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

Majors: I have been extremely happy with the experiences I have obtained at Illinois. My professors have been truly life changing and have become my life mentors whom I can always trust to turn too. I would attend Illinois had I had the chance to do it over. The resources and experiences that were made available for me here were once in a lifetime. My career goal is to find a job teaching music in any capacity to share my passion and love for the subject. My only concern I have about finding a job at the moment is if there will be any openings when I am ready to apply. I feel I have been set up with the tools to be successful at any job with the help from my professors.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I would say that thing are not out of hand here at Illinois. Of course, there are exemptions and there may be an issue with drugs and alcohol on occasion. For the most part, students that attend bars are as behaved as they can be and are somewhat responsible.

3 College Junior

Athletics: We are currently experiencing a time of change as the new director of athletics, Mike Thomas, begins his tenure here at the university. Illinois athletics has never been strong but the tradition, pride, and loyalty that goes with it has never been stronger. Game day experiences are packed with excitement and traditions. The university is home to the world famous "Marching Illini" that has rocked out at Memorial Stadium since the beginning of it all. Who knows who Mike Thomas will bring in and what they will be able to do with the future of Illini sports but it promises to be an exciting journey.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Small Town, Noticeable Crime – The university is nestled on the border of adjacent cities. The cities themselves are not very large and yet there have been several issues with security and crime for their size. Keep inside after dark if walking by yourself because these are the times the crime is worst. Crime during the day in minimal. The university does have a text/email system to alert students of current dangers.

4 College Senior

Academics: Challenging, Not Impossible – The university is composed of many, many majors and departments. All have unique aspects. I major in Biology and certain can be quite difficult. Many of the professors are helpful but TA's can be a challenge to work with. It is, of course, possible to work out your schedule to your liking (ie choose early or late classes, easy or hard professors, etc.)

1 College Sophomore

Parking: UIUC (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) has horrible parking only because the campus is made for pedestrians. One way streets and limited meter spots make finding a place to park really difficult, and the times they are active are really annoying. If you don't have a pre-paid parking spot, there is NOWHERE to park for more than a few hours without getting a ticket. If you are at UIUC, you should be walking or taking the bus-and the campus is made for people without cars so it works well for pedestrians.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Punishments Are Meh – If you smoke weed and get caught, the first time you just get a fine. After that, you get kicked out. Drinking is extremely common and bars let people who are 19 or older in. UIUC has the biggest Greek system, so there are more than enough frat parties for whatever alcohol you could want. Careful with parking-cops are always on the look out for cars in the wrong place at the wrong time.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Students at UIUC (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) have many facilities available to them including nice recreation centers, a bustling student union, a wide range of campus activities (if you're willing to seek them out), and lawns that are way too manicured (you usually see more lawn mowers and gardeners than is really necessary). One thing that really stands out for me is the library system . There are many small libraries for each subject such as chemistry, math, international studies, history and newspapers, and communications strewn across campus. This allows students to have a range of locations for a cozy place to study and get work done. UIUC has the largest library collection in Illinois with not only books available to students, but also movies and music. If you attend UIUC, be sure to take advantage of the library system.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid was tough for me, and the people who work in the financial aid office are very rude and far from helpful. Also, scholarships are hard to find.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really like the U of I because it has a lot of diversity, which is something that I wasn't used to prior to attending college.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Boys Are the Best – Alot of girls like to stick to cliques. I like hanging with the boys here because they'll always be fun and care-free.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Only People Who Want to Do It Do – There is not a lot of peer pressure going on. People who decide to drink drink, those who don't don't.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Intramural Sports Are Cool – Intramural sports at UIUC are cool, they promote them a whole lot and they can be fun sometimes.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's Not Bad. Off-campus dining would be like any other campus town. Most of the student live is on campus but there are still different places around.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: No Personal Experience, but It Seems Great – I'm a freshman, so I haven't had an internship yet. I can say that it seems like the majors here will prepare people for jobs in the real world. The classes have been very good so far.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's Not the Greatest – They try to give scholarships to everyone who needs one, but they don't quite succeed. I have several friends who have full scholarships, but I also have at least as many who need more than they have.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Much Better Than Home – I've had a great time here. The academics are fantastic; I've really learned a lot in my classes so far. The social scene is great as well. There is always something to do.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Engineering program here really sets it apart, as far as undergrad goes. If you're looking at it for grad school, the Law program here is also phenomenal.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I started in Engineering, which turned out to be a really bad decision. Once you're out of Engineering, life is a lot easier, but you can tell that U of I is mostly about the Engineering, money-wise. That being said, sit down with a random person, and you can usually have an intellectually stimulating conversation, which is so great coming from a small hick town.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: To get any kind of good parking at U of I, you pay an arm and a leg. Just take the public transportation system. The MTD buses are usually on time.

1 College Junior

Parking: Pretty Bad – There is very little parking around campus. Mostly, it's metered parking for 2 hours. That said, there are a lot of campus "permit only" parking lots that are free to park in after 5pm until about 2am, which is nice.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I don't think the school is overly strict, except for where academic integrity is concerned.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's a college town....lots of slum lords, lots of crappy apartments. The good apartments are expensive. It's pretty standard for any place like Urbana-Champaign or larger. Just go to the Tenant Resource Center and check out your landlord before signing a lease, always take pictures upon move-in and move-out, and be sure to turn in a detailed list of any apartment flaws within 72 hours of moving in.

4 College Senior

Majors: Relatively Easy – I didn't have to do any special application process when applying.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Lots of People Here – There's high chance you will encounter hot girls and guys every day.

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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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