Champaign, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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Reviews 3183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Plenty of Buses – There are many of buses and all the routes are simple to understand. The only downside to the transportation system is the overcrowding during the colder months.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Large Variety – I'd say U of I does great with diversity. The largest minority by far at U of I is asians. There are many foreign exchange students which makes the diversity greater as well.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Large Variety – I'd say U of I does great with diversity. The largest minority by far at U of I is asians. There are many foreign exchange students which makes the diversity greater as well.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Illini Pride – You wouldnt be able to find a better athletics department any where else. UIUC offers an emmense variety of sports from football to women's rugby to badminton. If you're not athletic, UIUC offers one of the biggest pride clubs you can find. They cheer on almost every sport, famous for Block I and Orange Crush. Being in a student cheering section is unlike any other feeling I have experienced, the atmosphere is just so energetic!

3 College Student

Health & Safety: There is only one police officer in the entire school. There are drug checks by using dogs to sniff at the lockers, cars, etc.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Labs – They are lots of computer labs across campus. All the buildings have wireless access which makes it easier for students to use computers

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is hard to get; I did really well in high school and got good grades, but they still denied me for any financial aid.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Yes, University of Illinois has some very unique opportunities. For one, their study abroad program is immense; you can go just about anywhere in the world. Also, if you would like to change majors, you have a huge variety of choices. On the bad side, though, is the nightlife/greek life and general social scene. If you aren't a part of the Greek system, you're a 'nobody' and if you don't like to party almost every night of the week, there's really no other fun activities to do. And the people in general on campus are not that friendly.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers on campus work great. There are many computer labs all across campus where they provide printing. Printing does cost a little, but it definitely helps when you forgot an assignment back at your dorm and don't have enough time to go back for it. The wi-fi network is extensive and works really great as well as fast. You could get by without a computer, but get ready for some late nights in the computer lab.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Limited Opinion – I never really used the computer labs, just the WiFi around campus. It works well, but sometimes you get disconnected or you have difficulty connecting especially in a hotspot like the library during finals.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe Enough – I never really felt unsafe. Nothing has ever happened to me or my friends. I hear of crimes happening nearby my dorm and in other dorms, but I never think too much of it. The only problem is walking around campus at night. It's really dark.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many different diverse people, however, unless you try to find them, you may be stuck with students all from the Chicago area.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Art and Design – I'm currently in the art and design foundation program, I enjoy the program and you cover a variety of topics.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Very Fun – Bars are always available and fun. Frats always have parties. And apartments are usually having parties as well!

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Asians everywhere, but also a very diverse population!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Illini Tower – Try to switch up with different types of food. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. Always have a salad bar and burgers and chicken

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: University housing can be good or housing can be bad. The food is horrible. Overall the rooms are decent. Everything is relatively near where classes occur.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Good Professors – I have had pretty good professors. One science professor wasn't the best teacher, but that is sometimes to be expected. Professors and TAs encourage students to ask questions and are always willing to answer questions.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: MTD's quite good. Texting/mobile apps to check time of next bus, lots of buses and routes.

4 College Freshman

Academics: One of the top computer engineering programs in the country.
Bit too big a program; it accepts some really stupid people.
Engineers are a bit too socially hopeless though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Well, what can I say? We're surrounded by miles and miles of corn. Still, not bad; we attract some nice music artists, hayrides ARE fun, safety's not a concern, and locals are quite nice.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Well, what can I say? We're surrounded by miles and miles of corn. Still, not bad; we attract some nice music artists, hayrides ARE fun, safety's not a concern, and locals are quite nice.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Never would have imagined I would be coming here, but no regrets.

3 College Freshman

Weather: So damn windy.
I'm a bit scared of winter horror stories though (still a freshman).

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Varies heavily between dorms and the like. Would like closer dorms to engineering quad (ISR's still a bit far from the west end). Awesome RAs. Food's hit-and-miss. Dorms provide lots of things to rent (game systems, cleaning supplies, rec room stuff, etc.)


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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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