Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Champaign-Urbana is not the middle-of nowhere cornfield kind of place I thought it would be. It's certainly not a major city, but it is relatively nice. I live in Urbana and enjoy being able to walk to the farmer's market, the food co-op, downtown Urbana, and campus. There are some local festivals and cultural events, like Brews, Blues, and BBQ and the Sweet Corn Festival (which is more fun than it sounds). There is a small music and arts scene. There's not much shopping, but there are a few decent places. There aren't a lot of museums and things like that. However, there are MANY opportunities for outdoor recreation and a huge sports scene. It's also relatively safe in most parts of town near campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a fair amount of off-campus dining options here. There are a fair amount of chain-type places along Green Street near campus that are reasonably priced, along with some independent places. Downtown Champaign and Urbana both have some good, slightly more upscale options, but they tend to be a little bit pricier. Some of the best places are Golden Harbor in Champaign, a really great authentic Chinese place, Siam Terrace Thai in Urbana, Black Dog Smoke and Ale House in Urbana, Big Grove Tavern in Champaign, and Radio Maria in Champaign. There's not nearly as much variety in Champaign Urbana as there is in a major city, like Chicago, but there are several great, well-priced Asian places in particular, and there enough nice places to keep you entertained and interested.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: It rather depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for an endless assortment of Greek-scene-type parties/the frat scene, this is the place for you - there is a HUGE Greek system here and large parts of campus are dominated by this kind of partying. There is also an assortment of fratty sports bars on campus. If you're looking for something less dominated by that scene, there are some bars both in downtown Champaign and downtown Urbana that are for a bit of a more mature, graduate student type crowd that are pretty nice as well.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are plenty of computers all having the latest software.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Nice downtown area that is very close to campus. Lots of restaurants.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UIUC is a large university and so it is impossible to patrol completely. Therefore there are some places on campus that are unsafe, only for those seeking trouble though. Stay in lit areas and do not go out at 3 in the morning and you should be fine.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There were plenty of options on Green Street and others on University Street. There are also a variety of dorms where you can just purchase credit on your card and eat there. I don't think any places offer student discount, and because it is on campus, the prices are relatively high. But, considering you are away from home, it's convenient and there are good options. I am a vegetarian but never had problems finding food on campus (although I did avoid dorm food for that reason).

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Lots of options for transportation!! Use them! There are the local buses which run ever few minutes, safe rides late at night, and LEX and Illini buses to help you get closer to your parents place if you wish to go during weekends!

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: All college campuses have a risk of being safe. I had a friend who got robbed and punched late night on a weekday. There were many incidents of laptops being stolen from library. Another friend's place had a robbery. So, overall it is pretty unsafe but a huge part of it is how you keep yourself safe. Why not take the safe rides UIUC offers students who need to go home late at night? Why not lock your apartment doors? And, never leave your laptop unattended at a library! Either buy a lock, leave it with a friend, or take it with you. Luckily, I was safe on campus partly because I used these precautions.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: It went smoothly; I received enough financial aid from FAFSA to assist me with the tuition.

5 College Student

Diversity: U of I is very diverse in most ways, with a plethora of opinions, backgrounds, perspectives and ideas.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: The campus is not very strict regarding nightlife but does make it's presence to ward off dangerous activity.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I still live in the dorms so I cannot provide a review on the off campus housing

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are many activities and events always going around the campus. You can always expect to find something going on .

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I wish I received more financial aid. It's a decent amount but tuition and room and board are expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The school campus itself is very beautiful. There are many nice, friendly people and a lot of activities and groups students can join.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are important at UIUC. The workload can be intense depending on your major.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are not a surplus of options available to students in terms of realtors. Many of the companies seem to take advantage of student renters, but it's still cheaper than living in the dorms.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life seems to thrive at UIUC, but as I'm not involved I cannot give a proper grade.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Students have access to some of the highest technology here and it's available at the Library, classrooms, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I feel as if the only people who pay attention to Greek life are people that are Greek, non-Greeks stay to themselves or their crowd unless they are tight with people who are Greek.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The University does a great job in regards to maintaing peace and trying to decrease violence.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I plan on searching for new internships for this upcoming semester. I would like an internship dealing with business marketing and advertising.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I came to the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign undecided between majors (international business and a science). After finding out that students in the division of general studies only get one chance to transfer into the college of business I was saddened, but there are so many others majors I got over it.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a mixture of local and national restaurants around campus. There are some that are off campus, but there is a good amount on campus. Most of the restaurants deliver.

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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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