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Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The public transportation is good when you live or need to go somewhere that is fairly nearby those bus stops, but once the places that you need to go to have bus route that come maybe once every 30 minutes can become a hassle when you are running late

3 College Sophomore

Weather: When it's dark and cloudy I get too sleepy therefore making myself less productive in my studies

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Overall so far the campus hasn't been to strict about things. They are very strict on parking, underage drinking and jay-walking. They even tried to pull over a person on their bicycle. But many of these things are for our own benefit.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: It really depends where you go. Sometimes the food is good and fresh, sometimes not so much. Also, you cannot do carry-out which is a bummer if you want to eat in your dorm. All in all the dining services aren't terrible, but changes could be made. It is an all-you-care-to-eat (AYCTE) set up, or you can do credits for a meal plan instead which can be used for AYCTE or shopping in the campus dining stores or a la carte locations.

3 College Senior

Academics: Academics vary from program to program. I'm in speech and hearing science. I like the professors and they are all very educated. They all have special academic interests and many have research grants. They are usually very willing to meet with you if you have questions. But sometimes they are too busy and you can't meet with them for a week or two.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: If you are part of the greek system it is easy to get caught up in the the politics of it all. But overall everyone's friendly and looking to meet new people. Much of the student population is interested in being healthy and active.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The snowy weather can be a bit tough to handle sometimes and classes don't get cancelled except for rare occasions. The buses are great though and you can usually catch one to avoid tough hikes in the snow. I think the weather can be beautiful on campus and keeps life continually interesting. There is a camaraderie in making to a class through a rain or snow storm. Makes you feel committed to your studies.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I found the drug scene at the U of I to be no better or worse than any other place I have been. I had no real experience running into hard drugs, the only real presence I have seen has been of weed and underage drinking. I think peer pressure comes from the friends you choose and anyone worth being friends with is going to help you make good choices. Drinking is certainly a constant presence and issue, but being aware of the issues and feeling fully informed will prepare anyone who comes to the campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The U of I has diversity in many respects and this is especially displayed in the Urbana neighborhood and nearby art centers, where diversity of ethnicity politics, religion and sex orientation is embraced as a vibrant part of the community. I do find that this diversity is kept isolated from other portions of campus due to ignorance and generally lack of interest from those participating in the party and Greek culture. I due believe the school and its faculty for the most part are trying to break down these barriers and assist in creating a more diverse university campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Due to the large size of the U of I campus you will definitely find a diversity of styles and types. Sometimes you will have to look a little harder to meet folks not in the Greek system or still stuck in their Chicago suburban mentality. But the Urbana side of campus provides a different world to the Champaign and campus town component. You will can certainly find the type of people you want by checking it all out.

1 College Junior

Parking: Free parking on campus is nonexistent. Meter parking is available but scarce. Parking passes are extremely expensive.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is very accessible at U of I. Bus stops are pretty frequent and routes go everywhere on campus. Buses don't run late off campus, however, so make sure you check arrival times. If you need a late bus you can call Safe Rides, but they usually tell you to take the nearest bus.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computer labs in Greg Hall, in the basement, are for College of Media students. A decent amount of them are Macs. Printing is free and easy. There is always an open computer and it's never nosey so if you need to study you can. I own my own computer and I don't see how I could get along in college without it. You can't carry the school desktops around with you so having your own laptop is a huge plus in the convience department.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: One of the biggest problems on campus is theft/robbery. You must take precautions or risk becoming a victim. Laptops, phones, wallets: always keep on eye on your things. Be smart about your decisions regarding your safety; walking alone at night is never a good idea.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I had a wonderful experience with the dorms on campus. My roommate was random, and we ended up best friends. That is not going to happen for everyone, but it is not too difficult to make at least a few good friends from your dorm.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Def make sure you file early to get all of the possible scholarship available to you

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great facilities, everything you need is always available to you and they are very positive, clean environments

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments that are cheap are crappy and far away. Apartments on campus are soooo expensive. And most apartment are 4 bedroom apartments. Kind of annoying.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are fine. You mainly use your own anyway but in the library and certain classes they work fine.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great academics, great classes on great topics that are super interesting. Some necessary gen-eds can get boring of course.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel extremely safe and McKinley is always there for health needs. But always remember to walk in groups anyway, even if you do feel safe.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Great teachers in big lecture halls make you feel comfortable and not like just a number and their doors are always open and they always make themselves available but the tests in some classes make you feel like you never even went to class.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene isn't that big. There is often sights of Hookah and Weed. Drinking is heavily consumed on the campus as well.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are different types of guys at University of Illinois. Guys with different backgrounds. Guys with different ethnicity. Geeky guys. Class clowns. Sweet guys. The whole 9. The girls are pretty much the same. Some can be stuck up. All together, a lot of people tend to attend the party scene.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I plan on having a job shadow and an internship while I'm attending University of Illinois. The College of Business does a great job on trying to match students with internships.

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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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