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Champaign, IL
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31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: MTD is free for UIUC students. They run often but on weekends it's limited. If you live off campus commuting to campus can get kind of tricky if you don't have a car of your own.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: UIUC is incredibly diverse. I came from a small hbcu so I was really intimidated at first. Of course there were times when I felt like a sore thumb or the elephant in the room but that just comes with the territory. UIUC is predominantly white and I am black. There are good people out there though.

5 College Senior

Transportation: U of I has I believe one of the best public bus transportation in the country. The main bus line, the 22 Illini, runs every 10 minutes and has stops at very convenient places. The buses are kind of hard to figure out at first, but once you ride them enough they are super easy and useful. Plus if you're a student, the buses are free! Also, they have Safe Rides which is a phone number you can call and if you're not close to a bus stop, they'll pick you up and drive you to where you need to go at night for free. It is seriously a life saver, especially during the winter when it's cold out.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: UIUC provides students with so many options. It can be overwhelming but if you take the time to consult with someone about your interests you will surely find your way. My advisor wasn't that helpful to me personally but by talking to some of my favorite professors I was able to get the guidance I needed. Don't be afraid to take exploratory courses either. I took Politics of Fashion and a Gender Benders course. Take advantage of the diversity available to you.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I really am proud of my Alma Mater. I transferred in when I was a Junior from a very small school so it was overwhelming at first. There are tons of ways to get involved so I would encourage anyone to really just get out there and explore. Otherwise, you'll really miss out on some great experiences.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Typical midwest weather. Winters can be extremely brutal. I lived off campus so it made commuting pretty dreadful but most professors were more than accommodating in harsh circumstances.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The campus is top notch. The Arc and CRCE are amazing. I loved working out at both of those spots. The equipment is new and the amenities are pretty sweet. There's a sauna, huge pool, a rock climbing wall, anything you could imagine is there. The quad is a great hang-out spot as well. It's right in the middle of everything...literally!

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Anything you could imagine is available here. Green street is a hub but there are also some good restaurants and food chains around campus. The buses run often so getting around is pretty easy

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I didn't live on campus but I've visited the dorms plenty of times. I transferred in from a very small school with mediocre amenities. I would have loved living in the dorms at UofI. They are incredibly nice and there is access to dining late at night, which is convenient for students with late classes or who are really busy.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are a huge deal at University of Illinois. If you are a sports fan, you'll have a great time here.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The grade here depends on whether you like the Greek scene or not. This is one of the largest Greek systems in the country, if not the largest, and the drinking/partying/frat scene is famous. If you like that, then this is probably a great place for you, as it dominates many of the party/social options for undergraduates. If you don't, you may feel annoyed here. However, that being said, because it's a pretty nice town, there are many other options for socializing and it's not as if you can't have a fabulous time here without the Greek scene. Greek students are pretty omnipresent here and are viewed with varying levels of disdain or approval by different groups of students. There are MANY Greek housing options available.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: The facilities are pretty good overall. The Union is OK - mostly clean and nice, although the basement is a little bit gross. There are many really nice buildings within the school that have been renovated recently. The green spaces are fantastic, and the library resources are excellent, although the building is not the nicest.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: As far as health is concerned, the student insurance is not fantastic and the prescription plan does not cover some very common prescriptions. The campus health center is OK, though. I've had to go a few times and haven't had any major concerns. and they are good about providing birth control and safe sex information for students. As far as safety is concerned, campus crime seems to be mainly theft - which seems somewhat frequent - and alcohol-related crimes. I haven't really felt unsafe on campus.

4 College Senior

Majors: I have enjoyed my major a lot. There are many opportunities for research and development into the specific aspects that branch off of psychology. The instructors do all of their own research and are very credited for their work. The facilities are usually pretty nice too.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Summers are hot, Winters are cold. More mild then Chicago, but it is pretty windy on campus in the winter and that can be brutal. But when there is a nice day, nothing is better.

4 College Senior

Computers: There are lots of computer labs on campus and you can usually always find a computer. There are also many libraries and printers as well and the network is almost always reliable. Personal computers are not a must but are more convenient if you are living in an apartment.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Most people eat at the dining halls. The food is pretty good and seems to always be getting better. There are many different stations to get whatever food you like such as Italian, Salads, Meat, Sandwiches, etc. All of this can be put on a meal plan. There also are a good variety of restaurants on campus and in the downtown area. Sororities and Fraternities also have chefs which are usually pretty good.

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4 College Senior

Majors: Right now I am an intern for the city of Champaign. It came with a lot of responsibilities with dealing with members of the city and citizens of the community. I earn minimum wage but have gained experience in customer service and dealing with microsoft office programs and writing council bills and press releases.

3 College Senior

Majors: Grades are pretty important for getting in and activities you were involved in for High School. ACT score is also important but you do not have to have the highest like some majors. There isn't anything abnormal for getting into Psychology other then you have to do a required a lab and do enough of the requirements like any other major.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UIUC is a generally very safe campus. Students must be cautious when walking alone at night for the threat of robbery.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The University of Illinois is very well balanced. I came from a high school that was very diverse, so this came as no surprise. For some that came from mostly-white suburban schools, there was a bit a culture shock but it wasn't a big deal to them. There is very high acceptance for all ethnicities, political beliefs, religions, etc.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons and tons of fabulous restaurants and fast food places on and off campus. With downtown Champaign and a large mall just minutes from campus, finding something you're in the mood for is easy!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of locations and realtors to choose from, it's easy to find the right fit for anyone!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: This school has so many majors, each one a bit different from the last. This lets students explore so many options and choose to do what they like.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many options to choose from! With many different types of food from different countries as well.

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Emily Thiersch
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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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