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

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5 College Student

Facilities: Living on campus was the best decision.

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5 College Student

Diversity: One of the things that most amaze about this university is its diversity. I have met so many people from so different parts of the world. I am always learning something new from anyone I meet.

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2 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I think that living on campus is the BEST option.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: I received financial aid and a lot but still my family was having problems paying for it.

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5 College Student

Majors: I am extremely happy about my specific program. All of my classes are interesting and I love studying for them.

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5 College Student

Majors: I think that showing interest in an specific program will increase your chances of getting in it.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere always makes me have fun. I am never bored.

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5 College Student

Campus Strictness: I think that the campus strictness is one of the best things about this university because it helps me feel right at home.

4 College Student

Greek Life: Honestly, I do not know enough to have an effective and productive opinion.

5 College Student

Campus Dining: The food here is amazing! At first I was scared because I thought I wouldn't like the food but once I tasted it for the first time, my whole idea of the food here changed completely.

5 College Student

Campus Housing: Living on campus is one of the best choices I have ever made.

5 College Student

Health & Safety: The safety on campus is incredible. I feel safe every minute at every hour.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: Since the state of Illinois is in such an insane amount of debt, they give virtually no money for students. Therefore I received almost no support from U of I, which makes it extremely difficult to keep up with the rising cost of school and living

4 College Senior

Facilities: The social scene is great because it has something for everyone. There is virtually a club for everything. It is only 19 to get into bars, so it allows everyone to go there at night.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There are multiple athletic centers, libraries, dorms, activities, etc. Everything is provided/available for you and it's up to you to make the most of your time while at U of I

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The campus dining is phenomenal. You have lots of options when it comes to dining halls, and then you have Green St which provides a variety of dining options that has something for everyone.

5 College Senior

Academics: the academics at U of I. It is consistently mentioned as one of the best schools in the country. It is always challenging, but never too hard that you feel you can not succeed.

5 College Senior

Academics: Illinois is one of the top 3 schools for my major. With only 300 students in the major, it is a very close-knit atmosphere. It is unique in the fact that we have a class which requires a hands-on experience in which we develop and run a program

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Overall, U of I is not that strict. There is the occasional bar raid, but you can drink underage pretty confidently

4 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics are very big at U of I. As seen from the RSO Illini Pride, there is a student section for every sport. The better the team does, the more students attend

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I would say the majority of dining takes place on campus because of the multitude of options. Once you get off campus, there are only a handful of places you can go to so it ends up just being a repetition of those locations.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is the sheer definition of a college town. The campus town is incredible with lots to do, especially since it is 19 to get into the bars. However, once you get off of campus, there are mainly cornfields. There are a few malls and outlets, but it is pretty limited

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Growing up, I have always dreamed about going to U of I. The memories I have made and lifelong friends alone confirm I made the right choice. However, the opportunities available due to the U of I network is incredible and it is something not to be taken for granted.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Overall, campus housing is very good. It is easy to get to and from classes, convenient to meet new people, and everything is close by (dining halls, laundry, gym). the only downside is that a few of the campus housing is on the edge of campus

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is very affordable and there is a variety of locations. However, it can very difficult to go to and from campus depending on the bus/shuttle schedule


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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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