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Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2934 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I live off campus; however, from what I hear campus has a safe vibe.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are average. I use my own personal laptop all the time. The network is reliable as I connect remotely almost every night.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Disappointed in education, cost, faculty.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Rainbow Garden, awesome, cheap Americanized Chinese food. Lots of pizza places, some Indian places. Plenty of good food.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: They try but there's still a lot of crime and a lot of dangerous drinking.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are pockets of people who are really trying to make the university diverse and pleasant for all people but their efforts aren't enough. There is a "house" (a place to hang out and where relevant events are hosted) for each minority: Latino/a, Asian, Native American, African American, and LGBT and there are programs/groups which fight for equal treatment, but there are a lot of insensitive redneck idiots who say and do hurtful things, even targeted at Chancellor Wise recently. I wouldn't say that the university as a whole supports racism, but they could do more to fight it, certainly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There are a lot of things to do in CU. Plus you're really not that far from Chicago. I really enjoyed the community.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Pretty typical. Lots of people use drugs or drink underage and overdo the alcohol part. You won't feel left out if you don't use, exactly, but I feel like LOTs of UGs party a lot and that's the best way to make friends at UIUC.

Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I'm not a partier at all. The 217 is a great website for a getting a feel for daily activities in the area. I'm sure there were plenty of opportunities to make a drunken fool of myself. I chose not to capitalize.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Its the midwest. We get a lot of snow (usually) in the winter and storms in the spring. McKinley health center sponsors an event each year at orchard downs for people who are not sure what midwest winters are like to help them prepare.

2 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I did not really enjoy earning my MSW. There were some though-provoking conversations but they could have easily been had in a coffee house rather than paying tens of thousands of dollars. Ultimately, they don't help that much in the field. Professors are easily distracted into not accomplishing much in the course and even when they have a solid plan, they're probably not going to teach you much that will really help. Organization is rough. Still waiting on paperwork I need to get my license (4+ mos now). Workload is not bad- I had no trouble working 20-30 hrs and keeping up. Professors really put their heart into their lectures but just tend to be flighty or distracted or not intent on teaching much? I'm not really sure. Facilities are fine...need to buy your own paper to print in the lab haha. Internship process is very well thought-out and executed.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Internship is 32 hrs per week and one class per semester that you have it. Class is conducted online and is very thought-provoking. It encourages introspection and provides a lot of support. MANY internship opportunities for whatever type of SW you want to do.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: U of I fans can be pretty die-hard which is part of the reason the 'chief' is still around despite the controversy surrounding his image. I never cared either way but it is kind of fun to be on campus where people really support their teams. Don't expect to be the best in the Big 10, but there's certainly camaraderie to be had in campus sports.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived way off campus (out of town, actually) but visited several students in their off-campus homes. They apartments were expensive but very nice and easily accessible.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I received an assistantship that really helped. There were some hassles (individuals from out of state or country beware, it may not entirely cover your tuition and leave you without a stipend) but it all worked out.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I didn't participate but it seemed to be pretty philanthropic in nature and friendly. I wouldn't say they all partied incredibly hard and I saw a lot of great friendships come from the organizations. They are helpful to the campus community.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I'm not a rule breaker and didn't live in the dorms so I can't speak a lot for those issues. However, unofficial is ridiculous and out of control. I feel like a LOT of underage drinking went on and didn't feel particularly safe in all places on campus. The public safety office tried- they'd issue alerts if someone had been attacked or something had been stolen and I feel like they often followed up on the issues well.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I never utilized any long distance travel options, but I knew where to find them if I needed them. As for on campus transportation I felt the buses were easy to use, easy to find, and all around convenient.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I lived off campus as I was only at UIUC as a graduate student.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: From what I understand it's pretty cheap for Big 10 parking and I found it reasonable. A bus pass is included in your tuition which makes getting to classes easier so long as you plan ahead.

2 College Freshman

Weather: If you're from anywhere warm and sunny most of the time, you're going to have a bad time here. I've lived in the midwest my whole life but have still yet to get accustomed to the temperature and weather changes.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Lenient but not too extremely to the point of wanting reinforcement.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is alright. Paying for a spot is expensive.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The police do a lot about drugs on campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: They win but they could be better.

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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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