Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3198 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Freshman

Majors: Since I am only a freshman, I did not have the opportunity to get an internship this year.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation at UIUC is never an issue. Your Icard gives you access to all MTD buses. MTD buses run all over campus and also to popular offcampus paces like the mall, walmart, movie theatre etc. A lot of people also have cars so getting to less popular places, like the corn maze, is fairly easy as well. Parking is ridiculous on campus though as every spot it metered, and enforced. Parking police are frequently going around so make sure your meter is fed.

Most students walk or bike to classes. around campus as well. CU is one of the most bike friendly colleges and there are many bike racks and bike lanes. Walking is also easy as most places are within a 15 min walk and there aren't any sketchy areas you would have to walk by.

3 College Junior

Diversity: UIUC is a dieverse university. Our current Chancellor Wise, is very into the diversity on campus. However, there is some prejudice and racism evident. There are many RSOs that encourage ethnic pride and the professor are diverse as well.

2 College Junior

Weather: The weather at UIUC is insane. I have been there for 3 years and I have literally seen everything imaginable. Two of the winters resulted in severe weather and dangerous driving conditions, with 57 being shut down for both. Summers have also been extreme, especially if you're in an older lecture hall or your housing does not have AC. There has been snow days after Spring break, as well as the polar vortex. Spring is a hot or miss, but the campus is beautiful after the winter. Rainboots are a must as campus does not seem to drain for days after rain and there are puddles everywhere if it is raining.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is really diverse so this review is for the housing as a whole. There are a wide variety of housing available. One can rent a house, apartment. studio, private certified, or stay in the dorms. The campus also is across two cities so you can which city to live in as well. The housing options do range from crappy places to well kept. Each landlord has their own reviews, and you can check complaints at the Tenant Union.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Don't just look at looks but rather personality.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many diverse options. Although, more fast food places have been popping up.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: A bus arrives every ten minutes. Fairly easy to get around.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not known for our sports but we do have Illini Krush!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If it's for you, then join Greek Life, if not, then don't.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Not around the surrounding area much, where I've gone it seems alright. Champaign is definitely safer than Urbana though.

5 College Freshman

Computers: If you need a computer, finding one should not be difficult.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have been some issues with safety. Mainly non-University students though.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is different in more than one way. Even with such a grand diversity, one is sure to find someone with common interests.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Team performance is not impressive by the student body gets involved in large events.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Six Pack is one of the most popular dorm areas. They are the most social dorms and they are close to the new dining center which includes computer labs and a gym facility.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone enjoys watching them, but we aren't the best at everything.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Nothing is too overbearing or strict.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love it and would probably do it all over again.

3 College Freshman

Majors: It focuses on the sciences, so it is a little tough. But the other general requirements aren't unbearable.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: You can always find something going on, no matter what day it is.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I haven't had much trouble.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: In a small town, so it is basically the campus that makes up the town. But I wouldn't have it any other way. I love the fact that it is a campus town.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is annoying how many people are involved and have to buy their friends to party with.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I really have no idea, most just choose to stay on campus.

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Emily Thiersch
Hometown
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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