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

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: University of Illinois has many Off-Campus options. You can find a cheap apartment on the rate of $300 per month. I would recommend the Gregory Place on the Northeast side of campus because it is a quiet and clean apartment.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: University of Illinois's campus life is full of opportunities. It boasts two athletic centers (Campus Recreational Center East [CRCE] and Activities and Recreational Center [ARC]) that have enough room and equipments to work out. The Undergraduate Library (UGL) and Main Library have the second most books among the universities in the United States. During the Quad Day that takes place in September, you can find student organizations that fit you.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: University of Illinois provides its students with great program, faculty, and resources. For instance, the College of Business's Business Instructional Facility has the Margolis Market Information Lab (MIL) that offers students with various information of the contemporary market. In general, the campus is full of energy and diversity. Even though its location of the Champaign-Urbana might seem to quiet for some people, it helps the students to concentrate on studying.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are so many different majors that you can choose from and you really should be successful in what ever you go with because of the wonderful professors, T.A.s, and tutors that are available on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Overall the food is pretty good and usually have a nice variety but it can get repetitive sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The cost isn't that bad but i feel like a car is not really needed becuase of the great bus system that we have.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I think it is one of the best majors the teachers are great. The only down fall is that it's not as diverse to me.

2 College Freshman

Weather: I'm from the South, so the cold here is unbearable to me. It doesn't snow as much as Chicago, for example, but it certainly does get very cold from September onwards. In the summer it can reach the high 90s, which isn't too bad. Just be sure to bring clothes for both extremes and be prepared for inclement conditions.

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5 College Senior

Majors: The application process was rather simple and once I was admitted, they provided admitted students with ample help getting around campus and getting to know the program. Advisers were very accessible; my adviser even invited her students over for dinner during the first few weeks of school.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: They have busses running til very late in the night and they come very often. The Bus stations are plentiful and all have big television screens that show the schedules and other things like news and weather. They are very convenient and on top of that, they are free to all students.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene is very small on campus. Pot is commonly used by students, but other drugs are not common at all.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Apply for private scholarships and aid. The school provides a website of available scholarships and take advantage of that. Do not count on the school to give you much aid.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Minority groups are generally accepted. Racial minority groups will feel extremely comfortable here. Sexual orientation is still something that this school isn't the most tolerant of, but you can find your niche.

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

5 people found this useful Report

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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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