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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have very little greek life here on campus lots of org who have been suspended, or have problems nationally which is causing them to be unavailable to the campus population.

4 College Junior

Transportation: MTD Is Great – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is great. Free for students to use not only on-campus, but throughout Champaign-Urbana. Regarded highly.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Punishments Are Fair – Punishments vary based on academics and the law. You are put on academic probation if you receive a GPA below the college requirement; the general standard is 2.0. Two semesters below a 2.0 is expulsion. Other expulsions result from problems from the law, such as multiple drinking tickets.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Very Popular – Drinking is one of the biggest activities done on campus from Thursday nights to Saturday nights. Drug scene varies, with many students indulging in marijuana.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: No Where Else Does It Best. Unofficial St. Patrick's Day. That is all I need to say.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: U of I-UC – A lot of school spirit. Popular among non-UofI-UC students as well.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: U of I has a range of students on campus, but I wouldn't say that it is extremely diverse in all areas. There are huge amounts of people from Asian countries such as South Korea and China. I don't know the exact breakdowns, but there also seems to be a fair amount of African Americans on campus. Other than that, most of the students are white. The best thing is that the school is extremely interested in diversity and strives to meet the needs of people of different backgrounds.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is known for its academics. I am a Speech and Hearing Science major and I have not had many problems in my few years here. The workload is manageable and I find my instructors very knowledgeable and willing to help with any problems I may have.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Are Good Overall – There are a lot of computer labs on campus. They are located within the dorms, in the multiple libraries and in some classroom settings. They are generally available whenever I have needed them, but they do tend to get tied up around finals. I wish that wireless was available in the actual dorm rooms, but overall the wireless network is reliable.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: Campus Health Center Seems Bad – From many of my student colleagues I have heard horror stories of medication just being thrown at them to heal them as soon as possible.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Social Scene on Campus – There are lots of activities that guys and girls can get into, from sororities to skydiving clubs. Many people are from the Chicago area, dress well, and put on tons of events on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student Center Atriums Are Not What You Expect. Recreation centers are usually built to attract students and help them connect to their fellow classmates that organized activities and social life of the school rather than how students used to be affiliated. The (ARC) facility reveals that the U of I is concentrating on the student body and it prioritizes on how students spend their time here on campus. They value the importance of students because without students there would not be a university. Having these new recreation centers gives the college a different view such as colleges are not meant for learning only but it is more than that. It sort of gives reputation on the college and that they are advertising the new recreation building as a tool for recruitment for prospective students.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Unofficial (St. Patrick's Day) – Unofficial is holiday created by the students in response to the University tightening down on campus during St. Patrick's Day weekend. For people who drink, this holiday is a dream come true. Everyone dresses in green (usually in their custom made shirts) and the drinking starts early. It usually begins with "Kegs and Eggs," in the morning to parties late at night. For those who don't drink, it's funny to watch all the drunk people running around like madness, but honestly it would better to go home and not have to deal with all the drama that goes along with the festivities.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Punishments Are Severe for Underage Drinking – Police are very strict here about underage drinking. It is not uncommon to be in danger of getting ticketed at a bar or to have a party busted by local police. Drinking tickets here are around $300. Any party that is way to obnoxious is bound to get busted and the consequences are pretty harsh. Best advice is to drink responsibly and discreetly and to just not act stupid in public.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There Are Many Opportunities to Take Advantage of at U of I – Even though Champaign-Urbana may seem like it's in the middle of nowhere there are activities and events sponsored by the school and other organizations that you can take part in. There are shows and concerts every month, mostly at Assembly Hall, for example, there was a Cirque du Soleil show here a few weeks ago.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Greek life is very big on campus. Many students are from the Chicago suburbs. Many students give into the fads: Uggs, North Face jackets, etc. There are also many international students. There is a very large student population which makes it easy to find a group you fit in with.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Diverse Dorms – Housing is very diverse at the University of Illinois. There are University dorms and Private Certified Housing dorms. Each dorm has a reputation and people can pick a dorm based upon their interests. Some dorms also have different communities. Most University housing does not have air conditioning which is uncomfortable in the warmer months, but Private Certified Housing dorms do have air conditioning.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Are the Best! Public transportation is great. Buses run continually and are free for all UofI students. There are no problems with this for anyone.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Night Life Is Great – Bars and fraternity parties are always within walking distance of most dorms, sorority houses and even many apartments. A lot of bars on campus but fraternity parties dominate the scene.

3 College Senior

Facilities: State of the art for Business and Engineering but lots of lack in facilities for social sciences, arts, and the humanities. Dorms vary from extremely good living (IT) to very poor (LAR). Great work out areas- brand new ARC gym was recently built.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Overall Typical Big Ten – Most classes are huge and taught by TAs, very little professor interaction until the last 2 semesters and maybe not even then. Greek life rules the social scene and the fraternity/sorority drama is very pervasive. Overall a lot of fun but only for students who are independent and either pledge a Greek organization or know how to carve out their own niche.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: UofI has the largest Greek system in the US and it shows. Greek life absolutely rules the social scene and throws all the best parties, etc.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Easy to Find, Wide Selection – Many different apartments to choose from. Ranging from really nice to typical, slum college-student housing. Prices and locations vary.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: It's Fun to Be Out Here, but You Better Study. UIUC is one of the best place for studying since the neighboring places are almost surrounded by corn fields and farms. However, you will enjoy many other events and be able to get along with school life. However, the academic life can turn up really hard and grueling. There are a lot of workloads. But overall experience at school is so far great.

3 College Student

Athletics: Varsity Sports – I am not sure about the varsity sports at UIUC. However, I am kind of disappointed by the fact that UIUC does not have strong varsity football team. However, I can guarantee that UIUC students have strong school spirit that you can see large crowds of students at the game.


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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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