Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Only about 20% of the students on campus are not white, so consequently, in the racial and ethnic sense, the diversity at UIllinois isn't that great. However, amongst the white student body, there is great diversity in regards to economic status or sexual orientation. It's a very accepting university.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Although I have only spent a semester so far at UIUC, I believe that off-campus housing is definitely great for many students. The most important aspect of renting an apartment are that they are cheaper, more enjoyable (you're allowed to throw parties), and are newer than many dorms on campus. Living in the dorm can be expensive, especially when you add food costs. Having an apartment with my brother was a great experience. It was at least half the cost of living in a dorm, we saved money by making our own food, and had a lot more freedom.

2 College Junior

Parking: You have to make sure of paying for enough time for your parking because if you come back a minute late you will most likely find a ticket.

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4 College Junior

Majors: UIUC has a Career Center that assists you with interviews, resumes, and finding internships. I haven't have a internship yet but you could search for an internship on campus or during they summer and you will find help, you just need to look for it.

2 College Junior

Weather: The university will still open if it is an -5 degree blizzard. Students and professors just not need to show up in order for the university to close school. You need to have common sense for yourself if you want to want in 2 ft of snow to class and there is a 50% chance that the buses are running on time. Snow days are rare and tornado warnings are common.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: I am basically living off of loans. The university gave me two grants but they are not enough to buy books. I have to keep applying to scholarships in order to pay off my accumulating student debt. Start applying to scholarships now and keep ALL of your FAFSA documents because you will need them in the future.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences studying Political Science. The courses are very informative and challenging and it's easy to find something that interests you in any field. However, registering for classes can be a hassle in case you can't find all the classes you want, or they are filled. Lectures can be big but TAs always take the initiative to get you know personally and help you in class should you need the assistance. Everyone is always good at answering emails and are open to meeting.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity sports at UIUC are a big part of campus and its culture, however with recent losses at games the spirit isn't as large as it used to be. There are two main exercise facilities- ARC and CRCE by the two main dorm areas with state of the art facilities. The clinic also has a dietitian and an physiotherapy specialist to ensure that your exercise routine is the right one for you. There are also a wide variety of intramural sports clubs.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The whole university is amazing. Professors are great, curriculum is challenging, campus is beautiful, registration is not a hassle, and with proper time management the workload isn't too heavy either. There are always new places to find to study, and the study abroad options are plenty.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: They're is definitely a wide variety when it comes to off-campus housing but you have to get started early because it goes fast. Champaign has mostly apartments that range from really close to the quad or really far. Urbana has both apartments and houses also vary in proximity but many are close to the engineering quad. They're is a lot to choose from as long as you don't wait until last minute.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing in the quad is pretty old but they are putting up new buildings which are really nice! The dorms in Urbana are somewhat nicer and not much further from the quad. The furniture gets replaced every couple years and other improvements made so they are overall quite nice. I've lived in LAR for 2 years and it was clean, spacy, and had good food especially for those looking for vegetarian and vegan options!

4 College Junior

Facilities: The libraries on campus are great places to study. ACES library and Grainger are two of the best ones. They're spacious, clean, and very quiet. The undergraduate library is the one that is usually packed and noisy but it's good for group projects and group studying.

4 College Junior

Facilities: I'm in the honors program for Integrative Biology and it is such a great place to be! The program accepts up to 20 people so the small class size is great to be able to get to know the professors and TA's that teach. All of the professors in the program lead awesome research on campus so it's a great opportunity to get involved! The work load isn't easy but the labs and projects are useful and prepare you for future research.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am very satisfied with my major. Taking the psychology courses that I did really helped pave the way towards a career that suited my personality and needs best. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't have changed a thing. I only wished I could have taken more AP classes in high school so that I would have been exempt from other gen eds. My goal is to go into clinical research in psychology, with a focus on behavioral neuroscience and developmental psychology. The only concern I have about finding a job is that all these career websites are offering me jobs right now, yet I cannot apply for any of them because I haven't yet graduated. Also, I would like to have a job that is relatively close to home and my family, so I am afraid that my job could potentially take me away from them.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I go to the University of Illinois, and I've been very satisfied with my education thus far. I am a Psychology major, and my professors are very knowledgeable in their field and know exactly what they're talking about. It's interesting to think that the best instructors I've had are the grad students because they have such passion for what they do and you can feel that. I feel it's so important to develop those relationships with professors because they are the ones who can give you internships or possible jobs that fit your career aspirations.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: U of I has such a diverse student population. Both international and national can mingle together, and it's nice to see. Most people at U of I are career and academic-oriented, the types of friends more fitting for the introverted person. You will meet people of all backgrounds, religions, sexualities, and political values, so if you're not an open-minded person, U of I is not for you.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I have never had an internship, but I hope to have one. I applied for a job as a receptionist in the psychology advising office, but was turned down because I was a first-year undergrad. As an incoming sophomore, I am more optimistic about possible internship opportunities and I hope to take advantage of them as much as I can.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There was some competition going into the application process because so many applicants come in declaring a Psychology major. I didn't have to do anything extra when applying. Because I scored a 5 on the AP Psychology exam, I did not have to take the introductory psychology course. Psychology is a great major and a great program to get into, and it's understandable why so many people want it, but before you declare it as a major, ask yourself whether this is something you really want for yourself. If you say yes but have stronger interests, then I would declare it as a minor.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in the College of Education which is relatively small and something I like about it. The advisors don't do a great job pitching the college to prospective students but I'm glad I decided to go here. They do expect you to be highly committed to education and I think that is a good thing. Special Education majors begin taking a specific track of classes second semester of Sophomore year. Classes are taken in the evenings so you can work in a classroom every morning. The amount of time spent in classrooms is gradually increased through the new "phase" of the program each semester.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms I stayed in, "the six pack," are really old. The dorms themselves are falling apart but the atmosphere here is great. I lived in an LLC and absolutely loved it! Even though the dorms weren't nice I wouldn't have wanted to stay anywhere else on campus!

They are currently building new dorms in the area. Those spaces go fast and trying to sign up for a space after freshman year is a nightmare, that is really the only complaint I have about housing.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Champaign is a great town. Lots to to and lots of people.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus is safe but there are definitely rules enforced.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Many of the dorms have the same menu and the food gets tiring. Some good things are the days when dorms offer special foods, such as Asian Night at ISR. I personally think that breakfast is the best meal.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many restaurants off campus and prices vary. Both the downtown in Urbana and Champaign have a lot of restaurants. There are a lot of great burgers from the bars. Restaurants are convenient to reach because there are buses that run throughout the city.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never don't feel safe although exiting campus can lead to sketchier neighborhoods. Still haven't heard of much problems.


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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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