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Reviews 3210 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I love greek life and am in a sorority myself. Sadly, greek life is huge at University of Illinois. Most of the greeks get along, however I often see boys in fraternities fighting each other.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The ARC and CRCE are both great gyms. They have many machines and equipment that the students can use. The only problem that I have is the heat in CRCE. The gym is much too hot and it makes it hard to work out in. School spirit is great at UIUC. Students love going to the football and basketball games; sadly, the other sports get overshadowed. Another great thing about athletics at UIUC is the availability to take part in intramurals.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: If a student wanted to go out every day of the week at UIUC they could. There are ALWAYS options to party on campus. Luckily, majority of the students at U of I are very serious about there education and do not allow the party scene to disrupt the reason they came to the amazing school.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: At UIUC we have a variety of restaurants to eat at off campus. However, I hardly went off campus as a freshman and do not know much about dining off campus.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Being a freshman, I mainly dealt with campus strictness coming from the RAs. Some of the RAs were extremely strict while other RAs were very lenient. For the most part, the police and RAs understand that the students are college students and will make mistakes but they still take their positions seriously and make sure that everyone is safe.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There was a good variety of food; however, there was not enough healthy options! Also, some of the food was gross looking and did not taste the best.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus freshman year was rough. Although I had many options for food, the overall experience of living in dorms was not great. My room was extremely small, I did not have air conditioning, and the wifi connections were terrible. The good things about living in dorms were the convenience and the social atmosphere. I lived in Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall and everyone was extremely friendly, I made a great amount of friends living there. Also the convenience was great; there was always a place to grab food quickly and the bus system was amazing.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I like the apartments around campus

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Green street is the best

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I barely got any financial and it was the worst to try and look for aid while doing homework

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food gets way too repetitive so I lose my appetite

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its a safe and clean environment that all freshmen should try out first to get the overall college experience.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The prices vary but you can really find some good deals if you start looking early on!

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I've heard that the party scene is awesome on campus but I'm not much of a party person.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The cost is average for a lot of the options as theres a lot of fast food restaurants. There are some ethnic restaurants and bars off campus but they're very high class and expensive. Overall, its fairly good variety if you want to get away from the dining hall food.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Attendance is a big thing for a lot of the classes. Professors are very strict about it! Also, underage drinking is also a big deal at my school.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's hard paying for school. The school only gives me so much. I'm still left to deal with about 13k myself per year. It's so hard to find scholarships that apply to me too.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food isn't that great. Sometimes you don't even want to eat at all and just order food. The dining hours are terrible and that's what gets me the most!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing isn't the best option because it's just so expensive. You pay a lot for what you get. It's not terrible but in my opinion it's just not worth it. The dorm rooms are often small and the fact the you have to share the space with another person makes it feel even smaller. You can easily have your own room when you lease an apartment, and it would be much cheaper. At first, the idea of having buffet style food served to you is great. But soon, you get used to it and start to realize it isn't all that it seems. It's like fast food essentially. Living in campus housing is a great way to meet people I suppose but then again, it depends on what dorm you choose; some dorms are more social than others.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's cheaper than University Housing but the downside is there is not readily available food.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't actually party so I do not know exactly where and when to party.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If I ever get sick of dining hall food, I will go off-campus and eat. It is very good and fairly priced.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is average. They are strict in some ways and lenient in others.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's not great and not bad. Overall, it's quite average for dorm food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's very convenient but the dining hall food could greatly improve.

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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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