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

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: UofI is pleasantly located in the quiet cities of Urbana and Champaign. Not too far from the campus is downtown consisting of a popular sushi restaurant called 'Cofusion' as well as other quaint cafes and family restaurants for college students. Going a bit further one may arrive at stores like Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Hobby Lobby and the Savoy Cinema, which many students find themselves going to for a break from school. The Market Place Mall has all the stores that college students look for and is not too far from campus; taking the bus will do the trick. Overall, there is much to be enjoyed around campus and simply taking the bus will take students to where they need to go. Going out for ice cream is as simple as that.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Numerous Food Options – Most of the time meal plans are only purchased for those who live in university housing; however, it is offered to all students. I think our dorm food is quite appetizing. Each dorm has a specialty food night each week. Monday was create your own pizza, Tuesday was Cracked Egg Cafe (breakfast foods), Wednesday offered create your own pasta, Thursday was soul foods, and Friday was Oodles of Noodles (pasta for lunch), and Cocina Mexicana (Mexican cuisine for dinner). Some dorms also had e-chomps, which students refer to as late night. This is an ala carte option that is open from 11am to 1am. If students could not attend a meal due to class, late night was always an option. Meal plans include cafeteria meals and late night points. I would recommend a large number of late night points because they roll over, and they can be substituded for cafeteria meals.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – Overall, the University of Illinois is a relatively safe campus. There are emergency phones located at numerous locations. Late night transportation is an option for students. There is safe rides, which is a bus service, and safe walks, which is a student organization that will escort other students from location to location. Both of these services are free to university students. In addition to this, we also have campus security. Sometimes the campus is not as safe as everyone wishes. All students are updated via email about crime alerts that occur on campus. We also have an emergency text message system that can be implemented if serious crimes or hazardous weather occurs. The University of Illinois cracks down on underage alcohol consumption. Because the legal age for bar entrance is 19 in Champaign, the police do what they can to make sure students are safe. This includes bar raids and drinking tickets.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love this school! Didn't really want to get away from home, so glad I did. The U of I is the best school ever! I have so much fun with friends! and the education that I am getting is awesome!

1 College Senior

Parking: Don't Use Your Car. If your running late, you will be late. Simple as that. You will encounter mobs of pedestrians crossing everywhere, slow speed limits, and limited parking if you don't have a parking permit. Meter parking is available, but it can be fairly inconvenient if you don't have change, or if you forget to add time to your meter. The meter maid will give you a nice ticket. Meter parking is also mostly parallel parking, which for some, is next to impossible.

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Where Are the Campus Police? U of I is extensively known for underage drinking. You can get into bars at 18 and in all honesty once your in, you can get someone who's 21 to buy you drinks. There is the occasional bar-raid by the cops, but just keep a look out. At night you'll here yelling from bars and frat parties, so if you live near by you might want to keep your windows closed as the campus cops are never around to keep it quite.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: I Didn't Have a Meal Plan – I did not have a meal plan and I am thankful for it. I lived at Sherman Hall which is right across from IT. I had a microwave in my room and I became a microwave maverick. My experience with the food served at the dinning halls was bland, the food lacked taste but was not terrible. There are tons of restaurants around campus that offer a variety of food from Indian to good ol' American style. My favorite restaurant was Siam Terrace which served delicious Thai food and is located in downtown Urbana.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall Safe – I've never encountered a moment were I have felt danger. For the most part the campus is very safe. The only thing is we often get crime alerts but I never see anything dangerous happening.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Oh My God! One of the biggest Greek Systems in the country. So many students part-take in these Greek systems.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: FOOD RULES! The food on campus is great...aside from the dorm food. Champaign is just a college town and everything centers around the students.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Libraries Rule! Not only is the library system one of the biggest public university libraries in the country, but they are also straight up amazing! There are TA's to help with research, they are open 24 hours, and they have movies and video games up the wazoo!

3 College Junior

Facilities: Big School W/ Small School Feel – The best part about the school is that there are so many opportunities. Although it is a big school (your ID number is very important) the school offers programs to help everyone. The school offers career help, tutoring programs, an office for minority students, and financial aid help. I found out UIUC is one of the few schools who helps students figure out how they are paying for the whole college experience. Every year I have my cost of living worked out.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Couldn't Imagine Going Anywhere Else – I have just grown to enjoy my school. There is always something to do. Because the school is in two cities, there are two different atmospheres. Yes, it is a party school, but it's one where you don't have to party to have fun. There are a ridiculous number of student groups to join (over 1000 at one point). It is easy to make friends from any year. There are so many interesting people. No matter what you are interested in, there is almost certainly someone else who shares that interest. Living here is not expensive. I love it because I think it has the smartest party people ever.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The cool thing about housing is that there is something for everyone. There are living learning communities for students with particular interests like entrepreneurship, leadership, or undecided students (and more). The Six Pack is known for partying because it is close to a lot of frat houses. They also are near the newly built Nugent Hall that has the largest dining hall in the nation. One thing I don't like is that there is a lot of separation. People in Urbana residence halls and Champaign halls rarely see each other or hang out, mostly because there is quite a walk between them. Also, a lot of minority students are in the Urbana halls, so there is not a lot of mixing. Minority students in Champaign halls often feel awkward.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is truly any type of guy you can imagine on the U of I campus; the hard thing is finding one that wants what you want, whether it's a hook-up, something casual, friendship or more.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather can put a damper on the day if it is bad but it doesn't really affect much.

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.


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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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