Champaign, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: not many people that i know of caught withdrugs and they keep it discreet for the most part.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If i do not have a good job there, i will definitely not be living there.

College Freshman

Academics: Im not exactly in my major yet just decided what i wanted to do 2 weeks ago.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not really the schools fault, more of my own

4 College Freshman

Computers: Most the homework is online so it would helpful to have a laptop but you don't necessarily need it because the school have lots of computer labs that not many people uses because people already have laptops.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is the most random unpredictable wheather ever, one day it hot and literally the next day its freezing so be prepared

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I only order from Chinese restaurants and they are okay

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Allen hall which have tiny rooms and no air conditioning so it hot in the summer and spring but, but I still love it. Not particularly because of the perks but because of the wonderful people there.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: F&S sucks at getting rid of snow and ice. But other than that, you're not allowed to live in the Midwest and complain about the weather in the Midwest.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have some really good fraternities and sororities, but at the same time we have some pretty nasty and gross ones. Like TKE. Ew.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There aren't very many scholarships to choose from, so you better hope you can get financial aid, and have fun paying it off when you graduate.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I don't know too much about the off-campus dining options, but we have a lot of unhealthy stuff to choose from (Fat Sandwich, etc.)

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There doesn't seem to be too much of a problem with strictness on anything other than parking. The parking police are jerks.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs don't really seem to be a problem on campus, but there is definitely a big drinking culture at U of I.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health center kind of sucks, it's at the corner of campus so it's far away from a lot of the dorms. And sometimes they don't really seem to know what they're doing.

A safety concern is the winter, because the workers that are in charge of snow/ice removal take FOREVER to get paths cleared, and if you have a winter like we did this year then you better bring ice skates to get to class, because apparently they just don't believe in salt. Ever.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The bars are all 19+ to get in, but they can be pretty ratchet. Apartment parties can vary on the quality. Marching band parties are usually pretty good, but they tend to get pretty crowded by the middle/end of the night.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The labs are pretty good, printing can get kind of expensive, and the wireless internet isn't the greatest and can sometimes randomly disconnect when you're in the middle of something.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know about off-campus housing since I don't live off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I don't really know about a lot of the dorms on campus, because I'm in the same dorm this year as I was last year. My dorm is the smallest and oldest on campus, there are four floors plus the ground floor, no air conditioning, and no elevator, but I don't mind it.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on our campus. In addition to the diversity, there are cultural houses where people can learn about different cultures - Asian American, Latino/Latina, Native American, African American, Women's Studies, LGBTQ, and more.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is a huge party scene and bars are easily accessible because the entry age is only 19.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The heat gets so bad that I'm sweating in my many non-air conditioned classes while the cold is so horrible that we have to bundle up, put on our snow boots, and pray not to get frost bite when we have to walk half way across campus where buses don't go.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a huge party scene, so obtaining these substances is extremely easy. However, I have plenty of friends who still go out to parties without partaking in drinking or smoking and are respected for their decisions.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: From what I understand, the scholarships I received were above average for UIUC, but the cost of attendance is still overwhelming at $21,000/yr

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There seems to be many options that are also close to campus/bus stops. The Union and dorms often have programs to help students find apartments and be smart about it.


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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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