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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Unless you buy a parking spot, you will have to park on the streets. The only way you will be able to find a spot in that case is if you get to campus very early (around 7:30am). If not, there are parking spots available a little further from campus; you can simply take a bus from there. Bus schedules are wonderful and very accessible!

4 College Freshman

Academics: The General Engineering Program at the U of I is one of the best in the nation. From internships to scholarships, the program really strives to better the students and give them the rewards that they have earned. The best part about this program is the senior design project. Students actually come up with a design for a product for a company, and the company chooses one of the designs to use. It is a great way to actively learn how a real-world job will work. The first two years are the most difficult,but the resources that the program offers to students keeps all of us from pulling our hair out.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: At the U of I in Urbana-Champaign, there is almost an endless supply of resources available to you if you ever struggle in the classroom. TA's have hours outside of class for help, along with professors. If you cannot make those hours, there are hours every day at Grainger Library to get help through our CARE program. It has a great learning environment, and no professor will ever turn a student down if they ever ask a question during lecture.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is almost always a frat party that is going on. So it is easy to go out and go to a party. However for myself, I don't drink and I just like to dance. There isn't a lot of places that allow under 21 year olds to go and just dance.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: If you live in the dorms, then you will have no problem eating at any of the dining halls (depending on your meal plan, you can buy chips, drinks and candy, too). You can pay to eat at the dining halls if you don't live in the dorms (I wouldn't, it's not worth $10). ISR is the popular one around lunch time because it's so close to classes. Green St. has lots of restaurants for reasonable prices. We recently got Wendy's! Illini Union has a cafeteria downstairs so I would say you have a lot of eating options.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on the price range, you can find a good apartment. However, you have to remember you get what you pay for. A lot of the apartments do not included utilities, parking spaces and cable and internet. The price range for an apartment near the heart of campus (Main Quad, Green St., Engineering Quad) are $650 and up. There are decent apartments for decent prices; you would have to diligently search for one.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scent at the U of I is not very visible, most commonly you will run into marijuana use and drinking.

2 College Junior

Academics: Too harsh for a biochem's life. Basically around 60 people are admitted yearly, and about 1/3 remained to graduated. That's how harsh it is. But you get to meet with a really nice and useful advisor, and all those biochem professors who you will work under during your third year are superb effective and are basically the pioneers on every single research field.

4 College Junior

Computers: Overall the computers in computer lab are pretty new: Windows 7, core i5, with many new software but unfortunately no Microsoft Office. Printing is really cheap, like 5cent per sheet of paper.Network speed is really fast, but there are no wifi access for most dorms when leaving the ground floor. I would definitely suggest bring your own computer because you would not want to go to first floor or basement every single time just to use computer. P.S. According to CITES, they have the right to control and access any single file in your computer if they are connected through the school's network (both wireless or ethernet). So don't use torrent, and don't go somewhere inappropriate.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There's always something to do almost any night of the week, you just have to know where to find it. The bars in Champaign (on campus, anyway) are 19+ to get in, so there's never really a problem there unless of course you aren't 19 yet. Urbana's bars are 18+, but with the exception of Canopy Club which is on campus, most people aren't venturing into Urbana to drink at a bar. In downtown Champaign, most bars are 21+, but it's a much more chill atmosphere so if you're looking for a bar to get crazy in, downtown isn't the place anyway. There are generally good bar specials on the weeknights (many bars offer $1 wells on various nights), but not so much on the weekends. Also on the weekends, a lot of bars will charge a cover of at least $5 if you're under 21 and some will still charge even if you're of age. A lot of people will drink in their apartments on weekdays, but it's usually a small pregame with friends before a bar. On the weekends, there are usually frat parties, but after welcome week and rush weekends, the parties are closed off from everyone to having to know someone. As for house/apartment parties, there are plenty of those. The smaller ones are usually more of a private pregame, but the big ones often have a $5 cover but will provide all the alcohol and let anyone in. All in all, if you're looking for a party, they aren't too hard to find, especially on the weekends.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of good restaurants on campus up and down Green Street including the bars. Some restaurants on campus stay open late on the weekends, as well. As far as off campus goes, there are plenty of good restaurants in downtown Champaign and downtown Urbana, they just might be a bus ride or two away depending on where on campus you live. Going even further off campus into Champaign, there are plenty of restaurants, but most are far from campus and are also a pretty decent walk from the closest bus stop. While the food is good, most of these restaurants are chains (Olive Garden, TGI Friday's, Buffalo Wild Wings, etc) and not worth the walk from the bus stop unless you're really craving it.

