Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system at U of I is very helpful to students, especially to those who live far from their classes. There are many options to choose from and they usually run frequently. The only suggestion I have is to make them bigger. Especially in the winter and rainy weather, they are always packed, which sometimes prevents other students from boarding the bus.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is like Chicago weather which I have grown used to. Sometimes it is difficult to get across campus when it's too hot or cold but it is doable.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of people from different backgrounds but I still think that there is still a lack of certain minority groups.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a good amount of aid but it still wasn't enough to cover everything. I'm still thankful for what I received.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There are are hungreds of Majors to pick from at the University of Illinois. And what is great is that you can pick different classes to help hone the major to your interestest.

2 College Freshman

Weather: When its cold its horrible, but the bus system makes it easier to cope. But when it is nice out I love to walk on campus.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: It was simple enough you just have to follow through

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Speech pathology has a lot of professors who are dedicated and really enjoy the area. That being said, the classes are challenging and it is very competitive.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I haven't seen much of this, but it all depends who you hang out with

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: local recreation areas, out door mall that is one bus away, lots of clubs and active people near by, and there are cops every where.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: You can get into bars at 19, but pn the very busy period of time you can get ticketed if you are assumed to be drinking something alcoholic and you are underage. The frats are hard to get into at all, but some of course are better than others. BUt theres always a party if you want to on the weekends.

5 College Freshman

Computers: There is a computer lab in almost every building, so there's easy access. While they do get full towards the end of the semester near finals, you can almost find a spot at all of them. If you're an engineer there a multiple labs that come with the programs you need, same for other majors. I think its pretty great.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's not that I feel unsafe on campus; however the law enforcement seems to be lacking in some way because whenever there are crimes they just give us the same old email of safety precautions that have already been drilled into our minds.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Although the drug enforcement is good here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagin, several students get fake ID's and drink illegally, which seems to be lacking in enforcement.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus is a good way to get around, you just need to make sure if you are going at a busy time to get to the bus stop early, especially in the winter. I have not run into any buses running late this semester which I have been pleased about.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UIUC is pretty much as diverse as it gets. I feel that we have a wide variety of people from different backgrounds. There are many international students. I came from a very un-diverse southern Illinois town so I may be biased, but I feel I have already learned a lot and have opened up to learning about other cultures in comparison to friends and family that I left back home. However there are many people from Chicago, so that's not so diverse. Ask someone where they live and a lot of the time it will be a suburb.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: It's a very diverse student body and the campus attributes to that fact with a variety of opportunities for every student.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's so much food right on campus ranging from Mexican to Italian, pizza and chicken, savory to sweet. It's all good and very interesting.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: While the buses are pretty convenient and they stop almost everywhere, sometimes they come too close together and so once you miss those you have to wait awhile. Also, they get VERY packed so be the first one on the bus or you might not make it.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have not heard of any drug instances yet but I think it is pretty decent. They don't like crack down on you right away and kick you out but after you do it a few times you can expect for them to enforce their rules.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Our athletics team is amazing. Our varsity sports are immensely huge, and almost every student is involved in some or the other sports activity.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls are generally very attractive and the guys have a fairly good personality. Also international crowd is massive.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The University is fairly lenient, but in regards to drug use and the honor is very strict. At the beginning of each and every class I've been enrolled in, the professor reviews the importance of academic integrity and the consequences of cheating. Drug use in the dorms is strictly forbidden and I have witnessed many times police coming into the dorms and arresting students.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a large variety of cuisine offered off campus, for the restaurants closest to campus the pricing is fair. Downtown Champaign offers nicer dinning that is still reasonable in often times unique settings.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's often windy and gray outside which makes the walks to class depressing, but the weather at the beginning and end to the year are beautiful.


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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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