Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Selection of restaurants is great! If you're in the Champaign area, your best bet is to go along Prospect Ave. They've got everything from Steak and Shake, Outback Steakhouse, and Burger King. Only catch is you need a car.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: University housing probably gives you the best options in terms of food and social experience, but if you really want a "quality" place to live, stick with Private Certified Housing. The rooms are literally like apartments and some even have washers/dryers in the rooms. You can always buy a meal plan to dine at University dorms, but you have to travel there. Freshman year is more about surviving dorm life until you can move to an apartment.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Things DO happen on campus, mainly muggings. You can sign up for email and text crime alerts that tell you immediately after something has happened. However, there seems to be a pattern of people walking in sketchy areas at weird times (like 3 or 4 in the morning). Just be smart , stay alert and stay safe! Like, if you're leaving the bars at 2AM, don't walk home alone! Or if you're leaving the library at midnight, don't walk with your headphones in. Just obvious common sense.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most student at U of I are from Chicagoland, which can get old very fast if you're looking for something more exotic out of a relationship. I'm from the city and I feel like all the suburban kids are fascinated by that fact! But I would say once you really get to know the friends you make, you realize that they're actually not all clones.

3 College Junior

Computers: Most computers I see students using are in the UGL, or Underground Library. They are usually crowded during midterms and finals, but besides that, you can usually find a spot if you time it right (i.e., going when classes are in session). Most people use their own computers, and can access UIUCnet or IllinoisNet for WiFi. I would definitely recommend using your own computer over the school's computers.

4 College Student

Nightlife: At night is when most people are out. The parties are awesome especially if you go frat hopping & there is a party every day so no need to worry about missing any you will have plenty of time to go to each one. Bars well they are jammed packed but you can only get in if you are 19 & you have to pay. Go to house parties its free, there is a lot of people, great music, Jungle juice is free for the girls usually guys well you get free cheap beer sometimes guys have to pay though depends on the party.

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3 College Student

Computers: In each of your residence halls you have pretty big computer labs, you have so many libraries that you can go to its ridicules. For convince its better to have your computer but the labs are just as good although you cannot download softwares if you need them more ALEKS or special program. But rather than that its pretty good option. You can also rent out computers, IPads, etc. at the UGL (undergraduate library).

4 College Student

Health & Safety: You don't see as much crime as you would in Chicago but you have a robbery here and there which mostly happen and night & especially during FINALS since there are not a lot of people around because they are at the Library studying! Buddy system is your best option during finals!

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are many dinning halls that you can go to and every one of them has different theme of food so you can go which ever you feel like. Their is soul food, asian cuisine, etc. There are also the cultural houses that you could go and eat they each take a turn and serve food from restaurants its really good! After a while you will get bored if you go to the same dinning hall so I suggest you try different ones!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: buses every 10 minutes and basically everywhere. Also have saferides that can give u a ride late at night

5 College Freshman

Majors: I would definitely choose my major if I did it over again! My career goals spread far and wide because of the many opportunities I have already been lucky to be in. Architecture is known for not having any job offerings, so the U of I is already preparing us to be as diverse as possible for jobs in surrounding fields.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: My school is known for being one of the most diverse Big Ten school and everyone who goes here agrees. Since we are so wide in diversity, everyone fits in somewhere.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life here is very strong. Even though I am not involved in any sororities, it seems like Greek is surrounding me everywhere I go. Being the non-Greek, my view on Greeks have changed since I have came here. I used to believe that every single Greek was only in college for the party. While some Greeks are like this and have parties every weekend, there are many other chapters, usually concentrated to studies like the engineering or architectural Greek chapter, that give to the community and college and strive to make a good impact on the U of I. It seems like every type of Greek housing is offered here.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: The Undergraduate Library is almost always open and has more than enough computers available to students. There are also computers available at residence halls for students to use. There are printing machines at almost all locations where there are computers. All you need to do is log in and the printing fee is added to your student account or you can pay at the circulation table. Although students are not allowed to have their own wireless routers, in rooms where there are three students or more, Resident Advisers will usually allow them to have a wireless router since the amount of cables needed for Internet and the way they would wrap around the room can get quite ridiculous.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Green life is a pretty big part of the college experience at U of I but there are also the bars that allow entry to 19-year-olds. U of I students are lucky to have so many options when it comes to entertainment. Students can usually go to frat parties if they know someone in the house even if they are not a part of the Greek life. However, studies remain a priority for students, whether or not they are members of frats/sororities.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone tends to dress similarly. Girls either wear uggs and yoga pants and guys rock the sweat pants

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot to choose from. It is easy to find apartments but you have to begin looking in the beginning of the year. It is difficult to find apartments of 3 or less people without it being too expensive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is not much of a variety and sometimes the food tends to be more on the unhealthy side. However, there is a lot of different places to go eat with dining hall meals. If one day you don't feel like eating what is being served at your dining hall you can take the bus and go to another residence hall.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's definitely not my favorite. Busey-Evans food sucks. And there's a lot of unhealthy options (flavorless btw). But there's a lot of places to eat out at on Green Street and further.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's a pretty safe campus. I walk around on campus by myself at night and nothing has ever happened to me.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Although there are a lot of clubs in U of I, but they are not very easy to apply. Especially not open to International Students.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is very big that it is very hard for new freshman to find the buildings that they are looking for all the time

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The library of UIUC is one of the best. It has different libraries for different students who are at different year level. For Undergraduate Library, students can sit around a table and discuss their group project with TV screen on the first floor. While on the ground floor, you can also find a quite space for self-study. There are many officers there who are meant to help students. Such as Writing Workshop, where you can upgrade your essay with them and Research Assistant, who can help you to find the books and essays you are interested in.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Although, I have never lived off-campus, I am told it is cheap and livable.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Whenever there is anything going on like crimes, the students get notified.


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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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