Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3145 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Engineering – Top notch engineering, and very well rounded in general.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Architecture Is a Great Program Here – I came here because of the amazing architecture program that the school provides. Mainly, getting to go to Versailles for a whole year to improve skills is amazing, and the studio work that upperclassmen do is phenomenal. I cannot wait to reach their skill-level, and it is all done with the help of the talented faculty.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Check the Forecast Each Morning – We are in the midwest, so we get crazy different weather from day to day. It is best to check in the morning before you leave so you can decide if you will walk or need to take a bus, and what to wear.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Foods, and Variety – If you don't want dining hall food, just go to Green Street and you will have so many to choose from! It is the best, it is regularly priced, you just have to decide if you'd rather spend cash or use your meal plan at the dining hall.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Bars and Frats – Everyone goes to the bars, at least for the beginning of the night. It is great that many bars let you enter at age 19, and as long as you have an ID that looks a little bit like you. Greek life is big here, so frat parties are pretty big, and they can turn into some good stories.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Cheap or Far Away – An apartment might be great to have, but to get one you are going to have to choose between convenience/close to campus and a low rent. The farther from campus you go, the better price you can get for places. Try and find ones that are near the 22 Illini bus route, so that it can take you to campus more easily.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small Town Campus Feel – Urbana-Champaign is very welcoming of students, as the students provide a large revenue to the stores. However, even with the people living in the towns and all of the students, the area still provides a very "small town feel," where there is not much attractions for students in town, and the shopping center does not have the most popular stores. Most of the activities are found on campus for students to do, and there is little need to go past Green Street, so that you can get food. It is there that many restaurants are, and they are very popular to almost all students.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love UIUC because it is a lively campus and there is always something to do. There are events, parties, service opportunities, and a great nightlife, just to name a few. My favorite part are the state-of-the-art recreational facilities that are open and free to students with their student ID. You can use the exercise machines, light weights, take yoga/pilates/zumba/cardio classes, or swim in the indoor/outdoor pools. On the down side, UIUC has had some scandals in the past and there are financial issues. However, if I were to start college over, I would definitely choose UIUC again.

3 College Senior

Parking: There are plenty of meter-parking places on the streets. However, parking enforcement is strict and they are quick to give out tickets for violations. There are also garages where you can park, but you have to pay for a permit. However, most students walk, bike, or ride the bus to get around campus, so they don't even have to worry about parking.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: All freshmen are required to attend a session on alcohol use; it is mediated by upperclassmen who encourage freshmen to make good decisions about alcohol use. Law enforcement is primarily focused on underage alcohol use. Drug use, besides smoking, is not a major issue at UIUC.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love It! I love going to school in Champaign. The campus is beautiful and it's really geared towards students. There are a lot open spaces for people to socialize and throw a footballs around. Even though Champaign has a big party scene, the people here know how to study as well. I think it's a very good mix of people. There's a lot of diversity, and the school really makes an effort to make you feel at home.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: All Four Seasons – Champaign-Urbana definitely has all four seasons. In the summer it gets hot, and it the winter it gets really cold. During the fall and spring, it's amazing to walk around campus and to classes, but in the winter, most people take the buses. The weather here doesn't play a role in a negative campus experience.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places to eat outside of campus housing. There are a lot of restaurants that are affordable on Green Street, as well as in downtown Champaign and Urbana. Some of the best places to check out for cheap food is Golden Wok and Lil Porgy's Sunday Special.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is really big at U of I but it is okay if you are not in one because you can still have a lot of fun on campus. There are 18 sororities at the moment and there is over 40 frats. A lot of people go to fratt parties on the weekend because they are very convenient.

5 College Junior

Computers: There are computers and printers in every library. It is even easy to get wireless connection throughout the whole campus. Last time I tried to download a lecture file, it was 10mb/s. So, almost everyone carries their laptop. Also, most of the lecture notes, announcements are made on the website, which makes you constantly use your computer.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: As most part of campus is covered by the police, and several emergency booth. Drug is not a really big thing in my campus. However, there are several bars around and many apartments around campus that allows parties and drinking

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Green St. Our off-campus dining is in the center of the campus. The restaurants are compacted with many different cultural food. Flat top is one of my favorite there, which gives you variety of choice you can make. Also, there are several grills and bars that students can enjoy the Friday nights.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Chemistry is one of the toughest subject in UIUC. Of course there is lots of workload that overwhelms me, though it is the inequality of credit hours given compare to hours spent in class, discuss, and labs. However, with all that hard work really pays off. The instructors are the best and helps you in almost anytime, and most of the information I learn in class is utilized as I worked as a lab assistant.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Everything is top-notch at Illinois. Varsity athletics are fantastic, academic programs are top in the nation, greek life is the largest in the nation, and there is so much diversity at the university.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Mild Winter – This winter was awesome. There was almost no snow and it was really nice out most days. If it gets colder and snows more next year, I'll probably have a very different experience.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Dorm Life – Night life is great for my friends and I. We always go lift and play soccer or basketball at the gym every night.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in the undecided program at my school. I find that it can be helpful if you take advantage of the resources. Some of the counselors are really excellent but, some of them can be wrong for you. You really have to make sure that you are a good match for the counselor you were assigned because they do assign you randomly.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Printers Are Everywhere – There are printers all over the campus. You do have to pay to print something but, they are always available. I would highly recommend getting a personal computer as it is just more convenient and there is wireless all over campus. Although I would recommend getting a printer just in case of emergency and because it is more convenient. Even though I would recommend getting a printer you do not need one I have gone all year without using my printer.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Decent Food – The variety and type of food is really dependent on where you choose to eat. There's really great food at Ikenberry and decent food elsewhere. They offer a lot of options and even have theme nights. However, I hear that the private dorms' eatery (Presby, Bromley, Henrich House, etc) are atrocious.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Excellent Computer Science Program, Not So Great Technology – The wireless can be a bit wonky but is pretty easily accesible on a large campus. A lot of the course websites are poorly designed which is a shame for a university with such a big computer science reputation. There's a lot of computer labs that are open throughout the day and the cost is ten cents per page for printing.


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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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