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 Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm rooms are average. Older buildings are being replaced with new ones that have different set ups in order for students to be with more of their friends. Six pack dorms are all close to each other and are close to the Quad.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: UIUC is a very diverse school. It is known for its diversity and you can see it on campus.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Students are better off taking the bus or walking because everything is near by. If you decide to bring a car then you have to pay for the parking meter and usual parking is not near your building you are heading to.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is free and the buses come every ten minutes which is nice.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No one really pressures anyone to drink, they choose to drink if they want to.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms at the U of I are good for meeting your first friends and you're well taken care of, however they are pretty small and if you don't like your roommate you just have to deal with it.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: The cost of parking is ridiculous, parking tickets are given frequently.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Large number of social and professional fraternities. You almost have to join one to have a good social network if you do not want to go out of your way.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: party scene is huge but it depends who your friends are

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4 College Senior

Academics: i like AHS because they have an internship requirement

3 College Senior

Academics: I decided to attend U of I because it has good programs.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at U of I is not really big, but I'm sure it depends on who you hang out with. Drinking is very prevalent at U of I though.

3 College Senior

Majors: I have had an internship for the past two summers with a local hospital. It allowed me to see the importance of research and the day to day tasks involved.

5 College Senior

Majors: The process was very easy to get into the MCB program. Once you applied to the school and were accepted, you are automatically in the MCB program

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in Architectural Studies. Studio treats us like slaves till later on when we get better workspaces. Workload is easy, however, unless you're not into building models. Plenty of resources and clubs centered around it. Advisors are friendly and very helpful. I'm loving it sofar.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Great campus town, many attractions and things going on. Tho sometimes one can get lost by straying too far from campus. Some portions of the campus thus seem pretty scary at night.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is alot of diversity at UIUC, if you know where to look that is. Those of the same ethnicity tend to hang with those of the same ethnicity amongst environments that facilitate their own cultural background. Few people go out of their comfort zones to mingle with different ethnic backgrounds. Also we have a reputation for having half or more of out population to be asian or international students of asian ethnicity, so yes, there's diversity from the sense of the school being "white", but not diversity in the sense of a great mix of people.

3 College Freshman

Computers: At certain times of the day computer access is impossible. A lot of the scanners are in poor shape. Although, if you look hard enough you'll find free computers and good resources. I do not like how the default WiFi is UIUCNet instead of IllinoisNet (which does not have a time limit nor requires a constant log in). Speed is moderate depending on where you are, some areas have no WiFi at all, like in between buildings if you rely on 24/7 WiFi access like I do.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Sometimes, the weather is very unpredictable. However, the sun is out a lot!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never witnessed or become a victim of a crime. There's not a lot of strangers who roam around campus, mostly students or faculty members. Make sure to keep track of your valuables such as keys, electronics, etc. If you feel unsafe due to a past experience or whatnot, keep a small self defense weapon on you such as pepper spray.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Champaign has very bipolar weather. It can hit high 50s with bright sun in the middle of winter then rain the very next day. It does snow often during winter, which I dislike. Very lovely in the spring, summer and fall.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Some of them are very clean.
The gym is very nice.
But some of the classrooms are really old and nasty.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Many bars and Greek life.
Not really a place for non-drinkers.
Dirty streets and places

4 College Junior

Academics: The program is set up nicely, and the newly incorporated group projects are quite amazing. They help you connect lectures to real world problems.

3 College Junior

Majors: I like the core chemical engineering classes, but some of the requirements I am not a fond off. Personally, the chemical engineering department should have a pre-med sub-concentration to help students in their path.


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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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