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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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have been a couple of incidence on campus that are pretty frightening.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I have heard that the IKE is the best dinning place on campus.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are not enough buses, therefore they are always packed. Also, if you miss one you need to wait about 25 minutes for the next one.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: there are several restaurants located off campus that students love to go to. Example, panera, olive garden, taco bell, red robin, buffalo wild wings.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: U of I doesn't really offer much help on off campus housing. Champaign and Urbana aren't really safe no usually nobody lives off campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Dining: the dining hall food offers several options. I am a vegetarian and am always able to find food that fits my dietary life style. We have several fast food places that are located on campus and some of them even accept credits on our icard!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: My major is extremely competitive (pre-veterinary medicine) we have a vet school here at U of I and it is extremely competitive to get accepted. Most of the students who are an animal science major almost all get declined from the vet med school. Our curriculum is almost identical to a pre-med student. However, there are many opportunities to gain hands on experience here at U of I (i.e. farms, research labs, jobs on farms)

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4 College Junior

Academics: The classes range from extremely difficult to easy A classes. My specific curriculum is difficult however, I can choose from easy gen ed courses.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather has no affect on attending classes. We go to class, rain or shine. Same for nightlife. if its raining most likely, people will still go out and have fun.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: the dorms are very small but they're a college dorm. What else can you expect. i lived in my sorority house my sophomore year and absolutely loved it! my house is located very close to the quad (even closer then my dorm was)

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4 College Junior

Parking: The tickets are outrageous! campus parking police are way too strict and it is impossible to find somewhere to park for a decent price. parking in a lot way far off campus is around 600 a semester. parking under my building this year is 1000 dollars for the year. That is ridiculous.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The football team definitely gets special privileges than do other students. Athletes receive a lot of privileges that sometimes upsets students who are not athletes. The mentality of non athletic students is that the athletes are given special treatment and they don't deserve it.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: There are definitely a lot of different people from different backgrounds. However, I think that the majority of international students are from China.

4 College Junior

Facilities: There are several libraries located on campus. However, most of them are not up to date and are very old. The student hangouts are becoming more and more "greener". the new ones that are being put up are state of the art facilities.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Almost every guy that I know is in the greek system. Everyone is very friendly and all of the guys I know are extremely attractive. I met my boyfriend freshman year, he lived in the same dorm as I did! :)

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town that our campus is located in is very poor and often times it is the people who live in the towns that are committing crime to the students attending here. There isn't much to do when you live in a corn field….

5 College Junior

Transportation: The busses run every 10-15 minutes and take you almost anywhere you need to get to on campus. They do run very late (3am) every day of the week. However, I don't like the limited schedule that the campus public transportation is switched to in the summer time.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have safe rides and safe walks which allow students a safe way home if need be. however, our campus is very big on crime due to the town that our campus is located in. There is almost always a crime committed at night.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a diverse races.

5 College Freshman

Computers: There are a lot of computers available.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received the Navy ROTC scholarship after an essay and two interviews and am now part of the program.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As a transfer student, I spent a year at another college and now I know how lucky I am to be at U of I. It's a great school and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation at U of I is great. There are buses running all the time and they'll take you anywhere you need to go, on or off-campus. The buses are free for all U of I students, you just need to show your student ID when you get on the bus. There are even some apps that will tell you when and what buses are coming to your stop.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There are lots of places to eat and shop and the community seems to have a good attitude towards college students.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There are always buses and they pick up at convenient times and pretty frequently.


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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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