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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are lots of white students, but not a lot of Asians, Hispanics, and African-Americans. However, the problem mainly is with the students themselves, who tend to gravitate towards "their own kind". The opportunity for diversifying oneself is certainly present. The experience depends on the individual student being willing to venture outside of what they're used to.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Tons and Tons of Apartments and Houses – Most people get apartments with their friends after their freshman or sophomore years...and there are tons of them available. Some are extremely nice and also expensive, others are crappy and cheap, but there are a decent amount that are pretty nice, and pretty clean, located on campus at reasonable prices. There's something for everyone...and of course the farther away from campus...the less expensive it will get (but you're gonna want a car if you live off campus. Some manage without it...but those are the ones that never go home during the day)

2 College Junior

Campus Food: Dorm Food =NO, Restaurants= YES – The dorm food gets pretty boring and pretty terrible halfway into the year. They start you off with decent food then downgrade you to just edible food. Then it slowly turns into the mush on your plate that you wish you could just IV the carbs into your vein and it over with....Sure they'll trick you into thinking that within the 10 or so dining halls available to you, you're bound to find something you like, but lets face it...cafeteria food is cafeteria food...my dog wouldn't even eat it. But don't fear, you won't starve...there are plenty of great restaurants on Green street you can go to....at a price that is. I'm sure you'll spend more money on food than on anything else during the whole school year.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Frats and Sororities – Although the campus's social life is always very vibrant (bars are open and crowded every night, there are many frat parties every weekend) most of the social events revolve around alcohol and frat boys looking to get lucky. So if you're not into that sort of thing (guys groping you on the dance floor, and holding your friends hair while she pukes into the toilet) you may feel out of place....Sure there are other things you could do...like go bowling or attend the university organized events like ILLINITES, but that gets old...fast.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Popular – Drinking is what people do to at social gatherings. Not surprising based on the number of frats and bars. Drugs can be found if you look for them, but the same can be said for any school.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not Bad – Seems diverse from what I've noticed. The majority of students are white, but there are many international students in attendance. There are many clubs and organizations based on uniting members of cultural groups.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Lots to Do – Good party atmosphere and nightlife. Many campus bars and frats make it a big party school. There are other low-key options like museums, theaters and plays. Lots of school spirit.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: AMAZING! Always a party on weekends whether it's held by fraternities, the university itself, or at a bar and club, there's always something for students to do on campus to relive the stress from school. Transportation is free and 24/7, the transit buses comes every 10 minutes, and the university offer other transportation such as saferides and safewalk.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Social Life – Everybody is friendly! You share some of the same interest although you grew up in different areas.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Police and Safety Service – Police notify all students and staff on campus about everything that happens to ensure them of their whereabouts within that area. They also offer this service called saferides and safewalk for students on the campus during night time when students have to walk somewhere or go back to residence alone after a late exam or anythng

2 College Freshman

Weather: This area is known for exceedingly cold weather and wind chill, which can be dangerous. However, as long as you prepare accordingly and make usree of the transit system discomfort should be minimal.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Strict If Caught – There are undercover cops in the bars sometimes and frat parties do get busted every now and then. Dorms are also pretty strict on drinking as well so you have to be fairly careful about most things, especially on first-year private housing.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Fairly Prominent – Greek life is spread all over the campus and is pretty huge, but not unexpected given campus size. It's easier to have fun if you're associated.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is very convenient. The CU-MTD takes the students wherever they need to go.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus housing at the University of Illinois is among the worst in the country. Half of the dorms don't even include air conditioning, and some don't even offer proper dining hall accessibility. Some of the typical events in a dorm include: people passing out in elevators, throwing up outside in the lobby, and pedophilic smokers EVERYWHERE. We even have the 3 worst dorms in America (Garner, Forbes, Weston). Basically, GET OUT OF DORMS AS SOON AS YOU'RE ABLE TO. Get an apartment, it's MUCH better, and you won't die of the horrible food they manage to cook up.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms in my area, which is the Six Pack is decent. Location wise it is great, because it is very close to the campus, restaurants, dining hall, bank, etc. The dining hall food is a little below average. A lot of it is fried, making it very unhealthy. Sometimes, the variety isn't great. I'm more dissatisfied than satisfied. Depending on where you dorm, social atmosphere varies. Cost is a little expensive, but then again everything these days are. The process is easy

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3 College Freshman

Majors: Currently I am in the Division of General studies and so I have not picked a major. At orientation they say that students have no disadvantage by doing this but I would strongly recommend you to declare a major before applying to the University of Illinois. It make Freshman year so much less stressful because you have earlier priority on choosing classes and if you wish to switch majors you can just the same as if you were in the Division of General Studies. To declare a major there are different requirements for each specific one, for example for the College of Business you must declare the May of your freshman year. It's highly competitive and so you would benefit to applying directly into it.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: University of Illinois is pretty notorious for our nightlife. All bars on campus you need only to be 19 to get in. Many students go to house parties at the start of the night and find their way at the bars to end the night off. Because of the lenient age entry students from colleges nearby come visit to party at my school. You will surely find someone you know out and about.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Campus Life – Guys and Girls at the University of Illinois are on average intelligent but very interested in going out and having a good time. People care about the way they look on the weekends, but not when they go to class generally students are not too worried on impressing anyone. Weekend attire includes keeping up with the latest trends; guys like to wear polos and nice jeans while girls wear dressy tops and high heels. Relationships are common and ever changing, freshman year people are not very interested in settling down and are more interested in meeting as many people as they can however you hear of many relationships with the upperclassmen. In spare time you can find almost every activity on our campus quad ranging from selling hair extensions and brownies to frisbee tossing and tight rope walking.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Great Resources – Each program has a different set of advisers and most of these advisers are very helpful. I love being in pre-med because you get to see a lot of the best facilities on campus. The workload is very tough and demanding as well as the curriculum which moves very quickly at times. The facilities are older but nice, and a lot are being renovated to become state-of-the-art labs and lecture halls. There are multiple outlets to find jobs and internships for breaks and for after graduation. The career center is a great resource for that.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: A Very Fun Place – The dorms are very small but also very nice and a good way to meet people. The social atmosphere is great with all of the fraternities and sororities on campus. The cost of living is going up and to find a nice apartment it averages at about $500 a month per person. The apartments range from anywhere to right next to class to a couple miles away. The realtors are mostly very nice and the Tenant Union is a great way to help and get resources if you are a prospective apartment looker.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Overall a Safe Place – The campus crime is just as much as any other campus. Of course there are dangerous areas off campus that escalate in danger as the hour gets later but overall the communication between the University and the students is good when it comes to crime alerts as well as the positive safety alert measures that the University has made. Overall the police and safety services do a good job.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Where Is It? It can be a little difficult to find information about scholarships if you're not sure where to look. I'd recommend making an appointment with an adviser to learn more.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Laid Back – I haven't had much experience with it but the school seems to have some fairly laid back policies. I believe a letter is sent home after the 3rd drinking ticket. Still, be smart about ;drinking and anything else you may do.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The internet at UIUC is very fast and reliable. Wireless is readily available in most, if not all, campus buildings. The computer labs have some older computers but they are great for their intended purpose. I would recommend purchasing a small laptop to take to classes and around campus. If you don't have one, it shouldn't be too hard to find a spot at one of the various labs around 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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