Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to go but it's easier and much more convenient to eat on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You'll find all sorts of guys at U of I. Known widely as a party school one would think it hard to find a non-drinker but it isn't really, just have to look all around. Korean guys are always dressed the best but around here it's pretty casual.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: Too many people in one class. Seems like I am not going to educational facility but to a sweatshop.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something to do. You can go to the bars if your nineteen or older. There are always some type of party or activity going on. Great Greek Life.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Tons of diversity. the campus is very adaptable to exchange and foreign students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good food at the ike and PAR. Rotations get old pretty quick.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Smart good looking broads. love goin out. pretty friendly.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: IFC's really cracked down on fraternity drinking, especially during rush week. The campus will be smoke free next January. That wont change much. The bars are always busy.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a little bit of everybody here at UIUC from all over the world with different backgrounds and religions, and everybody is friendly within the diverse community on the college campus.

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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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