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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Life on Campus – The dorms are a pretty great place to live. You make lots of friends and get involved with a lot of fun activities. My RA acted as a mentor and a friend to me. And we still keep in touch. The cost is pretty ridiculously expensive though. It is like $10,000 dollars for the school year to live in the dorm with a meal plan. I am spending way less now in an apartment. The dorms are pretty close to campus though and I would say the most fun dorms are in the six pack! (Ikenberry Commons)

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at the University of Illinois are great. The professors and TAs really seem to love their jobs and care about the success of the students. The workload can get a bit heavy, but it is not unbearable. Professors always have office hours, or can schedule appointments to help you. Some lecture classes are very large, but then we break into smaller discussion classes which is very helpful. I feel very blessed to be a part of this university.

3 College Junior

Weather: It's the midwest, so the weather is average for the area; hot in summer, cold in winter. It can be quite windy, though, but nearly everyone goes outside when it's nice out. There's a good bus system as well for when the weather isn't so great.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There are a variety of campus facilities available to students. Whether you want to exercise, study, eat, or just hang out there's always someplace available.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Awesome Buses – