Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Diversity: The University of Illinois is very well balanced. I came from a high school that was very diverse, so this came as no surprise. For some that came from mostly-white suburban schools, there was a bit a culture shock but it wasn't a big deal to them. There is very high acceptance for all ethnicities, political beliefs, religions, etc.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons and tons of fabulous restaurants and fast food places on and off campus. With downtown Champaign and a large mall just minutes from campus, finding something you're in the mood for is easy!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of locations and realtors to choose from, it's easy to find the right fit for anyone!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: This school has so many majors, each one a bit different from the last. This lets students explore so many options and choose to do what they like.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many options to choose from! With many different types of food from different countries as well.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: They try the best they can to ensure that as few drugs are publicly used as possible, however many still find ways to partake.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking can be tough to get a spot, but there are a number of lots on campus you can buy a pass for.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are tons of places to eat and the food is always good! There are also mini shopping places where you can buy some groceries to store in your room.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are tons of buses that come to a million different locations every 10 minutes. It is a peace of cake to get around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We've got lots of sports, but the "top" you really have to be recruited from high school to get onto the teams. Also, our teams are not the best when compared to others, though we do have a lot of pride in them!

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of interesting and good restaurants around. They have a lot of specialty and local restaurants, you just have to try different places. Most are not too expensive.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The crime is mostly only in a few areas, and we are always alerted via text messages and emails. There hasn't been major crimes such as murder within the time I attended school here, only ones such as robberies or assaults, which are obviously still scary but much less scary. They always alert you to the crime and where and when it occurred and what the offender looked like. There are safety phones, and police officers everywhere so for the most part I felt pretty safe. They also have saferides, and the school buses, so you never have to travel alone.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer labs are not consistent across the entire campus, but there are a variety of computers (Dells, Macs, etc) to suit people's likings. Engineers have their own labs called EWS (engineering work stations), which are awesome because of the double monitors.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I'm from Jersey, so the weather is very similar: extremely cold during the winter and very hot in the summer. I used to enjoy the rain, but it sucks here in Chambana...mainly because of the poor drainage system so that when it rains, it floods like crazy. But on a beautiful day, the campus becomes extremely gorgeous.

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

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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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