Champaign, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

2 College Senior

Transportation: Don't Try the Buses – The Buses back to Chicago are overpriced, and without the proper amount of competition they have become lazy and their customer support leaves a lot to be desired. The Amtrak takes a long time but isn't terrible. It is easy to see that the best way to get back to the city is via ride shares. It's cheaper, quicker, and more fun than any bus or train ride you could possibly take.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: An Abundance of Alcohol – While marijuana and tobacco are common in some circles, one thing that brings the U of I together is the seemingly universal adoration for drinking. Anyone could find a party or group to go to the bars with on any given night with little to no difficulty. It seems impossible for a student to go until their 21st without having a sip or two (or ten).

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Late-Night Bonanza – From Niro's to Fat Sandwich, Jimmy John's to One World, or any one of the many others, Off-Campus Dining offers a bevy of late-night options. Whether you are up late studying or are rounding off an entertaining night at one of Champaign's many local establishments, the city's offerings are both plentiful and quite tasty.

5 College Junior

Facilities: There Are Many Oppurtunities – There's always something going on everyday. Sometimes the hardest decision is which program to go to because some are at the same time in different places. Classes are really flexible and most people are able to keep up with their work as well as extra activities. Jobs are available and most students can work aroung their classes. Also we have a really great study abroad program.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Have Great Events – Im not greek but they throw a lot of great parties aout every week. They also host a number of community events that are really interesting and a lot of people on camus support them.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The Deals Are Great! Off campus housing is really nice. The prices are great depending on where you want to stay. I currently have a place for $399 a month with all utilities included, free parking, a swimming pool, gym, and computer lab. Many places include utilities with the rent and all places have easy access to the bus system which is free for students in case tey don't have a car. Other paces are close enough to campus to walk or bike.

4 College Junior

Computers: Network reliability and wireless access is great as well as speed. The library is a great place to print and study.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Two words: dramatic weather. Illinois is known for its ever changing weather because one day it's going to rain, have low temperatures and the next will go up to 80-90 degrees. To be smart, always carry around a small umbrella or whatnot. You never know. And don't look out the dorm window to judge the temperature, you might get tricked.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on Campus – Living in campus housing at the UofI was interesting my first year as a freshmen. Having the opportunity of choosing three choices of campus living, I chose ISR as my first choice, Busey Evans as my second and Snyder at Six pack as my third. Of course, as a freshmen, I was put into Snyder at Six Pack where most freshmen find themselves living for their first year. Living in Snyder was great. The dining food wasn't all that bad, there were Wednesday 'Fat Don' meals with steak grilled on the grills outside, chicken, french fries, and all kinds of dessert. Lobster Night was another amazing night of all-you-can-eat lobster and seafood. Meeting new people is not at all difficult and even going out to eat is easy and fun as they're all located on Green Street, which is a popular place to meet up with friends.

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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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