Champaign, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I would say overall campus is very safe. I walk alone all the time and am totally fine.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are pretty great of the University of Illinois, especially basketball.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is very diverse in every way imaginable. Although usually fine, sometimes cultural differences have caused some problems.

1 College Freshman


2 College Freshman

Scholarships: This school has no money to give to its students because of the dept of Illinois and no income from sports.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: The engineering here is amazing. It is considered a prestigious university in the international community.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Even though UIUC is a notorious for its party scene, the students here are very understanding about drinking and its effects.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life here is incredible. It is very diverse and there are many people here who participate in their events.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: The school athletics isn't very good, but it is still fun to watch and to fulfill the student experience.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: I use the bus system and it runs just fine. You can also walk/bike as there are many crosswalks and roads for such endeavors.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is ok. It's very diverse, but it can be very bipolar sometimes (ie. be warm one day and then really cold the next day). During the summer, it gets really hot; during the winter, it gets really cold.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat much off campus, but the food isn't too shabby. Lots of options though.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm very happy with the computer science program here. The professors know what they're doing and the employers know that the program is very strong here.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The admission is pretty lenient. Have some projects before you apply and you should be good.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus at UIUC is VERY diverse. There are people here from many different countries and bring to the table many different cultures.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football team may be part of the Big 10, but our team always loses. Our basketball team however is great. We still carry some school spirit but it decreased significantly after we changed the chief to the I.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being an electrical engineer in UIUC is great. They are currently working on a new building for electrical engineers that is also advanced and earth friendly. However, the program isn't easy. The exams have very low averages (40-50%) but a curve to slightly accommodate for it. It's challenging, but it's great to be surrounded by those at your level.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The greek life results in a lot of frat parties, so more activities to go to as a freshman/sophomore. Those in greek life enjoy the friendships that are created. There are also several professional sororities/fraternities.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: While we are a party school, people don't force you to drink.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants nearby and even more if you take a short bus ride. There is a great variety of options, and there are several places open late at night.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: UIUC has a great night life, as one of the top party schools in America. the locals know that this is a large, college campus. There is an art center where there are many plays and art displays. There are also two relatively large gyms that memberships are paid for through the tuition.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I haven't encountered any crime, but there seems to be a lot of reports of theft in the west side of campus.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computer labs on campus, but there are also many students. During the day, they are pretty vacant but at night, it's hard to find a computer around. The internet is great and reliable, but there isn't wireless access in all the dorms.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: UIUC spends a lot towards the engineering programs, especially electrical engineering. We have special, paid events and professional programs. UIUC has multiple career fairs only for engineers.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Illinois weather is very sporadic during winter.


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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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