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Reviews 3237 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The U of I has diversity in many respects and this is especially displayed in the Urbana neighborhood and nearby art centers, where diversity of ethnicity politics, religion and sex orientation is embraced as a vibrant part of the community. I do find that this diversity is kept isolated from other portions of campus due to ignorance and generally lack of interest from those participating in the party and Greek culture. I due believe the school and its faculty for the most part are trying to break down these barriers and assist in creating a more diverse university campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Due to the large size of the U of I campus you will definitely find a diversity of styles and types. Sometimes you will have to look a little harder to meet folks not in the Greek system or still stuck in their Chicago suburban mentality. But the Urbana side of campus provides a different world to the Champaign and campus town component. You will can certainly find the type of people you want by checking it all out.

1 College Junior

Parking: Free parking on campus is nonexistent. Meter parking is available but scarce. Parking passes are extremely expensive.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is very accessible at U of I. Bus stops are pretty frequent and routes go everywhere on campus. Buses don't run late off campus, however, so make sure you check arrival times. If you need a late bus you can call Safe Rides, but they usually tell you to take the nearest bus.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computer labs in Greg Hall, in the basement, are for College of Media students. A decent amount of them are Macs. Printing is free and easy. There is always an open computer and it's never nosey so if you need to study you can. I own my own computer and I don't see how I could get along in college without it. You can't carry the school desktops around with you so having your own laptop is a huge plus in the convience department.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: One of the biggest problems on campus is theft/robbery. You must take precautions or risk becoming a victim. Laptops, phones, wallets: always keep on eye on your things. Be smart about your decisions regarding your safety; walking alone at night is never a good idea.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I had a wonderful experience with the dorms on campus. My roommate was random, and we ended up best friends. That is not going to happen for everyone, but it is not too difficult to make at least a few good friends from your dorm.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Def make sure you file early to get all of the possible scholarship available to you

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great facilities, everything you need is always available to you and they are very positive, clean environments

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments that are cheap are crappy and far away. Apartments on campus are soooo expensive. And most apartment are 4 bedroom apartments. Kind of annoying.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are fine. You mainly use your own anyway but in the library and certain classes they work fine.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great academics, great classes on great topics that are super interesting. Some necessary gen-eds can get boring of course.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel extremely safe and McKinley is always there for health needs. But always remember to walk in groups anyway, even if you do feel safe.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Great teachers in big lecture halls make you feel comfortable and not like just a number and their doors are always open and they always make themselves available but the tests in some classes make you feel like you never even went to class.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene isn't that big. There is often sights of Hookah and Weed. Drinking is heavily consumed on the campus as well.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are different types of guys at University of Illinois. Guys with different backgrounds. Guys with different ethnicity. Geeky guys. Class clowns. Sweet guys. The whole 9. The girls are pretty much the same. Some can be stuck up. All together, a lot of people tend to attend the party scene.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I plan on having a job shadow and an internship while I'm attending University of Illinois. The College of Business does a great job on trying to match students with internships.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: University of Illinois has many Off-Campus options. You can find a cheap apartment on the rate of $300 per month. I would recommend the Gregory Place on the Northeast side of campus because it is a quiet and clean apartment.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: University of Illinois's campus life is full of opportunities. It boasts two athletic centers (Campus Recreational Center East [CRCE] and Activities and Recreational Center [ARC]) that have enough room and equipments to work out. The Undergraduate Library (UGL) and Main Library have the second most books among the universities in the United States. During the Quad Day that takes place in September, you can find student organizations that fit you.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: University of Illinois provides its students with great program, faculty, and resources. For instance, the College of Business's Business Instructional Facility has the Margolis Market Information Lab (MIL) that offers students with various information of the contemporary market. In general, the campus is full of energy and diversity. Even though its location of the Champaign-Urbana might seem to quiet for some people, it helps the students to concentrate on studying.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are so many different majors that you can choose from and you really should be successful in what ever you go with because of the wonderful professors, T.A.s, and tutors that are available on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Overall the food is pretty good and usually have a nice variety but it can get repetitive sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The cost isn't that bad but i feel like a car is not really needed becuase of the great bus system that we have.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I think it is one of the best majors the teachers are great. The only down fall is that it's not as diverse to me.

2 College Freshman

Weather: I'm from the South, so the cold here is unbearable to me. It doesn't snow as much as Chicago, for example, but it certainly does get very cold from September onwards. In the summer it can reach the high 90s, which isn't too bad. Just be sure to bring clothes for both extremes and be prepared for inclement conditions.

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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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