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

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4 College Junior

Academics: Awesome College of Engineering – First of all, UIUC college of engineering has very structured and organized advising system and many mentors. curriculum is good facilities are great. you can tell that school actually invests a lot into college of engineering. There are a lot of internship/job offers for engineers and business students at uiuc. workload depends on courses you take but I would say it's heavy in a way.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: All Univerisities Party – The drug scene is Champaign is no different than any town. If a person wishes to do drugs then they will wherever they are. The same goes for alcohol. At most universities it is common for college students to party and drink if they are underage or not. The greek system has very strict rules like sororities arent allowed alcohol in their houses at all and none of their functions can have it either. Many dorms also enforce this policy and sometimes even do random room checks to make sure it is being followed. Another aspect on this subject is that when you first arrive at the U of I, you must attend a special seminar on drug and alcohol use.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Shady Frats, but Fun Elsewhere – The University of Illinois has many opportunities for nightlife no matter how old you are. Of course there is always a Frat party to go to whether it is a Monday or a Saturday. However, frats are usually extremely filthy and can even be somewhat shady, so if you choose to party at frats then try to be extremely cautious. The bars here are also very popular since you only have to be 19 to get into campus bars. Most of the bars are within walking distance of each other and often offer many specials different days of the week. Along with specials there are even theme nights like Counrty night, 8th grade dance night, White trash, and so on. One bar, Kams, even offers a mechanical bull on some of their country nights. If people arent interested in partying there are other things to do as well. Champaign has a few movie theatres and a great variety of restaurants along with a decent mall. To end the night, if you dont feel like walking the public buses are free for all students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: At the University of Illinois, a student can defintely see academics at its finest. There are so many courses and different paths of study offered that it would be hard for a person not to find what they want to do. Although at times the classes are very large, many are often broken down into discussion classes and labs as well. The professors are very approachable and do there best to help every student succeed, no matter how large their classes are. At times being a student here is frustrating since there are so many different choices you need to make, but advisors always offer their time and knowledge to guide you in the right direction. Also, once a student has chosen a major, a curriculum is laid out in front of them so choosing classes is less of a struggle in the long run.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Illini Pride at U of I – There is a great deal of school spirit which is shown through the attendance of games, the Illini gear and so on. Our team performance is a force to be reckon with while they have a host of fan support behind them. We have two recreational facilities where many athletes work out, lift weights and play basketball. It is a facility uses by the whole student body where you can hang out with friends, join a fitness class or work out. There are a host of athletic teams that contributes to the University of Illinois in a positive way.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Diverse Group of People – For the most part you will find people who look, act and dress according to their personality. For classes people normally dress comfortably and casually in Illini gear or jogging pants and a sweatshirt depending on the weather. My school is considered a "party" school so there are a lot of people walking around dressed up and in heels. The guys are eye candy as well.

4 College Junior

Academics: New Incomer – I just recently transferred into my declared major last semester so I am still adjusting to it. My specific major which is Media and Cinema Studies with a minor in Communications and there are a great deal of theory courses focusing on different aspects of media. The workload is manageable and there are a great deal resources to explore. There are many organizations and clubs related to the College of Media and help you to gain the experience that many employers look for in the future.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Where Do I Go Now? With so many different places to go on campus, students often ask themselves: where do I go now? With countless libraries available for studying, the ARC for working out, and over 800 registered student organizations, there isn't a dull moment on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The opportunities at the University of Illinois are endless. Students can walk a couple of blocks away from their dorms or apartments to find tutoring help, career help, or simply speak with an academic adviser.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good, Cheap, Close – Your average fast food restaurants are abound, but in town there are many high-class bistros and what not, along with many brewerys and middle-rank restaurants

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Getting Much Better – THe new nugent hall has amazing food and it was just added last year. It has at least 20 different food stations/types/genres of food to pick from and is delicious

