University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Summary

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Basic Statistics

Champaign, IL
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Small city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
63 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Meeting new people every day
  • Staying up 'til 4 a.m. eating Gumby's with friends
  • Just a short drive from home for most people
  • Having the biggest library in the nation and the best art museum and theater in the region

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Feeling like a number
  • The dining halls
  • Administrative hurdles and red tape
  • Likelihood that discussions will be led by TAs

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.



Illinois Student Reviews

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Will be living in an apartment next year. Excited to have more space and private bathroom.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Never wanted to do greek life so I don't have a big opinion of it. Lots of partying.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Fair amount of diversity, I just wish there weren't so many minorities in engineering. More diversity :)

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Very big party scene and I feel like a lot of people don't take academics seriously.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Since I dislike university food I go out a lot. There are lots of great places to go.


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