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Reviews 3964 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek life, and it doesn't really dominate the social scene on campus. It doesn't matter if you're in a frat/sorority or not, and you're still able to go to the parties (easier for girls though).

4 College Freshman

Academics: As a Molecular and Cellular Biology major, I have been very pleased my first year. Classes are difficult, but if you put in the work and effort, it will pay off. There are also many research opportunities to become involved in ; I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to start research my freshman year and I really enjoy it. You learn so much more than you could from a lab section of a class, and the knowledge you gain helps within other biology courses.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Classes at U of I are difficult, they are intended to challenge you, but if you put in the effort, you can learn so much from the professors. Most professors are extremely intelligent and helpful, and make themselves easily available.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: U of I works hard and plays even harder. We have so many programs for students to get involved in anything they could possibly imagine. On Quad day the 100+ orgs stand outside and try to recruit people and it is such a fun way to meet new people. There are clubs from Latinos in Pre-Health to anything like October lovers. There are also a variety of research opportunities that students can choose from. Greek life is very big at U of I as well. There is over 30+ sororities and fraternities. U of I has a big social life too there is always something going on whether its parties or free events on campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Varsity sports at U of I are a BIG deal. There is so much school spirit you are not gonna know what to think of it. During football games everyone gets into school spirit even if they dont like football. The stadium is filled with students bleeding Orange and Blue. Many people love to workout too. The ARC is filled with people each night.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Campus life at U of I is great. There is always something going on on campus. Sometimes it might feel a bit lonely if you are not used to a big campus, but once you meet your group of friends you definitely get that small campus feel. Greek life is very big on this campus. There are so many different greeks that both work hard and like to have fun. Its a big party school but there are many other things to do if you are not into that scene. There are many programs and events put on by students for students each day.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: They offer a lot of money to students in need of aid but a lot of it ends up being loans you have to take out. I am also required to submit paperwork in order to receive aid.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: You can find people out and about, pleasantly wasted pretty much any night of the week. You're able to visit the bars starting at age 19. Each bar is a little different and unique.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: UIUC has a lot of variety within a few miles of our main campus. A lot of chain restaurants are located on Green St. If you venture to downdown Urbana or Champaign, there is a lot more variety and unique places to go.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is just like any other in the midwest....unbelievably unpredictable and often disappointing. But the campus comes to life once the sun comes out. Rest assured: short dress-wearing girls are still on the prowl at night during any season.

2 College Junior

Parking: Not many students have cars on campus for a number of reasons. Firstly, we have an excellent bus system and you can get pretty much anywhere in the area with minimal walking. As result, there aren't many available parking spots on campus without payment. Most people with cars on campus buy a spot near their apartment. Traffic cops hand out parking tickets pretty eagerly when your meter times are up.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: UIUC holds two programs for freshman that address two important concerns of college: alcohol/drug use and sexual safety. UIUC has a very unique approach that does not judge students that drink but rather offers them resources for preventative measure and to help when something goes wrong.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Weather is never really a factor in one's day, but because there is no body of water nearby the weather does change wildly throughout the day, like cold and rainy in the morning to hot and sunny in the course of a class period.

4 College Student

Academics: I love the professors here because every professor I've had was willing to go above and beyond. There are a lot of libraries and coffee shops around the area.

4 College Freshman

Technology: They are at every library and dorm. Printing is usually available too.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a nice variety of places to live off campus that are convenient.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The quality of food varies. It has variety. It is scheduled so after a year you start to notice how much of the same things you are eating.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: MTD is a fantastic bus service that is almost always on time. There is also a service you can call at night if you need to get home.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I am a girl in engineering, so all the guys I see are in engineering. I would say the engineering guys are one of three things: weird or nerdy or kind of cute. I haven't met an engineering male that was full-blown model status. The best looking ones are not in engineering. The ones in Mechanical, Industrial or General engineering can be close to looking, acting, and seeming like the standard guy. The guys who have less intensive majors have more time to socialize, so they are more regular.
The girls can vary from average looking to decent looking. They are usually friendly, especially when they're drunk.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Most of the students on campus, male and female are average looking and friendly

3 College Senior

Party Scene: In regards, to parties, it varies on when they are. Public transportation is pretty reliable and we have resources that provide back-up safe transportation when it's really late/early.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: UIUC has one of the largest amounts of clubs and organizations on campus, whether it be for various ethnic groups, sports, or political views. There is also a large push on professionalism and advancement, having multiple career fairs throughout the year to accommodate all the various majors here on campus. If it wasn't for this, I would have been lost in finding summer internships or research on campus. There is always plenty to do and excellent facilities for whatever I choose.

4 College Junior

Diversity: University of Illinois is a school which openly accepts several races and religions, as well as life choices. Being a part of the Big Ten, it is one of the largest schools in the country, and as a result, has some of the most diversity seen on any campus. Due to the shear overwhelming differences in the populations, there are many organizations which accept people of all types, which results in a very open and inviting environment for anyone.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The computer labs are almost always open and there is state of the art technology. A good mix of PCs and MACs allow you to run any program you need to. There is also a super computer facility you can use if you need it

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Our exercise and recreation facility is top notch. Better than most gyms back home. I love working out there


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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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