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

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Visible – At the U of I, there are some drug users, but they aren't visible to the public most of the time. However, there are too many drunkards wobbling down Green street Friday night.

4 College Junior

Transportation: There is a good bus system through MTD and the campus is not too big where you cannot walk it

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Food Places in Champaign – There is a lot of variety but some of the food options are pricey. Its easy to find a cheap meal however

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The Atmosphere of Champaign – Champaign is a small town, almost entirely based on the student population. There is plenty to do if you know where to look

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Za's Has Pizzaz – I have recently visited a small restaurant down here called Za's. This restaurant is a little far from campus, but it offers wonderful pasta, salad, and Italian Cuisine. It is also reasonably priced.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Best Place to Work Out – The facilities are the University of Illinois are amazing and modern. The ARC and CRCE are always clean are filled with the latest work out equipment. The student union is a great place to study (my personal favorite) with food and a great coffee shop.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Small Town With a Lot to Do – Champaign-Urbana is much smaller than the previous cities I have lived in, but it has everything and more. The college town is accessible, with a lot of restaurants, places to study, live sports and concert. Additionally, Campaign and Urbana's city centers are quiet and full of small town excitement one can walk through and enjoy.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Too Strict – There are some cops around and they crack down hard on special events such as Unofficial or if you have your music on too loud at an apartment. As far as school policies go, Resident Advisors can get you into trouble at dorms if they find you drinking or smoking, and follow up with consequences

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Typical Big Ten – There are so many students that attend U of I so you'll easily find a group of people like you. Greek life and drinking is pretty big here, but you can still have fun without drinking or being a part of Greek life. Students here love football games and there is a lot of Illini Pride

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Pretty Good – There are computer labs and printers at every dorm. How the printers are set up are also convenient because you can just have the fee sent to your student account. Printing costs about 5 or 10 cents per page depending on the location. WiFi is available in buildings where classes take place, so most people carry laptops around. Network reliability and speed are also very good

4 College Freshman

Parking: There is enough available parking on campus but you have to pay to park on the street. However, there is not much need for a car on campus since everything is within walking distance and the University provides bus transportation around campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Are Great – Sports are somewhat of a big deal at U of I. Almost all students are involved in one way or another and the fan support and school spirit is great. The workout and training facilities are amazing and top-notch.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty Diverse – U of I is pretty diverse in the sense that there are a lot of students from all over the world. Everyone is excepted and included. The majority I see on campus are White and Asian students, however.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Strong School Spirit – U of I is very proud of their sports teams and take great pride in everything they do. Sport games are very important and very exciting to watch.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Variety – There are plenty of restaurants around campus. The food in the dorms vary but for the most part are still good.

College Freshman

Academics: The professors usually seem willing to help out students no matter how big the class is.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Diverse. So many different people, so many different interests. Its very easy to find a great group of people here.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not What You Heard – You come in with a extremeley bad idea of what the dorms are like, they arent rated the best out there. They are surprisingly good though. The dorms are small but very manageable. The bathrooms arent really an issue until the showers start flooding. Its cleaned on a daily basis. I would definatley suggest living here. The six pack is the perfect social atmosphere

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Green Street Eating – Very good choice on Green Street. Its Right off he quad so its still on campus but its really. There are alot of choices and its always open late night. Great place to go when you are tired of all the dorm food

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A Lot to Do! Shopping is pretty limited on campus, but you can take the bus to get there, it's about a 25 minute ride there. We're a huge school, so there's always something going on in some corner of the university, you just have to find what it is! Lots of friendly people. UIUC is a big party school, so on weekends, there's always a few parties to go to.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Rediculous! No Point in Having a Car – Only parking for a few hours is available, the only way to park is to pay for a permit and park far away. there is really no point in having a car on campus

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Fraternities Have a Huge Influence on Campus – Fraternities have access to all the drugs and alcohol, and all the students going there end up participating in all those activities

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs are available all over the place, wireless is not available for dorms, but is available around campus.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The gigs and guys at U of I are wonderful!! So thoughtful and nice to each other!!

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: I believe that the libraries are WoNDERFUL! Always so quiet and much space!


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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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