Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my major. The College of Media supports you and try to always looks out for you. The professors are incredible.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The School Informs the Students About the Dangers of Drugs. I think that drug safety is important because it is illegal, and if students were to participate on campus, a lot of students would get in trouble. It would also make the campus look bad. I know that usage and peer pressure happens; however, the campus makes an effort to inform students about the dangers that drugs and drinking can cause. The campus also does their best to protect everyone and uphold laws.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It Is Great. Urbana-Champaign does not have to many well-known landmarks; however, I think that it has lots of places, like several movie theaters, a children's science museum, lots of great restaurants. There are lots of stores and places to shop. I like it here.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I Is Relatively Accessible. I don't know much about the off-campus housing; although, one of my friends looked for housing at the end of the year, which can be difficult because most people are looking for housing, but she found a great place. It was an apartment in Urbana. It was somewhat part of campus; however, I'm sure off-campus housing is the same. It is relatively easy to find, and everyone posts things online or puts up signs advertising their places.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I think that the campus has lenient rules when it comes to staying out late or just hanging out and talking; however, underage drinking is definitely a concern of theirs, as well those who do drugs; however, they have to be. That's their job. They can't just say, "Well, they are excused from the law." Plus, I think that the campus strictness saves lives because people would otherwise put themselves in dangerous situations; for example, drinking at a party and trying to get home can be difficult; however, if you knew that you would get in trouble, you probably wouldn't drink, and you most likely wouldn't be in serious situations.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe Enough – Like any big campus, there are a few incidents every year of someone having something stolen or getting into an unsafe situation because they were not being smart about safety, but in general this campus is safe. I've never felt threatened and I've been on campus late, late, late at night. There are safe rides and plenty of campus cops and even students patrolling during the semesters. It's not a small town, so students need to be aware of safety practices and procedures to be smart -- don't walk alone, don't leave things unattended or bikes/doors unlocked, pay attention to your surroundings, and so on -- but if you keep these things in mind, you'll be ok.

5 College Senior

Majors: This university has a ton of majors and all of them are very good, with several in Business and Engineering ranked among the best in the world. I had very little problems transferring into my major, and once I was in, I found a great advisor and got plenty of help whenever I needed it. My advisor was available to help me out and allowed me to set appointments on short notice. The application process is pretty standard, and unless you're a transfer student trying to get into business or engineering, it isn't too hard. Business and Engineering have quotas for transfers and they're very tough to get into academically, but that's because they're among the top in the nation.

5 College Senior

Academics: Professors Are Great, Top of Their Field, and Accessible – The professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are generally among the top in their fields, since this is one of the most highly ranked research institutions in the nation. On top of that, they are all fairly accessible and offer lots of opportunities for students to meet with them and get extra help. Many students also receive help from professors in finding internship or research opportunities as undergrads, which they might not have gotten elsewhere or with professors who aren't so good at what they do.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Team Spirit Is Essential – Illinois hasn't had a lot of success the last few years, but team spirit is strong and the University shows its support for the team. It is common to hear about people who "bleed blue and orange" and they seem to mean it. IM sports are also popular with lots of options and the opportunity for students to start whatever doesn't already exist. Facilities are AMAAAZING.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Lots of Greeks, but That's Not All – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a fairly large and extensive Greek scene and anybody who wants to get involved will have that opportunity. But if you're not into that, there are plenty of other organizations and exciting opportunities to attend non-Greek events and other things around campus.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Fantastic and Rigorous – Being accepted into the Architecture program is a true honor, only 150 students a year! Also, once you're in you learn a great amount about all aspects of the field from structural, technical, and theoretical points of view. This is one of the few universities in the country that puts such an emphasis on the structural and technical parts of architecture compared to being all about theoretical design. Also the studios here are fun to be in because you make some of your best friends through studio. It is time comsuming, but it is worth it if you truly love architecture and in the professional field.

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2 College Junior

Parking: There are several lots across campus where students and faculty can get permits to park. Free parking, however, is extremely scarce. Even metered parking is very limited. Driving on campus is almost too much of a hassle. The bus system makes up for this somewhat.


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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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