Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Weather: The weather is nice in the fall and late spring. It is windy and stormy at times. The winters are pretty cold and snowy.

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Weather: The weather is nice. Some dorms have A/C. Go for the A/C. Bring clothes you will feel comfortable in.

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Weather: The weather sucks! Bring really warm clothing for the winter and a big umbrella. It is so windy!

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Weather: In LAR, there is no air, so be prepared. At home, you are spoiled, always expecting air-conditioning to be on. Here, you have to bring fans. And in the winter, bundle up, because you have to walk in the cold.

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Weather: As a Midwestern school, UIUC has every type of weather. It will get hot in the summer, freezing in the winter, and everything in between. It is a little windier than it is in Chicago and the suburbs. Bring all types of clothes, because rain in June and snow in March is not impossible, however unlikely.

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Weather: It is freezing cold to hot and sweltering. Depending on when you go home, you can bring summer and fall clothing with you at the beginning of the year and get winter clothes later around fall break. Then, in the spring you can take home the winter clothes and bring back your spring/summer clothes at spring break.

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Weather: In actuality, the weather in Champaign is hotter than that in Chicago, and this causes a lot of students to pack light. People who are not from Chicago are often surprised and even dejected when the winter months roll around because it gets cold (but not as bad as Chicago).

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Weather: U of I is in the Midwest, and it gets pretty cold. A lot of students come out from California and don't bring winter coats. Some of them have never seen snow. In mid February when winter is in full gear, not only will you be wearing a coat, scarf, gloves and hat, you will either get really intimate with the bus schedule, or you will pay for those parking meters.

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Weather: Summers in C-U get very hot, and winters get very cold. Be prepared for anything, because you will need it all. The weather is often unpredictable, and it can remain hot until November and cold until May.

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Weather: The weather really shocked me. I was not prepared for it to be so cold and wet in the winter. I was often going to class in sandals and a tank, only to find myself walking home in the snow!

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Weather: You need every kind of clothing. And you should really try to get a dorm with A/C. And FYI, the dorms start turning the heat on in October, even though it could still be 60 degrees outside.

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Overall Experience: Sometimes the tuition increases and bureaucratic stuff make me hate it here-but underneath it all, I am glad to have this school right in my state.

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Overall Experience: It has been a great experience here. I've enjoyed a lot of new experiences and have met a lot of new people. I think I have made the right choice in coming here.

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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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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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