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Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Student

Facilities: I personally believe that one of the unique things that set this university apart from others are its academic excellence.

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5 College Student

Facilities: Living on campus was the best decision.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: The social scene is great because it has something for everyone. There is virtually a club for everything. It is only 19 to get into bars, so it allows everyone to go there at night.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There are multiple athletic centers, libraries, dorms, activities, etc. Everything is provided/available for you and it's up to you to make the most of your time while at U of I

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Unofficial-Biggest St. Patrick's Day party ever. People come from other schools, all across the state, as well as other states to participate. HUGE event!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 21st
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 53rd
    Best Library
  • 55th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 86th
    Best Student Centers
  • 272nd
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Thiersch
Hometown
Wilmette, Ill.
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U of I’s campus has many places to keep students busy with daytime and evening activities. During the day at the Illini Union, students lounge between classes and eat in the basement food court, with a variety of food from Chinese to McDonald’s to Blimpie. The student bank and computer lab are here too, which is convenient for students who want to get work done between classes. In the Union’s basement the bowling alleys and the billiards area are student favorites. For students who don’t want to spend their nights at a bar, the Union is definitely a viable alternative. The gyms also attract many students; they’re up to par for Division I Big Ten athletes. Coffeehouses are always popular as well, especially the ones next to campus. Most offer wireless hookups, which makes them a great place for students to work and relax.

