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

Health & Safety: Not the Best but Not the Worst – There have been some occurrences but they have been handled sufficiently and not much harm has been caused.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is a major thing on Campus. During the weekends, the frats are the "party places." Non-Greeks typically have stereotypical outlooks on the Greek Life. On our campus there is plenty of Greek housing available.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Labs – The computer labs on campus are extremely accessible. There are more than one computer lab. Every residence hall has a computer lab and the libraries have plenty as well.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: MTD Is Awesome – You can get basically anywhere in Champaign-Urbana on a bus. For students with their ID, all buses are free, and in some cases you don't even have to show your ID, you can just get on. The buses travel between 2 malls and campus 3-4 times an hour, and there are also 3 different Walmarts, all with bus access. There is also late night service for bus routes as well as SafeRides which can be called while on campus for transportation to other areas on campus. SafeRides is also free to students with their IDs, but it will only take groups of 3 or less.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Roland Is the Way to Go – Roland Realty is probably the best landlord to have. Their apartments tend to be a bit more expensive, but their services are amazing. Any time I had a problem with my apartment, I would fill out a service request online and there would be a service man there the next day. The fixes themselves only took about a day and never cost me anything.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Eatcu.Com Is a Delivery Dream – EatCU.com is a website that serves the residents of Champaign-Urbana, and most specifically the students of UIUC. They offer student discounts, daily deals and give out a schedule of up coming discounts. They offer Chinese, Mexican, Pizza, Burgers/Hotdogs, Sandwiches, Thai, Sushi...basicially anything you want.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: good but not always located near classes, could be more

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's hard to get around in a car, but the buses will take you ANYWHERE. They are quick, reliable, comfortable and have a schedule of about every ten minutes.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit and fan support is terrific. The games aren't always great and the tickets are expensive from my knowledge.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers at school are new and fast. They are probably better than my own laptop, seeing as the internet in the residence halls isn't all that great and there is no wireless in the dorm rooms. There is wireless nearly everywhere else on campus.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It Is a Party School – Drugs are not a huge issue, but they do bust people. Alcohol is different. The school is huge and known for its parties such as Unofficial. If you're out, you're bound to be somewhere near alcohol. The police will break up some parties, but not majorly. You do not have to drink though. It is not forced on you and there also plenty of other activities offered on campus for you to do.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: So Many People – When riding the bus for ten minutes to get to the north side of campus, I'll hear at least three languages being spoken. It's great because you can make a lot of new friends that are very different from you. The university does a lot to promote diversity and tolerance. However, the Asians tend to only hang with Asians, Caucasians with Caucasians, etc. The economic background varies a little bit but it is a state public school, so you still have to money for tuition. The campus has active republican and democrat clubs. There are different churches surrounding the campus. The whole university works to promote all sexualities.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Worth the Work – The professors hold office hours and generally attending them will make them more known and available to you. The curriculum is flexible unless you're an engineer, then you really have to follow a set schedule. Registration is easy, but it's best if you're an honors student so you can get first pick. The workload isn't too bad unless you're an engineer. Then you'll be working quite a lot, but it's worth it for the end result. Tutoring is available on campus through a variety of different organizations by the university, students and libraries. Grainger is a great place to go to study hard and UGL is a great collaborative group study place.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: I believe we have just about the best transportation system in the world. Buses pick up on virtually every corner and drop you off where you need to be quickly and for free!

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Biggest and the Best – I never joined a frat, but we have the biggest system in the country. And yet, neither the frats nor the independents had problems getting along with one another.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Big 10 Has It All! Everyone loves the sports here and going to all the games is a blast! I can't imagine going to college anywhere without big sports like this.

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.

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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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