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Reviews 3964 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It all depends on which dorm you live in. If it's one of the new dorms, then they're excellent. If it's an older dorm, they're pretty gnarly.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life on this campus is a huge deal, from parties, to friendships, but to me, a non-Greek, I see through the fake smiles and polite conversations. I see the trashy sorority girls who are double-sided. They party and hook up with multiple randos on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, but act like perfect little angels on Sunday. For guys it's a different experience, because during rush week, girls are being judged on looks, anything that comes out of your mouth is irrelevant to the sorority girl you're talking to, especially if you're talking about hopes and dreams and reality. Guys get chosen more based on how much of a "bro" they are from day one. Non-Greeks are friends with Greeks, but most of us don't acknowledge that being in a sorority or fraternity separates us as regular people. Most non-Greeks are just indifferent about Greeks.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There's a lot to do and many ways to stay in shape. I'm not into the whole varsity college sports scene, more into intramural sports, but I know that the varsity teams are a huge part of college life and our teams always have huge events and great turnouts and over-the-top school spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's an extremely diverse environment, a melting pot of different cultures and ethnic groups and interests. Very competitive and full of ambitious, knowledge-hungry students.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I was glad to get out of campus housing, but it is a good system, for supervision, proximity to classes and facilities, and food options.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: As a non-Greek I have to say that the Greek life seems very appealing. I think it is a great way to have a full calendar, get to know more people, and drink a lot of booze. I never really see them having a huge impact on the community which would be nice since they are philanthropic organizations.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'm an only child and a first generation student. That being said I didn't have much guidance when it came to picking a college or attending a university for that matter. U of I is a great school IF you utilize your resources and figure out this "college thing" early on, or better yet, before you get there. My main complaint is that I feel like the advisors tend to go with any possible major or career path that you bring up when planning out your academic schedule, without helping you make sure that it is actually a good fit for you . I'm about to be a senior, and I'm just now starting to feel like I'm beginning to understand how to explore the many opportunities (scholarships, study abroad, and clubs) that UIUC has to offer. To be honest I'm considering staying another semester just so that I can enjoy the campus, and not be all scatter-brained and all over the place with my major and courses. But for those of you who know what you want to do with your life, and have all the familial guidance to do so, UIUC is a great school especially if you're super social, alcohol-loving, and white.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Some professors are really great and care a lot about their classes and their students, while others are clearly uninterested and resentful of their role. My experience has been that the more major specific the class the better the professor will be, whereas gen ed classes tend to have uninterested and resentful instructors.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The UIUC diploma carries a lot of weight and is a well recognized and respected school.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Strong security force on campus, but crime is still not uncommon, especially on the outskirts of the campus border.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Had a great experience in Allen Hall freshman year. Very social and fun. Small rooms, but not that is to be expected.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The school is huge, and sports are a big part of the experience for some people, but not for me. I am more interested in the music scene, which is also strong here.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great school if you put in the effort. Since it is so large it is easy to get lost in the crowd or to find something to excel at, but it's up to you. The opportunities are there.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Illinois is a great school, and it is definitely at the top of the academic standards.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: A University of Illinois degree is highly valued to most employers

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I think the University is safer than some other four year universities in Illinois

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's a whole community of people that are friends and do things together. Huge part of our school.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The quality of teaching is just great. The professors are all experts in their fields. The courses are fascinating and enlightening. However, the workload is horrendous, and stress is a major problem.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Students at our school are highly sought after by the largest companies in the industry. This school is very well known and respected, and a degree from here is very valuable.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The school does a great job at providing resources for students that are victims of sexual assault or other forms of harassment. However, these crimes still happen too often on campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: On-campus housing is overpriced. My dorm is on the opposite end of campus from where my classes are, so that is a bit inconvenient.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't care for the Greek life at all. I am at school to obtain an education, not to party.

5 College Junior

Athletics: There is a lot of school spirit. Students make a big deal out of the football team. The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have had a very positive experience at school so far. I love the atmosphere. I love to learn.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: University of Illinois has the largest Greek Life in the nation. I chose not to be in it, but there are opportunities for everyone.


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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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