Beyond the gyms and arcade, the University’s greatest features are its beautiful buildings and grounds. From Foellinger Auditorium to the English Building, the buildings are aestheticially pleasing and interesting. Lined by striking brick buildings on all sides, the Main Quad maintains a classic feel with its tree-lined walkways and crisscrossed sidewalks, and the South Quad and Engineering Quad make the campus easily walkable. Students at U of I enjoy all the facilities the University has to offer, both in and out of doors.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
1,198
Campus Size
1,468 acres
Student Centers
The Illini Student Union
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
61
Popular Places to Chill
  • Espresso Royale
  • Quad
  • Union
Bar on Campus
No
Bowling on Campus
In the Student Union
Coffeehouse on Campus
Espresso Royale (Illini Union)
Movie Theater on Campus
Movies are occasionally shown (often for free) in campus buildings like the Illini Union at the Courtyard Café.
School Slang
  • The DI: The student-run campus newspaper.
  • Enterprise: The online class registration system.
  • Frat Park: The neighborhood in Champaign, near the Six Pack, where most of the frats are located.
  • Free Absences: What you use when you sleep in or watch soaps instead of going to class. Usually a teacher gives out about 2-5 absences before docking your grade.
  • GDI: Gosh-Darn Independents who won't go Greek, or something to that effect.
  • Late Night Pizza: The legendary ISR pizza that you will dream about for years to come.
  • Mallard: Online class notes and quizzes for foreign language classes.
  • Massmail: What you will get from the Chancellor every month, informing you and the rest of the campus about safety or world issues.
  • Mathematica: An online system if you take a high level math or chemistry class.
  • McKinley: The Health Center.
  • McKinley: The Health Center where you can go to get sick excuses for class, should your free absences run out.
  • Preacher Dan: The scary guy on the Quad who tells us we are all going to Hell.
  • The Quad: The name for the main area of campus, where the Union and major buildings are located.
  • The Six-Pack: Collection of six dorms that is known for its partying freshmen.
  • The Stacks: Nickname for the bookshelves in the main library.
  • Timetable: Online or book course description with times.
  • The Undergrad (UGL): The underground library for undergraduates.
  • Unofficial: Short for Unofficial St. Patrick's Day. A student holiday, celebrated because St. Patrick's Day usually falls over spring break.
  • Virgin Vault: What students call the all-girl dorms.
  • Wine Night: What people call Tuesdays at Clybourne.
Traditions
  • "Illibuck": The "Illibuck" was a turtle that was used as trophy between the Ohio Buckeyes and the Fighting Illini. After years of changing locations, "Illibuck" unfortunately passed on, and he has now been replaced by new turtles: Sachem of Illinois, and Bucket and Dipper of Ohio State. These turtles maintain peaceful relationships between the two warring teams.
  • The Chief: The Chief was part of the U of I tradition for 70 years. He dressed in Native American garb and performed pseudo-Native American dances. Many activists felt that the Chief was racist towards Native Americans, since it used parts of their sacred culture for sport and laughs. The NCAA recently decided to mandate the elimination of the mascot, as well as similar mascots for several other universities.
  • Lincoln's Bust: Students with tests in Lincoln Theater often rub the nose on Lincoln's bust for luck. After decades of use, the glaze on the bust has been worn away, thanks to anxious test-takers.
  • Moms & Dads Weekend: Moms and Dads Weekend are two weekends out of the year in which parents are encouraged to come out and visit their children. There are different events planned, ranging from football games to flower shows and fashion extravaganzas.It may be a little stereotypical, but it is still a tradition. It is a good time to visit with your parents and show them the campus, and it is doubly nice because you don't have to worry about what to do with them, since the whole thing has already been planned.
  • Outdoor Movie: A couple times a year, U of I hosts movies outside on the Quad. People gather on the grass with blankets and food and just hang out. It is one of the students' favorite traditions, and it's also free.
  • Shoutouts: The student paper, the Daily Illini, used to run shoutouts every Thursday in its Buzz section. These shoutouts ranged from the funny to the romantic; the mean to the sentimental. They have recently been discontinued, but there is still a space for shoutouts to seniors in the graduation paper.
  • Unofficial St. Patrick's Day (aka Unofficial): A frequently referenced UIUC annual tradition with the original mandate of celebrating St. Patrick's Day early, since the holiday usually falls on spring break. Now it's a celebration of alcohol in which students drink all day. The goal for many is to drink before classes, after classes (or skip classes altogether), and as late into the night as possible before petering out. The party is usually snuffed out by exhaustion before midnight. The date of Unofficial varies from year to year, but it is usually the first Friday in March, and it is celebrated even when St. Patrick's Day is not over spring break! (People hardly observe the official St. Patrick's Day; some half-heartedly wear green.)
Urban Legends
  • Hugh Hefner supposedly donated all his Playboy issues to U of I.
  • The Assembly Hall was first designed by an architecture student. His teacher told him it was impossible and  flunked him. Now it is one of the most admired buildings in the nation.
  • The English Building is haunted by the ghost of a girl who used to live there. So far, she has only made the power go out. But she is scheming. She is definitely scheming.
Favorite Things To Do
The gyms are popular facilities and a good way to burn a few hours and calories. The coffeehouses around campus are also busy: some people drop by for a cup of coffee, others to chill with a friend, and some find it a good place to study. The Union is also a student favorite, as it offers good food, nice couches, a computer lab, a game room, and a small shop where you can buy everything from envelopes to chips. If the weather is nice, the Quad is also a comfortable hangout, and people sleep, study, and just generally relax in the grass. The Quad is a hot spot on campus, especially in the warmer months. There is always a demonstration, charity event, or celebration taking place—or at the very least, a game of Frisbee. The shops on Green Street range from second-hand clothing stores to tattoo parlors. If this isn’t your style, you can stop by IMPE (Intramural-Physical Education building) or Wimpe (nickname for Campus Recreations Center-East, or CRCE) for a workout or a swim. Krannert also stages plays regularly, ranging from classics like Hamlet to comedies like Once Upon A Mattress. Poetry and prose readings happen everywhere on campus, from Espresso Royale to the top floor of the school bookstore. Of course, the basement of the Union is the real social scene, equipped with a bowling alley, arcade, billiards, and snacks; it is a good place to waste a few hours.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.union.uiuc.edu/involvement
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are nearly 1,000 student organizations at U of I; a brief sampling of these appears below. For a full listing and description, including contact info, visit the Web site.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 154 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 9 responses

  • 46% Unofficial St. Patrick's Day (aka Unofficial)
  • 15% The Chief
  • 15% Moms & Dads Weekend
  • 15% Illinintes
  • 8% Outdoor Movie
  • 0% Lincoln's Bust
  • 0% Shoutouts
  • 0% "Illibuck"

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 8 responses

  • 36% Campus Recreation
  • 36% Front desk at dorms
  • 14% Dining halls
  • 14% Library

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 10 responses

  • 47% Quad
  • 26% Union
  • 16% Espresso Royale
  • 11% The Ike

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 173 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 10% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 48% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 40% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 160 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 39% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% The ghost in the English Building
  • 33% Altgeld Hall being part of a castle
  • 17% Eternal Flame-kiss & if light flickers, eternal

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% Dining Halls

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 100% Meet new people

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