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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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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.

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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.

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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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