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Champaign, IL
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31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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Average
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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.

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign consists of a challenging but not discouraging environment. Students are pushed to their limits but never asked to perform a task that they would never be able to complete. As such, students are given the skills and knowledge to motivate them to learn and to grown, and are not tested beyond what they are capable of. As a result, students continue to develop without being disheartened.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Check Out Downtown Champaign – Variety and many options await you in downtown Champaign. The community is very eclectic and so is the food. One of the town's favorite places to eat is Ko Fusion. They offer a Korean/Japanese American fusion, with steaks, stir fry, and most famously delicious sushi. During the week they offer an all you can eat lunch buffet which has many options and unlimited sushi. Sunday and Monday nights they also have dollar sushi where each piece of a select menu is only a dollar, get there early though, the place fills up fast!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Galore – There are a lot of apartments close to campus but not a lot of diversity in terms of companies to rent from so price is kind of non-negotiable if you want quality. Do your research of all the companies, calculate distance and the amenities you are searching for and start early! The availability of 3+ room apartments is very time sensitive. You will find an apartment, but the good ones go quick.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Chemical Engineering – I am doing chemE...i LOVE the major, american institute of chemical engineers is a super fun club that keeps me going! it is a very interesting profession, but the first year of classes is killer. it is obvious the chemistry is insanely difficult just to get some people to drop, AND chemE's have to take all the difficult physics classes other majors have to take. however, it is a great payoff because it is a diverse major and several companies will hire

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Welcome Week – Welcome week is amazing. Quad day gives clubs the opportunity to showcase their magnificent opportunities and show off the beautiful quad to all new students. The libraries are good-- i would recommend main library it feels like the great hall at Hogwarts (i promise im normal even though i am saying that.)

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: This School ROCKS – I am a pretty diverse person when it comes to nightlife. I love casually kicking back and enjoying beers/chilling with friends, but I also love going out and dancing my ass off. Whether it is dancing at a bar, or getting crazy at a frat party, or just finding a chill apartment or house to chill at, there is something for everyone at illinois.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Career Opportunities – The University of Illinois does a stellar job of providing students the opportunity to present themselves to people hiring incoming students through career fairs. There are several career fairs in the fall and spring, and they are competitive, but several companies continue coming year after year which is a great way to provide students with new jobs.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The Fighting Illini are slowly on the rise...baseball, football, basketball, hockey, rugby, golf...we compete in all areas in the BIG10. We even have olympic team members on the US gymnastics team. :D

5 College Junior

Transportation: Probably the Best in the Nation – Planes, trains, and automobiles, and buses, and bikes, and....UIUC does not disappoint when it comes to any means of transportation. The university makes it possible to access all corners of Urbana/Champaign without any need of a vehicle.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Never Worry...Even at the 2Am Hour – UIUC takes campus safety seriously. With university police and emergency phones posted throughout the entire campus, saftey should never be a concern of any student on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: MTD Buses – Public transportation is really good, the Illini bus passes through all the dorms and drops you off near your classes. Most of the buses pass through the Transit Plaza which is convenient for most of the students because it right by all the buildings. And the bus drivers are very nice and always willing to help you.

3 College Senior

Facilities: It's Different, but Overrated – The University of Illinois loves to gloat. They brag about all of their programs, but some of the execution in those programs by staff is less than ideal. Programs can be state of the art, but professors that do not understand how to teach can really ruin the experience.

They do have a lot of opportunities to reach out though. Campus life is extremely social if you're not in engineering.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Lots to See – The University is very large, so they try to accomodate everyone with almost too many options. The athletic centers are fantastic so are the green space. The campus tries hard to make events special, but they do not always pan out. The move-in week is welcoming. The libraries and student center are nice but nothing special. They do try to make sure that there is always something to do.

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".

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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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