Champaign, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3145 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Weather: Like much of the Midwest, Urbana-Champaign has some unpleasant weather extremes, getting very cold and snowy in the winter and being very hot and humid in the summer. Classes are never cancelled for snow. That being said, I am from somewhere significantly further north, so I don't think it's that bad. It's reasonably warm for at least half the year.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Diversity: There are a lot of international students here, particularly from Asian countries, and campus is somewhat diverse in terms of race and ethnicity. There is a very strong international student community. Politically, I think the school seems very diverse as well - you have extremely left wing people, extremely right wing people, and many moderates. It does not seem like there is much religious diversity. While campus is not too hostile to LGBTQ students, there is a lot of ignorance around these issues. Finally, it really seems like almost everyone here grew up in Illinois, particularly around the Chicago suburbs or around rural central Illinois. A strong aspect of this school is a high level of accessibility and acceptance for disabled students.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Diversity: Every ethnicity can be found here. Students from almost every country can be found at this campus. VERY Diverse.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Plethora of Bars, 19+ entry, overall fun can be found ANY night of the week!

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Honestly, it's about preference. We are ranked in the top 10 party schools in the country. The nightlife on the weeks is filled with parties, drinking and hanging out. If that's what you want then have fun. I will say that over all, students are responsible with their drinking, always making sure to have securities in place to protect other students. Lately though, the school has been cracking down on drinking so, their are rules to watch out for and obey

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers at the library are accessible 24/7 and as well as the printers. Though the network signal is always the strongest and may kick you out every once in a while, the wifi is available to all students on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life here is everywhere. You can always see people wearing their Greek shirts, see signs everywhere about some event they're throwing and on weekends, that's where are the parties are. It's not required to be apart of Greek life but chances are, you'll make some friends who are part of a Greek house.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Green street is the place to go! There are so many restaurants on campus such as, Wendy's, Jimmy Johns, Cravings, Panera, Noodles & Company, Potbelly, East Asian restaurants, South Asian restaurants, Western restaurants. You name it. Also, most of them are location right by the quad which is really convenient!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are so many computer labs at the University of Illinois. Many students do not know the exact locations, but if you search the buildings you can find computer labs in almost all buildings. Network availability depends on where you are on campus, on some parts it's faster than the others.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are many hard working students at University of Illinois. Since there are over 40,000 students, you'll find all sorts of people of your interest and similarities. Also, many of them are pretty good looking especially if you go to the campus recreation facilities.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Lots of bars and parties available throughout the week

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: Has a big impact on campus, but isn't the only thing.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very prevalent at our school and the main drawback is the accessibility of alcohol to underage drinkers.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of great options! The pizza places on Green Street are the best to check out.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The Education Dept. is the reason I chose Illinois. I was fortunate enough to get into the College based on my academic record from high school. The guidance so far has been outstanding.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I have met nothing but friendly and fun people. They are just like me and really don't care about appearance and money.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: The academic advising is outstanding, as is placement.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Right now professors and TA's have been very helpful.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Nightlife: The bars on the Urbana side at 18 and over, the bars in Champaign are 19 and older. There are a lot of house parties, as well as frat and sorority parties to go to so there's always a choice.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Although I have never felt unsafe on campus, they do send Illini-Alerts some what often. The police sometimes go and raid the bars and go all out on one specific bar so steer clear those nights.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Football and basketball are big at U of I, everyone goes out to the games and cheers the teams on. In raging crowds of orange and blue. Gymnastics is excellent as well, a few have gone to the Olympics. We have great facilities for all sports as well as workout facilities. We also have a few students who have gone to the Paralympics as well.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: I've had a pretty bad experience with the financial aid process at my school. Despite my high high school GPA I barely received any money. It was also very difficult for my mom to get any financial aid for me. I would strongly suggest going in-person. Almost all my friends have struggled with the financial aid process at my school.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Facilities: Student life on campus is pretty cool. The facilities are all pretty old, but a lot of construction is going on to revamp them. The union is the hub of student life, though it isn't modern at all, it still serves it's purpose. The layout of the quad is amazing and many people from other schools are often very impressed by it. Libraries are expansive and come in handy for all types of research. There are always campus events going on to keep students engaged and excited. I think that's awesome.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Athletics: Varsity sports at my school are huge. That's pretty much all the professors and students talk about. I especially think the players are very good about staying connected to their school and their fans. I gave it an A, instead of an A+, because regardless of the fact that we're a Big Ten school, especially known for football, the stadium is rarely ever packed.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Our basketball team is very hyped about, football isn't as much.


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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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