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Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Not Sure – I do not have a car and campus and i don't see it as a necessity

4 College Freshman

Academics: The engineering college is fantastic. I like that the work is very challenging. Contrary what many people i have talked to have said there are also a lot of people to help you if your struggling on a topic

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Not for Everyone, but I Love It – The University of Illinois took some time to grow on me, but over the years I've grown to love it. Academics are stressed by many just as much as the need to maintain a vibrant social life. Once you find your clique, this will be an easy school to call your home.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greeks Are Everywhere – Whether it's sponsoring events or hosting social gatherings, Greek students are heavily involved in the campus community at the University of Illinois. They're everywhere on campus yet don't pressure everyone to join.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Decent – The dorms at University of Illinois have gotten really expensive, but they do look nice.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Fast Food in Champaign – A variety of fast-food and sit-down restaurants operate close to campus and are in walking distance.

3 College Freshman

Majors: It is hard to change from college to college. They make you "apply" to the college you want to switch to. You will not be able to change into that college until the next school year even if you get accepted in the spring. But, if you are switching majors within your college it is a piece of cake. You just fill out some forms and you are done.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Smooth Financial Ride! I received a great amount of grants and scholarships from the university. But, I think this is because I am considered a minority. Also, I was a very well-rounded student in high school.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug & Alcohol Use – The drug scene here is not too big. Alcohol is more of a bigger issue. People start drinking on Thursdays (Thirsty Thursdays). The party scene is big here. Therefore, there is a lot of weed smoking and alcohol drinking going on starting on Thursday.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Elementary Education...Harder Than You'd Think! I am an el-ed major...well, trying to be. Here, first you must get accepted into pre-teacher education. After your sophomore year, you can apply for the major and have to get accepted. They only accept 125 el-ed majors and the average GPA is around 3.6 or 3.7. You must take a basic skills test at the neighboring community college (there's a bus) and complete 50 hours in the classroom. It is a LOT harder than education majors are deemed to be. However, at such a large school, it's nice to have such a small group of people in my major. Certain classes have a very heavy workload while others are honestly pathetic (these classes are few.) The facilities are pretty, yet a lot need to be renovated. If you're in the business or engineering facilities, however, these are nicer and newer. The career center offers a lot of internship and job opportunities and works well with students.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I Don't Want a Car – I don't want a car on campus. I want a moped. It is so difficult to drive around here with bikes and people walking because they cross the street whenever. It is stressful and difficult. There are large ticketing and fines and we have a good bus system. If you have a bike and use the buses, and have no need to go off campus like for student teaching for education majors or certain golf courses for golfers, you don't need a car. The lots are somewhat out of the way because there are usually not a ton of spots. Yay for parallel parking...hah joke.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: U of I is very diverse. In the dorms we have multicultural advocates. We have a large number of African Americans, and 1 in 4 are Asian here. They have many cultural houses where you can go and chat and get free lunch regardless of your ethnicity. A lot of people here are upper-middle class. I do not know the political beliefs of many of my peers here or religious beliefs. However, we have a lot of great Christian groups on campus and even Catholic housing. Religion seems to be very important to a lot of people here. We also have a somewhat strong LGBTQ population and they have groups to talk and have events like movie nights where all students are welcome.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Fun, Spirited, Crazy – We have Assembly Hall, which houses basketball, all kinds of awesome concerts and shows, and a theater and museum. We have the typical movie theater and mall nearby. Mainly, we all attend sporting events, go to the many bars on campus, or attend frat parties. The campus is very diverse, and although I normally do not feel unsafe, it is a very unsafe campus. It is dangerous. However, the locals all root us on and we are so spirited and always have a good time.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Process for Applying Is Complex – Many students are unaware of how to apply for the numerous scholarships the school provides, but with help from the financial aid office, it is easy to get the necessary help for paying for college.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is so much diversity at U of I, and the quality of schooling and interactions with other students provides a more than hospitable environment to enjoy college. It is easy to have fun while maintaining good academic standing. The school also provides many martial arts classes, which is excellent for me.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Plenty of Options – There are countless options for students who want to live off campus. The student Tenant Union provides much information regarding landlords and different complexes. The Union makes it very easy to sift through the many possibilities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is easily manageable is you practice time management and good study skills. The resources provided by U of I, such as the professors, study options, and the excellent curriculum, help to foster a successful learning environment.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather doesn't really affect me in negative ways. Many times people complain about the weather, but how hard is it to check what the weather will be like and dress appropriately so you don't have to complain. I feel little sorrow for the person walking in flip flops and short when its cold and staring to rain, they simply should have thought about their clothing selections. The weather here has not been too severe, but it does change drastically within the week, from warm sunny days to cold rainy and windy gloomy days. Nothing appropriate outerwear can't fix!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Eating on Campus is no problem depending on where I am, there is always a place I can go to eat. The dining hall in my residence hall, PAR, is by far the best. The other dining halls are not that bad, but the food simply tastes better at PAR. I would over all grade it with a B because after eating the same thing over and over the food becomes unappetizing.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living Learning Communities at U of I Offer a Different Dorm Experience – The LLC's at U of I are pretty great options for housing. They require entrance essays and cost roughly $250 more to live in, but the extra money and effort are totally worth the resources privided. I live in Weston Exploration and have access to a Hall-Specific Career Counselor, Division of General Studies Academic Advisor and really invested RA's. There is constant programs and opportunities to meet more of your peer residents while snacking and doing something fun or learning. We also have our own computer lab and special courses reserved for Weston and LEADS (another LLC) residents. It's good stuff.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Kayne's West's "Workout Plan" Ain't Got Nothin on U of I's ARC – The ARC is a truly sate of the art facility. There are seemingly enldess machines of seemingly endless varieties for cardio and weight training puposes. The facility also has an indoor trac on the upper level and on the lower levels many gymnasiums. The second level of the arc overlooks 3 of the biggest courts in the ARC that people are constantly playing basketball on. There are also treadmills that face huged arched windows on the second story and overlook the biggest housing commons area on campus. Oh, and did I mention the indoor AND outdoor pools? Yeah, the ARC is pretty awesome, and a great place to discretely watch your good looking peers get their fitness on.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: You can find easily find a party every weekend. Or as long as you know someone in a fraternity, you can always go there. The 19 year old bars are easy to get into if you're under 19 too.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Value Is Not Worth It – The meal plans for the dining hall are bad. They're way more expensive than they need to be and are not ideal for the average student. In addition the food is only decent.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There Are a Lot of Opportunities – There are so many opporutunities to join groups that are connected to your major. Through these groups it's easy to network with people from your industry and you can possibly gain internships from these contacts.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A College Town – Champaign-Urbana is a college town. Everything is easily acessible to the students, especially transportation. The atmosphere here is very comfortable as a freshman away from home for the first time.

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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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