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Champaign, IL
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31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3198 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: One of the best in the nation concerning diversity

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Urbana-Champaign is great for a college campus, because Campustown has a lot of restaurants everybody always likes, while in downtown Champaign or Urbana there are more local restaurants. There are also 2 malls nearby, which is nice, and Walmarts all over!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses run all the time and to all parts of Urbana-Champaign, and the cost of riding the bus is included in your tuition so you don't have to worry about paying every time you get on. The only slight downside is how roundabout the routes are sometimes, but I guess that's good for some people.

4 College Junior

Facilities: There are always things going on with tons of different groups/clubs, etc... It's hard not to get involved with something. The student fitness centers include the largest in the country (UIUC ARC.) The football program, unfortunately, will probably always suck. I would often skip the game for the more entertaining tailgating scene.

3 College Junior

Facilities: There's tons of spending... if you're a business or engineering student. Otherwise, they try to cut corners in every other department. For example, there have been no renovations to the Art, Architecture, Law, ACES, or 99% of other Liberal Arts buildings/programs in the last 10-20 years, while they have built over 3 brand new multi-million dollar state-of-the-art LEED-Certified buildings built for Business students in the last 5 years! 6 brand new dorms with unthinkable amenities are currently being built while the ridiculous tuition fees keep going up and the school complaining about being in millions of dollars of debt. Where is the check and balance?

3 College Junior

Scholarships: it has been a struggle for me to get any type of aid; however I'm not sure how much of that struggle can fall on the university,due to the fact that my parents make too much but cant help me out in anyway...

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: there is Mckinley Health center on campus. They give free flu shots

4 College Freshman

Computers: At FAR there is a good computer lab and same with Everitt Building where its easy to access and print stuff. If your engineering you get tons of free pages and the internet is awesome. However don't try illegal stuff or you will get banned

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is great at times like make your own pizza but sometimes the food is sort of bad at times like fries may not be crispy enough and the pizza just doesn't taste great. But its dorm food so you sort of get used to it

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are just like always sorta boring unless you find some people to mingle with. its not too loud when u need it and ppl are friendly enough

3 College Freshman

Athletics: to be honest our football team is trash so its hard to get excited about it. but our basketball team is pretty strong this year. looking forward to march madness

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: At UIUC, they offer MANY programs for Electrical Engineers and it's not hard to see one on "Engineering" side of campus. They have detailed websites about internships, studying abroad, resume reviews, etc. Along side that, we have academic advisers that are almost always available to us to talk about which classes may help our major. There is also a tool online which we can post our resume and companies may look us up there. The amount of resources available to us is big with our own library, store for devices and such, and software that helps us as well. the workload isn't so big, but the amount of material to know is big, but there are instructors and free tutors available to help at their time specified.

2 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The safety is moderately good on campus during the daytime. There are still a few robberies though of laptops, books, and items in dorm rooms if they are left unguarded. I would say the dorms are very safe though since they are locked all the times and the only way to get in, and in some places to get out as well, is with a keycard(your university ID). Personally, I feel safe enough to go out in the middle of the night and jog around campus on well-lit streets. Oh, there are several medical centers around campus and a hospital not too far from campus.

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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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