Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3145 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman year, I lived at Busey-Evans and it was clean and close to the Quad, but the atmosphere was very poor. Every door was closed at all times and the people didn't like to go out of the dorm. From what I heard, the rest of the dorms were a great time when meeting new people. My dorm was excellent for late-night deserts but dining halls, like PAR and the Ike, is very diverse. Bromley's dining hall has terrible food from what I heard from all of my friends who lived there. To pick the right dorm, it's hard to sort out all of your options but the six pack is good for social reasons but bad when it comes to proximity to the Quad. Busey-Evans is the closest to the Quad.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love the dining options off-campus! My boyfriend and I went to Destihl and 301 Mognolia for our anniversaries and both times were fantastic. It is a bit pricey but, all in all, it's worth it. Since we are college students, it's difficult to always having to get a car to drive a couple minutes but the drive is very reasonable in relation to the campus town. I definitely plan on trying different restaurants.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: During the fall/winter the weather is cold and rainy which makes it harder to go out or go to class but since the campus isn't that big so it makes it reasonable. But, during the spring/summer, the weather is beautiful and warm which makes it easier to do homework outside and hang out with friends.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are great, I don't think I've ever had a problem with finding food. Fairly cheap, nothing too much for a college kid.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I've never had good access to the computers, but when I'm around them they are fairly easy to use. It would be nice if we got a couple free prints or something, printing at the library or other public places with computers is pricey.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses come often and on time, they are easy to track via cumtd.com. They also run during the night so it's easy to get places and be safe. The only thing I don't like is that the campus bus doesn't run on the weekends, it would make everyones lives a little easier because we still need to get around campus on the weekends.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Rainboots are a must but the weather is pretty nice here and it's easy to get to classes.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: it's hard to get financial aid and scholarships here

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The food is good and there are always plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. The dining halls also have theme nights such as Mexican night, Asian night, and soul food night. Some dining halls have specialty restaurants; my dorm has Oodles, which serves pasta and cool desserts on Friday afternoons. However, my dorm doesn't offer meals on Saturday and the hours are pretty short.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are six dining halls to choose from. Some have more variety than others. In my opinion, PAR provides the best variety.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally feel safe on campus, although there are many crimes that occur on campus. The university provides programs that promote safet such as saferides and safewalks. It's up to the students to take advantage of them.

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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is decent, but anything relating to health on a campus property is an after-thought. Most dorms and buildings seem to get cleaned once every two weeks, if that, and most everything in the dorms is covered in blood and feces.

1 College Junior

Drug Safety: Biggest Greek Community in the Nation, Which Comes With the Good and the Bad – U of I's Greek Community is huge, the largest in the nation. This means that our campus is heavily influenced by alcohol. It can be a really big problem. Alcohol transports are all too common and the bars on campus are 19+. This means underage drinking becomes a big issue, and often the bars are raided by police and drinking tickets are dished out. U of I is a blast, but also is a place where students have to find a good balance between studies and social life while being very cautious of what/where and when they partake in certain activities.

1 College Junior

Parking: It's really expensive to buy a space if your living in an apartment, and also a space in one of the dorm parking lots. Furthermore, parking is really hard to find near campus because almost everywhere has a meter and our parking police are really strict.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are so many students here that your bound to find many guys or girls who fit your taste. We have fratty guys and sorority girls, indie guys and girls, and many different races and ethniciites are represented at U of I

3 College Junior

Transportation: We have a good bus system but the buses are always jam packed and very stuffy. The buses are mostly all free which is really nice if you need to get some place in the freezing cold. Parking on campus is hard to find and expensive once found. I think the university could improve on their transportation.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Many students don't bring their cars to campus because of the fees, the limited space, and the costs. Just take the bus - it's easier and much, much cheaper.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are plenty of bars on campus and all of them require you to be 19 instead of 21. Because of this many more people go out at night and socialize. Each bar has a different atmosphere too, so you can choose what best fits you.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Illinois is one of the biggest greek schools in the country. Because of this there are endless options, and everyone can find a house that they fit in and feel comfortable in. Greeks have pretty big influence over the social scene because of the amount of houses, there is pretty much a greek event somewhere every night. If you join Greek life you can choose to live in a chapter house or an apartment of your choosing.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone on campus is diverse at U of I. You always see people on the quad having debates about politics. There are plenty of different churches around campus. You see every race and colored person here too. I think this school is extremely diverse due to all the reasons.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining halls around campus are good to eat. Sometimes there are days that just aren't good, but other times they are really good. You do get tired of the food you eat. I am tired of campus food already just because it gets repetitive.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: You always see cops driving around the campus. I always keep my room unlocked and have had no problems doing so.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I am from the city, so the weather is similar. I am used to the weather, it doesn't bother me much.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife at my school is quite good. There are many bars very close and on campus that only require you to be 19 to get in, although you can't drink yet. It's a nice way to involve the freshmen and sophomores in events that normally they wouldn't be able ot attend. I'm not a huge fan of the Greek Life but it's huge at my school and really good if you like that sort of thing.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The academic rules and policies are very strcit at University of Illinois. Students are held to quite a high standard academically and put a lot of effort and time into their school work. It's taken very seriously.


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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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