Champaign, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3145 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I received an assistantship that really helped. There were some hassles (individuals from out of state or country beware, it may not entirely cover your tuition and leave you without a stipend) but it all worked out.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I didn't participate but it seemed to be pretty philanthropic in nature and friendly. I wouldn't say they all partied incredibly hard and I saw a lot of great friendships come from the organizations. They are helpful to the campus community.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I'm not a rule breaker and didn't live in the dorms so I can't speak a lot for those issues. However, unofficial is ridiculous and out of control. I feel like a LOT of underage drinking went on and didn't feel particularly safe in all places on campus. The public safety office tried- they'd issue alerts if someone had been attacked or something had been stolen and I feel like they often followed up on the issues well.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I never utilized any long distance travel options, but I knew where to find them if I needed them. As for on campus transportation I felt the buses were easy to use, easy to find, and all around convenient.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I lived off campus as I was only at UIUC as a graduate student.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: From what I understand it's pretty cheap for Big 10 parking and I found it reasonable. A bus pass is included in your tuition which makes getting to classes easier so long as you plan ahead.

2 College Freshman

Weather: If you're from anywhere warm and sunny most of the time, you're going to have a bad time here. I've lived in the midwest my whole life but have still yet to get accustomed to the temperature and weather changes.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Lenient but not too extremely to the point of wanting reinforcement.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is alright. Paying for a spot is expensive.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The police do a lot about drugs on campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: They win but they could be better.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off-campus so I wouldn't know.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It could be better but its fun.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Sometimes its too hot and sometimes its too cold.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat much off-campus. So I wouldn't know.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There aren't many computers available at all times.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's always something to do at night.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Fun to work with the athletes.

4 College Freshman

Academics: A lot of networking, fun, interactive.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Didn't receive enough financial aid to go to the school.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have witness people in the dorms get caught and held responsible for their actions

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people from various different parts of the world

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am currently undeclared in major but my school offers a variety of majors to choose from

3 College Freshman

Majors: I have not had an internship or a job but I plan on getting one

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are enough variety but transportation is difficult if taking the buses


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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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