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Reviews 3237 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: It is clearly a majority white population, but we got international students for days.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys are girls come in all different packages. For the most part, if you were to be walking down the street looking for directions or advice, every student would make an effort to welcome and assist you.

4 College Junior

Academics: We have a lot of major options and also some of the best professors around.

5 College Junior

Academics: Architecture is a love-hate relationship. You spend ungodly amounts of time working on projects all throughout the night. But you wouldn't rather be doing anything else. The school does not really help students find jobs or internships in architecture which is disappointing.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: The university has a very large greek life. However, you do not have to be involved to feel included.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Champaign is a very nice town to live and visit. Urbana is more run-down and dangerous.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The best aspects are the social ones. The worst aspects are the qualities of the dorms.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: the university makes a large effort to provide awareness for campus safety

4 College Junior

Majors: Architects are very willing to train perspective architects and they do a wonderful job of it. The pay depends on who you work for.

3 College Junior

Majors: A lot of universities require a portfolio right out of high school which could be very difficult for some students to provide. It is not entirely fair

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus dining is great! Lots of inexpensive and also expensive options. On-Campus dining is a different story.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It is very difficult to receive financial aid. The American schooling system is absolutely ridiculous now. No one can afford to go to school.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: The university works very hard to provide a very broad range of diversity throughout campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: School is strict in all the right areas. Very strict with drinking in the dorms.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Fans would be more into the teams if they won more games.. I think that athletes walk around campus thinking they own the place.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Most guys are either super into greek life, or super nerdy....

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Everything is right there! Any type of food you want, you can get.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: It's going to be hard, but the study areas are awesome. There are 40 libraries on campus!! USE THEM!

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: You have to do clinicals and shadow people in your field. The field is very competitive, so make sure to have a very high GPA.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I like the U of I looks at the broad picture, instead of just looking at your ACT scores and such. Make sure to have a good personal statement written, and volunteer!!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I absolutely love the research experiences and the opportunities to get to know your professors.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I love downtown Champaign. It's a little hard to get to if you don't have a car, but once you're there, it's a fun area.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I think the greek life is overkill, but the people who are into that thing really enjoy the greek life there.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The landlords are all scamy and the apartments are WAY over priced for what you get.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: On campus nightlife is awesome! I really enjoy the atmosphere, and prices are right. It's definitely a fun area, and the bars are 19 instead of 21 year old bars! :)


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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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