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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: 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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Transportation: The MTD is excellent-probably one of the best busing systems around. It can take you anywhere you need to be at any time, and there are individual routes to the dorms further away from campus.

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Transportation: The bus system in C-U allows students convenient and safe transportation. The buses are coded using colors (excepting the `22 Illini bus), and provide schedules and route listings on board.

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Transportation: Sometimes buses are pretty gross and just driving in them makes you smell. But the MTD is always clean and comfortable, albeit a little crowded at peak times.

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Transportation: The buses work for me pretty well. They go where I need them to and I've never had a problem.

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Transportation: If you don't have a car, getting to the movies takes 30 minutes instead of 10, when you take the bus. But it gets you there.

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Transportation: There is a great bus system; you never have to worry about getting around and finding stuff.

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Transportation: The MTD gets you around campus pretty easily.

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Transportation: The buses are free for University students to use, and they even go as far as Parkland College, which is convenient for students who take classes at both schools. The grocery store and mall are also accessible by bus, as are bars and restaurants.

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Transportation: Public transportation is readily offered and encouraged. Buses go everywhere, from the dorms to the different buildings and to off-campus areas likethe mall. It was voted the best transit system in 1997 and 2001.

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Transportation: Public transportation is convenient when you have nothing else to get around in. If you live at FAR, it is a way of life and can be journey trying to get from point A to point B.

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Transportation: The buses seem great to me. I try not to make riding the bus seem too complicated though, because the routes can really be confusing for an LAS major like myself. I know how to get to class and home. Anything else is just showing off.

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Transportation: The buses get people home safely at night and get them to class on time in the morning; it really is quite an impressive system. The earlier you tackle it, the less likely that it will get the better of you.

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Transportation: Every student has a bus pass and the buses run about five minutes apart. The #22 runs through the most central part of campus. It goes to the Union, the Six-Pack, both of the exercise facilities, and stops no more than a block away from every bar. The buses run from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.

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Weather: The weather fluctuates constantly. You need hot weather and cold weather clothes, `cause it can change out of nowhere. All the seasons come into play on this campus.

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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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