Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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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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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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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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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