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Champaign, IL
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31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Health & Safety: Since U of I is such a large university, security is pretty much top-notch. They keep transportation running constantly, especially at night and on weekends. When the buses do stop (on special holidays or during road construction), there are services such as SafeRides that will get you where you need to go day or night for free.

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Health & Safety: Orientation really prepares students to deal with campus safety. Every female is issued a rape whistle. We have a workshop called C.A.R.E., which is mandatory by the end of your first semester, and it is very informative in dealing with issues of date rape but approaches it in an open-minded forum.

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Health & Safety: The chancellor is constantly sending out mass e-mails to remind students to be safe and never to travel alone at night. The police are on top of everything, so much so that you can barely sneeze without causing an alarm, but it keeps the campus secure.

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Health & Safety: Don't put yourself in bad situations, especially those involving alcohol and drugs. Knowing your limits and setting boundaries is the best way to stay safe.

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Health & Safety: The dorms are secure after 7 p.m. so that only persons with keys can be admitted to the general lobby area. Floors are always locked in order to prevent unauthorized or dangerous people from wandering around. There is an enforced rule in the dorms that prohibits residents' guests from walking around unescorted.

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Computers: The computer labs are decent. There are several located throughout campus. It's more convenient to have your own computer, although it is possible to get by without having your own.

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Computers: The computer labs are kind of crowded, but you can almost always find one to work at.

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Computers: I have my own computer, so I don't know much about the labs. I do go there sometimes, and it doesn't seem too busy. I think having or not having a computer does not really matter; each way works out.

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Computers: Yes, you should definitely take your own computer. The lab areas are always crowded. Noon is the worst time.

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Computers: I only know about the computer lab. But they are always clean and in good condition.

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Computers: The labs are no problem. It does get busy, but you can generally find a few open. I have never had to wait.

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Computers: There are plenty of computers. But it is convenient to have one in your room because a lot of classes are online now. So it is good to do classwork right next to your bed.

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Computers: Sometimes the network is awful because too many people are on the computer at the same time. However, I do not think that you would have to bring a computer, because there are always spaces available in the labs.

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Computers: The computer network is great. I did not have a computer for the first semester and the computer labs and printers worked fine. They are not usually overly crowded, and you can find a place to sit and work. The connections are pretty fast, and they all have the programs you will need and more.

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Computers: The labs are good. But it is better to have your own computer. Pray that your roommate does not have her own and uses the lab. Otherwise, you will hear her chatting online until four in the morning.

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Computers: Computer labs are generally pretty crowded, especially as the semester winds down. There are many computer facilities on campus though, including the English computer lab, which is open 24 hours a day. In the dorms a network with fast connection is offered.

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Computers: They did not lie when they said U of I has computers everywhere on campus. They are at the Union, in the library, at every residence hall, in some educational buildings. Even if you wanted to get away from them, you couldn't.

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Computers: You cannot go wrong if you decide to bring your own computer. You do not have to worry about crowded labs. But it can bring some of its own problems. Personal computers can act up, and when they do, you have to find someone working in the computer lab to help you.

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Computers: There is the roommate situation to consider when it comes to computers-if he/she does not have one, they may expect you to let them use yours all the time. I have seen the disastrous effects that can have on a human being.

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Computers: The dorm labs are always crowded on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there isn't a time limit or priority rating. That means if some geek wants to stay on for 72 hours; then, you are stuck waiting. Besides last year a kid was caught abusing himself to Internet pornography . . . eeewwww.

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Computers: Usually, a lab is available somewhere, but these labs have hours of operation which may be inconvenient. Students must also pay to print in the computer labs, which can be avoided by bringing a computer and printer.

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Computers: Most students have personal computers that connect to the Internet in their dorm room. This saves time and allows the student to use the computer labs as a back-up in case of problems with her or his machine, rather than be dependent on a lab that may have limited availability.

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Computers: I recommend having a computer, since many classes have online homework and quizzes. The network is outstanding. The Internet is super fast and great for downloading songs.

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Facilities: The Union is pretty nice, and there are several places to stop and do homework or chill for a while. You can also grab some food when you don't want to go home to your dorm or apartment.

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Facilities: The gym is nice. They're adding on to it right now, so that's good.

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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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