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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College Junior

Guys & Girls: A rating does not apply here. There isn't a typical student at U of I. There's a great mix and someone and something for everyone.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: More healthy varieties, but the cost is so expensive!

1 College Junior

Scholarships: I barely received any aid. Advice: search for private scholarships.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: The bar scene is great every night of the week! Underage nightlife is nonexistent unless you have a fake ID

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There's nothing really to do off campus. Everything takes fun takes place on or near campus

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus crime usually occurs near off campus housing and by townies.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Football gets the most fan support. Homecoming is usually when most will demonstrate school pride

3 College Junior

Weather: I've always lived in Illinois so it's no big deal. Typical Chicago weather.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Diversity: The campus is completely segregated and mostly not accepting of integration of social groups

3 College Junior

Computers: Wireless connectivity is available, but not always operating.
A printing stipend would be very beneficial

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Pros: freedom from the dorms; accessibility to make healthier food choices.
Cons: prices, proximity to campus, some companies are well known slumlords

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life experience varies with race. Black Greeks' initiation is known for being more harsh and incorporate hazing in forms of physical bullying, alcohol abuse, and sexual coercion. I'm not sure about the other groups.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Variety and healthier organic options are desired and necessary. Enough said.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I think most freshman and sophomores participate in then drug scene because they're desperate to take advantage of the "college experience". UIUC definitely makes a strong attempt in prevent underage usage and responsibility. We have mandatory drug and alcohol abuse informational sessions, and resources on campus for those that need help. UIUC administration also plays a significant in combating use during "Unofficial St. Patricks Day" festivities.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although Champaign-Urbana is a small town, crime does happen. A lot of theft happens when people leave their stuff unattended in libraries. Occasionally a more serious theft or assault crime will happen near campus. Basically, just be smart - don't walk home alone at 2 AM. U of I has SafeRides (buses) and SafeWalks that you can call to take you home safely if you're worried about being out too late.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have found a really great community in my dorm in particular (Newman Hall). I have also been very satisfied with my academic experience - my classes really challenge me but I feel like I am learning so much every single day that I'm here at school. The town of Champaign-Urbana is a wonderful atmosphere, the campus is accessible, and professors and TAs have all been at least above average for me.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm very happy with chemical engineering and I have no concerns about finding a job after graduation.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: The local bus system is really good and you can use it to get anywhere on campus or in Champaign-Urbana. It's free as long as you have a student ID. The system is tricky to figure out at first, but just make sure you get a booklet of the bus schedules and/or the MTD app and you'll be fine.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Champaign-Urbana is the best college town anyone could ask for. The U of I campus is located smack in the middle of the two towns. Champaign is generally agreed to be the "better" side of town but both Champaign and Urbana are really cute little towns if you ever get the chance to go off the main part of campus. Campus is a great atmosphere because it feels like a town in itself. It's a very student-oriented community and it's fun to be a part of it.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of great off-campus dining options. A lot of restaurants are concentrated on Green Street but there are plenty of choices elsewhere too. Standard college-kid food like Panera is very conveniently located. Dessert options are really good too - Cocomero (frozen yogurt) and Insomnia (cookie shop open very late at night) are must-try student favorites.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The ARC (main gym/rec center on campus) is top-notch. Libraries are abundant and there's sure to be at least one to fit your personal studying preferences and needs. Something I really love about the campus is that every building has so much character - they're fairly old buildings, and they have such a collegiate feel to them.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Facilities: The main quad is one of the best parts of campus. When it's nice outside, it's a wonderful place to study, hang out, take a nap, etc. and even when it's not so nice outside, it's still beautiful to look at. Student life in general is great. Students know how to focus on their studies, and also know how to relax (not just by partying, though).

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: From frat parties to club/organization events to grabbing some fresh-baked cookies from Insomnia, there's plenty to do on campus and out on the town at night.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Wireless access is good around campus. The network is reliable and fast.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Being a student from Texas, the snow here is so exciting!! It's also colder than I ever could have imagined. But don't worry - you do get used to it pretty quickly. The sky is often gray in the winter, but it just makes you enjoy the sunny days all the more. Fall days are gorgeous - that's definitely the best time of the 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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