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

3 College Freshman

Computers: The internet is available almost everywhere but connection is bad

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are such a variety of restaurants. Off-campus dining has every kind of food possible.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are hardly any scholarships handed out by the University. If they do hand any out, they're only for the really smart people who get a million scholarships for outside sources.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Overall U of I is pretty safe campus, but this is mainly just during the day. Once it gets dark outside, it is smart to walk with at least one to two more people. I didn't realize before coming to campus the amount of crime there is. I get so many notifications each week about burglaries and some rapes. I even know of someone who has been killed this year.

4 College Freshman

Majors: As a Food Science major, I am very happy with my decision. UIUC is a great place and there are so many opportunites for me to succeed. I am very confident that I will find a job when I graduate because I am told that there are more Food Science jobs out there than Food Scientists! So you might want to change your major!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have had a very good time living at Lincoln Ave!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at UIUC is good but extremely repetative.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: It has been a hassle. University of Illinois is not big on giving scholarships, regarding that the state is in debt. I only received loans from the school, so I looked for outside scholarships. Regardless of whether or not you think you will receive financial aid, be sure to fill out and submit the FAFSA. Also, look for community scholarships that you can apply for.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a big thing here. However, only about a quarter of students are in a fraternity or sorority. You won't be treated differently if you don't go Greek. Students have friends who are Greek and friends who are not.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a great amount of diversity here, which is a reason that makes Illinois so great. There are different people you can interact with on a daily basis. And despite the differences, everyone gets along. You can definitely find a social place here with the large diversity.

4 College Freshman

Weather: This year it wasn't too cold! Coming from the Chicago area, I expected trudging through snow come November but there were times in early December when all i needed was a light jacket. The bus system is also pretty reliable when getting to your classes in the cold, and the campus is usually easy to navigate so you wont end up frozen before your next class!

3 College Freshman

Academics: Is very difficult to be an MCB major (molecular and cellular biology) I would even say they make it overly difficult, after first semester, many people end up switching majors. I would say take mcb 150 (the introductory course for pre med students) first semester if possible and see if you like it, if not switch! Don't continue with something you don't truly enjoy. College is a time to figure out what you like and not what your parents like. Don't be afraid to change majors if your interests change!

3 College Freshman

Academics: There are lots of places to study on campus, and depending on your major im sure you'll find them quickly! TA's are at times useless so if you have a feeling your TA wont be helpful I highly recommend switching your class section and finding one who does, they can be very helpful if they know what they're talking about. The Curriculum is challenging enough coming from a pre-med student and the classes will definitely test your ability as a student. Professors can look intimidating especially in a huge lecture with 200 other students, but introduce yourself and go into office hours and you'll really be ahead of the game. Studying in your room may be fine at first, but come Thursday night you may want to venture out of your shell and into one of the library's, Granger is my favorite! Lastly, one of the most infuriating things I find about the school is the difference in professors, do research before taking a class, more than one professor is available for each class so make your life easier and find out the best ones!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of off campus dining options that are affordable and good quality, the only problem is getting there, the bus system is usually good about getting you close enough to most places but make sure you plan your trip to the T beforehand otherwise your in for a confusing way home.

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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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