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Champaign, IL
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31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: University of Illinois is pretty notorious for our nightlife. All bars on campus you need only to be 19 to get in. Many students go to house parties at the start of the night and find their way at the bars to end the night off. Because of the lenient age entry students from colleges nearby come visit to party at my school. You will surely find someone you know out and about.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Campus Life – Guys and Girls at the University of Illinois are on average intelligent but very interested in going out and having a good time. People care about the way they look on the weekends, but not when they go to class generally students are not too worried on impressing anyone. Weekend attire includes keeping up with the latest trends; guys like to wear polos and nice jeans while girls wear dressy tops and high heels. Relationships are common and ever changing, freshman year people are not very interested in settling down and are more interested in meeting as many people as they can however you hear of many relationships with the upperclassmen. In spare time you can find almost every activity on our campus quad ranging from selling hair extensions and brownies to frisbee tossing and tight rope walking.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Great Resources – Each program has a different set of advisers and most of these advisers are very helpful. I love being in pre-med because you get to see a lot of the best facilities on campus. The workload is very tough and demanding as well as the curriculum which moves very quickly at times. The facilities are older but nice, and a lot are being renovated to become state-of-the-art labs and lecture halls. There are multiple outlets to find jobs and internships for breaks and for after graduation. The career center is a great resource for that.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: A Very Fun Place – The dorms are very small but also very nice and a good way to meet people. The social atmosphere is great with all of the fraternities and sororities on campus. The cost of living is going up and to find a nice apartment it averages at about $500 a month per person. The apartments range from anywhere to right next to class to a couple miles away. The realtors are mostly very nice and the Tenant Union is a great way to help and get resources if you are a prospective apartment looker.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Overall a Safe Place – The campus crime is just as much as any other campus. Of course there are dangerous areas off campus that escalate in danger as the hour gets later but overall the communication between the University and the students is good when it comes to crime alerts as well as the positive safety alert measures that the University has made. Overall the police and safety services do a good job.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Where Is It? It can be a little difficult to find information about scholarships if you're not sure where to look. I'd recommend making an appointment with an adviser to learn more.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Laid Back – I haven't had much experience with it but the school seems to have some fairly laid back policies. I believe a letter is sent home after the 3rd drinking ticket. Still, be smart about ;drinking and anything else you may do.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The internet at UIUC is very fast and reliable. Wireless is readily available in most, if not all, campus buildings. The computer labs have some older computers but they are great for their intended purpose. I would recommend purchasing a small laptop to take to classes and around campus. If you don't have one, it shouldn't be too hard to find a spot at one of the various labs around campus.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Take You Everywhere – The bus system is really nice and as long as you have your I-card traveling on the buses is free for students. It can take awhile to ride the bus somewhere off-campus though which takes up a large portion of the day. Also, sometimes the buses aren't on time, which can cause problems in peoples schedules. However, taking the bus is best because there aren't many places to park cars on campus and most places you need to pay the meter, which adds up.

3 College Senior

Diversity: A Good Variety – There is a large majority of white people on the University of Illinois campus however I've also met a variety of different types of people. These include Jewish people, hispanics, asians, and african americans. It's a very large campus so it allows for a wide range of different people from various backgrounds as well. Most people that come from lower income families are relying on their scholarships. I feel I've gotten to experience a variety of different types of people from my campus, but there is also a lot of white people, which brings this grade down.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: A Large Population! Apartments range from reasonably priced to really expensive! The closer to the quad, the more expensive they are. Since there is a large population on the University of Illinois Campus, it's basically a race of who will get the good ones first. Then once they're gone, you're out of luck and need to revert to your next best choice. It can be very stressful and most people have their leases signed a year ahead of time, which also causes issues with roommates.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health and Safety – I think it is overall pretty safe on campus, I wouldn't walk around alone at night though. The crime alerts are pretty helpful. Just lock your room up and lock your bathroom doors even if it is a pain in the butt.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I cannot say too much about Champaign itself because I have yet to explore it too much as I have just been around campus. I like the area though, Urbana can be a little sketchy, but the campus itself has plenty of places to eat and go to, what with Green Street being so close. Venturing out into Champaign a couple times has made me want to explore it more, it seems nice.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Top 10 – The University of Illinois is a top ten school. We are big in football and almost everyone goes to the games. On game days everyone dresses up in U of I apparel. Basketball games are really fun too and a lot of people go to those too.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The University of Illinois has the biggest Greek system across the nation, so most likely you will meet girls or boys in a fraternity or sorority. A lot of girls and boys wear their Greek letters to class. No one over dresses to much to class, but everyone dresses up when they go out at night. Most people here are from the north shore of Illinois, but their are a lot of international students.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: At U of I you need to have a focus plan at the beginning because you are 1 person out of thousands and it is hard to get individualized advice.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: U of I recruits students mainly from east Asia. Besides that, they recruit a lot of Chicago-suburb kids.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Champaign Is Dangerous – At the U of I, you have the choice to live in either Champaign or Urbana. It's true that living in Champaign is cheaper, but according to recent crime alerts, it is more dangerous than the alternative, Urbana.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: MTD is every on campus and free to all students. Plus there is the option of safe rides if the buses have stopped running or you are not near a bus stop.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Student Looks – Pretty average for the looks, social life is very extensive.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus facilities are nice and well maintained. However, the school is heavily populated so the best time to go to some of these establishments is when most of the students are asleep.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Always Something to Do – This is very nice place. Most people have to be 19 to get into the bars, but there are always parties going on and there is always things going on in the dorms. There is always something for everyone to do.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: It is very good. There is always someone here that you have never met and everyone has a story. There are many international students and many more people to get to know.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Go More Healthy – The food is good, but sometimes it is hard to eat healthy on campus. There is very few cooked vegetables and at times we only have one choice. We need more options to be healthy instead of all the fried food.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Top 10 – UIUC is part of the Big Ten Conference. Found in 1867 the UIUC holds 21 varsity teams and a total of 230 Big Ten championships as of December 2010.

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Emily Thiersch
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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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