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Champaign, IL
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31,118
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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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.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Depends on Your Point of View – Greek life is a big part of campus. We have both extremes: very professional, sophisticated fraternities and sororities, as well as your stereotypical 'party-hard' ones. With these extremes comes both pros and cons. On the positive side, you have welcoming communities where you can find friends and personal growth. On the negative side, you are exposed to a great deal of peer pressure and may be influenced into behaving against your morals (e.g. drinking, drugs, promiscuity, etc.)

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The great thing about the University of Illinois is that it has so many options when it comes to majors. There is a major for everyone! Many people even choose to do a double major because they have many different interests or they choose to do a minor. Another great thing is the study abroad program that U of I offers to their students. It is a great experience to go abroad and put yourself into another country's ways.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining scene is pretty good at U of I. But it is mainly your common chain restaurants. You have to take buses to get to off campus dining, which isn't that hard but can sometimes be a pain.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Very Known – The drug and alcohol use at U of I is very well known. It is also very visable especially on Unofficial.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many Choices...Many – Champaign is known for it's awesome downtown restaurants not far from campus. No lack of variety here!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Unique Atmospehere – I am actually a native of Urbana, IL but having had the opportunity to live in other places, I realized just how unique this place is.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Great Mathematics – The mathematics program at UIUC is absolutely amazing, and I feel extremely privileged to say I am a part of it. The instructors are some of the best in the field and are very willing to help and answer any question. Being a research University, there are many opportunities to get involved in research or internships on and around campus. I can say without a doubt that my math classes have been my hardest classes so far, but the instructors are so good at keeping the involvement up that I look forward to doing homework and studying. The whole program provides me with a sense of accomplishment that I have never experienced and certainly never expected to be attached to academics. I applaud the efforts of the whole department and University staff for making my mathematical experience at UIUC so important to my life.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Plenty to Do – For students under the age of nineteen, it is illegal to go to the bars in Champaign, but Urbana bars and clubs are eighteen and up. That said, the only good club in Urbana is the Canopy Club. Still, this club is a huge attraction with big acts like Rusko and Skrillex having shows over the past year. Failing the bar scene, Greek life at U of I is very active with over half of students participating in fraternities or sororities. I have also heard that apartment parties rarely disappoint. Overall, there is plenty to do at night in the Urbana-Champaign area.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Not a Dull Moment – My school offers countless opportunities for any kind of person imaginable. There are countless clubs and organizations (all student-run) that promote campus activity for all students. Study abroad opportunities are common and affordable. The basketball team's cheering section is a philanthropic organization requiring fundraising for charities and volunteerism for members. This is not to mention the amazing professors that keep students well-involved in class and constantly learning. Due to the limited response space, I regret that I must leave out countless more details about this school I love so much.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking More of a Big Deal – The drug scene at U of I is very small. I have only heard of handful of people who have smoked weed but nothing bigger. Drinking is a bigger deal on this campus. There are lots of frats who throw parties, lots of bars on campus and in downtown champaign, as well as bar crawls for almost any kind of event.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe but Still Have to Be Careful – The campus security has become more of a big deal than before. There are campus security guys walking around campus as well as students who work as campus security at night. You can call them and they will be able to walk you to your apartment or dorm if you are afraid of going home by yourself. You should still keep your doors locked in order to avoid theft. If you are a guy, you are more likely to be attacked by those who live in the town that are not students. It is hard to tell but still be careful. Please travel with others just to be safe.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Boys Are Good Lookking – You will find many different kinds of guys here. There are guys from the city, many from the area, and many that are international students. The guys are very good looking and have lots going for them. Many are interested in going out to the bars and frat parties. However, if you are christian and prefer not to be with a guy who likes to party, you will find many good looking men who are religious or have a relationship with God. There are so many different kinds of people. You will have a good time!

