Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Our campus is extremely diverse and tolerant. The only issue is students self-segregating based on ethnicity/race.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's a decent variety on campus, and the main difficulty with off campus activities is the hassle of public transportation.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Although safety on campus is never a concern, there is almost too much leniency with underage drinking and drinking in general.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Although I love the Psychology program, I wish it were less focused on the research aspect and more on the clinical.

College Freshman

Majors: I've never had one and know very little about the options and quality. This would seem like an interesting option, though.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of this campus and it is a bit overwhelming to be surrounded by something you have no interest in.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are very insightful, the professors are wonderful, and it is an amazing experience overall.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: bus system around campus is pretty good but can be crowded. it is easy to take trains and charter buses back to chicago suburbs

2 College Freshman

Weather: hot summer and falls, cold winter.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I really love the business school. engineering is great too

3 College Freshman

Majors: if you apply out of high school and have good grades you will get in, if you transfer it is more difficult and can only happen freshmen year

4 College Freshman

Academics: one of the best schools in the country. ILL

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: if you need money they will give it to you.. if not good luck

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: champaign and urbana off campus areas are kind of sketcy. also dont walk alone at night if you are a girl

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: kids in frats are huge into drinking at bars. many go out 6 nights a week. they smoke a lot of pot and do coke too.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: pretty good internet. lots of labs and libraries

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: great off campus food. sushi is the bomb at ko-fusion

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are alright, but live in apartments after fr year

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty diverse campus, but there is some racial bias towards asians

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are pretty leinient about partying related issues. one thing to keep in mind is strict honor code. Dont cheat!

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is very convenient. The only real purpose to having a car is for buying groceries; otherwise, it is not of much use.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a wide variety of majors at this school. Many programs are very noteworthy, specifically engineering. Engineering at Illinois is one of the top schools in the country and is regarded very highly by international students as well.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Since the state of Illinois is in debt, the university does not really hand out any financial aid.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Although there aren't many attractions on campus, plenty of fun can still be had with friends. I personally really enjoy the area during the warm months, but during winter I do not have much to do.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you do your research, you can find really great apartments for a great price. It may not have some of the flashy amenities of the top-notch apartments, but they are great for the price you find them for, and very close to campus too. In general, it is much cheaper to live north of Green Street.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Emily Thiersch
Hometown
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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