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Reviews 3937 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options, some restaurants are pricey but you can find cheap ones. There are lots of online coupons. Know what food places are open past 11pm - it comes in handy.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: If you're a sports fan you can easily fit in, the area is very big into the football and basketball teams. If you couldn't care less, you can easily ignore it depending on where you choose to live.

3 College Senior

Parking: You must pay for a parking spot, weather you rent it from a company or pay for a meter on the street. It is very hard to find free parking on campus.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It is never a good idea to walk alone at night. While some students may walk alone and never be approached by someone, many times students will walk alone and be robbed or assaulted. I think the campus police try to prevent this but it is up to you to be smart at night. I don't feel like there is danger surrounding me but it is a good idea to always be aware of your surroundings.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am in the College of Applied Health Sciences in the major of Kinesiology. I have loved my experience thus far. All of the Kinesiology professors are very knowledgeable and willing to help and answer questions. There are many opportunities to get involved with the college as well as research.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The bus system runs often and has routes all over campus. Amtrak and greyhound are in a central location a couple miles from campus. You can live without a car easily. And there is a free taxi service called safe rides that will provide point to point rides during off hours.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Wasn't really a problem. You find the group you want to hang with, and you choose what you want to do.drinking was common, but there wasn't pressure to drink if you didn't want to. It is a scene that respects individuality.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Challenging but doable coursework. Classes vary in size, discussions are usually smaller than lectures. Professors are always willing to help and give constructive criticism. But a great amount of options available to customize a program fitting to what you want to do in life.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Computers fill up fast, bring your own. Wifi is okay.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Although there is a high amount of diversity, the school is still mostly white. The minorities tend to associate with people like themselves and there is a lack of interaction between different ethnic groups.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at UIUC are accompanied by a high level of student enthusiasm, especially because we usually have several nationally ranked teams. Turnout of students at the games is really high with an excellent amount of school spirit. However, when times get tough, our fans tend to get a little discouraged and sometimes may display their feelings with how often they show up for more games.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I love the dining halls! The food was always fresh and delicious. Everything was labeled, so though I am a vegetarian, I have never struggled to find food to eat. I wish that I still have a meal plan.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most restaurants are close by and affordable. They also don't have a lot of fast food, which I like. I do wish they had more fresh and healthy options rather than so many chain restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There is a mixture of PCs and Macs provided in the school computer labs. Computer labs are also pretty easy to find, though they are not in every building. I have never had a problem getting a computer in one of them.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is unpredictable. Most freshman dorms don't have air conditioning so you'll sweat off 20 pounds the first few weeks, and then shiver it off again walking to class in sub-zero temps starting in about November.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Not great on a day-to-day basis. Meters are by 2 hours which is impractical. However, on weekends there is a lot of free overnight parking available, which is very convenient. Parking passes cost a fortune so I would only recommend having a car on campus when you have an apartment w/parking included.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: No wireless internet in most dorms. You'll get used to the bathrooms, they're not that bad. Rooms are small but livable. GREAT janitorial staff; very friendly and thorough.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are quite a few specialty restaurants on the outskirts of Champaign and Urbana. They cater to many tastes and fascinations and are often great for dates. Many cafes are very self-sufficient and independent which translates into a similar kind of atmosphere. Walking into these cafes get me productive and sophisticated for the time that I am there.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There is an excellent variety of staff at the University of Illinois. Many have a strong foundation in their original passion and it permeates through their lessons and discussions. There are many options for classes and the workload of certain classes are vigorous in producing papers and doing quizzes while others require more of a mental change in processing data.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The money isn't in front of you so losing track of where it goes is awfully easy. Make sure you have a good sense of how the money is allocated.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in the program of Sociology as well as Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability. The workload for both majors are often complementary and a good balance between social and natural sciences. There are plenty of experiences of work and volunteering on campus that can help further interests in a specific field. Workload is moderate.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're not the best, but the team spirit and enthusiasm makes it fun anyways!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I am paying so much for a housing contract/meal plan, and I do not feel like I am getting my money's worth. The food options are limited, unhealthy, and often unappetizing. The rooms are minuscule, even by dorm standards. In the winter, you have to choose between lack of sleep due to being uncomfortably hot or due to the noise coming through the window you opened to let out some of the heat. When the showers clog it takes weeks for repairs. I've been really lucky with my RA, I've had the same for two years and she is wonderful, but the one for the other half of the hall is abysmal.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As an Integrative Biology major, I'm pretty happy with the subjects and teachers I've been exposed to. The courses aren't too difficult because the professors prepare you for the exams, but sometimes the workload is a bit large.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There's not a whole lot to see here other than campus


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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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