Champaign, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3145 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Wasn't really a problem. You find the group you want to hang with, and you choose what you want to do.drinking was common, but there wasn't pressure to drink if you didn't want to. It is a scene that respects individuality.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Challenging but doable coursework. Classes vary in size, discussions are usually smaller than lectures. Professors are always willing to help and give constructive criticism. But a great amount of options available to customize a program fitting to what you want to do in life.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computers fill up fast, bring your own. Wifi is okay.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Although there is a high amount of diversity, the school is still mostly white. The minorities tend to associate with people like themselves and there is a lack of interaction between different ethnic groups.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at UIUC are accompanied by a high level of student enthusiasm, especially because we usually have several nationally ranked teams. Turnout of students at the games is really high with an excellent amount of school spirit. However, when times get tough, our fans tend to get a little discouraged and sometimes may display their feelings with how often they show up for more games.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I love the dining halls! The food was always fresh and delicious. Everything was labeled, so though I am a vegetarian, I have never struggled to find food to eat. I wish that I still have a meal plan.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most restaurants are close by and affordable. They also don't have a lot of fast food, which I like. I do wish they had more fresh and healthy options rather than so many chain restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There is a mixture of PCs and Macs provided in the school computer labs. Computer labs are also pretty easy to find, though they are not in every building. I have never had a problem getting a computer in one of them.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is unpredictable. Most freshman dorms don't have air conditioning so you'll sweat off 20 pounds the first few weeks, and then shiver it off again walking to class in sub-zero temps starting in about November.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Not great on a day-to-day basis. Meters are by 2 hours which is impractical. However, on weekends there is a lot of free overnight parking available, which is very convenient. Parking passes cost a fortune so I would only recommend having a car on campus when you have an apartment w/parking included.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: No wireless internet in most dorms. You'll get used to the bathrooms, they're not that bad. Rooms are small but livable. GREAT janitorial staff; very friendly and thorough.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are quite a few specialty restaurants on the outskirts of Champaign and Urbana. They cater to many tastes and fascinations and are often great for dates. Many cafes are very self-sufficient and independent which translates into a similar kind of atmosphere. Walking into these cafes get me productive and sophisticated for the time that I am there.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There is an excellent variety of staff at the University of Illinois. Many have a strong foundation in their original passion and it permeates through their lessons and discussions. There are many options for classes and the workload of certain classes are vigorous in producing papers and doing quizzes while others require more of a mental change in processing data.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The money isn't in front of you so losing track of where it goes is awfully easy. Make sure you have a good sense of how the money is allocated.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in the program of Sociology as well as Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability. The workload for both majors are often complementary and a good balance between social and natural sciences. There are plenty of experiences of work and volunteering on campus that can help further interests in a specific field. Workload is moderate.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're not the best, but the team spirit and enthusiasm makes it fun anyways!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I am paying so much for a housing contract/meal plan, and I do not feel like I am getting my money's worth. The food options are limited, unhealthy, and often unappetizing. The rooms are minuscule, even by dorm standards. In the winter, you have to choose between lack of sleep due to being uncomfortably hot or due to the noise coming through the window you opened to let out some of the heat. When the showers clog it takes weeks for repairs. I've been really lucky with my RA, I've had the same for two years and she is wonderful, but the one for the other half of the hall is abysmal.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As an Integrative Biology major, I'm pretty happy with the subjects and teachers I've been exposed to. The courses aren't too difficult because the professors prepare you for the exams, but sometimes the workload is a bit large.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's not a whole lot to see here other than campus

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is really good and easily accesible on campus. There are bus stops everywhere and different routes to take. The bus can be a little late sometimes, but other than that, very convenient.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a high presence of drugs and alcohol, but more alcohol than drugs. There isn't the pressure to take drugs, though that is dependent on the groups that you join.

There is a strong enforcement of drugs and alcohol, yet, there are those students that find their way around it.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: All there seems to be is bars and frat parties. I wish there were more student run things to do that were not completely drinking-oriented.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's in the Midwest, so it gets cold, but not that bad. There are a few tornado warnings, but nothing too bad.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: They have a lot of things to do any plenty of resources for students.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: No matter what you are looking for, Champaign-Urbana probably has it. There aren't as many options as there are in a big city, of course, but there are definitely a huge amount of options. There is a website, eatcu.com, which offers most of the off-campus dining options. There are also more sit-down restaurants further away from campus which are great.


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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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