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

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Because this campus offers so many programs and has over 30,000 students, diversity is clearly present on the campus. There are many, many international students, and this is what helps keep the school maintain the diverse campus with ease.

4 College Junior

Computers: The school is very technologically advanced. There is probably as many computers here as students if not more. Almost every campus building has its own computer lab and its own printing areas. Many of the buildings also have tech people there to answer and help with any questions you may have.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: We have the largest Greek life on any campus in the world. It is a really great experience and the good thing is even if you don't want to join Greek life you can still participate in it. Out of the 90+ different Greek affiliations almost everyone has their own house the members and friends can stay in.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: It is very easy and simple. All you have to do is file the fafsa and then they send your award letters and give you plenty of time to accept the awards and aid you would like.

4 College Junior

Facilities: We are considered a public ivy which makes our university very competitive and classes are very difficult. However we also have a big population which gives a lot of opportunities for students to net work and socialize. We are also a Big Ten school so sports here are very good and very competitive!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The food off campus is very diverse. There is a little but of everything from Korean to Mexican to Chicago style. Prices are also very reasonable and many places offer Illini discounts. The best part is during finals the food places around offer really good discounts for students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: As a general rule no one cares as long as you aren't overly obvious. RAs don't typically make a big deal about drinking in your room as long as you keep the noise down and are respectful of other people. Additionally the age to get into bars in Champagne is 19 rather than 21 so they pretty much accept underage drinking right there. The only time to be careful is on Unofficial Saint Patricks Day (google it if you don't know what that is). The school brings in the local police to help that day so you've got to be very careful if you choose to do anything illegal.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football games can be a lot of fun. Make sure you get tickets for the student section though because its a great place to meet people. Even better though is the tailgating. There are fields full of families making burgers, drinking beer and playing games and they're always happy to meet their kid's new friends.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing at U of I really depends on how well you plan ahead on where you want to live. You can enter the lottery to get into the University owned dorms which a very typical small, double rooms filled almost entirely with freshmen. While they tend to be very noisy and filled with people who love to party it's a great place to meet new people as a new student. The other option is private certified dorms which each have a different character and you can pick which ever suits you best. There's quiet dorms filled with engineers and dorms right next to the business school. These tend to have bigger rooms, private bathrooms, and better dining options, but the also tend to have less freshmen. Ultimately you can find the perfect housing for you but you have to look around.

2 College Junior

Weather: I've lived in the Champaign area my entire life and the winters can be brutal while class is rarely cancelled, depending on where your dorm is the walk can be terrible. Also general crazy Illinois weather, warm one day cold, windy and wet the next.

2 College Junior

Parking: Expensive, and meter maids will get you almost as soon as your meter runs out. A few meters that cost less but you can only park there for 2 hours.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The places are campus are good. There are many options to choose from and the food is usually of good quality.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's no body to my knowledge who does anything too much worse than pot at U of I, I have heard of people doing acid and the like but nothing too crazy. From what I know, drug enforcement is pretty standard here.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never had a problem personally, however I get pretty paranoid walking to my apartment on the edge of campus at night. In the years I've been here, I've gotten a lot of crime alerts which include, mugging, rape, robbery, ect. The surrounding Champaign area is pretty sketchy so try to stay away from those parts (where the crimes generally occur).

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I've never been in trouble for anything drinking/partying related. The friends that I have that have been stopped by the cops before generally get let off with a warning or a ticket. Drinking tickets are pretty pricey here, but as long as you're not causing a disturbance cops probably won't stop you. As far as living in the dorms and trying to drink, again, just don't be stupid about it. Most RA's are pretty lenient because they were freshmen too at one point, but if you're making a lot of noise (especially on weekdays) they might not be so nice. The worst that I've seen when someone gets caught drinking in the dorms is the RA made them pour out all the liquor and they had to write a 1 page paper on why underage drinking is wrong...not too bad.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: My school's campus is full of life. From walking on the quad on a sunny day to walking back to your dorm, you will always find people surrounding you. Since it is such a big school, the presence of others makes me feel secure. The facilities are beautiful. The gyms look brand new and they are taken excellent care of. There is not a day where there is nothing to do because we have art museums, theatres, etc. My school is fabulous and I made an excellent decision to attend such a prestigious school.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The McKinley health clinic has very convenient hours and nurses there. You can get a certain amount of free cold packs which is a pack of medicine for a simple cold. You can schedule appointments and they usually get back to you quickly. The clinic is also large so there is no overcrowding or uncomfortness.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is super convenient. Transportation fees are included in the tuition. When a bus comes, you simply get on without having to show your school i.d. which is also convenient. You can also text bus stops to see the next times your bus will come.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation at U of I is pretty good. The buses are usually on time or close to on time except during winter and rush hour times around 9am and 5pm. The bus fee is included with the school's fees in that your I-card is also your bus card and there are no fees you have to pay for the bus when you ride it. Just show the card. There are many bike routes on campus as well. I recommend getting a bike to get to class, as some classes are about a 15 minute walk away from eachother.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into the Psychology program was relatively simple. Once I met the GPA requirement, I could simply declare the major. However, the GPA requirement is a 2.75 for current students at U of I, and it is not directly on the B or B- mark, so I had to make sure my average GPA reflected this criteria. I first entered the University of Illinois through the Division of General Studies, which has made it easier to transfer into another program here. When applying as a Senior in High School my GPA with honors was a 2.9, and I had an ACT of 21, which is below average for this University. However, my essay and extracurricular activities played a larger role in my acceptance.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are many internship oppurtunities at U of I. There are many career fairs that you can attend, and there is a great career center that can help you build interview and career skills, as well as critique your resume and give you resources to find internships. I plan on having an internship during my Junior and/or Senior year to help prepare me for the job force, and get hands on experience. Some majors/colleges even include internships in their graduation criteria.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Since the University of Illinois is a research university, there are so many opportunities to get in the lab. I am considering an internship this summer in a study. Although the University is very large, the class sizes vary, and I was able to choose a smaller lecture/discussion class this semester. I am currently in the Division of General Studies, and I will declare Psychology in the Fall. The advisers here also have helped during both the registration and add/drop seasons, and they directed me to the general education classes that I would benefit from while keeping me on track for graduation.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe on campus especially during the day. There are text and email crime alerts for crimes on and near campus. Also safe rides and walks are provided during the school year at night. I wish these services were offered during the summer time as well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Same repetitive foods - gets boring, but it satisfies my hunger.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Student life is awesome on campus. There's always something to do.


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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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