Champaign, IL
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$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 Sophomore

Scholarships: There are not many options for financial aid at this school unless you really search for them.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many different options for off campus housing but I believe that many students stay on campus because they want to be close to their classes and the on-campus apartments are nice.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I believe the off campus dining options at my school are great because there are a wide variety of restaurants including many cultural options. There are always people on the quad handing out student discount books as well.

5 College Senior

Athletics: For intramurals, there are always plenty of people that are involved. There is also a great variety which is great because it lets students be involved and active during the academic year. All of the varsity sports on campus are greatly supported, there are always fans who are cheering the players on. Not to mention, students join together to cheer for teams as they wear orange t-shirts and cheer throughout games.

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4 College Senior

Computers: There are only a few computer labs around campus that are easy to get to based on their locations as well as the libraries which contain various computers. There are only printers available in the lab, they all charge .10 cents per copy in black and white but are a bit pricier when printing in color. The network speed is actually pretty great but when using wifi, it could be down at times. There is a need for a personal computer only during midterms and finals because everyone uses the lab computers, but other than that, you could use your own laptop or not. There is also an option of sending your files from your own laptop to the university printer, which is also nice.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't much variety when it comes to food off-campus. There is a lot of pizza, burger and Chinese food that takes up most of the options. The price varies at every restaurant but it is below $10 for a regular meal. The best places are Flat Top, which is stir-fry and Penn Station, which contains grilled subs. Both of these restaurants have student discounts which gives more incentive to want to eat there.

3 College Senior

Parking: Campus is filled with meters at almost every parking spot around campus. Many have a 2 hour limit. Parking in Urbana is nice because it is free at 8pm and on weekends while in Champaign it is only free after 9pm. If you are parked in a meter during times where you have to pay the meter but don't, that is a $10-15 ticket which isn't so bad. But there is really no need for a car if you live near campus because there are many buses which pass every 10 to 15 minutes or everything is pretty much walking distance.

3 College Senior

Transportation: There are many types of transportation available to students such as the Greyhound, Suburban Express or Amtrak which are all very accessible on campus but they are pretty pricey. They are very needed on campus though because a lot of people go home weekly and it is around a 2 hour bus ride for most people who live in or around Chicago.

3 College Junior

Diversity: You see diversity here and there but its mostly asains and whites and a few bkack people here and there.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: They are very prominent on campus especially the black ones. They have many fundraisers and activites, the white ones only seem to be to focused on themselves and crazy parties.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Its great most of the time, just gets really humid when hot and really windy when its cold.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There are parties nearly everywhere and anywhere. Everything is reasonably priced or free plus buses run till 6 on weekends.

3 College Junior

Parking: Permits are 600, tickets are 50, then 100 i think. You don't really need a car because the bus go through campus and to all the main places in Champaign.

4 College Senior

Academics: The accessibility to professors can be difficult sometimes, but the TAs are always there

4 College Senior

Academics: Our program is in the top 2 of the country, so it is humbling to be apart of such a prestigious school.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: It has a very big, yet small feeling on campus once acquainted with it. After visiting some other schools during the academic year, I am certain I made the right choice.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus crime usually occurs by non-students; making it concerning to walk alone, especially females

4 College Senior

Majors: The process was easy for me. I applied and heard back within a few days after applying for an intercollegiate transfer

5 College Senior

Majors: My field has a great graduation and job placement rate after college.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Our nightlife on campus is very fun. Being 21 and over is a big plus at the bars, but kids can still get in at 19

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The policies are meant to keep student from being deviant

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is extremely expensive. Parking is just like rent, outrageous.

3 College Senior

Computers: Depending on what building the wireless access is in will determine how reliable it will be

4 College Senior

Facilities: The greek life on campus is one of the biggest on campus, but there are many other activities for others if that is not their scene

4 College Senior

Facilities: We have an abundance of resources available to our students, including a bowling alley in our Illini Union


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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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