Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Overall Experience: It is easy to let the party scene get the best of you, but many students learn to take responsibility and create a balance between school life and social life.

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Overall Experience: I have really loved it here. There are great people and great teachers-it is such a great school!

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Overall Experience: I have no doubt that I will leave this school with a bright and limitless future in front of me.

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Overall Experience: My college experience is dear to me because I have matured and changed so much for the better.

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Overall Experience: I have loved this experience. No regrets whatsoever.

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Parking: It's not recommended for students to bring cars on campus because of the high parking fees (around $200 per semester). Then there are traffic violations to worry about (and obnoxious parking meters).

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Parking: Parking is a nightmare on campus. Because it is a large school, many people are driving, and there is only a limited amount of parking spots. If one has to drive to campus, he or she might have to leave pretty early to find or wait for a spot.

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Parking: I don't have a car, but I know it is hard to find a place, especially when going to class in the morning. You have to come back every two hours because of the meters, or you get a ticket.

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Parking: Having a car can be more work for students. But its advantages mean not having to wait for the bus while you're trying to go see a movie that you're running a little late for.

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Parking: Parking is very hard to find. They have meters by the classrooms and rented spots by the apartments and frat houses. It costs a quarter for 20 minutes, and they always come check at the 50-minute mark every hour when classes let out so you have to pay the whole 75 cents or you will get a ticket.

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Parking: They will not hesitate to tow your car here. There are three towing companies in the city and it can cost anywhere between $75 and $85 to retrieve your car. The car may be convenient, but you have to either pay for a space or rack up tickets, so it's going to cost you no matter what.

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Parking: The meter men are [expletive]. If you are just sitting five minutes in a spot, they come over to you in their little shorts and demand that you pay up. Man, get a real job already.

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Parking: Parking is an issue on campus. Metered parking is available, but is often taken and hard to rely onif you're trying to get to class on time.

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Parking: Parking passes are available for students living in dorms. They are first come, first served, so if you do not get one early, you may be assigned a spot in a remote lot where you can take the bus and be placed on a waiting list for a closer spot.

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Parking: I had a parking spot sophomore year in the student lot, and I am pretty sure that it wasn't even in the state. Oh well, at least I lost weight walking to my car everyday.

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Parking: There is a lot of parking. Mostly meters.

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Parking: Oh my gosh, we have parking here?

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Parking: There are two student lots on campus. Yeah, just two. So good luck with that, kids.

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Parking: A friend of mine was towed. It was like five minutes to six, but she still got towed.

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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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Emily Thiersch
Hometown
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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