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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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.)

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: No Matter Where You Go, You'll Have Fun – The frats are great for those who are still 18, but after rush, they tend to have smaller, more exclusive parties. They'll give you free drinks and you'll never have to pay cover, but it's hard for guys to get in. Apartment parties are another option. Sometimes you'll have to pay cover, but there are usually pretty good drinks. Once you're 19, you can get into almost any bar on campus. They're really fun and great for dancing, but they can get expensive, and sometimes police will raid the bars and give out drinking tickets.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Highly Wired and Convenient – The computer labs only get crowded during finals. The internet speed at the dorms is phenomenal compared to the library's when a lot of people are present. Wi-fi is available almost all over campus

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are many different groups at U of I, but the obvious group that encompasses the large majority of students are partiers. Many of the students go to bars often. There are all variety of girls and guys in terms of race, sexual orientation and personalities.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Attending a university located in the Midwest, one should go into it expecting hot summers and frigid winters. We get a hefty amount of snow in Illinois during the winter and if that bothers you, U of I isn't the place to be.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I live in Illini Tower which is one of the more diverse buildings for freshman. That being said, different groups clique together as a result of their experiences, meaning that you don't see as much reaching across groups. However I don't feel there is much discrimination, although many might not like the new anti-smoking rules.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are lots of white students, but not a lot of Asians, Hispanics, and African-Americans. However, the problem mainly is with the students themselves, who tend to gravitate towards "their own kind". The opportunity for diversifying oneself is certainly present. The experience depends on the individual student being willing to venture outside of what they're used to.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Tons and Tons of Apartments and Houses – Most people get apartments with their friends after their freshman or sophomore years...and there are tons of them available. Some are extremely nice and also expensive, others are crappy and cheap, but there are a decent amount that are pretty nice, and pretty clean, located on campus at reasonable prices. There's something for everyone...and of course the farther away from campus...the less expensive it will get (but you're gonna want a car if you live off campus. Some manage without it...but those are the ones that never go home during the day)

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dorm Food =NO, Restaurants= YES – The dorm food gets pretty boring and pretty terrible halfway into the year. They start you off with decent food then downgrade you to just edible food. Then it slowly turns into the mush on your plate that you wish you could just IV the carbs into your vein and it over with....Sure they'll trick you into thinking that within the 10 or so dining halls available to you, you're bound to find something you like, but lets face it...cafeteria food is cafeteria food...my dog wouldn't even eat it. But don't fear, you won't starve...there are plenty of great restaurants on Green street you can go to....at a price that is. I'm sure you'll spend more money on food than on anything else during the whole school year.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Frats and Sororities – Although the campus's social life is always very vibrant (bars are open and crowded every night, there are many frat parties every weekend) most of the social events revolve around alcohol and frat boys looking to get lucky. So if you're not into that sort of thing (guys groping you on the dance floor, and holding your friends hair while she pukes into the toilet) you may feel out of place....Sure there are other things you could do...like go bowling or attend the university organized events like ILLINITES, but that gets old...fast.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Popular – Drinking is what people do to at social gatherings. Not surprising based on the number of frats and bars. Drugs can be found if you look for them, but the same can be said for any school.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not Bad – Seems diverse from what I've noticed. The majority of students are white, but there are many international students in attendance. There are many clubs and organizations based on uniting members of cultural groups.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do – Good party atmosphere and nightlife. Many campus bars and frats make it a big party school. There are other low-key options like museums, theaters and plays. Lots of school spirit.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: AMAZING! Always a party on weekends whether it's held by fraternities, the university itself, or at a bar and club, there's always something for students to do on campus to relive the stress from school. Transportation is free and 24/7, the transit buses comes every 10 minutes, and the university offer other transportation such as saferides and safewalk.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Social Life – Everybody is friendly! You share some of the same interest although you grew up in different areas.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Police and Safety Service – Police notify all students and staff on campus about everything that happens to ensure them of their whereabouts within that area. They also offer this service called saferides and safewalk for students on the campus during night time when students have to walk somewhere or go back to residence alone after a late exam or anythng

2 College Freshman

Weather: This area is known for exceedingly cold weather and wind chill, which can be dangerous. However, as long as you prepare accordingly and make usree of the transit system discomfort should be minimal.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Strict If Caught – There are undercover cops in the bars sometimes and frat parties do get busted every now and then. Dorms are also pretty strict on drinking as well so you have to be fairly careful about most things, especially on first-year private housing.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Fairly Prominent – Greek life is spread all over the campus and is pretty huge, but not unexpected given campus size. It's easier to have fun if you're associated.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is very convenient. The CU-MTD takes the students wherever they need to go.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus housing at the University of Illinois is among the worst in the country. Half of the dorms don't even include air conditioning, and some don't even offer proper dining hall accessibility. Some of the typical events in a dorm include: people passing out in elevators, throwing up outside in the lobby, and pedophilic smokers EVERYWHERE. We even have the 3 worst dorms in America (Garner, Forbes, Weston). Basically, GET OUT OF DORMS AS SOON AS YOU'RE ABLE TO. Get an apartment, it's MUCH better, and you won't die of the horrible food they manage to cook up.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms in my area, which is the Six Pack is decent. Location wise it is great, because it is very close to the campus, restaurants, dining hall, bank, etc. The dining hall food is a little below average. A lot of it is fried, making it very unhealthy. Sometimes, the variety isn't great. I'm more dissatisfied than satisfied. Depending on where you dorm, social atmosphere varies. Cost is a little expensive, but then again everything these days are. The process is easy

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3 College Freshman

Majors: Currently I am in the Division of General studies and so I have not picked a major. At orientation they say that students have no disadvantage by doing this but I would strongly recommend you to declare a major before applying to the University of Illinois. It make Freshman year so much less stressful because you have earlier priority on choosing classes and if you wish to switch majors you can just the same as if you were in the Division of General Studies. To declare a major there are different requirements for each specific one, for example for the College of Business you must declare the May of your freshman year. It's highly competitive and so you would benefit to applying directly into it.


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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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