Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Academics: I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because of positive reputation of its business program. The campus is so alive! So many diverse faces and something is always going on (i.e. a Frisbee game, tanning, etc.) . It is so comfortable. If I can't find any room in our large and peaceful library, I can find a seat on the quad. The classes are very interesting. Registration is very open and easy to do. The workoad depends on the courses but it is nothing to strenuous; however, it is a challenge! I ended up falling in love with the political science department. The teachers are so knowledgeable and amicable. Office hours are a blast to go to! I could not have made a better choice.

1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Mainly on unofficial are the police strict. They are quicker to bust house parties and distribute drinking tickets. That's also the only weekend that bars are limited to 21+, as opposed to 19+.

The police are more strict about parking tickets than underage drinking, in my opinion.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The bus is free for students. If you're off-campus, you just need to show your campus ID and you can ride for free. On stops on campus, you can just get on, no ID needed.

The buses are usually on time and come every 10 mins or so. However, they get really crowded easily so waiting for a bus can either mean you get to class on time (if you're lucky and you make it on) or you're left at the stop because there's no room and you have to run to class.

1 College Junior

Health & Safety: I'm a female student, and what I've noticed is that campus crime often involves a single female student being attacked in the Urbana side of campus (particularly around Lincoln Avenue). The fact that crimes continue to occur quite often around that area makes me feel like the police and safety services aren't that reliable; if they were, I would assume that more officials would be around that area late at night, thus decreasing the campus crime of the area. Unfortunately, that has yet to happen.

UIUC does have services like Campus Rides or Campus Walks but again, those services are sketchy because they can refuse to help you if you're near a bus stop. I think that negates the purpose of the service entirely.

As an incoming freshman, you must live in university housing. I lived in one of the buildings in the "six pack" dorms and my freshman year, there were many reports of trespassers getting into buildings and stealing from rooms or camping out in bathrooms while people showered, despite the automatic locks to all buildings, staircases, and rooms.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There are many people from different ethic backgrounds, but also different international backgrounds making it a great place for diversity. Even in terms of religion, some people are of the same religion, but follow it very differently, adding to the diversity.

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4 College Junior

Computers: There are many labs available, and the computers there are all modern. The network is also very reliable, and sometimes can be reached even from apt buildings.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The buildings are beautiful and with multiple quads, one cannot really see a reason not to love the area. There is also diversity in the type of buildings available which makes for a great learning experience.

4 College Junior

Facilities: It is a great school, offering a campus filled with greenery, diversity, largest Greek life/system, and many opportunities for success.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: As an engineering major, I personally feel like the university does a lot to help engineers succeed in careers. There's a career service center that is helpful for resume and cover letter writing and finding available internships. There are also a few job fairs throughout the year that provide students with the possibility of starting their careers off early. While the workload can sometimes feel incredibly stressful, it is definitely helpful in giving students an edge.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The recreational facilities are great. There's the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) which is one of the largest recreational facilities in the country. There's also a smaller one called CRCE. There are also outdoor fields that are open certain months of the year. The academic program is also great. The engineering program is a definite pride and joy of the school, but the other programs are just as equally impressive.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Although some of the on-campus buildings are old and in definite need of updating, most of the buildings are pretty modern and aesthetically pleasing. Student life is vibrant, and the university provides a lot of opportunities for students to meet one another and to hang out. The recreational facilities are also really great.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The alcohol scene is pretty big. The drug scene is still prominent, but not as big.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Easy access to everything here. The UGL and the main library are really convenient. Computer labs are incredibly reliable and good quality. Nothing is outdated. You could definitely get away with not having a computer but I'd still recommend having your own. The UGL has both PCs and Macs. Only thing I hate is having to pay to print. It's 10 cents a sheet.

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.

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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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