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Champaign, IL
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31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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Average
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Athletics: University of Illinois is a Division I Big Ten contender in every sport. If nothing else, the weekend is always filled with sporting events to watch-football and basketball particularly, but it extends to every sport.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are pretty big, but fans tend to be fair-weather fans. Intramural sports are pretty big.

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Athletics: Varsity sports on campus are pretty big. We were the Big Ten champs for basketball, and our other teams such as tennis and volleyball are also very good. The IM sports are pretty good and easy to get involved in from broomball to volleyball and softball.

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Athletics: Sports are important on campus whether you participate or not. I do not really follow sports myself, though.

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Athletics: Football and basketball are big here. They are a major topic on this campus.

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Athletics: Varsity is big, but so are campus sports. I been involved in a few leagues-most people are. There is a big variety of IM sports.

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Athletics: A recent NCAA Tennis champion is from U of I. Intramural sports are very big as well. From basketball to soccer, during every season of the year, there is always an intramural sport offered.

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Athletics: Sports suck! But yeah, they are everywhere. You have to go to games. Literally, people drag you there and stick a foam finger on your hand. Don't come here if you are allergic to foam fingers.

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Athletics: We are a big ten college. `Nuf said. U of I has had some of the best men's basketball and football teams in the nation. Like other Big Ten colleges, we have our ups and downs. But that does not keep students from flocking towards the games, or parents and visitors coming from all over Illinois as well.

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Athletics: If you are a sports fan, invest in those season tickets early. If you like Dee Brown and like going to every single basketball game (like some people I know), there is this club called Orange Crush where you and the team can benefit from student participation. The women's volleyball team, I hear, is really exceptional as well.

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Athletics: At a Big Ten University, basketball and football rule. In the last four years, we boasted two bowl game appearances and a Big Ten Championship under head coach Ron Turner, as well as three Big Ten Championships and four bids to the NCAA Tournament losing only to Kansas (twice), Arizona, and Notre Dame.

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Athletics: I am not really sure about IM sports. I don't hear much about them. As for varsity, football and basketball are big around here.

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Athletics: Illinois consistently puts eight to ten athletes in the pros every year. Former Illinis Jameel Cook, Simeon Rice, and Ken Dilger won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers. 2003 saw cornerback Eugene Wilson picked 35th overall, and in 2002 Frank Williams was a first round pick for the New York Knicks. The tennis team won the national title in 2003 as well.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are a force to be reckoned with here. It seems that everyone gets real excited about one sport or another. There'll be talk such as, `Man, did you see the girls' volleyball last night,' or `I didn't know our wrestling team was seventh in the nation.'

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Athletics: The student fan group on campus, Illini Pride, is one of the largest of its kind in the nation and there is a never a dull moment in sports here in Urbana-Champaign.

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Athletics: From intramural broomball on the ice to dodgeball, there isn't really a whole lot missing. Flag football under the lights in the fall is when all the high school all-stars get to relive their past glories (trust me, I know from experience here). There is something for everyone, whether you want to watch or play, we have a lot of flat land on which to do either.

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Off-Campus Housing: I am getting an apartment next year. It is pretty close and cheap. It is almost the same cost as the dorm, considering the housing increase.

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Off-Campus Housing: Getting an apartment in one's freshman year is nearly out of the question. If there is a need to get an apartment, one can petition to get out of the requirement to stay in the dorm or private housing.

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Off-Campus Housing: After one year in the dorms, most people can't wait to get out. The property companies create this false rush to make it seem like all the good places will be gone if you don't sign by Thanksgiving. That is all wrong. One year, I found a great place in June for only $187 a month.

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Off-Campus Housing: The hard part is dealing with these companies who barely clean the apartment before you move in and are extremely slow to fix problems with the place. They will keep your security deposit if the faucet doesn't run right. They really try to take you through the ringer, so you have to be careful. But after being in the dorms, you'll do anything for your own room. Big balconies are all the rage, and if you can find five people, renting a house is a pretty good deal as well.

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Off-Campus Housing: All I can say is, try to live as close to the Quad as possible. Cheap rent is good, but nothing makes up for a long walk to class in the freezing cold. Remember, money cannot buy back frostbitten toes.

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Off-Campus Housing: Newer apartments like the University Commons and Melrose Place are becoming popular. They have pools and are run very efficiently. Always clean and such. But you have to ride a bus just get to class.

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Off-Campus Housing: Try to get a lot of people and split the cost of a big place. In the long run, that is generally cheaper than a double or even a studio.

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Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of apartments to rent all over campus, plus houses and townhouses. It's good.

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Off-Campus Housing: Don't live off campus. On campus is where to be, and there are so many options, you are bound to find something.

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Emily Thiersch
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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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