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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love It! I love going to school in Champaign. The campus is beautiful and it's really geared towards students. There are a lot open spaces for people to socialize and throw a footballs around. Even though Champaign has a big party scene, the people here know how to study as well. I think it's a very good mix of people. There's a lot of diversity, and the school really makes an effort to make you feel at home.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: All Four Seasons – Champaign-Urbana definitely has all four seasons. In the summer it gets hot, and it the winter it gets really cold. During the fall and spring, it's amazing to walk around campus and to classes, but in the winter, most people take the buses. The weather here doesn't play a role in a negative campus experience.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places to eat outside of campus housing. There are a lot of restaurants that are affordable on Green Street, as well as in downtown Champaign and Urbana. Some of the best places to check out for cheap food is Golden Wok and Lil Porgy's Sunday Special.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is really big at U of I but it is okay if you are not in one because you can still have a lot of fun on campus. There are 18 sororities at the moment and there is over 40 frats. A lot of people go to fratt parties on the weekend because they are very convenient.

5 College Junior

Technology: There are computers and printers in every library. It is even easy to get wireless connection throughout the whole campus. Last time I tried to download a lecture file, it was 10mb/s. So, almost everyone carries their laptop. Also, most of the lecture notes, announcements are made on the website, which makes you constantly use your computer.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: As most part of campus is covered by the police, and several emergency booth. Drug is not a really big thing in my campus. However, there are several bars around and many apartments around campus that allows parties and drinking

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Green St. Our off-campus dining is in the center of the campus. The restaurants are compacted with many different cultural food. Flat top is one of my favorite there, which gives you variety of choice you can make. Also, there are several grills and bars that students can enjoy the Friday nights.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Chemistry is one of the toughest subject in UIUC. Of course there is lots of workload that overwhelms me, though it is the inequality of credit hours given compare to hours spent in class, discuss, and labs. However, with all that hard work really pays off. The instructors are the best and helps you in almost anytime, and most of the information I learn in class is utilized as I worked as a lab assistant.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything is top-notch at Illinois. Varsity athletics are fantastic, academic programs are top in the nation, greek life is the largest in the nation, and there is so much diversity at the university.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Mild Winter – This winter was awesome. There was almost no snow and it was really nice out most days. If it gets colder and snows more next year, I'll probably have a very different experience.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Dorm Life – Night life is great for my friends and I. We always go lift and play soccer or basketball at the gym every night.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in the undecided program at my school. I find that it can be helpful if you take advantage of the resources. Some of the counselors are really excellent but, some of them can be wrong for you. You really have to make sure that you are a good match for the counselor you were assigned because they do assign you randomly.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Printers Are Everywhere – There are printers all over the campus. You do have to pay to print something but, they are always available. I would highly recommend getting a personal computer as it is just more convenient and there is wireless all over campus. Although I would recommend getting a printer just in case of emergency and because it is more convenient. Even though I would recommend getting a printer you do not need one I have gone all year without using my printer.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Decent Food – The variety and type of food is really dependent on where you choose to eat. There's really great food at Ikenberry and decent food elsewhere. They offer a lot of options and even have theme nights. However, I hear that the private dorms' eatery (Presby, Bromley, Henrich House, etc) are atrocious.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Excellent Computer Science Program, Not So Great Technology – The wireless can be a bit wonky but is pretty easily accesible on a large campus. A lot of the course websites are poorly designed which is a shame for a university with such a big computer science reputation. There's a lot of computer labs that are open throughout the day and the cost is ten cents per page for printing.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If you're an in-state student, the cost of tuition is reasonable in comparison to other universities for a competitive level of education (dependent on the major). Though you're usually able to get financial aid, Illinois tends not to offer many scholarships or grants.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Gregory Place – Gregory Place Apartments are on the safer side of campus and located just two blocks from the main quad. Some may complain that the cost is a little on the high side but for the cleanliness, quiet, and safety that it offers, it's not a bad price.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived here my freshman year and overall, the dorm is very quiet and isolated but clean. The bathrooms are very well kept and though the dorms are small, there is functioning air conditioning and heat. The biggest con is that you don't really make many friends, especially since the architecture and environment doesn't foster those types of relationships. However, it is close to the quad so you can wake up five minutes before class and be on time.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is crime usually done by the locals but the campus police and city police are diligent.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Take Advantage of the Buses – There are buses on and around campus ALL THE TIME. Take advantage of the buses -- you pay for them in your tuition. They're generally convenient, clean, quick, all that jazz. It's better than walking and parking here is way too expensive to drive on a daily basis.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Options, You Get What You Pay for – There are many options for housing off-campus, but the prices are sometimes ridiculous if you're trying to get close to campus. The quality of housing that is designed for students is also not ideal in some of the places around campus -- it's clearly just there for students and not much has been invested under the assumption that students will trash the places. Overall, there's a lot here, but you need to do your research.

5 College Junior

Athletics: If you aren't a sports fan, you really don't belong at the University of Illinois. From the well-known Men's Basketball and Football teams to the lesser-known hockey, volleyball, and baseball and softball teams and so many more, UIUC has it all. That doesn't even include the intramural and club sports teams, which include just about anything you can imagine.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Bromley Hall – First off, Bromley's food sucks. Seriously, its the worst food out of all dorms on campus. But it makes up for it in room size, and the fact the bathrooms are semi-private, which means instead of sharing a giant, all-too-public bathroom with your entire floor, you share a private bathroom with 2-5 others. Definitely worth it if you can work out a shower schedule. The elevators are a bit creepy, but if you live on the upper floors, its nice not having to take the stairs all the time. I should also mention the pool. The pool is awesome.

3 College Junior

Technology: Computer Labs – I've only ever used the campus computers during a lab course, so I can't say how crowded they are. The computers themselves are usually pretty good, though I've used some that have a MAC OS and monitor but a Microsoft keyboard. Plus I'm used to Windows...so I don't really know how to use the MAC OS well.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking can be very expensive! For being large campus it has terrible parking and the meter maids are ruthless!

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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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