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Champaign, IL
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31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Academics: I am currently undecided about my major but career center here will be able to help me find my way to figure out what direction I want to go as far as majors and careers go.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process is so easy! You literally can do it all by yourself without leaving your room because it can be done online. The workload at U of I is a typical college level workload. If you manage your time well, it can be handled. The professors at the U of I are very knowledgable in their field and are very passionate about what they are teaching which makes the learning experience very enjoyable.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: What I think is exceptional about U of I is our academic advisers. They are some of the most helpful advisers that truly take their time and effort to make sure that their students are comfortable with their learning experience. I talk to some of my friends thath attend other universities who dont feel comfortable talking to their advisers about anything because they say the advisers dont have time for them and they arent very helpful. I never have used those words about the advisers at U of I and I appreciate all they do for me as a student.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Students at U of I have access to everything they could possibly need and it's all on campus. There are two very accesible and well equipped gyms open to students every day of the week. There are also two libraries that have every possible book, DVD, etc that a student could need. And if they dont have something a student needs, they make sure they get it to the library from another one. Every U of I employee is helpful and very polite and make the experience at U of I that much more enjoyable.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have not encountered any drug related issues, and I thing that the University of Illinois handles the drug culture very well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's very convenient to live in University Housing

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's Illinois, so it snows, gets icy and windy. Classes can be really far. But when the weather is nice, many people enjoying being on the main quad.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The university dining facilities are better than other schools' I have visited. There's a wide variety of foods, many dining halls across campus, and some halls even have specialties, such as stir-fry at PAR and breakfast omelets at Ikenberry Commons.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Under-aged students are able to get into bars that allow those who are 19 or older. There are many options of bars, and there are many frat parties that take place over the weekends.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I would definitely say there are more pretty girls than hot boys, but there are definitely still a lot of attractive people in general. Most people are from the suburbs of Chicago, like to go out a lot, and many are involved in Greek life.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We are a very diverse school here at UIUC; however, many people just tend to stick with others that are most like them and there is not much intermixing.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Since its very flat in the area it tends to get pretty windy sometimes in the winter, therefore it gets almost as cold as it would be in Chicago. Summers are the same as it would be in the Chicago Suburbs though!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Overall public transportation in the area is pretty good but not great. The bus schedules are great but when you need a bus to go back home to the Chicago Area there isnt always convenient times available.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: So far my first semester has been very good. Crimes arent very common on campus but one should still be careful at night and refrain from walking alone.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many people from all different countries. However, i feel like people are divide into groups that they only associate with the people who are like themselves.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit on this campus and from the alumni is enormous. Each game (football, basketball, even hockey) has tremendous support from the students and fans, and people travel down here from Chicago on weekends just to watch the games. There are also plenty of recreational leagues and intramural sports that are available for anyone who wants to compete. I am a member of the rowing team, which is a fairly unique sport for someone to do, and I am very impressed with the resources and strength of the program.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are students from all walks life here at the University of Illinois. There is a large population of international students, mostly from China and India, though I have encountered people from Europe, South America and Africa. The Greek life dominates the social scene, and underage drinking is rampant, but I had a fairly easy time finding a group of friends who shared my interests and my social ambitions. There are hundreds of organizations on campus, and it is very easy to start and fund one with university resources. I am currently a member of the rowing team here, which was never something I thought I would be able to say.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: The Chemical Engineering program here at the University of Illinois is very comprehensive and one of the strongest in the country. As a freshman, I am already enrolled in classes specific to my major, one specifically (ChBE 121) in which I will do a project specific to chemical engineering. In that class we will also go on tours of industrial plants where chemical engineers work, and we will hear guest chemical engineer speakers come and give presentations. The work load is heavy, but because of that graduates of this program are highly sought after. Despite the work, I enjoy the program and the community it provides, I still have plenty opportunities of fun and outside activities, so the curriculum does not dominate my live.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have never had an internship, however the University of Illinois offers job fairs throughout the year, and companies are always visiting campus to meet with different organizations, such as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. I do plan on getting an internship over the upcoming summers, and finding a good paying one with a company or field of work I am interested in should not be a problem.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus holds standard rules for misconduct such as drugs, drinking or cheating in school, and for that I would give it a C; however, the odds of being caught doing anything wrong are minimal because there are hardly any overseeing eyes or police to monitor for such behavior, which is why I give it a D+.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am really enamored with the program. The University of Illinois does a good job of creating a community of Chemical Engineers with the classes they require and the organizations that they offer. I am currently a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and it provides me with the amazing opportunity to interact and form friendships with fellow chemical engineers. The professors are all at the top of their field, and the program has gone through a good deal of restructuring in recent years to achieve the fluidity that it now holds.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The process of getting into my Chemical Engineering major was fairly standard. Chemical Engineering is in the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the University of Illinois, so I had to complete the application for that college, which involved an essay detailing my motivations for entering into this field of study. The rest was determined by grades, but due to the high retention rate of the program, the university has had to cut back on how many students they let into chemical engineering, because the senior level courses can only hold a finite number of students and current senior classes are over standard capacity.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Definitely a fun environment! Always events going on and friends to hang out with. It isn't the nicest of dorms because the walls are cinder block and pretty bland. However, I had a great experience in the dorm and made all of my friends there.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options and many different realtors. The tenant union through U of I helps you out with knowing how many complaints each landlord has received. I currently have the top rated landlord and it's been great! It is also extremely affordable. So it is possible to find affordable and good housing.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Green street has a bunch of options for food. They aren't fast food either so it's actual good food! Also, just a bus ride away is every restaurant imaginable and fast food restaurants. The union also has food options in the basement.

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Emily Thiersch
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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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