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

Guys & Girls: I am a girl in engineering, so all the guys I see are in engineering. I would say the engineering guys are one of three things: weird or nerdy or kind of cute. I haven't met an engineering male that was full-blown model status. The best looking ones are not in engineering. The ones in Mechanical, Industrial or General engineering can be close to looking, acting, and seeming like the standard guy. The guys who have less intensive majors have more time to socialize, so they are more regular.
The girls can vary from average looking to decent looking. They are usually friendly, especially when they're drunk.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Most of the students on campus, male and female are average looking and friendly

3 College Senior

Nightlife: In regards, to parties, it varies on when they are. Public transportation is pretty reliable and we have resources that provide back-up safe transportation when it's really late/early.

3 College Junior

Facilities: UIUC has one of the largest amounts of clubs and organizations on campus, whether it be for various ethnic groups, sports, or political views. There is also a large push on professionalism and advancement, having multiple career fairs throughout the year to accommodate all the various majors here on campus. If it wasn't for this, I would have been lost in finding summer internships or research on campus. There is always plenty to do and excellent facilities for whatever I choose.

4 College Junior

Diversity: University of Illinois is a school which openly accepts several races and religions, as well as life choices. Being a part of the Big Ten, it is one of the largest schools in the country, and as a result, has some of the most diversity seen on any campus. Due to the shear overwhelming differences in the populations, there are many organizations which accept people of all types, which results in a very open and inviting environment for anyone.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are almost always open and there is state of the art technology. A good mix of PCs and MACs allow you to run any program you need to. There is also a super computer facility you can use if you need it

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Our exercise and recreation facility is top notch. Better than most gyms back home. I love working out there

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I like the school because it is a traditional campus town. Every building on campus is a university building. I have no complaints, except that it seems like some buildings are always under construction. Fraternity life is also huge on campus. We have the largest Greek system in the country.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The bus system is convenient and free to students. Bike transportation is pretty decent as well with several streets having designated bike lanes. Parking is a pain (and can be costly) anywhere near campus, so driving is a bit difficult. But overall, I never had many issues getting around.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: In Campus Town there are several options, many are big chains so it's a bit generic. Venturing out of Campus Town and into downtown Champaign or Urbana lends many more options. Champaign is superior and has pretty much something to satisfy most tastes. Urbana has fewer options but they are more moderately priced.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus is okay. There are a lot of meters but the cost adds up quickly, there are some time limits, and if you're near the quad they fill quickly too. There is free parking at night and on sundays for meters. There are also a few lots that are free on weekends which is nice. If you buy a parking pass from the university it'll be $600 for the year and about a 10 min walk from the dorms. If you park on a random side street (ie Randolph) its free but you gotta be careful if it snows. Be wary of parking in campus lots though. The parking police do rounds and its a $50 ticket if you arent authorized to park there.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: UIUC has the biggest Greek system. It may feel that everywhere you look there are Greeks but its not a bi deal. There is plenty to do if you decide to not join and you have a good chance of getting into one if you want to.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: This year we had a cold and dreary winter that wouldn't go away. Last year we had normal seasons and it was very nice but it did get hot. Definitely try to get a dorm with AC it's worth it. On nice days or even a little cooler its nice to walk to the quad and talk with friends. When it starts to get nice you'll see the quad fill with people and sometimes you'll just want to skip class.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm life is pretty neat, it's never lonesome and you're bound to find your own group of friends no matter how different you may be. At first it's hard because you become homesick, but you get used to it eventually. It's somewhat costly but it is easier than apartment life.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Majoring in Engineering will guarantee you a job, but your 4 years will be very challenging. Business is probably the second most promising school.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Champaign-Urbana is a great town! There is always something going on in each of the towns, as well as in campus town. Having 3 police forces makes you feel pretty safe, but that doesn't mean be reckless. We have a great bar system and really active Greek life

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are tons of comp labs in the libraries, and most likely in your own school. Don't expect all Macs because they are a poor school. But there are decent Dell desktops.

1 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Absolutely horrible. I hate the cold. Though snow control is very active here.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I am a city person, therefore a small college town is not for me. I think the weather is absolutely terrible, but there are definitely sports bars and drinking bars. The students are all mature and outgoing. There are lots of Greek life, but due to my major I chose not to join one. Overall it is nice, but just have to deal with the weather and the lack of choices unlike in a city.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Our campus life is booming and alive. On a nice day, we have people doing all kinds of things on the quad from taking a nap on the grass to playing drums and piccolos. Our athletic center is a state-of-war building and I love all the equipment available, including a sauna, rock climbing wall, and cooking classes.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Despite being a competitive school, my school wants to help you and help each other succeed. We have many programs conjoined with other schools and companies to make sure the students get a well-rounded look of their environment and schools to ensure they succeed in their respective fields.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: We are strict about certain things but lenient on others. For example, if you are caught using drugs in the dorms, you are evicted from your dorm and is often moved to another dorm. In case of underage drinking, if you are caught you usually get a ticket.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life DOMINATE UIUC.
There's almost one on each block on campus and can get very rowdy.
LOTS of drinking of course.
If you enjoy drinking, it's the place for you, but if you're not, then you won't enjoy it as much.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is fantastic here at UIUC.
Buses run very often and have a GPS system where you can track the location of the bus.
Taxis, however, are hard to find.
Long-distance transportation is pretty expensive (bus), but the buses aren't too uncomfortable.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There is something for almost everyone, there are very few programs or majors that cannot be formed or found in the curriculum here.

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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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