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Social Atmosphere, Different Greek Systems, Housing. The greek system is great depending on what you are looking for. The panhellenic greek system and process is shorter than the black greeks and latino and asian greeks. The panhellenic greek system is larger and have houses all over campus. Rooms in each house is shared by at least 2 people or more. The other houses for African American, Latino, Asian, and multicultural greek organizations do not have set houses on campus. Most just rent from a big house with multiple rooms. The other cultural greek organizations process is longer and takes more of your time. But in my opinion, that makes it better. You form a bigger bond with those in your organization. Greek students view non greeks with respect and vice versa. It is not a big deal if you are not a part of a fraternity or sorority it is okay.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: There are lots of different types of housing. There is housing on each side of the campus and in between. The housing is okay. It is not amazing but what housing really is. There are closets big enough for those who need it. The best option depends on what you like. There is also apartment style housing. I loved these dorms but they cost a little more than the other dorms. The food is pretty good but can get repetitive at times. It is good to visit other dorms for food because they have more variety. Some dorm halls have themes on certain nights of the week. The cost is too much in my eyes. The cost for dorm and food should not be more than your tuition, depending on your major. The housing process is not hard and it is easy to pick a dorm. You may not get what you want but you will survive and be fine just the same. The social atmosphere depends on where you live. The "six pack" is very lively and loud. There are lots of people around and it is not as quiet. FAR and PAR are on the opposite side of campus and are a little quieter. The quietest dorm is on campus, mostly engineering majors. there are a few girl/guy only dorms as well.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol at U of I – The drug scene at the University of Illinois does not have an incredibly overwhelming presence. It is known that people do drugs (mostly smoking weed or cigarettes), but the pressure to join in is relatively absent. It's kind of a "you do your thing, I'll do mine" sort of situation. Drinking, on the other hand, is an activity that most take part in. I feel like it would be easy to feel left out if one did not participate in the bar scene. However, U of I does offer certain things such as Illinites where students can hang out and participate in activities that do not involve alcohol.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Choose Early – The #1 piece of advice regarding housing is to get your preferences in early. You don't want to get stuck living somewhere antisocial and super far from campus like PAR or FAR. ISR is popular for engineers since it is th closest to both the main quad and engineering quad. LAR and Allen are mainly quieter, more artsy students. Busey is all girls and quiet. If youre looking to effortlessly make tons of friends, go with the six pack, but it fills up fast for this reason! Everyone there is super outgoing and fun. U of I also offers private certified housing, which has some nicer options but are generally more expensive and less social.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Awesome Options With Subpar Realtors – Whether you want to live alone in a studio apartment or live in a house with eight of your closest friends, off-campus housing has a place for you. Many of the apartments (and some houses) come furnished, which saves a lot of time and money on your part. Sure, they all have the same generic furniture but it is more than adequate for some of your first apartment living experiences. The only downside to off-campus housing is dealing with the realtors. They are notorious for being unhelpful, unprofessional, and kind of shady. Listen to what the tenant union says about the various realtors - at least you have plenty of options of whom to rent from.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Something for Everyone – They mean it when they say that the C-U area truly has something for everyone, no matter your interests. For example, if you are into the nightlife scene, there are about 15 on-campus bars and a ton of unique, easily accessible off-campus bars to go to. Urbana has a lot in store for more artsy oriented people, while Champaign has a public library that rivals many of the ones I have seen in my lifetime. There are also tons of food and music festivals, great restaurants for when you need a break from frozen dinners, and multiple shopping opportunities.

2 College Senior

Computers: Not Bad, but Could Be Better – At a campus with over 40,000 students, it is essential to have your own computer. I couldn't imagine having to rely on the labs (especially during exam times) to study and complete assignments. However, I have never owned a printer and have gotten by just fine printing from any of the many libraries on campus. It is 10 cents per page to print, but you can conveniently bill this to your account so you don't have to have the money on you. Also I have heard that certain majors such as engineering get a certain amount of free printing per semester. Wireless is available at virtually all on-campus locations and is usually pretty reliable, although every hour and a half you have to sign back in.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Very Happy! Animal Science is the perfect program to be in for becoming a veterinarian thats interested in shelter medicine. I do not have problems finding a job or I hope I won't but I am also taking business classes because I want to be my own boss one day !

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Love It! Animal Science is very hands on at U of I which is what I love about it. It is very different because you get experience in the classroom! The instructors know what they are doing and taking about!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Awesome Shelter Internship – I was one of the few interns chosen by the Humane Society. These are very hard to come by but it was an amazing expereince. I worked with all the directors of the animal shelter. It will help me greatly at my professional job.

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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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