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Reviews 3933 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at U of I is not really big, but I'm sure it depends on who you hang out with. Drinking is very prevalent at U of I though.

3 College Senior

Majors: I have had an internship for the past two summers with a local hospital. It allowed me to see the importance of research and the day to day tasks involved.

5 College Senior

Majors: The process was very easy to get into the MCB program. Once you applied to the school and were accepted, you are automatically in the MCB program

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in Architectural Studies. Studio treats us like slaves till later on when we get better workspaces. Workload is easy, however, unless you're not into building models. Plenty of resources and clubs centered around it. Advisors are friendly and very helpful. I'm loving it sofar.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Great campus town, many attractions and things going on. Tho sometimes one can get lost by straying too far from campus. Some portions of the campus thus seem pretty scary at night.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is alot of diversity at UIUC, if you know where to look that is. Those of the same ethnicity tend to hang with those of the same ethnicity amongst environments that facilitate their own cultural background. Few people go out of their comfort zones to mingle with different ethnic backgrounds. Also we have a reputation for having half or more of out population to be asian or international students of asian ethnicity, so yes, there's diversity from the sense of the school being "white", but not diversity in the sense of a great mix of people.

3 College Freshman

Technology: At certain times of the day computer access is impossible. A lot of the scanners are in poor shape. Although, if you look hard enough you'll find free computers and good resources. I do not like how the default WiFi is UIUCNet instead of IllinoisNet (which does not have a time limit nor requires a constant log in). Speed is moderate depending on where you are, some areas have no WiFi at all, like in between buildings if you rely on 24/7 WiFi access like I do.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Sometimes, the weather is very unpredictable. However, the sun is out a lot!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never witnessed or become a victim of a crime. There's not a lot of strangers who roam around campus, mostly students or faculty members. Make sure to keep track of your valuables such as keys, electronics, etc. If you feel unsafe due to a past experience or whatnot, keep a small self defense weapon on you such as pepper spray.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Champaign has very bipolar weather. It can hit high 50s with bright sun in the middle of winter then rain the very next day. It does snow often during winter, which I dislike. Very lovely in the spring, summer and fall.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Some of them are very clean.
The gym is very nice.
But some of the classrooms are really old and nasty.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Many bars and Greek life.
Not really a place for non-drinkers.
Dirty streets and places

4 College Junior

Academics: The program is set up nicely, and the newly incorporated group projects are quite amazing. They help you connect lectures to real world problems.

3 College Junior

Majors: I like the core chemical engineering classes, but some of the requirements I am not a fond off. Personally, the chemical engineering department should have a pre-med sub-concentration to help students in their path.

5 College Junior

Majors: I interned at LyondellBasell, a chemical plant, for two semesters. This was a phenomenal experience where I did real engineering projects that an entry level engineer would work on. It was challenging and rewarding.

4 College Junior

Weather: I am not a fan of snow or walking in snow, but that is just part of living in the Midwest. Since the campus is huge and classes might be right after one another, it is pretty essential to come to terms with good shoes and a walking habit.

4 College Junior

Majors: It was pretty difficult to get into chemical engineering, but this also meant a huge reward when I did get in. Although the bio-engineering department does not take transfers and that is unfortunate.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Football at UIUC is very huge in terms of the fan base. However, I am not a fan of the team.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The University's academic reputation has led to students from many different backgrounds and countries attending. Many clubs are formed to allow people of different races, nationalities, and interests to network with each other, and student organizations regularly schedule events that bring many students together based more on interest and major than their background.The school holds mandatory workshops for the younger students focused on acceptance and the like, but these are for the most part unnecessary as the students here are usually open minded.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Champaign's nightlife seems focused around the campus, with many bars to choose from less than half a mile from the main quad. To the west of the quad, along frat row, there are plenty of parties going on every weekend, with various themes. Most of the bars are 21 and up, but Champaign's laws allow a handful of bars for those who are 18.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Basically if you are not greek you do not belong anywhere. Greeks seem to real you in with nice activities than after you turn them down they stop talking to you.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's a hassle to get in contact with an actual person especially through a phone. Money isn't well always given. I still receive a decent amount of money.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Very racist. Really clean. Activities always available. At night very dangerous

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The classwork in engineering, at least, at the University of Illinois is exceptional. We have interested professors who are available to help you learn and I don't know of anyone who takes advantage of all the resource learning and tutoring centers. If you want to succeed here, you will.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Overall, I'm a big fan of the vibe at UIUC. While you might be put off that it's a small town - trust me, it doesn't feel that way. It's incredibly college student-centered. Everything caters to you here. The campus is vibrant and there's always something going on. It's a good place to be.


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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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