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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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Off-Campus Dining: Next to campus, within walking distance, there are a variety of restaurants on Green Street. The food there ranges from chains like Subway and Burger King to independent places like Pita Pit and Zorba's.

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Off-Campus Dining: If you get tired of dorm food, you can eat out. In Champaign and within the shopping vicinity, students can eat at Red Lobster or Steak N' Shake. Near campus, places like McDonald's close around 11 p.m. daily.

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Off-Campus Dining: If you want a taste of something different, the Pita Pit and Papa John's are good places. A lot of restaurants also deliver, even late into the night with pizza and good spicy chicken at Gumby's.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in Champaign have a pretty good selection. The more popular ventures are the various wing nights. The White Horse offers a Tuesday night wing special of a pound of wings for $2.50, which is about ten wings. Brothers has ten cent wings on Thursday nights. Pizza is a big deal on campus, too. Some of the hot spots include Garcia's, Gumby's (the pokey sticks are legendary), Bonnie Jean's (post-bar by the slice specialty), Papa Del's, and Monical's.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of restaurants that serve Asian food, from Chinese to Korean, Japanese, Cantonese, and Thai. In C-U, there is a restaurant for every palate.

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Off-Campus Dining: You've got your basics like Red Lobster and Burger King. But then you also have unique stuff like Zorba's. And of course, college is probably the only place in the world where you can order pizza at two in the morning.

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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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Weather: You can never tell what the weather in Illinois will be like because it constantly changes. Bring whatever clothes seem comfortable and appropriate to you.

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Weather: The weather is nice in the fall and late spring. It is windy and stormy at times. The winters are pretty cold and snowy.

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Weather: The weather is nice. Some dorms have A/C. Go for the A/C. Bring clothes you will feel comfortable in.

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Weather: The weather sucks! Bring really warm clothing for the winter and a big umbrella. It is so windy!

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Weather: In LAR, there is no air, so be prepared. At home, you are spoiled, always expecting air-conditioning to be on. Here, you have to bring fans. And in the winter, bundle up, because you have to walk in the cold.

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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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