Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: It sucks when it rains because getting your shoes or pants wet is nearly unavoidable. Most girls invest in rain boots but all the sorority girls look the same when it rains! Classes never really get canceled and the buses usually get you close enough to class to avoid major weather.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Our campus is not that strict until it comes to people underage at the bars. Be on the lookout for cops if you are under 21 and drinking. The strictness usually comes from the RA's when the residents are being too loud or doing illegal activities in the dorms. It really should not affect your academic or social life that much.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: U of I – Our school offers excellent academic opportunities but the curriculum is very rigorous and takes a lot of effort. The workload can be pretty heavy but it depends on your major. Our libraries on campus are always full and bustling with people but the plus side is they usually have coffee shops in the library or near one. The professors expect a lot from the students and lectures are usually pretty boring. The registration process is stressful because they never offer the classes i need to graduate in 4 years.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in Chambana – I love living here. The campus is gorgeous and there's always something to do. Transportation is great too, everything's a bus ride and a short walk away! There are so many places to just sit and watch the world go by. It's really safe too, there have been some crime alerts, but nothing too serious.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining in Urbana-Champaign – Dining is great here at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. There are great little restaurants all around campus. There are always new places to eat at and be pleasantly surprised by as the quality of the restaurants in the area are pretty high! Dining hall food on campus isn't that bad either. After hearing horror stories about school food, I was bracing myself for the worst but it turned out to not be that bad. It's a bit different than what I'm used to at home but it'll do.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Green With Envy – The main street with all of the restaurants and shopping on campus is the beloved Green Street. Green street offers many options for a variety of people. For exotic kebab restaurants to a nail salon and even a few tattoo parlors, Green Street and what it has to offer had definitely made some visiting students envious of our wonderful street.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is definitely segregation on the U of I campus. There are definitely those dorms made up of one minority. Illini Towers is known for having a high Jewish population where FAR is known for its high concentration of black students. It creates communities of races but also divides them quite obviously.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are so many options at SDRP from vegan to steaks-made-to-order. There is always pizza and pasta. Once a month there is a themed dinner, like during November they host a Thanksgiving themed dinner. There are also FABULOUS desserts like key lime pie, tiramisu, pumpkin pie and chocolate cake almost every night.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Mathematics Future – I do not have an internship but I think it would be fairly easy to do so because I have built a relationship with some professors through research projects and classes.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Bars and Greek Life at a Balance – I'm not in a house here but I like that there is a balance between the Greek life and bars. So some nights you can go to your friends' fraternity party and the next night you can go to a bunch of different bars. Also the fact that all bars allow people 19+ into bars makes it more inclusive and a more fun atmosphere.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It Has Gotten Better – Last year there were several robberies and personal attacks but the campus police have really stepped up on keeping campus safe. They've done a good job of making outside safe and staying out of people's apartments or houses (unless things get completely out of hand). I feel safe walking by myself if I have to, but to play it safe I usually walk with somebody or take the bus.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – Drinking is definitely more popular than drugs. There are definitely people who do drugs on campus but there is no pressure to try it. I have never even seen it around, just heard about who does and does not do it.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Are Great – The best part about coming to a Big Ten (Twelve) school is the sports. There is always something to do because of the great athletics. It is so fun because there is even a big student section at tennis games. Football and Baseball are the best though, in my opinion.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Selection – There are tons of off campus housing including houses and apartments. Urbana always seems to be cheaper than Champaign and also has more houses. It just depends on your preferences.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Bar Scene Is Everything – Predominantly Greeks have the bar pull, needs to develop more of a house party scene.

4 College Student

Transportation: Use the Buses! Since you already pay for the buses in your tuition, use them! They run often and will get you where you want to go.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: There are tons of buses that run. The CUMTD runs very often with multiple routes. Also, if you need to go home for the weekend, there are tons of buses that go to and from here.

5 College Freshman

Parking: No Need – Although the campus is large, you won't need to drive anywhere. The buses work fine for off-campus needs. On campus, most places you need to be will only be 15 minutes away from your living quarters.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Green Street – Whenever I need something to do, I always head on over to Green Street. There are always tons of people and there are a lot of different restaurants and stores to choose from.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pretty Happy – I'm glad I ended up here even though this wasn't my first choice. There's so much to do and so many people to meet. It's a lot of work and I'm not personally a fan of the partying, but lots of things to do here.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting in to U of I – The process I used to get in was pretty standard. I applied and was accepted soon after. All went smoothly!

3 College Freshman

Parking: The main parking lot is really far from most of campus, but I love having my car on campus. Don't bother driving to class though. It's also expensive if you're not paying for an apartment.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety a U of I – Crime is somewhat of an issue on campus, but it is caused more by neglect by the victim more than anything else. There are very easy ways to protect your belongings on campus. The police have a very good presence on campus as well and that keeps crime down to a degree. I have never felt unsafe on the U of I's campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: At the U of I you can be confident that if you are studying engineering, you are getting a GREAT education. The workload is very tough, but it has to be in order for the U of I to make you a successful engineer. There is also lots of great support from both other students and teachers. It promotes a very welcoming atmosphere.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Lots of Spirit – Our school definitely shows a ton of school spirit. Especially at football and basketball games.


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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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