Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus life is how I imagined college to be. Beautiful and bustling during the day; noisy and filled with a couple groups of drunk kids at night. Huge greek life; very nice gyms; many libraries and student lounges to study at; and lots of great restaurants right on Green Street. I really love Chambana.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The application process was one of the worst and most annoying I've had to go through of the 9-10 schools I applied to. I just don't understand why it was so bad given that Illinois is one of the best engineering schools in the world. You also declare your major on your application, so you better be sure that that's what you want to do because I ran into some problems while deciding on a specific engineering major and missed out on some scholarships.

As for admission itself, all that matters are your high school GPA/rank, your SAT/ACT scores, and your extracurriculars. It's not hard to get into the College of Engineering as long as you did fairly well in high school. It is hard, however, to transfer, so if you are not sure yet what you want to do and you are considering engineering, apply to the engineering school first and transfer later.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Very reliable service. It gets you where you need to be on time and is not late unless there is something going on like a marathon and even then they are very timely.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is always something to get into. Clubs/bars allow you to enter when your 19 and there are a few bars that let you get in when your 18. There are a lot of frat and house parties that go on throughout out the year also. There are activities in the Union also, like karaoke, bowling, and illinites (select days out the month where a whole bunch of activities happen like free food, video games, bouncy houses, and themed days like masquerade) .

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are very nice and knowledgeable. The curriculum is challenging- something I didn't get very often in high school. The registration process is really easy, and your advisors go through it with you one-by-one.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are 18+ clubs, but those aren't that great and besides, the bars let you in at 19 and I've heard you can get drinks anyway even if you're not 21. The bars are all on campus and on the street with all the restaurants, so it's very convenient. You can walk or ride the bus there. There are a lot of greek parties as well as apartment parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshmen usually get stuck with the worst dorms, aka the ones with no A/C and no wifi and farthest from campus. However, the food is pretty good for dorm food and there are lots of recreational equipment in the dorms themselves, like pool tables and TV's. Everyone is very nice in the dorms.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: There are so many computer labs at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), they usually never get crowded, besides the one in the Union. Printing is about $0.25 a page, so it's very affordable if you're only using it once in a while. Network speed is pretty fast, but sometimes there will be a breakdown. Bringing your own laptop is what most people do, but there really is no need for one unless you want to take notes in class.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is everywhere but it is also okay if you aren't in the Greek life because they don't look down at you if you aren't

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are these pay phones all around that if you see something going on you can call and someone will escort you safely back to your dorm

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something to do because u of I has the largest Greek life in America

4 College Freshman

Majors: The process to get into the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign wasn't average but it wasn't hard at all. They require one essay and an excellent ACT score, plus a good GPA to get in. They also require you to submit your grades from every class you've taken in high school instead of submitting a transcript to start with, but it is important to be truthful because they make you send transcripts after you've been accepted and if they don't match up you will be removed. My advice for admission would be to definitely apply early decision because it gives you a higher chance to get into the school.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have the campus experience an A because I feel like it is great. I love the size of the entire campus and the dorm sizes. Also, the fact how everyone is so friendly. I think the cost are expensive but I've seen worse. I was very satisfied with the housing process. I got out in the dorm of my first choice and they make it pretty easy for you to change if you want.

5 College Junior

Diversity: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the most diverse campuses. It has a huge international transfer program, we get students from all over the world. We also get many students from all over the country.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I haven't really seen too many people do drugs but I have seen people smoke. The drug safety is strict because there were two guys in my dorm who was caught smoking weed and the police came.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is a variety of girls and boys at U of I. There's people from all over the world, literally, there are students from Africa, Asia, Europe, and of course all over America. At the U of I there is a chance for you to meet people from different cultures and also people from the same culture if you want some familiarity.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers at the U of I are pretty good... they are updated and have the most recent Microsoft program. There are also some iMac available.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity on campus is very large; lots of races and religions at the U of I. All of the races and religions are accepted also. There is also a required seminar that freshman and transfer students must go to in order to learn more about the diversity on campus.

4 College Senior

Transportation: There is a campus bus available to be able to go to the different buildings on campus. There are also buses available to go to Chicago and the different suburbs in Illinois, as well as the train.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is great! It's a real college town with very nice and friendly people.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off-campus housing opportunities in Urbana-Champaign, such as apartments.

3 College Senior

Weather: It gets cold throughout fall and winter, but the weather's pretty nice during spring and summer.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are so many opportunities provided through the many facilities located around the campus. They fit the students needs to a match, as long as you know how to use them. The University is always promoting the usage of these areas as well.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers are always available for students to use and are always well kept and easy to manage. I, myself, am not technologically savy, but have a very easy time running the computers provided by the college.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The University of Illinois campus life is incredible. There are events going on constantly and the buildings they are hosted in are well kept. There are always buildings being remodeled to accommodate to the students needs. There are plenty of organizations for students to participate in as well. From far and wide, it is a students dream! There are many places to study, to relax, and to participate in recreational activities.


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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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