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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

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.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm in the Psychology program and I'm satisfied with it so far. There are a variety of psychology classes taught by renowned professors who are experts in their field. However, I believe that the overall requirements for being a psychology major here are a bit too lenient for my taste. I would prefer for there to be a requirement in which students must choose an area of concentration or at least have to come up with a plan of related psychology classes.
Additionally, I am part of the Counseling Center Paraprofessional program within the department. It is an incredible opportunity to gain a completely different experience than what would be expected in such a large university. With class sizes of only 20, and a commitment of at least three semesters, students are enabled to expand their individual helping skills and public speaking skills through interactive classes and facilitating workshops.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: there are a lot of student activities that students can get involved in. There are lots of opportunities to meet new friends and become involved on campus by joining clubs or by doing some activities. It's not all about studying, it's also about making connections with other people.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am in the college of liberal arts and sciences for chemistry. I enjoy the college. The workload can be a bit challenging, but it takes dedication and time to get good grades in any college. There are a lot of opportunities for students to receive help if they need it.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are parties a lot over the weekends. Everything is pretty close and the buses run all the time, so it is easy to meet friends.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather has its ups and downs, and walking in the rain and snow is somewhat troublesome from the dorms. Usually in the summer the weather is hot and humid, but there are really nice days when students hang out on the quad to enjoy the weather

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pretty decent daily variety, but after about a semester the menu rotation gets old. It's kind of annoying that the dining halls aren't open all day like on some campuses. I've heard it's also very good for vegans/vegetarians. The food itself is pretty good. Miles and miles better than high school cafeteria food, and probably on par or slightly subpar to what you could cook for yourself.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Speaking AS A PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR - I have no idea what engineering/business/whatever is like. Profs are all very smart and enthusiastic, and mostly engaging. The good outweighs the bad. However, if you are someone who learns best by having lots of one-on-one interaction with teachers, or lots of interaction with classmates, I'd look at a different school. You can get it, it just takes time and persistence. Workload isn't bad if you're not doing the biology/chemistry-heavy kind of psych. Classes can fill up pretty quick, and the registration website is a minor annoyance.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options, some restaurants are pricey but you can find cheap ones. There are lots of online coupons. Know what food places are open past 11pm - it comes in handy.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: If you're a sports fan you can easily fit in, the area is very big into the football and basketball teams. If you couldn't care less, you can easily ignore it depending on where you choose to live.

3 College Senior

Parking: You must pay for a parking spot, weather you rent it from a company or pay for a meter on the street. It is very hard to find free parking on campus.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It is never a good idea to walk alone at night. While some students may walk alone and never be approached by someone, many times students will walk alone and be robbed or assaulted. I think the campus police try to prevent this but it is up to you to be smart at night. I don't feel like there is danger surrounding me but it is a good idea to always be aware of your surroundings.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am in the College of Applied Health Sciences in the major of Kinesiology. I have loved my experience thus far. All of the Kinesiology professors are very knowledgeable and willing to help and answer questions. There are many opportunities to get involved with the college as well as research.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The bus system runs often and has routes all over campus. Amtrak and greyhound are in a central location a couple miles from campus. You can live without a car easily. And there is a free taxi service called safe rides that will provide point to point rides during off hours.

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.

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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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