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Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3156 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: There Is a Place for You – I love living on campus. My first two years I have lived in dorms and have enjoyed it. There are so many activities to get involved with and living learning communities provide even more fun activities. I lived in Allen Hall one year and enjoyed all of the guest in residents because they are so inspiring. Each dorm has their own perks which is nice. Like if you enjoy exercising all the time you can live in FAR, if you enjoy playing your instrument you can live in Allen. The dorms are also very convenient because they are right by the gym no matter where you live. Also the food is great. Being a vegetarian I have a restricted diet as it is and found that I still really looked forward to meals. Even better is the late night food. The social atmosphere is great but is really different from dorm to dorm. It's important to find where you fit in. Allen is a very liberal dorm. If you want to live there you need to be very open minded, creative, and respectful. LAR where I lived freshmen year had a very private atmosphere. There weren't many events and many people weren't very talkative. The six pack in general has a very social mainstream atmosphere.
As a freshmen I was not happy with the housing process. I had picked that the most important factor to me was that I live in a co-ed dorm and I was put into an all girl dorm. I still ended up having a great time but it was wasn't what I had wanted. I also feel like the cost is very high for housing. The apartment I am living in this year is going to be half the amount I spent on housing.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Social Drinking at U of I – I am not familiar with the drug scene except for alcohol at U of I. I've found that depending on who you surround yourself with drinking can either consume your life or not be part of it at all. If you are a part of a sorority or fraternity you are expected to drink. Most social events are centered around drinking. From friends I know that by going out to bars they will earn more points and have a higher ranking in their sorority. If you are not part of this scene I feel like the majority of people are respectful of your choice whether or not you want to drink. Usage really varies from person to person depending on the individuals values and not peer pressure.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Pretty Good Overall – The housing is nice they provide enough to help make the living situation doable but as with everything there are a few flaws

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Some Places Are Good Some Are Not – There are a few places that have good food and service but there are some places that are not so great as well.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: From what I have seen and heard, as long as you are careful and not stupid, you won't get caught. For those who are loud and underage drinking or other violations in dorm buildings, consequences can be severe. There is Unofficial down here and on that day most cops and security were not looking to punish underage drinking but instead to make sure everyone was safe. Most of the time they would look the other way unless they felt something was dangerous.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: UIUC is very football oriented. During the fall there are tons of events around campus as well as football. There is always something to do especially at the Union building equipped with its own bowling alley.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Pretty on the Outside. While there are many newer buildings, many of the classes reside in older buildings around campus. The architecture is beautiful, but there are super small, uncomfortable classrooms with them. I never really visited many other colleges besides UIUC so I don't know how it compares but I think it is aesthetically pleasing especially to lay on the Quad in good weather.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Christian – Where ever you turn there is always someone trying to recruit you to their christian group. Either that or I look like someone who really wants a Bible shoved in her face. There is a good amount of white people and I don't see many mixed racial groups.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Urbana houses are really creepy, filled with creepy people, and it can be dangerous.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Never Bored – Theres always something to do on campus. Everything is kept up to date and clean. You can work out at the rec, or go to the student union, shop on green street, hang out in the quad or go to the multiple student areas. It is great

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Very Good – Down Green street they have almost every popular fast-food type restaurant and other restaurants that are available to eat at. The student union also has some food places inside as well.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Since the campus is in Illinios during the winter months it gets very cold. And during summer months it is very hot. Buses are good to take to class during the winter months when it gets freezing out. Once it gets warm out everyone hangs out in the quad.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse – There are a very high amount of students from all over at the university. The highest rate would be of Asian and White students. But they try very hard to keep a lot of diversity in campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Okay Process – The process to get scholarships for the school of ACES was very smooth and they offered a lot of different options for every major. However there was no form to fill out to see which ones you area eligible for so you have to go through and read each one.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus is very difficult. There are little to none street parking and the parking that is available is not free. Parking for students is also a ridiculous amount for the academic year. While having a car there is not necessary sometimes students who do volunteer work need a car and are not able to afford the $700 a year rate that parking runs.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Are Good, Safe Rides Not So Much – The buses run everywhere on campus, and even most hot spot locations such as bars, walmart, and the movie theatre off campus. The buses dont run on Sundays though so be prepared to walk.

The "safe rides" option however is not so great. Its supposed to be a line you can call to get picked up anywhere on campus and dropped off anywhere. Well they wouldnt take all of my friends and told my friend to walk home by herself or call again. Needless to say I tried to get off: and they almost didnt let me. I also called to get taken home from a late night since I couldnt walk with a torn ACL and I couldnt bend my leg and was using 2 crutches. The bus driver didnt even look at me and told me to get on with out lowering the bus. Then she drove so crazy that my leg kept slamming into the side of the bus. My destination was 4 blocks from my start point and it took over 45 minutes to get home! It wasnt until I was basically in tears from pain and I told my friend (loudly) that I needed to go home and take my medicine that the driver finally noticed and took me home. When we had asked earlier she said if we didnt like it we can get off and take the bus or walk....(which had stopped running by this point and we were half way across campus.) so dont call safe rides! program a taxi number into your phone and pay the 5 bucks for the ride.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Up and Down – The weather is consistent with the Chicago area. There are times when it is 60 in January and times when it is 40 in April. The weather is not a problem because the buildings are so well heated. The campus is heated by steam lines that run underground. It's not Miami, but students really don't mind it.

5 College Junior

Majors: Chemical Engineering Is Hard Anywhere – Exactly what you would expect a top 5 engineering program to be. Tons of work, but fun to know you're at the front of the pack. Internships and real world work experience is pushed on students to set us up for success.

5 College Junior

Academics: Top 5 Engineering School – It's a top 5 school, which offers you great opportunities after graduation. Difficult, but worth it.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Good but Not Great – The last school I went to had a stronger police force. At UIUC they will be there if you need them, but aren't a huge presence on campus.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Health Is All That Matters – Taste was alright, they offered vegetables/lean meat/complex carbohydrates every day. I could eat healthy literally every meal, even if it was the same thing.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Most of the computers are old, but they are slowly getting newer ones. The technology can be painfully slow, so if you want to do work in the computer lab or at libraries you will get more done on your own laptop.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes Can Be Very Large – Some classes can be 500+ students, so be sure to be attentive during class. Try to form study groups from people in your classes because it will really help you in the long run.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The education is challenging and can sometimes be quite the course load. Be smart about what classes you choose and try to get insight on the teachers before taking a class. The TAs are terrible, but most teachers themselves will reach out and help students as best they can.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Cops Always Around – Cops are always around, but they rarely do anything. There is a lot of crime that goes on during the school year, especially in Urbana so you have to be careful about wandering the campus alone. Don't ever go out at night alone!

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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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