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

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at the University of Illinois are in general very good looking. It's hard to walk on campus without seeing many good looking guys and girls.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is usually a good variety of food, but eventually you start to get sick of eating dorm food. Restaurants around campus are pretty good though; there are several popular restaurants to eat at.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms are a pretty good option (although pricey). Allen is a nice, friendly environment with reasonably new amenities. Nugent in the six pack is new and really nice, but the rest of the six pack is old and getting replaced soon. Getting around is reasonably convenient with the MTD, but a bike helps a lot.

4 College Junior

Majors: I love speech pathology at U of I because the faculty is very helpful. Also, the major is relatively smaller than other majors, so you get to see the same people and make connections. If you are a James Scholar, you can do research with the professors.

3 College Freshman

Weather: I like the variety of weather we experience here. If you prefer all four seasons rather than one extreme or another all the time, you will love the weather here. There are always people hanging out on the quad regardless of the weather.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is amazing and goes pretty much everywhere on campus. Also, most areas around campus are within walking range and are real pleasant on nice days.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: For those non-Greek, frat boys and sorority girls are seen really negatively. Girls are drunken stupid girls who sleep with whoever will take them. Frat boys have stupid clothing tastes and get bad grades because they only get drunk and be bro's at the gym or at their House

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The University of Illinois Champaign campus is exceptional for night life. All the bars and places to hang out at are right in the center of campus. If you're under the age of 19, I'm sorry, but anyone 19+ can enter bars....and not drink...Anyways, there's lot's of things to do non-bar related and they can be found at the Union and through your friends and clubs.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The amount of diversity on campus is ridiculously large. With over 40 thousand students including thousands of international students, the campus itself is shaped with cultural restaurants, studies, and teaching assistants. Race, ethnicity, and even the language spoken at the UofI Champaign-Urbana is as varied as a United Nations Conference.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Greek life is pretty big at UofI. I think that it defines who you are in campus. Whether you are in a house, which house, or an indpendent. Although it opens up a lot of social opportunities for those in houses, it can be limiting to those not in a house. However, there are a lot of student organizations on campus open to everyone.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The recreation center on campus is amazing. It has been rececently remodeled and is well maintained. They have new equipment and offer services that are great for students. These include group fitness classes, nutrition and cooking classes, and personal trainers. The university also homes Krannert Performing Arts Center. It is designed to enhance the acoustics so attendees can experience a great show.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Overall, the students are granted a lot of freedom to explore the campus. Regarding social life, bars are 19 and up, which permits students more opportunity to live up the night life. However, it is still important to be cautious about underage drinking because bars are still monitored by police. In addition, I have a had a few friends start Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), meaning students are allowed to start new activities. Overall, I have not felt perhibited by the University. The one thing I wish was better was promoting the different resources available to students so they can take advantage of engaging in different venues on campus.

1 College Freshman

Parking: The university has very limited parking that are close to classes and dorms. You have to buy a all year permit to park and it is very expensive to aquire. So student are better off using the public transportation to get to class.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus. I haven't seen any physical harm happen to anyone. Most of the time when you hear about a crime it involving stealing of valuable items. I personally have only met one person that has been effected by this. So I would say that campus is pretty safe.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Lots of parties especially on the weekends. Easy to get into bars even if you're underage with a fake id.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms in the six pack are great for partying and socializing.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Very engaging. Long but not boring. Real life media was showed, very down-to-earth discussions.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They're quite expensive!! But I will admit they're are a lot of apartments available for rent.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Some are a little worn down and you can sometimes smell the germs on the mouse which is gross but, then again it all depends on which lab you go to. The Undergrad Library has a nice space and even rents out Macs ans PCS.But there is still no wifi in dorms... we have to buy an Ethernet cable that limits us to our room.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The girls are very friendly but only with locale questions; like if you are lost or something. All they do is drink and make out with the boys.I would say the boys are very outnumbered on campus and in classrooms. Boys at Illinois are very conceited and while they care about school, they also prioritize partying.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: People are very social and welcoming. However, it is hard to make friends id you don't love to drink. The ARC (gym) is huge and well-equipped for any type of workout you can imagine. There are plenty of resources and help that a student can get, so it's really almost impossible to fail anything.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a decent amount of off-campus housing, and all of it is relatively cheap compared to what can be found on-campus. However, the landlords are pushy and take advantage of the fact that we are naïve college students. There are very few buses that go off-campus compared to what is available on-campus. Off-campus apartments are much cleaner.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Fans a huge among the campus, however the teams aren't that good.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of Financial aid, however this year I had some trouble with the paper work.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: With one of the largest greek systems in the country, Greek life is extremely important to the student population. it is something that nearly everyone seems to be involved with.

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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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