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Reviews 3617 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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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College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not apply for any scholarships so I have no opinion.

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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.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: If you're into sports, there are a bunch of opportunities to get involved. If you don't seek out sporting events, you won't hear about them at all while on campus

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: pretty much any day of the week, you can find something going on somewhere

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: tons of options on Green street. It can be difficult, however, to find healthy, organic options

4 College Freshman

Administration: If you live in a dorm, it really depends on your RA. Alcohol is always cheap and available, which is often too much freedom for some new students caught up in their new found freedom. Just be careful on unofficial- police are very active and will crack down on negligent behavior, especially underage drinking

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: scholarships can be awarded by the university or by individual colleges. I didn't apply for very much need-based financial aid, and I was disappointed with how I didn't receive any merit-based financial aid, even though I had excellent grades, test scores, and was active in extracurricular activities. I do, however, know several people who have received substantial financial aid for their high school performances.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: lots of people will complain about the dorm food. We do, however, have an amazing array of options and variety. If you don't like what your dining hall is serving, you can always go to another hall. There are always options for vegetarians and vegans. Sure it won't be the same as eating at home, but the dining halls do a good job of providing alternatives. Meal plans are pretty pricey, however, and the hours of some dining halls can be annoyingly limited.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Choosing the dorm in which you live is something to spend some time thinking about. I chose LAR and am pretty happy with it. We don't have air conditioning, but only the first 3 weeks of the first semester and last couple weeks or so of the second semester are uncomfortable. A fan in your room is a must if you don't have AC. Wifi is completely satisfactory and easy. It's less than a 15 minute walk to the quad, where many freshmen will have their first classes. The floors are co-ed by wing and there were some floor bonding/interaction activities this year, but there were definitely some people on my floor with whom I never spoke or even met.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I havent lived in Off-Campus housing yet, so my ratings are based off prior knowledge and expectations

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great places to venture to for a meal in both Champaign and Urbana. We are so lucky to have two great cities to be a part of and enjoy their wonderful dining options. Great eateries include Black Dog, Crane Alley, Disthil, Wedge, Radio Maria's, Biaggis, Le Peep...

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always something going on. You can always find something to go to or to have fun!

2 College Freshman

Administration: I felt fairly protected by the campus safety, but also felt like I was still at home with my protective parents. The housing was very strict about everything. I felt like they were out to get people in trouble instead of making sure people are safe.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I applied for financial aid but was not given any which was hard for my family because of recent employment issues with my parents. The university did not see my family as one that needed aid, when we did.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think campus food is a lot better than I had expected. The Ike had so many great options most of the time. And you for sure can't go wrong with Late Night at PAR!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus Housing has its ups and downs. Some of the dorms are very nice and some are very old. The rooms feel very small unless you decide to have bunk beds with your roommate. If I could re-do my Freshman year, I know I wouldve gone with one of the private certified housing dorms instead of the university housing because of the staff, the size of rooms, and housing policies.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Have never lived off-campus so Im not sure how it is. But it seems pretty good.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I needed scholarships but I did not get any from the school.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty attractive and smart and loves their school and to have a good time. We go to U of I! Of course we are great!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm life is okay. It is exactly what you would expect dorm life to be like.

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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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