Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Facilities: The gym was small and annoying, but now they are remodeling, which also kind of sucks.

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Facilities: The athletic center, IMPE, is currently under construction and looks like it's going to be really nice. Otherwise, it is very nice and has a lot of gym space and good equipment.

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Facilities: Altogether, the facilities are decent, but some leave definite things to be desired. The athletic facilities are not adequate for such a large university. Although, it must be said that improvements are being made.

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Facilities: The gyms at the University are well-equipped with a large quantity and wide variety of aerobic machines and weight lifting equipment, but even with two separate facilities (IMPE and Wimpe), it can be hard to get a machine. There is a sign-up process that reserves machines for students, and it is best to get to the facility early to get what you want.

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Facilities: The student union provides a bowling alley and billiard room, as well as an eatery with multicultural meal choices. There are several rooms for studying, coffee shops for fuel, Internet stations for checking e-mail on the UIUC server, ATM machines for convenient money withdrawal, and even the Courtyard Café where, at night, performances are given.

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Facilities: As a member of the Big Ten, the facilities offered are very professional. The athletic facilities are the place where Division I Big Ten contenders in every sport practice, though the gym gets crowded at times. The library is the third largest library in the country (after Harvard and Yale) and the most accessible in the world.

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Facilities: The center of University activities is the Union, a building between the main Quad and Engineering Quad. Aside from study areas and a coffee shop, there are restaurants, a pool, and a bowling alley available.

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Facilities: IMPE and Wimpe are the most popular fitness centers on campus and can be reached through the bus line and are also within a comfortable walking distance from every residence hall.

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Facilities: Everything on campus is pretty much the best there is available. Some of our alumni include Roger Ebert and Hugh Hefner, so we get a lot of financial support. As a matter of fact, after winter break of the 2001-2002 school year during which our football team competed in the Nokia Sugar Bowl, we had brand new public buses on campus.

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Facilities: The Illini Union is one of the most popular places because it is located on the Quad, the center of the campus and surrounded by residence and educational halls. I love it because it has everything. If I am hungry, I can choose between a Big Mac or orange chicken. If I am thirsty and need to stay up for the night, I can sip a café latte while studying in the Courtyard Café.

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Facilities: The whole university is very well run and very well organized. Everything is easily accessible and, for the most part, the staff is extremely helpful.

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Facilities: There are instrument practice rooms in every dorm, as well as furnished lounges and ping pong, pool and foosball tables.

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Campus Dining: If you think U of I cooking is like mama's cooking, you are sadly mistaken. On the bright side, you will not starve with so many fast food places on campus.

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Campus Dining: Lunch and breakfast in the dining halls are good. Dinner is bad. As for outside the dorms, there is a good selection of food on campus.

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Campus Dining: The food in the dining halls is gross. They feed you the same thing every night, over and over again.

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Campus Dining: I never ate in the dining halls, but I hear they are really bad. Campus eating is okay, but it is so hard to find food that isn't greasy.

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Campus Dining: There are some meals that are decent, but others are like experiments gone wrong.

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Campus Dining: Sometimes you just wish they would feed you regular food whenever they try to get fancy with something like `nut-crusted loin' . . . well, thank God for delivery pizza.

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Campus Dining: The food is cafeteria food . . . what else can I say?

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Campus Dining: The cafeteria food is not as bad as it may seem. I complained while I was living in the dorms of course, but now that I am off campus, I know that it was a blessing.

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Campus Dining: The UC and the Six-Pack are pretty good. And ISR is right next to the Quad so it is easy to grab lunch there between classes.

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Campus Dining: The cafeterias are pretty much the same all over campus-bad. Some of the hours differ, though; some are more flexible.

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Campus Dining: College life in general is notorious for lack of good food, and the University of Illinois dining services is no different. However, what it might lack in first-class food, it makes up in offering a variety of choices. Though one might not get their first choice, there will always be something to eat in the dorms.

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Campus Dining: The dorms at UIUC offer specialty restaurants on certain nights of the week. On regular nights, even if the hot food isn't appealing, there is always cereal, bagels, and sandwich makings to ensure that no one goes hungry. The Edy's ice cream machines are also a big hit.

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Campus Dining: Students do go wild over specialty restaurants that are held in different dorms like Wok on the Wild Side (Asian cuisine), Soul Ingredient (soul food), and the favorite: Fat Don's, where they serve steaks (and let me tell you, those steaks they serve are big, juicy, and tender).

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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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