the money. However, from being around campus and around town, I know that there are all sorts of restaurants for all sorts of tastes, so if you're looking for food, UC seems like a great place to be.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Learning to Teach – I've only been at the University of Illinois for two semesters and only one of those semesters was spent within the college of Education. However, in that one semester, I've found that there are all sorts of opportunities to do tutoring ad teachers aide work in schools around the University and I'm really happy that I have so many of these opportunities to see what it's like to teach, and I've already volunteered quite a bit.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A Wide Variety for Everyone – Students should have no problem finding another student they're interested in. There is a ton of variety.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Chief Illiniwek – Our school does not have its own mascot, but it did. And the student body still believes it does. That mascot if Chief Illiniwek, and from day one you will notice his presence as banners usually fly from apartment buildings, his face is on clothing apparel all over, and the debate always rages on in school publications. The Fighting Illini are passionate about their sports and their dedication to the Chief is how it shows.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Huge and Accepting – U of I is number one for accepting the most international students. Since its business and engineering schools are top notch, people from around the globe attend. While Greek life is still filled with stereotypical white guys and girls, due to its huge and open acceptance of organizations, there are fraternities and sororities dedicated to various cultures, thanks to the United Greek Council Black Greek Council. There are even bar nights dedicated to this diversity, with Murphy's Thursday night dubbed as "International" night, or more recently to homosexuals as well on the same night. And with nearly 1000 student organizations on campus, there is no chance of not fitting in somewhere.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Lax on Cops – Campus Nightlife is pretty much free to do as it pleases. With a 19 and up entrance age to bars, police have a fairly difficult time giving out tickets to underage drinkers. It's still enough of a possibility though that overly anxious students have reason to look out. Greeks are capable of throwing parties as they please, even unregistered. Prime example: Rush season still sees dozens of frat house parties, even though rush is supposed to be "dry". A cop has knocked on a window behind me while I was playing beerpong in a frat, and at the door they simply said: "Please keep it down, you guys got a noise complaint", and then we said "You got it" and they left. Lax.

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5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorms, Houses, and Everything in Between – Illinois has housing of all types. You have dorms spread out around campus, each with their own sterotypes and features (the Six-Pack, compound of 6 dorms located next to the frats, or Bromley Hall, the upscale dorm for Greeks: worst dining hall, but has a pool). Apartments can be cheap, but can lead to off-campus territory. Spend money though, and you'll find yourself in one of the new high-rises, complete with plasma TV, balcony, and pool. Greek life is huge, and the houses are all over the place, or you can choose a house on one side of campus in Urbana, and live in hipster territory.

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5 College Senior

Facilities: Campus Recreational Centers – The Campus Rec Centers are spread out on campus, giving students easy access to sports and hobbies wherever they live. Whether it ranges from comprehensive workout centers that feature pools, basketball courts, gyms, and even waterslides, to areas that feature sand volleyball courts, hockey rinks, and soccer fields. Recently the ARC (Activities and Recreational Center) opened up, and students spend much of their time attending the 340,000 square foot center that includes rock climbing, 16 basket ball courts, an olympic sized pool, and dozens of break rooms for dancing and racquetball. I just discovered a break room for videogames the other day. With these facilities on campus, there is never a reason to be bored.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Cultural Centers on Campus – I like how there are cultural centers that are aimed for students that that come from different backgrounds from the majority of campus.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Different Types of Greeks – I like the diversity that can be found with greeks on campus. They do many different activities and there is also a united greek council that some universities might not have.

4 College Junior

Computers: Wide Variety Computer Labs – There are a wide variety of computer labs on campus with some of the newest computers. It would be easy for students to access a computer without any problems

3 College Senior

Weather: Typical crazy Midwestern weather. The sidewalks can completely freeze up in the early mornings during winter, streets can flood easily, and the weather changes quite randomly.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: Pretty Bad – The dining halls are not that great. Each one is unique and offers its own specialties, however, they each also have a downside. They are all quite repetitive and it is good to move around the dining halls after some time. Some of the meals are just lazily made though, poorly cooked, and ISR in particular smells awful. There are some very good days though that keep you going.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Be Aware of Your Surroundings – We get emails every time there is a crime. Unfortunately, this happens quite a bit and the crimes include being held at gunpoint, getting beat up by a small gang, and many rape attempts. I believe as long as you walk in groups, do not stay out super late, and are aware of the people around you, you should do quite alright.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: I Dont Drive – i don't drive so i honestly don't know how it is i either walk or go on a bus. but most people complain.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: i have personally not encountered such problems, but drinking i have seen examples are especially during unofficial day but its not that crazy.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although in diversity the University of Illinois is very very diverse, but as a student i also notice a issue of self segregation between groups mostly ethnic.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's Always Something to Do – One would think that since this school is not in a major city, it can get pretty boring around here. On the contrary, there is always something to do. There are many bars all over campus and off campus, not to mention fine dining found in the downtown part of campus. There is a party 6 days out of the week and there is always other things to do besides partying or going to bars such as movies, bowling, video games with friends, etc. The bus can get you to almost everywhere on and off campus. The only downside is that for people who are 18 or younger, they cannot get into bars, so they might have a few nights where there is nothing to do unfortunately. I did when I was a freshman so I would assume the same for others.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are also top of the line. The Recreational Centers have Olympic sized swimming pools, multiple basketball courts, volleyball courts, and other amenities. Besides recreational things, the libraries are also top of the line. They have almost unlimited space and even though the University has over 40,000 students, it still seems to never fill up. As for food besides dining halls, there are many fancy places for dates and well as on the go food. This campus has it all in my opinion.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Top of the Line – I love the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because the Engineering program here is one of the best in the country. The classes are average sized with fantastic professors and Teacher Assistants who are always available for help. They are very friendly and truly do care if you succeed. The University is a very friendly place where you can strike up a conversation with almost anybody since it is so diverse. It also has many resources upon graduation such as jobs, co-ops, internships, research, etc. This school is extremely awesome to me and I wouldn't like attend anywhere else.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Very Loose Unless Its Serious – With large amounts of partying and social clubbing on campus, unless one takes activity in something that might pose a danger to fellow students, I don't think there have been any big issues.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Good School Spirit – There is a lot of support for athletic teams, as well as many clubs or teams to join in a variety of things.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Big Ocean – UIUC is a huge school and thus there are plenty of different types of people. This is a benefit as there is much more diversity and variety. However, the con is that cliques naturally form and are not integrated, which could be an issue.

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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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