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

Campus Dining: OK but Repetitive – The food is pretty decent, but I got sick of it real fast and started eating salads nonstop. It makes it very easy to gain the freshman 15 since it is buffet style, but you pay way too much for the meal plan if you don't stuff your face.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: We Aren't That Great – We haven't been that great recently in football or basketball (our main two sports). We are starting next year with new coaches and we'll see how we go from there, but the spirit is still awesome. Without a mascot, this is one of the most spirited campuses I've been too. Being a part of the Big Ten is also an experience in itself.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Bars on Bars on Bars – We are a bar campus. The entry age is 19, which allows most second-semester freshman to be a part of it. If you are a part of the enormous Greek life, you have your social calendar set with exchanges and such, but if not, the bars are the place to be. We have some "club-like" dancing bars, chill sit-down bars, and some in between. Each bar has its own reputation.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I Love Kinesiology – I am in love with my major. I transferred from Human Nutrition/Dietetics after my freshman year and I am very glad I made the choice I did. The professors are awesome, advisors are helpful, and the classes are interesting and a good balance of challenging and doable. The majority of people I know really enjoy their major and find a place that is right for them.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Very Selective – The U of I claims to have a lot of scholarship opportunities available, but they are very selective. They don't have a ton of money to give out, so it makes sense. But really, scholarships are few and far between.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Best Time of My Life – Being at college has by far been the best 2 years of my life so far, and I am really not looking forward to graduating. There is always something to be a part of, something to do, and people to meet. There are really good food places, the entry age to the bars is 19, and the professors and classes are challenging, but you definitely learn a lot. Awesome place.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Better Than Chicago – Weather is nice and tolerable with the exception of December-mid March. Unless it continues to be like it was this year with no snow and summer weather in February. Classes are pretty central so walking isn't too too bad except for the icy sidewalks in the winter. Not too shabby.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Depends on the Season – There was a large time period where there seemed to be a lot of crime happening on campus. Different parts (North of Green St) is known for more crime, where as south campus tends to be pretty safe. After a lot of complaints, Champaign increased the amount of police patrolling the streets at night, so I definitely feel more safe now than before. If you're smart about not walking alone, staying aware, and keeping your doors locked, you should be pretty safe here.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Visible, but Not Out of Hand – Both drugs and alcohol are used recreationally by the majority of students, but not everyone participates and people are fine with that. There are so many activities to participate in that don't include alcohol or drugs and there really is a place for everyone at the University of Illinois. Alcohol is definitely more popular than drugs (primarily smoking weed), but is regulated by the bar entry age (19) and legal drinking age (21) by campus police and bar staff.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Macs on Macs – There is a multitude of macintosh computers with the best of programs. There is wifi accessible throughout campus. The internet isn't too bad, speedy and reliable. Printing can add up in price though. The only complaint i have is that the dorms do not have wifi and require ethernet cords. The cords don't work and the internet becomes unbearably slow.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere of The University of Illinois is very boring. The school is surrounded by farms allowing the smell of cow feces to blow on to campus occasionally. The town of champaign and urbana are nice, champaign has a pricey down town area that are more popular with grad students. The only positive aspect to U of I's placement is that it is only 45 minutes from Illinois State University and 30 minutes from Eastern Illinois University.

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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Everyone drinks at the University of Illinois. The bars are only 19 to get in so being able to underage drink at a bar is almost too easy. There are also liquor places on campus that won't card. Drinking is practically permitted at the school.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Is Ok – It is easy to find apartments, however, many are expensive

3 College Freshman

Weather: I'm from the Chicago area, so I thought I was used to wind, but here the wind is crazy. There are days when everyone is walking to class sideways because the wind is pushing them. It is pretty funny. I've only gone there one year and the winter weather was surprisingly great, but I have heard about how bad the snow can get in the winter.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm Changing My Major – As a Psychology major at my school, the work is very heavy in research, which is not the field I wanted to go in. The classes were taught very well, and my choice to change my major had nothing to do with the classes, but myself. I am now attempting to get into Kinesiology and plan to be an athletic trainer, which suites my personality a lot better than Psychology.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Overall Safe – The campus may not be in the safest location, but there are always cops around. When walking at night there is safe walks and safe rides. Whenever there is any danger there are email alerts and text alerts.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The School Works Hard to Keep Campus Safe – There are many crime alerts you will receive through text and email throughout the year, but the school works hard to keep it safe. Like I said, we get immediate alerts to be careful and on the lookout if there is even a suspicion of a crime. The campus bus system, MTD, even provides SafeRides and SafeWalks, which you can call to give you a ride from where you are to where you live or have two people escort you to your place so you don't walk home alone.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Fun but Not Too Many Options – It is fun living on campus because all your friends are pretty much walking distance away. After freshman year, I would recommend getting apartments with close friends because there is much more freedom. The social atmosphere is great, people are friendly and social, just make sure to really get to know a lot of people in the beginning of freshman year. The housing process is pretty simple after freshman year, you can choose exactly where you want to live, down to the room number.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Close to Campus Are Expensive – There are some very nice apartments, with state-of-art designing, but they are very expensive, on the par with apartment costs in Chicago downtown, which is ridiculous seeing how Champaign is only a campus town in a rural area. To get apartments close to the quad, you have to take action very early on in the year. If you opt for apartments farther away from campus, without fancy facilities, you can get apartments for reasonable prices.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gyms Are Nice – There are two main gyms on campus, ARC and CRCE, excluding the small gyms located within dorms. The ARC is the bigger of the two and has many equipments to fulfill your need for health and fitness. The undergraduate library is average I would say in terms of aesthetic appeal, however it has all the facilities, machines, and technology you need to complete any task or assignment. I love the quad, which is just a huge field of green with walking paths. Many people just lounge out here on a nice day, soaking in the sun, working on homework, or just chilling with friends.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Amazing – As a UIUC student, buses are included in fees. They go everywhere on and around campus, including the mall and train terminal.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Hit or Miss – I feel that there is too much conformity with style.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone Is Great – I trasfered from a community college, and I can't believe what I was missing... Cute girls everywhere.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots and Lots of Ethnicities – There's many different international students and people from all over the country of different races, religions, ethnicities, and etc.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Very Lenient With Punishments – Underage drinking is often overlooked. However blatant acts are punished.

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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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