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

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are blue lights around with phones in case of an emergency, and every incoming freshman is given information regarding various emergency contacts, i.e. police and the McKinley health center. No student will be penalized for calling the police to assist a drunk friend, whether in Urbana or in Champaign; same goes for the drunk student.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's there, but there's no pressure to take part if you hang around the right people.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school, the people, the campus. I look forward to going to my classes and seeing people on the way.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The bars on and off campus are quite amazing. They are dirty though like floors but even with that they are fun. It gives the white and black crowd a chance to join one another and just have fun.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I think the Greek life is great on campus, for the non Greeks and Greeks alike. It unifies the campus, gives a reason to make conversation with one another. It seems that no matter what sorority or fraternity you are in the people are still friendly towards one another. They also hold social events which allow people to meet one another so its cool.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The only concern I have about campus is the fact that it is private makes it easy for "townies" or the community college kids to roam our campus. They scare me.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The only comment I have to make on the computers are the ones that we are able to loan in the library. It's quite difficult logging onto the network and finding a connection. The Java also needs to be updated as well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The typical fast food places (ie Subway, Panera, etc.) serve the same food but they're not made as good as those in Chicago or the suburbs.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The campus is pretty isolated. There are many activities on campus and a few places to shop at but the closest mall is about a 30 minute bus ride away.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't drink so I've never been to the bars.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The ECE department is the biggest department in the college of engineering. With that, there are many professors conducting research so there are more research opportunities. However, they prefer upperclassmen so don't expect to easily get one as a freshman. The curriculum is well know across the nation and it takes a lot of effort to do well in these courses.

3 College Freshman

Academics: There's a variety of majors to choose from. If there isn't a major of your choice you can get approval for independent study. The registration process is quite tedious and classes fill up quickly. The workload varies depending on your major/course.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The main way to get around campus is to walk or take the bus. There's one bus line that comes quite often but the other bus lines take at least 20 minutes of waiting which is very inconvenient on the winter.

3 College Freshman

Computers: With the number of students at U of I, there should be more computer labs. There probably are but you're not informed on these things. The network is pretty fast for the most part but there should be more wifi availability.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Many different races but people tend to stay with their ethnic group.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: For sure you will find your group of friends here at the U of I. There's a variety of things to get involved in that you will always meet and talk to new people. This university is unique because there's talent everywhere in multiple areas.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I most likely wouldn't qualify for financial aid anywhere anyways. But as for scholarships, very few are given by the university and $1000 would already be considered as a lot

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The university sends me alerts on my phone through email and text instantly. They are very quick and up-to-date on crime scenes and health hazard areas.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's totally worth it to not live in the dorms. Most of the prices are reasonable based off of my searches and most places have new furniture. You just need to know where to look around.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I hear a lot of stories of drug abuse and drinking. I haven't encountered any yet but it's quite noticeable in some dorms. Sometimes people walk by talking about hangovers.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: People tend to get away with doing illegal things. Since there's so many students it's hard to control people's actions. At least the campus will become smoke-free as of January 1st. Hopefully the regulations will be better!

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Since there's so many people at the U of I you tend to see guys from both extremes.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is big here but a lot of people don't join it and no one will judge you. Based off of my own preferences, I wouldn't join a sorority.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Being the Electrical and Computer Engineering department opens you to many opportunities not offered to any other students. Our department has the biggest faculty so you are likely the find a professor doing some research that interests you. The only thing is that not many research opportunities are offered to freshman because most of these concepts aren't taught in high school.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There are many research and internship opportunities of you look around and know where to ask. It's hard to find one as a freshman though.

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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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