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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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I only ate in the dining halls for the first semester, as I moved into my sorority house for the second semester. UIUC has loads of dining halls, one that even caters to vegetarians. However, in my experience much of the food was unhealthy and didn't look very appealing. However, there was always a salad bar in each of the dining halls, the options ranging from each dining hall. Meal plans were a bit of a hassle. You could either choose between having too many credits or too few credits. I worked in the dining halls first semester so I got free meals so it wasn't a huge deal for me but my friends often complained about their meal plans.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Because it is a very large school, receiving the financial aid you want can be a hassle so my family does not push on it. We are a middle class family and accept the aid we receive since we know that we probably would not get any additional aid unless my family had special circumstances.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The attendance policy varies from class to class but most of them have been average for me. Alcohol use in dorms are documented by the RA and a certain number of violations will land you in trouble. Drug use is taken very seriously at UIUC as well as the honor code. I know several students who have gotten into trouble for drug use and cheating. Cops also raid bars on a very frequent basis.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The cost of living is somewhat expensive, albeit cheaper than the dorms. The cheapest ones are off-campus and are a 20 minute walk to the quad from what I have been hearing. There is a nearby community college, Parkland, but I have not met anyone from there yet. Transportation is amazing, buses will take you all over campus and there is an app that tells you the arrival times of buses at certain stops.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: As a student in greek life, I am required to live in the chapter house for a school year. I will be living in the house this upcoming school year so I can not speak for my experience with off-campus housing.


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