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Champaign, IL
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31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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Average
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Reviews 3198 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit is alright and is only really huge during different sporting events.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It was a hit or miss, and it was terrible being veterinarian

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a huge range of women, it allows you to be exposed to different perspectives of females one might never have seen before

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The two most important teams, football and basketball are not really good, but the students make that up with school spirit and pride of the school

4 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity is a big deal here. Most students here are white, but still a good chunk of the student body is comprised of asians. Walking through campus, I also hear French, German, Arabic, and Spanish just to name a few. There are other languages that are spoken that are unfamiliar to me.

There are many international students coming in from all over the world. My friend has a group of Polish friends!

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College Senior

Greek Life: I am not very familiar with the Greek Life here. However, there is a whole neighborhood of Greek Life students who live in these fancy looking houses. There are also a lot of student organizations related to the Greek Life, and it seems to be a big deal here.

I don't know much about their nightlife. I can only say that they are very enthusiastic about partying. This is from passing through their neighborhood at night on a typical weekend.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Nightlife begins for students who are 19 or older. Although they cannot drink at bars legally, they can still enter most bars on campus, and Green Street is filled with bars on both sides. Once inside a bar, as long as the student has a friend or a group of friends who are 21 or older, getting alcohol is not too difficult. I do not encourage underage drinking, but ID checking seem a bit lenient once inside. At one bar, two ladies walk around with a tray of shots. They will hand them out if they see that most people have wrist bands (indicating that they are 21 and older). Green Street is also filled with different food places. Thus, it is a very populated place on campus when it comes to nightlife.

There are buses all throughout campus. When stranded, too drunk, or if it's really late at night, students can call for a Safe Ride. It's a mini bus that provides a safe ride home at no additional cost.

3 College Freshman

Weather: ITS THE MIDWEST! 4 SEASONS! BEAUTIFUL FALL AND SPRING. WINTER IS WINTER, BUT NOT TOO HARSH

3 College Freshman

Athletics: WERE A BIG 10 SCHOOL, BUT FOOTBALL IS NOT COMPETITIVE. ALL ELSE GREAT

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Honestly, I have grown to love UIUC's campus. I love going to places like the ARC (this huge workout/recreation center that's brand new) and to Ikenberry Commons (aka the Ike, which is a dining hall/library/lounge spot for the 6 pack dorms) because they're modern and nicely kept, but I also love visiting older buildings on campus!

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I'm only giving UIUC an A- in this category because I have yet to hear/see of anyone doing drugs other than alcohol. I strongly believe that your exposure to this scene will depend on who you surround yourself with, where you choose to socialize, etc....

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys & girls on campus are just your average set of college kids. You have all different types and that is very inclusive. Although our school is overwhelmingly one race, I still feel as though I get diversity through the types of people on campus. As far as looks go I feel like there's a pretty average spectrum here.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The computers run really well and are pretty fast. The printing is a little expensive but not completely over priced. The computer labs are big and usually offer enough space to accommodate students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Police is always in the area. They send out alerts via email and text messages when something does happen to notify students. They also are near bar areas to make sure everyone is safe.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are many discounts available through coupons and prices are reasonable. If you do not have a car it is a little difficult to get to but there are buses that run to these areas every 30 minutes.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Outside of campus the only other exciting part of Champaign is the downtown area. There are a lot of trendy restaurants and pubs all within about a mile. Campustown is where you'd find all your campus bars which are obviously geared towards the students. Be careful going to some of the residential parts of Champaign, lots and lots of sketchy characters that you probably wouldn't want to be around any time of day.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Because the campus is so large, there are so many different types of people there. This almost guarantees that you can find someone to get along with rather quickly.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: UofI is known to have one of the best bus transportation systems for a college in the country. There are busses everywhere, and it is possible to cross the whole campus (which is giant) in around 10 minutes.

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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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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