Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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!

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Welcoming Greek Community – Greek life is very big on campus. Especially for sororities, 95% of girls that complete (aka don't drop) rush are able to be matched with a sorority. There is a lot of greek pride and a lot of opportunities available for greeks. Even those not in a house are usually welcomed to philanthropy events and parties, making greek life a rich part of campus life.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Many Different People – There are a lot of different types of people at UIUC. There is a high amount of transfer students. There are also a lot of different people just from central Illinois itself that provide a lot more diversity to the school.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Small Groups Are Key – People at this school tend to create their own small groups. If you are not accepted by a group, or groups, you will have trouble making a lot of friends.

3 College Senior

Weather: Illinois weather is always so up and down. One day it could be pouring down rain and cold, while the next it can be scorching hot. I blame it on global warming.

4 College Senior

Majors: My University has one of the top Psychology programs in the nation. I absolutely love my major. I love all the interesting material I learn and I know my professors or teaching assistants are always available if I need help. I also love all the various classes I can choose from my major that interest me the most.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Popular – I think drinking is more visible among my school. I am sure there is drugs but I do not witness it as much, but, the drugs I have seen the most are people smoking. I believe that peer pressure is going to be the same no matter what college you go to, you just have to surround yourself with the right people. I also believe my school tries to enforce policies by requiring students to take a class in order to understand the dangers of the drug/alcohol scene and what the University policies are.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Somewhat Safe – I know that the police can be present if necessary, but each and every week I receive a Crime-Alert email explaining the most recent violent attack, robbery, or sexual assault. My roommate was actually involved with a sexual assault attack that made us all nervous about going out at night time alone. The police need to be more evident in order to make my campus a safer place.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe by Day, but a Bit Scary at Night – The campus is generally very safe for students. The Illini alert system is great at letting students know via email and/or text message about any sort of danger on campus. There are still muggings and shootings in some areas surrounding campus late at night, but overall I feel very safe and secure at U of I!

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Fun and Crazy – There aren't very many atttractions for students on campus outside of school, that aren't a 30 minute bus ride away. Hence the need for local activities like at the ARC and clubs.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty Diverse – The student body is usually very diverse, but people still continue to stay with their own. If you are the type to reach out to lots of different people then you'll do well here.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Always something to do and somewhere to go. 19+ clubs definitely help a ton with that :)

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Just Don't Be Stupid – Honestly as long as you don't do anything really stupid, you can pretty much get away with anything, assuming you have a good RA.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: They're Pretty Good – The dorms are relatively close to classes, and offer programs for students to take part in--from various clubs or days of arts and crafts. It's easy to get food, wash clothes (when there aren't lines), and some even have libraries in them.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – We have a large amount of various races on campus, and a huge amount of international students. UIUC offers many different types of organizations from ethnic to religious that welcome all types of people.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I feel relatively safe at UIUC. There are crime alerts every so often that make you feel a bit uneasy with walking alone after a certain time, but that's everywhere. In the residential halls, I feel extremely safe because there are always people around.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Something for Everyone – U of I is without a doubt one of the best Universities in the United States. It offers a top notch education at a price most comparable Universities can't compete with. The University is so large and diverse. You will make all kinds of friends and there are plenty of clubs and organizations to get involved with. It is a big party school but the students find a way to balance partying with studying. If I could do it all over again I would choose the same University.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dining Halls – I feel that the University of Illinois has great dining halls in every dorm. I have ate at four different dining halls on campus and have enjoyed food at each one. There is a large variety of foods ranging from pastas to subs, Mexican food to Chinese food, and everything in between. I never get tired of the food in the dining halls.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Wide Range of Food in the Dorms and Downtown. The food on in the dorms is great it gives different choices everyday! they also cater to whatever ethnicity or eating habits its students have. All around campus there are great local restaurants that always have students coming back. I always love going to Chipotle and Panera!

5 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity found in UIUC is great. I met people from all over the world who were different in all sorts of ways. I met people from illinois and around the U.S. who came from different backgrounds. On my dorm floor last year i became friends with people from china to australia to France.

3 College Junior

Weather: It Is Hard to Avoid. going to school in illinois, the weather is hard to avoid. In the winter the weather is a pain, but people, the warm indoors, and the academics totally outweigh the weather!

5 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation found at uiuc is great! the campus is large and people get tired after walking all day.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Lots of Campus Activities – i enjoy sports and can always find a group to play basketball, volleyball, broomball with at night or attend one of the Varsity team matches on campus. The drinking age is 21 and you have to be 19 to be in a bar (but not drinking). I am 19 and have not been hassled.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a small percentage of out-of-state students. I live in Pennsylvania and have had a very easy time meeting friends and getting involved in intramurals and professional societies.

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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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