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

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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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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Many Great Opportunities – Good fun party atmosphere. Awesome academics, giving you many opportunities after graduation.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Weather is unknown day to day. Warm and sunny one day, cold and rainy/snowy the next.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Six Pack Best Dorms – Very fun, social dorms compared to all others. Very close to dining hall and rec center. Buses take you right to all the educational buildings.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Political Science – I am only a freshmen and right now I am only taking my basic courses. However I do no that U Of I have a great program for political science.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Peer Pressure in College – I not aware of any illegal drug dealing at my school but I am sure it happens. I have attended several parties where alcohol was present and very encouraged. However coming from a family alcoholic I don't ever want to be apart of that. I am a strong advocate against drinking. I have made up my own mind concerning not being peer pressure into drinking. I have seen friends that had never drunk before crack under peer pressure. Our school do not tolerate drinking under age but it happen all the time.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Currently I am a freshmen and it was a requirement to live on-campus for the first year of school. I am currently looking into off campus housing for next semester. There is plenty of off-campus housing, with many new apartment complexs. The rent is $400.00 month opposed to campus housing at 1,400.00 a month.living on campus you will always have access to the dining hall. office campus you will be responsible for your own meals. Most office campus housing you have to pay your own utilities but still cheaper than dorms. Parking is very limited throughout campus as well as off campus there lots of restrictions and fees. The school is very resourceful if you need any kind of assistant where it safety issues or you need of a tutor. They are very helpful except if you are in need of a scholarship.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus Is the Way to Go! Buses are a must at a big campus like U of I. If you don't have a bike and don't know the bus system, then good luck walking! The buses practically pick you up anywhere and take you anywhere you want to go. The Illini route is awesome because it runs every 10 minutes so you don't have to wait long for it. The only bad side is the service for all routes is limited on weekends, so you're kinda lost without them.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: At the University of Illinois, there are a ton of off-campus housing options. A lot of them are decently price and fairly close to campus. The only bad thing is you have to start looking for one at the beginning of the fall semester, so if you're studying abroad the year before and want to live in an apartment, you have to have someone else look for you.

2 College Freshman

Computers: Dorms Need Wireless – I don't understand why the dorms at the University of Illinois cannot have wireless internet in the rooms, or even let students have their own wireless router. With my laptop, I should be able to study wherever I want with ease. Plus, the connection they have is terribly slow and makes skyping or just plain using the internet difficult.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dining in Chambana – The restaurants are actually pretty good around campus, with a few standouts in most of the major food categories, but the price is moderate. It isn't too much, but of course they need to make revenue too. Lots of variety at a fair price.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Rec Centers – The two rec centers on campus are phenomenal. CRCE and ARC are great places to hoop, take a dance class or get a good lift in. We have state of the art machines and numerous courts for virtually every sport.

4 College Freshman

Academics: My rhetoric professors both semesters have really interacted with me and have definitely improved my writing abilities.

4 College Junior

Computers: Very Good – There is usually an open computer at every library, so it's not too stressful finding a place to work. Wireless access is very good, though not completely everywhere on campus.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Hard to Get a Lot of Aid – The University of Illinois has a lot of students attending, so they don't give a generous amount of financial aid.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Awesome – Buses are a really great way to get around campus. There are many different bus routes that take you to different areas. Illinois has such a big campus so buses are really great to have especially since they are free. One bad thing about the buses is that they are sometimes late.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are the Way to Go – At the U of I the bus system is excellent. Buses are available at almost all times of the day and they are easy to access.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: What It Would Be Like to Live on Campus – I do not live on campus; however I find that it would be convenient in many ways. The classes are closer and so are other facilities.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Sometimes Walking Is the Best Option – With a school as big as the University of Illinois, it would be really conventional to have a transportation system that is reliable & efficient. However, the MTD system at the University of Illinois is more than often not on time. I have found the MTD system to be unreliable on most occasions & I have learned to find another means of transportation when I have an exam or an important event that requires me to be prompt. Despite the MTD's constant tardiness, it does have its upsides. The MTD offers buses that go off-campus for students that do not have their own means of transportation. Overall, the MTD lacks promptness, but offers accessibility to off-campus locations.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not a Sport's Fan? You'll Find Yourself at a Game Before You Leave! The University of Illinois at Champaign- Urbana is more than welcoming to sports fans & those who aren't sports fans all the same. I have played soccer my entire life, but I haven't been one to really enjoy watching sports or attend sporting events. However, after seeing the prominent athletic department at the University of Illinois & after hearing my friends & classmates boast about the excitement at the games, I found myself attending a game. That game became two, then became, five & then became a regular part of my schedule. The athletics at the University of Illinois are very welcoming to all ages, genders and ethnicities.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys & Girls - More Alike Than You'd Think – In most areas, guys & girls are quite different & unique from one another. However, at the University of Illinois at Champaign - Urbana, the differences are more discrete and hard to come by. Most of the courses I've taken have equal numbers of guys & girls - showing similar interests in those subjects. Furthermore, at extracurriculars I have attended, such as, events put on by the Muslim Student Association, there have been equal numbers of guys & girls - showing similar interests in activities regarding religion & culture. Lastly, the majority of guys & girls seem to have similar interets for night life - such as going out to Green Street and spending their nights at the bars. In conclusion, the guys & girls at the University of Illinois at Champaign - Urbana are quite similar, making interactions between the two quite common.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I enjoy my engineering classes, but not my las classes. I also like that student organizations can practically do whatever they want.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The Cold – It doesn't feel that good having to walk to class when the weather is very cold. Classes are never canceled...


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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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