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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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is pretty awesome. There is usually always a bus around whenever you need it and it is free. What more can I really ask for?

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Fighting Illini – Welll I would have to say we have awesome school spirit and fan support. We also have some very nice athletic facitities. The team performances are not as great as I would like but I guess they try their best.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Enforcement is a joke here. You can find anything you want whenever you want. Sometimes you might have to look a little bit harder but rarely will you come up empty handed.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: If I had to guess I would say 80% of campus comes from the chicago suburbs. 86% is instate and few instate come from outside the suburbs but they can be found. This schools is possibly the least politically active out of the public schools in illinois. Due to its size there is a huge variation in political beliefs but the median is probably slightly conservative. There is no economic diversity. Most students come from upper-middle class families in the chicago suburbs. Overall if you like white suburban people living in central illinois. This is your place. There is a sizable asian population but they are very segregated from the rest.

1 College Sophomore

Academics: The classes are very large. After about 20 classes at this University only about 1 or 2 of professors learned my name. They have an overwhelming bureaucratic structure that is frustrating at every turn. The university is never helpful and could care less about your success. There are no internship/job opportunities made available to the economics department. The facilities are some of the worst on campus. On the engineering quad you will find the nicest buildings. In the economics building I sat through classes which had windows with missing panes and newspaper was used to cover the hole. At this university it depends on which program you are in and if you are not in engineering or business don't expect anything.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: On Green Street – Champign-Urbana is definitely a college area- there is always something to do, especially along Green Street.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Use the Buses – Included in the University fees is the cost of using the city's public bus system. This is a great way to get around campus. The only downside is that some parts of campus aren't serviced, and the buses may run late.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Enjoy the Night! Bars are not only for those who are 21 and older at this University. There are many bars that require students to only be 19 for admittance. The many variety of bars means one will never be stuck going to the same place night after night.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Good Campus for Apartments – Apartments are real easy to find in Urbana and Champaign. Given the size of the campus, most students are able to find an apartment close to classes or the heart of campus. Both luxury and economical apartments are plenty, and no one ever worries about finding one.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: GO GREEK! Greek life is a huge part of U of I. People look a lot at what house you are in. They are great for networking.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's Too Big! I tend to like a community feel, and this school is just so big that it's hard to get that feel. Even the smaller departments on campus seem either too small for a community to develop or part of some larger, faceless group. Academics are great, people are great, but there's just no feeling of being a close member of a tight-knit community. Which might be fine if you're used to big cities and large schools.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Many New Faces – While there is still a great amount of white students on campus, there are also a multitude of other cultures and minorities on campus that take up at least 30-40% of students. You will meet students of other cultures, orientations, beliefs, and backgrounds. There are also a great amount of foreign exchange students at U of Illinois, which is a great experience. The diversity also results in many different clubs and organizations, which means that there are so many opportunities for both leisure time and networking!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A Lot of Variety – There are hundreds of places to get food outside of the dining halls. There are a lot of fast-food, pizza, and ethnic restaurants available right on Green Street. Most of them deliver, which is nice if you live on the opposite side of campus. In downtown Champaign, there are a lot of bars and nicer places if you wanted a place for a special occasion. The only downside is that dining outside of meal plans tends to get expensive for college students.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Challenging but Rewarding – Most of the classes at the U of Illinois provide the students with a challenge and I always left my classes feeling like I gained something. There are teacher's aides, but the professors are very accessible to the students via e-mail or in lecture. Discussion sections are required for some classes, but they are usually helpful in reinforcing lecture material. While some classes are hard, there are always workshops and tutoring sessions for students that might need extra help in understanding materials. Overall, the university does a great job of providing students with a balanced education.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Pretty Free. Pretty free-going, but cops can be real jerks if they see you and suspect you've been drinking.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options to choose from for off-campus housing, and many styles/cost ranges, but all the apartments I've seen force the students to sign a 12-month lease.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Very Adequate – The libraries are beautiful and great for studying, very large and new fitness centers.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: This college is known for its night life and party scene. Many clubs and bars and easy transportation

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen Should Live in Dorms – Freshmen should definitely live in dorms. They meet people more easily and make friends that are just as eager to meet them.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Crime – there are a quite a few campus crimes in the university. people need to be careful late at night walking by themselves.

3 College Freshman

Computers: the computer labs are usually very accessible unless when finals occur.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Pain the the Butt – The campus is huge, and the parking lots designated for visitors are very distant from anything on campus. Most parking spots closer to classes have meters. Students can get parking passes to park in lots next to the dorms, though.

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Pretty Prevalent – The campus has a lot of alcohol activity to it. Unofficial Saint Patrick's day is a pretty large event on campus wherein people drink quite a lot. There are also a lot of on-campus bars. The massive Greek life on campus only fuels this activity.

Other than that, you'll see a few smokers here and there.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere at U of I is extremely upbeat all the time. I did not know what to expect my freshman year, but the students are all so vivacious and full of energy, and there is a ton of school spirit. Sporting activities are undescribable and students on a regular basis, myself included, are sporting the Illini colors of orange and blue to depict the pride at the University of Illinois. Thus far, it has been the most exciting experience of my life. I love seeing the campus buildings or relaxing on the quad and on any day one will see hundreds of students doing the same thing.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: U of I's Talent – My school has a wide variety of talented students. Similar to a school of Fine Arts like Columbia, but even better! Our very diverse and large group of students make us even more unique. There are always talent shows and everyone always participate and supports each other. As a spoken word artist and a performer here on campus, this is something that I believe makes us stand out than any other school. I also love the different Registered Student Organizations such as W.O.R.D. (Writers Organizing Realistic Dialect), an RSO dedicated to individuals who appreciate the art of writing and performing founded by me and a colleague. These different RSOs help build a sense of community between all students, no matter the race or ethnicity.


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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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