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Champaign, IL
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31,118
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Average
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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are many 19 and older bars across the campus which allows for the majority of the students to be allowed access to these bars. Also, with university of Illinois being the largest Greek school in the world there are many opportunities for other Nightlife activities.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Everything from Big 10 varsity football, to club level college hockey. Something for everybody.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Hop on a bus and get where you need to go...very easy.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: U will find all sorts of attractive good hearted people if you put yourself out there, but you can always finds jerks and typical a**holes at the frats and crappy bars.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I am a human development major, and I think it was a good choice. The program has tons of different related classes to choose from. The only teachers I have really learned a lot from have been my human development teachers. If I had to do it all again, I would definitely stay in this program. I have had a lot of bad experiences with teachers in other departments so I'm glad I did not have this issue with my program. My career goal is to be a marriage therapist and I am somewhat confident in my goal.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: One thing that is great about UIUC is the amount of opportunities for internships or leadership experiences we have. Many companies look for students from our school to work with them at summer jobs. I also think that the huge amount of majors offered here set it apart from other schools. I do not like the social scene though, because we are huge on Greek life.

2 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs which is nice, but the printers are always over-charging me. The speed of computers in my dorm's lab is not very fast and in my room my internet connection often doesn't work. Additionally, you are sometimes unable to log into the wireless connections in classrooms.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I do not know much about the training or anything since I am not involved in any sports, but there is a lot of enthusiasm for our teams around campus. Many students go to the games regularly and people have huge celebrations for our wins.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: There are many libraries on campus, which is great. They have just about everything you might be looking for. The Illini Union for students has a few good things, such as a bowling alley, but the food places always seem to be closed there. I find it difficult to find out about the events going on.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: There is use of these items but if you have a personality that you are not attracted to this you will no have problems.

2 College Student

Weather: The weather has been ok here this winter. I am from the mid-west so it is not an extreme shock to me. My dorm bus stop is located close to the bus stop and it runs every 15 minutes.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There is a variety of restaurants in the area that is easily accessible and provide delivery services. Most of them give discounts and are affordable.

4 College Student

Majors: the process of getting in the ACES program has been difficult because when I enrolled I was accepted into to the LAS program. I must remain in the department of 2 years. I have enrolled in more course in my field of study.

4 College Student

Majors: I am extremely happly with my Food Science Magor. I have enjoyed all the classes I have taken so far. If I could do it all over again, I would have taken more college courses during highschool. I am focus and hope to stay on track and get my degree. The field I choose has a variety of jobs.

4 College Student

Majors: I have not had the opportunity to complete an internship. I have been applying but have not been able to get an internsip as of today. I am interested in completing an internship in my field of study.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus living is a great experience no matter what dorm one picks. There are great resources, ranging from housing to academics to future career. You are exposed to students like yourself striving to make the best out of their education. There is a time to socialize, study, and it is very safe on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I thoroughly enjoyed the media studies aspect of my program. I loved the group discussions and textbook content. The cinema studies program took time to grow on me because I'm more interested in making films rather than just watching and studying them, but now that I'm older I appreciate the ground work it laid out for me as a filmmaker. The cinema studies program tells you almost everything you need to know and take note of even as a filmmaker. You get an opportunity to study the "greats" and see alternative styles of filmmaking, you learn about the importance of how you frame shots and what you put within the frame (mise-en-scene, one the most important words in Cinema Studies).

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: If you're a Cinema and Media Studies major more interested in the art of making Cinema this is not the right choice. While their course do give you a great base to start understanding and watching film from, you only get any "hands-on" experience from one class and an RSO. Now if you're more into the study of media and understanding the subliminal messages of contemporary media, you will LOVE this program, especially as get into the more content specific classes. The professors aren't too serious for the most part and generally have an interest in your views and opinions not just teaching you what someone else said. If you like discussing your views and opinions there is plenty of that.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Frankly, it depends on your major. Engineering, science and business students have it the best and the hardest. Their course loads get pretty heavy, I've seen many a student sweating bullets about how to get everything done in time. Some of the science and engineering professors I've been told can be kind of cold at times. For communication and cinema and media studies majors, mostly every professor I had was great about answering questions and more than willing to help you out. The coarse load varies from class to class. Of couse the higher up 400+ level course being more intense. With the larger general classes you should probably just pray you have a really cool TA (teaching assistant) because they do a lot of the grading and may try and help you out if you have a good relationship with them.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: If you're over 21 you'll love it, even if you aren't a crazy partier there is something for everyone. If you're not the crazy party type there are some great places in downtown Urbana that have a more chill, mature atmosphere. If you're under 21

4 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into liberal arts and sciences college was not difficult at all and neither was declaring a biology major. I do know that other colleges, like business, are harder to get into.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of oppurtunity to live off campus but of course some are better and more expensive than others. What you should keep in mind is location because being close to campus is usually an advantage and the apartments tend to be cheaper. Although I don't own a car I know that parking can get expensive. There are plenty of apartments available and therefore it is easy to find one that suits you. It is also east to go around and view them.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm happy with my program because it helped me realize what field I want to go in which is nursing. If I hadn't been in the program I am in now I would not know much about the sciences and I would've missed out on the oppurtunity of realizing a potential lifetime career. Also being in the program allows me to meet other people with my same career goals and therefore it helps with networking.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Although the workload for the biology majors, there are a lot of resources available to you so that you can make the best of your time at school. There are always things to get involved in so that you can add to your resume.

3 College Junior

Majors: I have chosen to focus on industrial-organizational psychology/human resources as a psychology major, so there are always a variety of human resources internships available if the right effort is made to find them. There are both paid and unpaid ones (I've had both) and the commitment for me was just over the summer (June-mid August). Although I was lucky enough to have these internships, it is very important for psychology majors to demonstrate experience outside of the classroom (such as in student organizations) and leadership roles, because business majors also apply for human resources internships.

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Emily Thiersch
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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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