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Champaign, IL
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31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: there are several dining halls and they all have different kinds of food. Some are healthier than others, but you can always go to the one of your choice. They usually have some variety. PAR is one of people's favorites, they have a pretty broad menu and it's a late night option which is great.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation within campus is really not a problem. There's buses all the time. They have stops outside most resident halls, and they make stops at most major buildings. They can be a bit confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, you can get anywhere on time.
Long distance transportation is also not much of a problem. If you have friends going the same way and have a car you can always share a ride. There's also a facebook page where random people find other people to ride with if they're going the same way. There's also bus services that go out all the time in case you don't have your own transportation.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There's plenty of computers on campus that students can use however, during finals week it's hard to find one available in the library, but most dorms have a computer lab, and sometimes people seem to forget about those. As for printing, pretty much anywhere there's a computer there's usually also a printer. They do charge for printing and the price varies depending on the location, and ink color, and number of pages printed, but it's not a fortune.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is not bad at all. It's a great way to meet new people and make friends. However there are some dorms that seem to be more social than others.
The rooms are not the biggest, but realistically you don't really need all that much space, and you learn to get used to it very quick.
The food is also not that bad, PAR has great food in my opinion, and f you ever get bored of something you can always go to a different dining hall they usually have different things.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most guys and girls have descent looks, and there are some pretty cool, outgoing, friendly people on campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The campus is very beautiful, full of old buildings and gorgeous set-ups. It is very easy to find out about events happening on campus, and they are very common. The main stores and restaurants are all located on Green St, and this is fairly in the middle of campus (right by the quad). Buses are available to go to the mall and other restaurants off campus, but is usually not necessary with all of the stores we have. Sports are very popular and highly supported. The recreational center on campus is very large and has many courts and machines available for use. This center is included in our tuition so it is available for all students.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone on campus has different styles and are typically not very judgmental towards others. If anything, it often makes people respected. In class, people are often down to business and quiet, but outside of classes most people are very outgoing and easy to talk to. There are countless attractive males on campus, it's almost overwhelming! ;-)

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: This school is very expensive in my opinion, but yet worth every penny. I am receiving some financial aid, although I could use quite a bit more. I also applied for other scholarships outside of the school and received a couple of those.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. I always choose to walk at night with a buddy just in case, but I have never personally experienced anything dangerous.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very popular at this school. However, there are many people who choose not to join as well. I am a member of a sorority and I absolutely love it. I have met countless new friends that I know I will grow close to over the next four years. I have been involved with a lot of community service and fun activities with my sorority sisters. It is always a good time with them, and I am so happy that I decided to join. I am pretty sure that all sororities have housing available for the members. Some chapters make it required for the members to live in the house for at least one school year, while some do not. While some are pretty expensive to be a part of, the price usually comes with a lot and is understandable. Some chapters offer financial help and have scholarships available to apply for. I love Greek life!

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I do not think the campus is too strict. They have rules and regulations for our own safety and I do not see them as hard to follow.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system cost is included in tuition, so that is nice. The buses are very convenient and fast. It is very easy to read the bus apps to get you around campus and find bus stops and times. I have also taken a bus off campus to the mall and a restaurant with friends and it turned out to be way easier than expected. I have only taken a taxi once, and it was pretty slow to come get us, but that is expected on a Saturday night. I think it is incredibly easy to get around such a large campus.

3 College Freshman

Weather: I am a person who only enjoys the warm weather, but the winter and fall have not been bad at all. As soon as it started getting below freezing and snowing, I just took the bus to my classes. The bus is fast and very easy to use. The campus actually formed a campus-wide snowball fight on the quad with hundreds of student that showed up, and I had a blast.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I will not live in off-campus housing until probably my junior year, but I do know many older friends who currently live in apartments. They all seem to be nice and close, but you just must apply early because it is competitive to find them.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I would say that the University of Illinois is probably one of the most diverse campuses, and I am sure that many others would agree with me. This campus has international students everywhere. In a large lecture class, there can be almost half of the class as international students. In smaller classrooms, there is usually at least one. I have met countless Asians, a few Polish people, as well as Mexians, and one person from London. With this also comes many different religions.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I would say that there is more alcohol use on campus than drug use. At least from what I hear about and see. Drinking is pretty popular actually, it is pretty common for younger students to get alcohol from older students. However, I have never seen and drugs with my own eyes, just heard people talking about marijuana a few times. There is an alcohol class at the beginning of the year that is required for all new student to take for just a couple hours for one night. There, we learn about many of the consequences of drinking, but also about the help of rides and people that can help if something bad happens.

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 had an internship, so providing a rating wouldn't be applicable.

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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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