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Reviews 3937 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: I came from a high school with a lot of white people, and coming to U of I was very eye opening. Illinois is very diverse. Walking on the quad you are bound to see every kind of race or ethnicity you can think of. There are also a lot of international students from all over the world.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It depends where you go to eat, but where I'm at (Ike) the food is usually hit or miss. Sometimes the food sucks, and other times it can be really good. There's a lot of variety. There's special stations for vegans and vegetarians, asian food, american food, ect... The best dining hall at Illinois is PAR dining hall. They have late night, which gives students the opportunity to eat up until midnight. Also PAR has stir fried, and burritos which are tasty.

4 College Freshman

Administration: As a Freshman in University Housing I have beer stocked in my fridge everyday. My R.A. has caught us playing beer pong once, and she didn't report us, but she was disappointed. I have a friend who was caught with marijuana in his dorm by a cop. All they had to do was write a letter to the University explaining how weed is bad and they won't do it again. They got off pretty easy. When drinking at the bars it's very easy to order drinks even when you're underage. At the door they give out wristbands to people 21+, but usually the bar tenders don't care if you have a wristband or not. The cops are always on the prowl at the bars. They go into the bars and scope out kids who look underage and ask for their ID. Fines for underage drinking are around $325.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Every night of the week there will be a large amount of people drinking at the bars or at parties. The weekend starts Thursday here at U of I since most students have late classes or none at all on Friday. Most of the bars are 19+, so for some Freshman the wait to gain entrance into the bars is only a couple months. But if you don't want to wait till your birthday it's easy to get a fake ID, more than less though bouncers will take the ID if its obvious it's not you. It depends on which bar you go to. Illinois is very focused on greek life, so if you're not apart of it, then finding parties is much more difficult (especially if you are a dude). Overall though the night life is very vibrant and U of I does not disappoint when going out to have fun.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Lots of options, in lots of locaitons. It's nly an A because osme places aren't the best.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of the school at U of I. Many students choose to take part in Greek life in order to meet people and gain experience with leadership roles. Most Greeks are welcoming and friendly to non-Greeks. They are definitely known for parties, but many are very involved with the school. All areas of the Greek system have houses to live in if the students choose to do so.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are many different places on campus to hang out, study, or just relax. The libraries are center to the school and easy to get to, which makes them a perfect place to study alone or with friends. The recreation centers are incredible and offer many different options for people who choose to use them. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has many traditions that the students love to participate in and alumni continue to partake in at sporting events.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Being such a large campus, there are many opportunities for students. There are many jobs and internships available. The University is also well known for the research done so it is easy to find opportunities to work alongside professors.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is unpredictable and it's not always easy to get up and go to class when the weather is bad. Some of the classes are far from the dorms and apartments so it's a hassle to walk to class when there's bad weather. However, when the weather is nice the campus is always active.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many people from different backgrounds. The classes are also diverse helping create a diverse atmosphere where students can communicate with people from all different parts of the world.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is a data bass alert system that sends a message when there is a crime alert. There are services such as safewalks and saferides that will take people to their homes. The Champaign police is constantly around the campus area, which makes it a safe envirnment.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I did not see anyone get caught, but I heard about people getting caught.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: U of I dining halls vary in how good they are. Many times students will catch a bus to go eat at another dining hall that is better, but they are all decent. The larger dorm complexes, Ickenberry and PAR, generally have the best selection and menu items. Anyone that lives in a campus dorm must purchase a meal plan. Unless you are a graduate student, you are forced to purchase a very expensive meal plan that runs at the cheapest around $5,000+ per academic year. The cheapest option, with 12 classic meals and 15 credits, is sufficient to live on and anything more isn't really necessary. There are as many ways to use credits as I would hope for, only certain stores accept the credits you're forced to buy. These stores have drastically expensive prices compared to the same items in the grocery stores. The quality of dining halls and food at U of I is good, but the prices are absolutely exorbitant this why I rate it so low.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Most students have their own labtops or desktops with them at the school, but the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign does have a decent amount of computer labs available. There are generally always open computers in the labs unless during finals week. As to printing, some students bring their own printers which makes printing very convenient. All the computer labs have a printer which students can use for 5 cents per page, charge applied to school account. I have my own computer, but just print my papers at a Univeristy computer lab and it works well. There printers in my dorm's computer lab have only been out of commission once. Internet connection is very good, and there is fast web browsing. There are slow download speeds though, coming in at only 800kb to 1.5mb per second. Even though download speeds are slow, the network has never crashed or given me any problems. Most dorms don't have wifi, but the libraries and most halls and classrooms do. A student could get by without a personal computer, but for conveniece and entertainment it is absolutely necessary. I'd strongly recommend having a personal computer, although one could get by without one.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received some financial aid including a work study. Unfortunately, all of the process is online and my work study was accidently declined. I called the financial aid office to get it back, but they told my that there was no way to "undecline" the work study so I was out of luck. This was the only real complaint that I had. If you submit the FAFSA as early as possible and you have decent financial need, you should get a decent amount of aid. On the other, I only had one scholarship coming into the college year and had to pay what wasn't covered by federal aid.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is not many people who are noticeable drug users at the University of Illinois has some. Even though they are the exception, the University doesn't do much to address drug use as much as other issues. The University makes first-year students attend various mandatory seminars that cover drinking alcohol, rape prevention & conseling, and diversity/inclusion. Even though drug use is not a surface issue, not much is done to address the issue, beside basic rules. There is a large drinking and party culture on campus and the campus acts appropriately. They send out emails to remind students to be safe and not drink underage, but whether students follow the advice is another matter.

5 College Junior

Majors: I'm in Earth, Society and the Environment and it is everything I could have asked for and more. I have a very good relationship with my advisor, so I'm able to work with him to make sure I take the classes that interest me most and not just classes I'd have to take to fulfill requirements. My major is a super small major so we're all a very close knit group and it's great seeing a friendly face in your classes. This major also extends into other areas such as geology, atmospheric sciences, and biology so it's very broad and easy to add another major if you're interested.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking is overly popular and can get in the way of events here at UIUC.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The UoI has some really great facilities, but some are a bit old. Still, the staff keeps everywhere in cleanly order.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty diverse community of guys and girls. You'll find someone you like here. There is a definite rural presence, though.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: To say it simply if you live on campus you don't need a car that much. If you live off campus, you need to apply for on campus parking permits literally the first minute you can because they will disappear in the blink of an eye.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Campus strictness is pretty average for the most part as long as you're not being a public disturbance or threatening the lives or well-being of students they don't crack down too hard on you. The best idea is to just never drink in your dorm, and if you do have an extremely well placed hiding spot. Also, never try and illegally download anything on the university server they'll catch you every time.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is great, such a variety and so many places to choose from. On Green Street you can get anything from Pizza and hamburgers to Chinese and Indian food all on one strip. If you'd like to venture farther off campus the mall area is brimming with restaurants like Olive Garden and the Outback Steakhouse. The best thing is the buses will drop you off right in front of most places.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Illinois students and staff are without a doubt very passionate about our athletics. Of course while sports like football and basketball get the most attentions there are always students garnering support for the less emphasized sports. The familial feeling you get at games is great. While our teams may not be the best, you're always guaranteed great games.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is always available. Buses are often on time and digital signs keep track of their arrival times.

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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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