1 College Junior

Scholarships: The School and State Are Both Broke – My dad had been unemployed for 2 years, my mom had been unemployed for 3, and one of my sisters and I were both in college at Illinois. We filled out our FAFSA form, and got nothing but loans. The state of Illinois owes U of I billions of dollars, so unfortunately the university does very little for students as far as financial aid and scholarships. Just the other day I received a letter that essentially said congratulations on making the Dean's List; we don't have any money to offer you scholarships for your academic success, so here's a website where you can look for outside scholarships. Very frustrating.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Best of Both Worlds – As a 4th-generation Illinois student, it's all about the traditions that make this school special. I love the atmosphere of Illini football and basketball games, and doing all of the cheers and school songs. Greek life is huge here (the biggest in the country); there are lots of professional Greek organizations as well as social ones, so it's a great way to meet people with interests similar to yours. The large Greek system and over 600 Registered Student Organizations make it easy to make a big school seem smaller, but still with all the perks of going to a Big 10 university.

4 College Junior

Academics: High Standards, Too Many Tas – The academic standards at U of I are very high for any university, not just a state school. Gen eds are challenging and interesting, and the professors in your discipline are very knowledgeable and experienced. However, a lot of classes depend on TAs to grade the homework and even teach a lot of the material. I personally have had more great TAs than poor ones, but the one bad TA adversely affected my grade in the course.

3 College Junior

Academics: Great Curriculum – As a general engineer your curriculum is really what you chose to make it. There are many overlaps between you and other engineering, and with a nice minor to compliment your major and secondary field, you will be the most appealing candidate for any career. It is everything you want out of engineering and college.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Included in Tuition – The University provides students access to CUMTD-the Champaign-Urabana Mass Transit District. On and off-campus buses run every ten minutes and have plenty of locations. The company stresses customer service and is very reliable! The drivers are friendly and understanding and most importantly, the system is safe!

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Social Movement – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has the largest number of greek organizations in the nation. The greek study body is extremely involved in the community and in shaping activities for the entire student body.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Professional and Enthusiasm- Sparking Curiosity – I came to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because I heard that about the hands-on, diverse learning experience. My major field of study, accompanied by the gen ed requirements has fostered immense growth in me and contributed to my holistic understanding of world structures and relations. The professors are enthusiastic and extremely passionate about their research.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: If you are underage at a bar within arm's length of a drink you could get a drinking ticket which would be around $300.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are not the nicest, but they are very social. They are in the process of building new ones. Most people in sororities and fraternities live in their house for sophomore year. Most people move into apartments or houses for junior and senior year.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: University of Illinois is known for having one of the best accounting programs in the nation. It is a popular major within the business school and has a lot of internship and job opportunities. However, the workload is manageable and allows for an active social life to balance out academics.

3 College Senior

Weather: When it snows, IT SNOWS. Classes are a bit far from the dorms, but the buses do a great job of keeping up with schedule and are EVERYWHERE. Also, we live in the midwest, so what would you expect? Luckily, snow days happen on occasion and the campus turns into one big party.

5 College Senior

Computers: Most Wired Campus – In 2008, the University of Illinois was named the most wired campus in the nation. Everywhere on campus you can connect to the university's network. Even at our recreation center, an internet connection is available. In addition to a great connection, there are computer labs all across our large campus. If your printer is broken, you can stop at any of the computer labs on the way to class and print for a small fee of only 10 cents a page!

4 College Senior

Academics: Academic Success – At the University of Illinois, academics are a top priority. I am currently majoring in accounting and the University of Illinois boasts the program as the 2nd best program in the country. The teachers are always at hand to answer questions and teacher's assistants are also readily available. Many professors understand when the work begins to be tough and are often flexible on due dates. The University recently built a new business building where all business students hang out. The atmosphere is set for students to feel at home and to succeed.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Various Experiences – The overall experience of the University of Illinois is pretty good. There is a lot of culture and many different things to do. As far as academia, the work is hard, but doable with the right work ethic. Keeping in mind that the campus is research oriented, courses tend to be the same.


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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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