Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It gets cold and windy in the winter and the rain and snow is no fun, but the bus system on campus is easily accessible and take you anywhere. We enevr get snow days so you have to go in the winter.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe when I am around the main part of campus. The outer limits can be creepy though and there is some crime in the surrounding city. Just dont walk alone at night and you're fine.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: Recently the U of I has accumulated many great new places to eat. There's lots of healthy fast food on Green Street, frozen yogurt, coffee, sushi, ethnic foods, salads, and ice cream, not to mention some pretty good restaurants off campus as well.

College Student

Guys & Girls: There's a little bit of everything here, but there are a ton of attractive people. Since it is such a big campus, anything and everything you are looking for in the opposite sex (or same sex) can easily be found. Probably around 60% of our campus is from Chicago or the Chicago suburbs. The typical student is upper-middle class, lives with two parental figures, and has a pet (probably a dog). Students here love to have a good time (the legal bar age is 19), but they know how to work hard and play hard. One of my favorite sayings about the U of I is "U of I: Where our Wednesdays are better than your weekends."

College Student

Academics: The College of Business at the U of I is nationally ranked, but the Business Career Services department is third in the country. It is by far one of the best parts of being in the College of Business. The teachers know their subject and have had real world experience in that field. There's a ton of group work, which can be incredibly frustrating, but that's how businesses accomplish their goals in the real world.

College Sophomore

Weather: It's just something to get used to. It's really not that bad. It's definitely worth it in the spring to see the beautiful campus!

College Sophomore

Parking: Parking really does suck! It should be expected though: 40,000 students on one campus equals expensive parking! You basically have three options: 1. Campus parking (roughly 400 for the school year), but there's lots of restrictions and it's not that convenietly located; 2. City parking, which is cheaper, but you need to get on the waiting list. Also, who feels safe parking on the street in a college town? 3. Realty parking, which is very expensive, but it's safer and more convenient. You're looking at roughly 45 to 85 dollars a month for a space at an apartment building depending on the location.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I think this deserves an A+ in the gradebook. Where else can you get into bars at 19 (in the U.S.) without a fake, go to tons of parties, and be able to stumble home without having to drive or travle a long distance? It's like the Vegas of Big Ten schools!

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College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I really don't think it's that bad. It's college food, what do you expect? There's a lot of variety and tons of specials.

College Junior

Greek Life: Being Greek at this school has been one of the best decisions of my life. There are so many stereotypes about Greeks on campus, but having friends who are both Greek and not, a student will have their ups and downs regardless of whether they wear letters or not. I have several friends who often regret not joining a house, but I know many who are also content not being Greek. It is true that being Greek has its perks, especially in the social scene (bars, fraternities, etc.). The rumors that Greeks and non-Greeks don't get along is absolutely ridiculous. Half of my best friends aren't in sororities, while the other half are both from my house and several other houses on campus. I am proud to wear my letters and answer when someone asks what house I'm in.

College Senior

Guys & Girls: Honestly, you can really only find hot girls in the sororities. You can always tell when there is some sorority recruitment thing going on because the bars turn into Jurassic Park.

Niche User

Academics: All of my classes have been good, but my favorite was Sociology 225. The teachers seem well-informed.

Niche User

Academics: The geography department has good classes. I am just a freshman, but so far, classes are good.

Niche User

Academics: I never thought any of my classes were too hard, so far, anyhow. I never had a problem with any of the teachers or TAs.

Niche User

Academics: I've never had a problem with teachers or classes. All have been good experiences.

Niche User

Academics: The classes are not bad, but I had a problem with a teacher once. It was a political science class, and I think the teacher was racist in a way.

Niche User

Academics: The faculty is pretty good. I am in the math department, so there is a social intimidation factor-only in the math department, though. I don't know why they are like that.

Niche User

Academics: I enjoyed my classes and my teachers. Some more than others of course, but overall everything is good.

Niche User

Academics: I have liked almost all of my classes. The teachers have always been available at office hours, and they are generally accessible. I have no complaints.

Niche User

Academics: Teachers are generally well-meaning. Some are more concerned with their research than with their teaching. Classes are usually at least somewhat interesting depending on the class and the teacher. Classes are interesting if you make them interesting.

Niche User

Academics: The teachers vary greatly, but they are all involved with their material and are knowledgeable about the content of their course. This makes the courses interesting because you realize how much you can learn from them.

Niche User

Academics: It is amazing to see how all of your classes begin to tie together and how you can connect the ideas and apply them to yourself and society.

Niche User

Academics: Truthfully, it can be a bit of a gamble. Usually you have good teachers. Then you get an awesome one. Then you get one you absolutely hate. It is all relative.

Niche User

Academics: It is the third-best engineering school in the country.

Niche User

Academics: Pretty good. Some TAs are foreign, and it is not easy to understand them, but that occurs mainly in the math and science departments.


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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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