Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

5 College Junior

Majors: I interned at LyondellBasell, a chemical plant, for two semesters. This was a phenomenal experience where I did real engineering projects that an entry level engineer would work on. It was challenging and rewarding.

4 College Junior

Weather: I am not a fan of snow or walking in snow, but that is just part of living in the Midwest. Since the campus is huge and classes might be right after one another, it is pretty essential to come to terms with good shoes and a walking habit.

4 College Junior

Majors: It was pretty difficult to get into chemical engineering, but this also meant a huge reward when I did get in. Although the bio-engineering department does not take transfers and that is unfortunate.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Football at UIUC is very huge in terms of the fan base. However, I am not a fan of the team.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The University's academic reputation has led to students from many different backgrounds and countries attending. Many clubs are formed to allow people of different races, nationalities, and interests to network with each other, and student organizations regularly schedule events that bring many students together based more on interest and major than their background.The school holds mandatory workshops for the younger students focused on acceptance and the like, but these are for the most part unnecessary as the students here are usually open minded.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Champaign's nightlife seems focused around the campus, with many bars to choose from less than half a mile from the main quad. To the west of the quad, along frat row, there are plenty of parties going on every weekend, with various themes. Most of the bars are 21 and up, but Champaign's laws allow a handful of bars for those who are 18.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Basically if you are not greek you do not belong anywhere. Greeks seem to real you in with nice activities than after you turn them down they stop talking to you.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's a hassle to get in contact with an actual person especially through a phone. Money isn't well always given. I still receive a decent amount of money.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Very racist. Really clean. Activities always available. At night very dangerous

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The classwork in engineering, at least, at the University of Illinois is exceptional. We have interested professors who are available to help you learn and I don't know of anyone who takes advantage of all the resource learning and tutoring centers. If you want to succeed here, you will.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Overall, I'm a big fan of the vibe at UIUC. While you might be put off that it's a small town - trust me, it doesn't feel that way. It's incredibly college student-centered. Everything caters to you here. The campus is vibrant and there's always something going on. It's a good place to be.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: For the size of the town, there's a sizable amount of restaurants catering to all sorts of different tastes, especially on the Champaign side of town. While there isn't as great a variety as you would expect in a big city, what they have they have done well. Food is decently cheap and the quality tends to be overall high.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The football teams sucks, but the basketball team isn't bad. But what is really great are the club, intramural and greek athletics. Whatever you want to do you can find some level of it with lots of people interested.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My dorm, Weston, is awesome. The people here are so fun and welcoming. The only disadvantage is there's no AC, but I think it's worth it. You can get some great friends out of it if you're welcoming, yourself.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It is fairly mild weather here. I'm from Evanston, right outside of Chicago, so it's always a little warmer here than up north, but overall it is nice. The first few weeks of school were brutal because my dorm doesn't have AC, so that was bad.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I went through the whole Recruitment process, and didn't want to go through with Greek life after that. My friends who are involved in Greek life like it a lot. It just wasn't for me. I think a lot of the rules that come along with sororities are petty and make for a very exclusive environment. It just wasn't what I wanted to be involved in. I think the Fraternity Recruitment process is a lot more relaxed and acceptable than the up-tight, grueling process of Sororities.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It takes too much effort to actually eat at a different dining hall, and ISR has not too great variety.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in ECE and it's a great program, it's really hard but the rewards are great.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great engineering school with tough classes especially with helpful professors.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bus system is very convenient and now there are even apps w schedules..

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Hoping to attend law school and I feel I picked a course of study that will help me be well rounded and prepared.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Largest Greek System in the country..Many types of houses available..Love Greek Life there...very active.


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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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