Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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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Campus Strictness: Campus police are ever-present on the University of Illinois campus, but if you're safe walking down the street with a beer it's up to chance-whether you will get away with it depends on the night.

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Campus Strictness: Depending on the situation, the police can be strict. Like fake IDs-they really crack down on them.

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Campus Strictness: I have known people-good student types-who have gotten anything from drinking tickets to arrested. My best advice is be nice to cops. They can screw you over if they want to.

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Campus Strictness: Since 18- and 19-year-olds can get into bars in Urbana-Champaign, cops tend to be fairly lax on policing house, apartment, and fraternity parties. Frat parties rarely get into trouble, and house and apartment parties usually only have trouble when the police receive complaints from neighbors. Watch out for police bar raids, which are usually spread by word-of-mouth beforehand.

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Campus Strictness: In Urbana-Champaign, a person only has to be 19 to get into a bar. Therefore, almost everyone at the University can get into the bars, although they are technically not allowed to drink. So the campus police are pretty harsh if they catch a person. Expect a $200 fine if a person is drinking before they are 21, and he or she is caught.

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Campus Strictness: Yeah, I hear about busts now and then. Personally, I wouldn't know because I don't go out to bars too much.

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Campus Strictness: A law was passed about a year ago under which anyone convicted of underage drinking can lose her or his license for up to a year, and the increased security in the bars reflects this change in legislature.

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Campus Strictness: The cops are out there, sure. But as long as you conceal what you are doing-and you would be stupid not to-you should be fine.

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Campus Strictness: When you put alcohol and Urbana-Champaign in the same sentence, you get campus police and angry parents. It is strongly recommended that to be on the safe side: do not drink if you are under 21. You can run, but you cannot hide from them.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police are so so strict when it comes to underage drinking that even if a person under the age of 21 is sitting within arm's length of a bottle of Budweiser, they will get reprimanded and ticketed. They do not play around.

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Campus Strictness: They have been said to go undercover, like they were college students trying to have a good time, laughing in your face, but then will snap you up within the next second.

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Campus Strictness: In the dorms, and depending on your RA, underage drinking is forbidden. If you are of age, then you should not have a problem (unless you're clowning at 3 a.m. in the morning).

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Campus Strictness: I think that for the most part the police can't get a finger into the drug scene. Mostly because people keep it in its place because they are more careful not to get caught.

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Campus Strictness: The police really crack down on underage drinking and alcohol related offenses. Everything from public intoxication to open containers and DUIs carry heavy fines. Noise violations are usually hit pretty hard, too.

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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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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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