Champaign, IL
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Reviews 3145 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I am not currently in an internship, but I do know many people in my major that have internships. It does not seem hard to get one in my opinion and through observations, but I am sure it cannot be that simple. They always involve interviews and applications and can be pretty competitive, and are most often not paid.

4 College Freshman

Computers: I would say it is pretty necessary to have a computer at school, but I guess that it would probably also depend on your major and classes. My economics class had a lot of the information and assignments online, so it was definitely necessary for that class. However, my math class was basically all in class, taking notes, with only a few emails about dates and grades. The libraries and most dorms provide free printing, although some just provide the ink and you provide the paper (easy enough). The network is very easy to connect to, although sometime it is much faster than other times. In my dorm, the wireless internet seems to be slower than other buildings on campus, but if I connect to an Ethernet cable it speeds up.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I absolutely love living on campus. I live in a private dorm and have met many of my new best friends in the dorm. The rules are very easy to follow and understandable. Food is delicious, rooms are definitely nice and big (I live in a triple room-it isn't crowded at all!). The quad and other classroom buildings are all within 4-8 minutes walking distance. Same distance goes for most restaurants and stores. The bus system is also very convenient and easy to catch on to. The bus apps for cell phones are very helpful and have always been accurate timing in my experiences riding them. The cost is somewhat expensive to live in dorms, but it is definitely worth it and comes with a lot (food, heat/air conditioning, maid service, free printing, free newspapers, swimming pool, workout room, pool table and ping pong table, study hours in the cafeteria with snacks, etc). I love it all!

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is free for all students. It can be beneficial when one doesn't want to walk in the heat or cold. However, one should not be dependent on the bus system because oftentimes they are late.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a much larger social drinking scene than drugs. Drugs are much less common than alcohol.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did receive financial aid, however, it wasn't as much as I was hoping for.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very diverse, however I only know a select few of these people.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Students are typical. They dress in casual jeans and are often social.

College Freshman

Majors: I have not yet finished my program, so a rating wouldn't be applicable.

College Freshman

Majors: I have not yet had an internship, so providing a rating wouldn't be applicable.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Like most areas in the Mid-West, during the summer it is hot and during the winter it is cold. As long as one is prepared for the weather, then it has no effect on the campus experience.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many off-campus dining options, and the cost at those places varies. However, there are multiple places around campus where students can find options they like.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus has a wide variety of academic programs and facilities. The campus is large enough that there are many different opportunities for students.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The athletic centers are great. There are many libraries at which students can find the help they need with their studies and projects.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have had no experiences yet with off-campus housing, so I am not qualified to review it.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I enjoy the local atmosphere, and there are many places off campus where students can go.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is often repetitive, the hours are limited, and it isn't always of the best quality.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I often see security personnel patrolling buildings, but I see them less often walking around campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek students are viewed by non-Greeks as people who only like to party.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The most popular plan is 10 classic/45 cafe. Classic meals are one-swipe and are used in the dining halls. Cafe credits are like University dollars. When you run out of classic meals, each meal is a certain number of cafe credits. Cafe credits can also be used to swipe in a friend without losing a classic meal, or pay for a-la-carte items at mini mart-syle places or a drink at The Caffeinator. Any unused credits will roll over another week, but you can never have more than double what you started with. That means on the 10/45 you'll never have more than 20 classic meals or $90 in cafe credits. This was the most confusing for me and the university dining website doesn't explain it well.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: At UIUC you have to be 19 to be bar legal, 21 obviously to drink. As far as I know there are no clubs on campus but people still have a good time pre-gaming and hanging out at the bars. By the way, the bars get pretty anal about checking ID's, sometimes to the point where they'll call the cops if they get handed a fake. Fridays and Saturdays there will be at least one frat having a party, and unless it's strictly a frat-sorority thing girls get in free. Lots of frats will have themed parties, like Country and Luau. And don't forget Unofficial, the biggest party on campus in March! As for transportation, the buses won't take you directly in front of each and every frat house, but they can take you pretty close and then it's a super short walk the rest of the way.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: The Midwest is unpredictable. 70-degree weather in late October/early November, 50-degree weather one day in December to nearly 0-degrees with the wind chill? You better pack prepared: rain boots, snow boots, umbrella, windbreaker, sweaters, etc. I love summer, so when I step outside my dorm and already my fingers are freezing, I'm cursing Mother Nature but I deal with it. If you're the kind that really can't take the weather extremes, there's always the bus to temporarily shelter you from the elements. Or just don't go outside if you can avoid it.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Big school = big variety. Especially if you eat at the larger dining halls, like the Ike, there will be plenty of eye candy. Dress-wise there's no standard social dress code. You want to head to class in all sweats? Go for it. Want to rock the sweater-polo-Sperry's look? Rock it. Those who wear sandals and shorts in 40-degree weather get judge-y glances, but that's just plain ridiculous. For the party scene there's typical party wear--girls, I'm talking cute tops and jeans or a dress you won't cry over if someone spills a drink on it--but I've never hear anyone be called out for not 100% fitting that norm.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Many of my friends are just picked up by their parents or get rides from a friend who has a car, while I stick with the campus shuttle system. The shuttle bus system I use tends to overbook a trip, so buy a ticket early and try to get on as soon as possible; the stops are ISR, sometimes PAR, Armory, and Altgeld, all in that order. The buses also leave at the time printed on the ticket, so DO NOT BE LATE. Besides, getting there earlier means a greater chance of snagging the seat you want.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm giving a "great" review because of all the perks from various options of university housing. PAR/FAR are, well, far from the quad and Green St, but PAR has a stir-fry station that's amazing and a lot of buses stop there. LAR is pretty from the front, but it faces Lincoln Ave, the eastern edge of campus, and it has a more quiet and not-too-social atmosphere. It shares a dining hall with Allen, which houses a lot of the more creative minds. Busey-Evans (Busey as in bee-YOU-see) is all-girls and the dining hall is so-so. I don't really have anything for ISR, and the Six Pack (Ikenberry North and South) is the social set of dorms. The dining hall for the Six Pack is the Ike, but any student can eat at any dining hall. There's even an app to tell you what's going to be served at each meal for a specific location.

The freshman fall housing process sucks because unless you really want to be in a living-learning community that isn't too popular, it's all random and you might end up with your last choice dorm. On the flip side, my future room mates had LAR as their last choice and, well, we've gotten so close we want to room together next year in one of the Six Pack dorms! Perk: if you stay with university housing, whatever was the cost at a dorm your first year will stay that cost next year.

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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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