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

Majors: My major required me to have a solid GPA, some of the core classes (like economics and accounting), and I think that was all!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The learning experience is great! I transferred here from a less prestigious university, and it's great to be with other dedicated people. However, with the early bar entrance age and each bar having their own night of the week (I.E. White Horse Wednesday, ...) it's easy for students to get caught up in partying instead of studying. Keep your priorities straight! You're not the only one staying in tonight.

4 College Junior

Majors: I love it! The workload is not too intense in Advertising, but you really have to put effort into everything you do. It's not like math classes where you can just get the right answers and get an A. You really have to get creative and put your heart into it. If you don't, it shows. Other than that, there are tons of internship and job opportunities if you just take a chance!

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many different clubs that promote diversity on campus. Looking around, there are definitely many different ethnic groups, religions, and political beliefs. The campus overall seems to be accepting of different beliefs.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of great restaurants in downtown Champaign. When parents visit, they are always pleased with the variety of restaurants that Champaign offers.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police usually do not bother you, unless they think that you are in danger. Sometimes bars get raided, but usually pretty easy to avoid a drinking ticket.

3 College Senior

Athletics: There is a great emphasis on sports, but I feel that it could be more involved and get more of the general population involved.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: Transportation is pretty good. Buses are free if you show your iCard.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining at the university is quite good compared to any high school meal I was forced to stomach. They have fresh food with moderate variety. The availability for students on the go is convenient. Also the cafeterias are clean enough to rival any restaurant's cleanliness.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: People here are quite friendly with one another but at the same time they go about their way doing their own activities. You can walk around town seeing kids studying or exercising. The environment is pretty peace yet lively at the same time. It's filled with students and teachers interacting with each other without negatively affecting anyone around them.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: People at this school are quite diverse in many aspects. An argument against could be that it's obvious that Illinois residents would prefer not to pay outside tuition and therefore would try in-state colleges first like U of I. Despite all the Illinois residents, I've seen that a lot of the student body is diverse. They international, from other states and all-in-all are have quite broad beliefs.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is very diverse, you just have to look in the right places and not segregate yourself from others

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5 College Junior

Majors: I love my major nutrition. It was the best decision because I get to do what I want and love what I study. It's very flexible with career choices too because the major integrates a lot of classes that are necessary for pre health students. If I could do it all over again yes I would. My career goals are not set yet, but I am considering medical school, PT school, and PA school. I don't have much concern about finding a job, but more or less figuring out which career I want to pursue.

3 College Junior

Weather: It can get really cold very fast here. That's why people always carry around sweatshirts in the middle of September. But don't worry; you will be fine. People still go out when it's the dead of winter because it's a challenge and nonetheless fun. Classes hardly ever get cancelled even when there is a blizzard outside.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: There is literally something going on everyday and every night. There is no such thing like a dull night on campus. The student center is called the Union, and that is wehre people eat, sleep, do hw, catch up, have club meetings, etc. It's probably the center point on campus. The other benefits are the multitude of libraries. Each college has its own library except political science so you can meet more people within your majors.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Amazing. The professors are absolutely incredible but even more important are the roles that students play. The students can be promoted to TA positions or just leaders in general and help other students with their work.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most people here are here to party and do well in school. That being said, not a whole lot of people are looking for a relationship, but rather to just have fun and date around. I mean, why would you want to be in a solid long term commitment in college? You have the rest of your life to be married! ;)

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1 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Mckinley Health Center – McKInley Health Center is known to students around campus as McKILLME and rightfully so. McKinley is notorious for mis diagnosing and assuming that everyone who walks in there is pregnant.

2 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Campus Fashion – Guys and Girls don't care at all what they look like during class. People are very sloppy and typically dressed in sweats and jeans.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Did It Over Twice Already! I went from chem, to conservation, to sustainability! I even had a break for two years between my sophomore year and now. I want to work for an environmental consulting firm, or peace corps. My industry is growing at 20% a year so I have no doubts that I will find something.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great professors and instructors. You will meet some of the most intelligent people that you will EVER meet here. There is a great diversity subjects and the lecture halls are thrumming with millions of ideas and thought provoking concepts. The air is veritably crackling with brain activity.
But the clubs, societies and even the parties are fantastic as well ^_^

The only big downfall: the school size. It is easy to allow yourself to get lost with the massive amount of the student body. Not so great because you loose the effect of the "teacher's disapproving stare over te bifocals for not completing the assignment" look. It means it is more difficult to stay motivated.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Honestly, they gave me a scholarship as a transfer student. This year I didn't really start applying until it was too late. The parents association has a raffle each year for scholarships for two students and then the Dads have a totally separate scholarship from that you can apply for. There departmental scholarships as well.

5 College Junior

Weather: Transferred from Michigan to the University of Illinois and absolutrely love the weather. There is sunshine even during the winter. Most amazing is their is actually seasons four of them. I am used to just summer and winter and winter is a very long winter. The coldest months are really just mid December to Mid February and most exciting is the spring and fall. Last year was my first fall and it lasted for well into November before it was really cold. And the snow is minimal probably 2-3 in. at one time at the most. The spring is warm like spring is supposed to be. And it started in March. At spring break people were laying in the sun at the ARC pool and by April everywhere. I am used to snow in April and even early May. The only annoying thing can be the wind in the winter but dress for it and you are fine. Overall, it is a great change.

4 College Junior

Computers: I have had experience with financial aid at another school. So maybe I was more aware of what I needed. As a whole feeling out the FAFSA can be a pain but over the last two years the actual process seems streamlined. I would say the most part was if you wait too long or choose move in week to
start the process. The staff is always friendly and take time to help. They have computers in the main area and staff will even walk you through the FAFSA and other loans.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The University Is Striving to Improve in Drug/Alcohol Safety – The university really is striving to improve overall safety of its' students. All now students including transfers students under age 21 are required to take classes on alcohol and drug safety. They "Unofficial". The university in an effort to protect students warns both parents and students. University housing closes to visitors and the city and campus police actively patrol.

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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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