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 Freshman

Campus Strictness: Students at the University of Illinois are very independent and treated as adults but if someone does violate the rules, they will certainly face the consequences.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have not received much financial aid, but there are definitely options and resources out there for those who need it.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are many places that students are able to access and use public computers but personally I find it much more convenient to have your own laptop because we are always on the run and most professors allow laptops in class for note taking. A printer is not necessary but I enjoy having my own because it is easy and reliable. The wireless access is usually very quick so no complaints there.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to eat off campus but most students go out to eat on Green Street which is on campus and has a variety of options!

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most underclassmen stay in the dorms and upperclassmen live in on campus apartments so there is not much off campus living but there are options for those who want to!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams may not be the best, but our spirit is! The entire campus is covered in orange and blue on game days and everyone is out to support the ILLINI.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love campus housing!! The 6-pack is the best place to live because it is right next to the gym, close to classes and we have a huge dining hall with a great variety of food. It is also the most social area to live because majority of freshmen live here so it is a great way to meet people!

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I only take the bus and they are always going through.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I just hang out with my friends and watch Disney movies.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It is ice cold outside a person could die of frost bit.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I have not caused to much trouble so I have not experienced to much trouble.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have a friend who I helped find next years housing but I plan to live on campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It is designed more for foreign students.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I have never seen two who are alike on this campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The building I chose to live in really fits my needs

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I earn a good number of scholarships but I am struggling to come up with funds for next year.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I have not attend any sporting event but I am part of a martial arts club.

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College Freshman

Majors: I have not had one yet.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am proud of my progress and I would do it over again if I could.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are a ton of fraternities and sororities. The process of getting into one is hectic but I hear that it is definitely work it in the long run. Greek life always has events and is extremely big on campus.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Admissions for my programs was extremely competitive. I faced the challenges of trying to actually get into a program but for the most part, it was not all that bad. The most important criteria for admission was the show the overall roundedness of your work. They like to see someone who excels inside and outside of the classroom.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: In my program there are a ton of helpful people available all the time. I enjoy the program. It is highly competitive and everyone suggests you to get a job shadow or internship. There are a ton of people that help with getting an internship.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Weather is not bad at all. Not too much snow. Oftentimes extremely sunny. It rains a lot, but the weather does not affect plans.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug safety is not too bad. It was definitely very popular for people to take-part in drinking and drug activities.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a ton of friendly people on campus.


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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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