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Reviews 3237 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It! I have had so many great experiences at the U of I. I can't picture myself going through college anywhere else. It can be difficult to find things to do at times if you're like me and not a huge partier, but eventually you begin to know where to look. For the times when my friends and I do go out, there are plenty of options for where to have a fantastic time (plenty of bars and we're pretty much the Greek life mecca). High school wasn't my best experience and U of I really helped me to come into my own.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The Summers are pretty warm and humid, but not unbearable and everyone loves to get outside and participate in many different activities on the quad(s) and all over campus. The Falls are unfortunately extremely short...which is a bummer because I love Autumn. The Winters aren't excessively snowy, but it can get pretty cold sometimes. Spring is pretty much like Fall, short and sweet.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: At Home in Chambana – Champaign and Urbana (nicknamed Chambana by university students) are a home away from home. Both of these towns have their own quaint downtown districts that offer plenty of unique activities for people with a variety of tastes. Fall is an especially fun time to be in Champaign because, among other things, a trip to Curtis Orchard can help you to get into the Autumn mood while you pick some apples and pumpkins.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Social Life – This guys and girls are cool to social with. For the most part they are very friendly. They are down to earth individuals.

5 College Senior

Facilities: The U of I Atmosphere – It's the end of September. The leaves are changing colors, football is in full force, and the quad is filled with people soaking up what's left of the summer sun. I love walking around my campus at this time. I still get that feeling I did when I was a high school senior visiting the university. I have always been impressed with the mix of new and old- our facilities are amazingly modern, yet comforting and unique. We're restoring cherished buildings and creating new ones which will house some of the most innovative ideas in the country- a supercomputer and a state of the art housing facility for students with disabilities. Always changing yet honoring tradition.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District has your back! There is a public transportation fee in the U of I student bill, so all you have to do is show your i-Card and you are good to go anywhere in Chambana. Their website makes planning trips very easy.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Aren't All Colleges Strict? Because it is such a huge school, there is a lot of red-tape and bureaucracy. However, also because it is so huge, there is a way to do everything; if there is something you need to do, chances are thousands of other students do as well. The policies are not overly strict. You can't do the things that you shouldn't do in school.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Most Diverse Big-Ten School – Here are some statistics taken from the Illinois website: 41,918 Total students: 31,209 undergraduate and 10,709 graduate and professional students, 53% men, 47% women, 6.0% African-American, 6.0% Latino/a, 12.0% Asian-American, 0.27% Native American, and 15% International

4 College Junior

Facilities: Good Academics but Also Good at Everything Else. There are many different options, clubs, societies etc. anyone can join. Lots to do even out in the middle of nowhere. Great academics also.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Very Popular With Sports. There are many programs to join if interested in sports, certain teams are very strong, others not so much. There are lots of fans and the student body is very supportive. There are many different sports fields and there's an option for club sports if willing to join.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Food, Good Prices. There are a lot of choices, very close to campus. They have fair prices and there are always coupons going around.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Whatever You Want – If you're into drugs, it's not hard to find them. If you're not, it's not hard to stay away from them. Drugs aren't overwhelming here, but again, they're not hard to find if you look for them.

3 College Student

Diversity: There is a lot of racial/ethnic diversity at UIUC. People are very open to different cultures, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and religion. People here are very clicky though, and it can be hard to find your element if you're not rushing.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Great Way to Meet Friends – Large greek system so it is a major part of campus life. Tons of beautiful houses and seems like a great place to meet friends. Many people aren't in the system though so it isn't forced into your social life.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many Selections – Good selection of off-campus housing and there are some great deals on apartments. But you have to sign a lease quickly in the fall for the great places for the next year.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good from What I Hear – I am a part the private certified residence so I did not have a meal plan. But from what I hear, the dining halls have a great selection.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Always have fun social events and dining isn't too bad (good variety).

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Usually happens (assaults, robberies) during the very early hours of the morning (1 am, 2 am, etc.) involving persons who are alone.

4 College Junior

Academics: Most instuctors are very helpful and are willing to meet outside of office hours.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are many buses that run every ten minutes and being such a huge campus makes it easier to get to opposite ends in a decent amount of time.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Social Life – Many people are involved in the social scene on the weekends. There are usually floods of people on the streets of Champaign looking for the coolest place to be.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus Activities – The activities are a lot of fun, it seems like there is always something to do. They are good for people with a lot of different interests.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I Love U of I – I am so very grateful for my experience at the University of Illinois. This university truly gives you the freedom and the resources to make the most of your college experience. I am double majoring and getting a minor all within 3.5 years. I have had tremendous support from the advising staff and have met some incredible people along the way.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Very Fair – The school has a very fair attitude towards campus strictness. All the rules make sense and are there for a reason. I truly feel that the campus is a safer place because of the police force and their strict enforcement of the rules.

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4 College Senior

Computers: There are too few computers at the undergraduate library. The wireless access is great, but in order to print you must use a school computer and that can sometimes mean waiting up to an hour for a computer to free up.


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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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