Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Since it's such a large school and there are so many students, there is an ubelievable amount of RSO's that have been established. You could be in so many unique and different clubs it's unreal. I also love all of the different kinds of buildings U of I has. Some of them are very old and built a long time ago and others are very contemporary and fun. It's a great mix.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have no experience with Off-Campus Housing yet, Sorry.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It all depends on the class and the professor. This grade is from KIN 109 (Basketball) which was run by a grad student. Grad students tend to be more lenient. Some classes like KIN 109 require attendance due its affect on your grade but some professors show lack of interest if you decide to come or not.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Although our football team isn't doing so well this season, everybody is still excited about it and shows support by attending games. Basketball here is huge too. The athletic facilities here at the ARC are amazing.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love off-campus dining. There are so many choices

3 College Junior

Scholarships: They do offer good financial aid but it's all dependent on you, so you need to be sure you are on top of your things

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police are pretty strict about underage drinking and drug use. First-time offenders get a letter sent home, and second- and third-time offenders are in danger of losing their housing. It's pretty serious if you get caught.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Classes continue to be held even during the toughest weather conditions.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are parking spots, but the free ones are further from the center of the campus, and the paid ones requires you to pay by the hour.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus at UIUC is great. Some dorms are further away from classes but it's not a big deal if you have a bike. The bus system is also helpful but sometimes can be frustrating as it can take a while to get places.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: UIUC is a party school so drugs and alcohol are definitely abundant but the school doesn't fail to encourage students to be safe by providing mandatory drug and alcohol safety classes.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I don't have many complaints about this school. Everyone here is really nice and helpful. There is always something to do, which can be counterproductive at times, but I love having a lively atmosphere. The professors and TAs that I have are pretty helpful. The transportation system is decent, which is especially helpful since I live at the south side of campus, except for on weekends. Overall, my experience here has been everything I hoped it would be, and more.


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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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