Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Majors: The professors are awesome, even if the material is tough. (Very tough.) Engineering isn't for the faint of heart. However, there are a ton of resources for you to use if you're having trouble with a course. Free tutors at the engineering library, TA office hours, and your professors are there to help you out if you need it. I do love my major though, it definitely keeps me busy!

5 College Freshman

Majors: The engineering programs are fantastic and companies from all around the country come here to recruit students for jobs and internships. Even freshmen get internships sometimes. As long as you keep your GPA halfway decent companies will be falling over themselves to get an interview with you.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The football team sucks, but the games are fun to go to! The student section, Block I, has a great time all through the game regardless of how terribly the game is actually going. Basketball is a really big deal here and a lot of people join Orange Krush, the student fan section for those games. Volleyball is another popular sport that students will often go watch.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't even have to fill out a separate application to be considered for scholarships, and I got a really big scholarship from the university. It made a huge difference for me since I'm an out-of-state student.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a non-Greek I would say that the Greek community has a fairly big influence on campus. Greeks definitely contribute a lot to the partying scene, but also, just because of the sheer number of students in the Greek system, you'll end up meeting and making friends with someone in a frat or sorority even if you aren't in one. I don't feel like there's a big rivalry or anything between Greeks and non-Greeks. Sometimes stereotypes might be held against each group, but in actual interpersonal relationships, I've never seen a problem.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most of the time people are so bundled up from the cold you can't really tell what they're wearing… A lot of girls own really cute boots (including but not limited to Uggs) though, and love to wear them as soon as the temperatures start getting cold! Scarves, hats, and layers are all important for the cold and most people do a good job pulling off attractive winter looks.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is nice. It get's bitter cold at times but besides that it's fair.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I like the meal plan options because they are so flexible and easy to manage

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The girls are attractive, enough said.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It happens frequently but responsibly

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There is always room for leniency when following the rules on campus

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It is very convenient to have shuttle buses that pick you up right in front of your dorm and they are always on time and never late to pick you up.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: If your an student at U of I you know the chant I-L-L-I-N-I!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The communities in the dorms are great and lively but the buildings are old and unappealing.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: This is the #3 school in the nation known for parties.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are plenty of offered scholarships that can cover any financial situation.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere here is great compared to most and the locals really admire and respect the students on campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at U of I represents why it is in the top ten's list of party schools.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: College is the best! There is no other college I would rather be attend than U of I.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Most stuff is on campus and easily accessible with or without a car. Tons of bars and clubs around, there is always something to do but it is not distracting from academics unless you let it be.

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5 College Senior

Facilities: The campus is beautiful and much more scenic than any other college campus in Illinois. Campus life is great, there are sooooo many activities to choose from. The professors all have extensive and impressive backgrounds. Greek life is abundant.

5 College Senior

Facilities: The campus is beautiful and much more scenic than any other college campus in Illinois. What I really like is that the campus and university do an amazing job of giving you the college feeling. Like, before I came to college I had an idea of what I thought college and the campus would be like and it is exactly what I hoped it would be (beautiful, old buildings, huge facilities, activities on the quad every day, etc.)

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is definitely a party scene but if you are not into that, there 's an abundance of activities to partake in that do not involve drugs or alcohol. Because of the circle I am in, drugs are not very visible to me but I know people probably use them. The Student Code is strict on drugs. I have never felt pressured to partake in alcohol or drug related activities.

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5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: A very good mix of all different people.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Fill out FAFSA as soon as you can and apply for the college scholarships. There are scholarships offered by individual colleges and programs and by the university as a whole. I'd also suggest searching the Illinois website, there is a scholarship page that's helpful.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Emily Thiersch
Hometown
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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