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Champaign, IL
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31,118
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Average
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Good but Crowded – Off Campus dining is not 5 star, but it's good for a college budget. Green Street has many restaurant attractions, but they get busy very quickly because there are so many students. Getting further off campus into downtown Champaign is worth the effort though, and I highly recommend doing that.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Trying to park on campus is horrible. The meters are expensive, and they will give you a ticket. If you live in the dorms, you'll get stuck parking far away from where you live and classes. If you have an apartment, a car is convenient, but I wouldn't recommend using it to drive to class. Use the buses.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms at University of Illinois are small and very low quality for what the student actually pay for when they have to live there their first year. The dining room food is repetitive and not the best quality. Though there is plenty of great dining that isn't UIUC related, especially on Green Street. There is a great social life and there is always something for everyone to get involved in no matter what the interest you have due to the large amount of students and clubs. For a public school the cost is quite high it is almost at the level of a private school but I guess that is just the price you have to pay for a good academic school. The bus system, though I don't use it much, is fantastic. With a pretty accurate timing for when a bus is supposed to arrive at a stop and how long it takes to get from point A to point B. If one wants to go to a store in Urbana/Champaign it is a short drive from outside of campus but taking the bus it is generally a 30 minute ride. Overall there is always something to do whether it is to go to a frat party, discovering the underground tunnels, finding ways to the top of the roof of buildings or simply going out to a movie. When I imagine college living, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign really fits the image. The only down side is the dorms but luckily for the future students are slowly getting remodeled.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Pretty Even Ratio – There is about a 50/50 guy to girl ratio which is pretty nice. I feel like everyone here is pretty average looking. Obviously there are exceptions on both ends of the spectrum. The nice thing is that you can have an intelligent conversation with most everyone here. There are also a pretty good amount of Asians here if you're into that sort of thing.

3 College Senior

Academics: Iffy TA's – The actual professors are extremely knowledgeable about what they are teaching and love to research topics in their field. I've seen this mostly as a good thing, but could sometimes lead to teachers being more interested in their research than in the students. A lot of your freshmen year classes and Gen-Eds will end up being classes with a ton of people in them. This often leads to you having a TA in discussion instead of talking with the professor. I personally have had many good TA's, but that's not to say that there are some really bad TA's out there. The thing that stinks is that some TA's can hardly speak English and grade assignments differently and much harder than the other TA's for the class. I feel like sometimes this puts way too much emphasis on getting lucky with a good TA and if you get stuck with a bad one, it will negatively affect your GPA/course experience.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: The Biggest and Best – U of I has one of the largest and oldest Greek systems in the nation, which makes it one of the best. The students who go Greek on campus tend to have higher GPA's while also doing a lot of work towards philanthropy. Also, going Greek opens up a huge gateway to parties/intramurals/other social events which allows people to get the best variety of the college experience. I would definitely recommend going Greek because it's a total blast and you get to make lifelong friends and memories,

4 College Senior

Nightlife: You can get into bars at the age of 19 in Champaign and at the age of 18 in Urbana, which makes for an awesome party experience because almost the entire campus can enjoy the bars. There are drink deals every night and parties every weekend. Definitely helps to go Greek though.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Pretty Great Place – Urbana-Champaign is a huge town with about 80,000 people. There is plenty to do, many nice people, and centrally located between Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek Are OK – Although there are many people in the Greek community, many are not in it. There is a well balanced amount of people that are and aren't Greek. Greeks do some great things on campus raising money for great non-for-profits and contribute a lot to UIUC. However, Greeks are seen as cliques and sometimes snobs. It's hit or miss if Greeks on campus are "good" or "bad".

4 College Junior

Transportation: Who Needs Cars? Being one of those people who never got around to getting a driver's license, I made sure there was a decent public transportation system on campus before making my school decision. The bus system in UC is just fantastic. You can go online before you leave your place to look up the best/fastest/easiest bus route to get anywhere you need to go. They even have bus stops labelled with numbers so you can text them to see when the next bus will arrive! They also offer a great system for if you are trying to get home at night, where you can call a number and have someone pick you up and take you where you need to go. Best of all? All this is FREE for students. Just use your ID.
--There's also great accommodation for bicyclists!

4 College Junior

Academics: Real Professional Experience – I'm in the Theatre Department, a Costume Design major, and I feel like this is the best place for me to be get the education I need. My professors are all working professionals who have long and varied careers with lots of real-world advice and guidance. I even work part-time in the costume shop, alongside hired professionals! Even the students I share classes and responsibility with are wonderful for helping keep me on track and learning. In addition, my department is very small in comparison to the vastness of the overall school, giving me the opportunity to have some anonymity outside of the department, while at the same time knowing and appreciating everyone within it. My only qualm is that department is frequently restructuring to better itself, changing my class requirements to the point where it can sometimes be difficult to track my progress towards graduation. But other than that, I love it.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Easy for LAS – I was accepted into Psyhology right away and I believe having a good GPA and ACT helped since they are int eh top 10 for Psych. During 2nd semester I decided to double major In sociology. It was fairly easy, just a little office shuffling as some building were under construction. I was told exactly what I needed to do and it was a very simple process and I was in the system a few hours later so I was able to register for classes.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Just Getting Started – I am a sophomore at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I love the school and my program. I am double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. For psychology I love the program and the classes. I have only takes 3 psych classes so far but have loved the classes, topics, and especially the T.A.s.
As for Sociology I have only taken Soc 101, it was a good class but I don't know much about the other classes. I am signed up for two in the fall( Criminology and a Research Lab). Sociology offers a lot of Interesting classes.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The Best, Most Diverse Food – The different halls serve all sorts of different types of food. Your meal plan allows you to go to any dining hall in the University. There are special themed meals in every dining hall on a certain day of the week.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Love It – Campus is beautiful, people are friendly, #1 ranked school for Civil Engineering, why would I want to go anywhere else?

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Depends Where You Go – The Ike has the best food. It has EVERYTHING you have ever dreamed of. The other dining halls are good as well, but are significantly smaller than the ike.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Plentiful! You will be able to find apartments with a blink of an eye. They are plentiful and cheap! I just leased an apartment for $230 a month each person for a 3 bedroom apartment. The apartment is nice and spacious and also located right on campus and right across the street from my Civil Engineering Laboratory.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Its Beyond Amazing – Transportation is amazing. The city buses run every ten minutes, and they also offer a service called safe rides, in which you call for the service and a minibus comes and picks you up and drops you off at your location. Its like a taxi but it picks up other call in's on the way as well

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Not a True Partier – I really don't hang out much other that campus sponsored activities, but I do believe there are plenty of options on and off campus for students to have fun at.

3 College Junior

Diversity: More Diverse Programs – Our school is primarily Caucasian but diversity does exist. I believe their should be more programs and student activities geared toward other races.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Football and Basketball – Basketball and football are both very big at the school. Lots of fans, great games to watch.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Food – There is a good variety of food, but I would expect more student discounts and delivery at many places where it isn't offered.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: very challenging and the right level of attention. Very happy with the academics and proud to be here

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Lots of options from fraternaties, social organizations and bars and clubs in town.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Works Well – All in all, the transportation system and options are very good.

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Emily Thiersch
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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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