4 College Freshman

Computers: I'm not sure about other residence halls, but the one at ISR has a computer lab right in the basement and that's really neat if you need to use a computer on campus. There are printers available too. If you are an engineering student, I believe you get 300 pages of free printing a semester, if not, then it's just a couple of dimes or quarters per page, not so bad. The internet is blazing fast, so much faster than the average home network, but don't be fooled, it's not so much for students as it is for professors doing research. Anyways, wireless is available all throughout campus except for in dorms of higher floors, so first floor has it, but second floor may not. Then again, lots of students bring their own modem and have their own wireless, so be sure to make friends with your neighbors. You don't really need a laptop unless you want to do homework with friends in lounge, or anywhere on the go, computers are everywhere, but if you would rather have your own for the sake of being able to socialize or cooperate with people, then be my guest and bring your own.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: First semester, I had only 1 bad professor, while the rest were all pretty neat. They were well qualified. Old as they were, they are the pinnacle of success in their own fields, with work from big organizations like EPA or with famous statures across the nation. They were also humble and modest, and that's just their character. The knowledge they possessed gave them the ability to answer questions thoroughly and in-depth. The discussions that they organize in the class was thought out and never without anything to do. Office hours helped a lot. Finding the right time and date for their classes was someone difficult because so many students preferred them, but it's well worth it. First semester of freshman year, there is an intro class available and it's totally easy, but gave a lot of insight into the field and that was fun as well.

College Freshman

Academics: I have not yet taken any truly rigorous course in particular for my major, as I am only a freshman, but I can say for sure that the program is one of the best in the nation. The workload will catch up to you if you let it. The facilities are full of new or relatively new computers. It is a competitive school when it comes to engineering, so internships are hard to come by.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great School overall. But due to immense size there is little one on one help. You must seek out all your own opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Majors: There are a variety of majors to choose from. I'm currently in DGS (Division of General Studies) which means I'm undecided. Coming to Illinois I was planing on going into the business school. You can only apply once and it has to be after your Freshman year. I have a problem with this, because I took too hard of courses first semester and didn't get the best GPA. The business school is very competitive, so one screw up in your first semester will cost you being eligible for acceptance into the business school. If you are into engineering there are a ton of strong programs you can go into that are based around engineering.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I came from a high school with a lot of white people, and coming to U of I was very eye opening. Illinois is very diverse. Walking on the quad you are bound to see every kind of race or ethnicity you can think of. There are also a lot of international students from all over the world.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It depends where you go to eat, but where I'm at (Ike) the food is usually hit or miss. Sometimes the food sucks, and other times it can be really good. There's a lot of variety. There's special stations for vegans and vegetarians, asian food, american food, ect... The best dining hall at Illinois is PAR dining hall. They have late night, which gives students the opportunity to eat up until midnight. Also PAR has stir fried, and burritos which are tasty.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As a Freshman in University Housing I have beer stocked in my fridge everyday. My R.A. has caught us playing beer pong once, and she didn't report us, but she was disappointed. I have a friend who was caught with marijuana in his dorm by a cop. All they had to do was write a letter to the University explaining how weed is bad and they won't do it again. They got off pretty easy. When drinking at the bars it's very easy to order drinks even when you're underage. At the door they give out wristbands to people 21+, but usually the bar tenders don't care if you have a wristband or not. The cops are always on the prowl at the bars. They go into the bars and scope out kids who look underage and ask for their ID. Fines for underage drinking are around $325.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Every night of the week there will be a large amount of people drinking at the bars or at parties. The weekend starts Thursday here at U of I since most students have late classes or none at all on Friday. Most of the bars are 19+, so for some Freshman the wait to gain entrance into the bars is only a couple months. But if you don't want to wait till your birthday it's easy to get a fake ID, more than less though bouncers will take the ID if its obvious it's not you. It depends on which bar you go to. Illinois is very focused on greek life, so if you're not apart of it, then finding parties is much more difficult (especially if you are a dude). Overall though the night life is very vibrant and U of I does not disappoint when going out to have fun.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Lots of options, in lots of locaitons. It's nly an A because osme places aren't the best.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of the school at U of I. Many students choose to take part in Greek life in order to meet people and gain experience with leadership roles. Most Greeks are welcoming and friendly to non-Greeks. They are definitely known for parties, but many are very involved with the school. All areas of the Greek system have houses to live in if the students choose to do so.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are many different places on campus to hang out, study, or just relax. The libraries are center to the school and easy to get to, which makes them a perfect place to study alone or with friends. The recreation centers are incredible and offer many different options for people who choose to use them. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has many traditions that the students love to participate in and alumni continue to partake in at sporting events.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Being such a large campus, there are many opportunities for students. There are many jobs and internships available. The University is also well known for the research done so it is easy to find opportunities to work alongside professors.

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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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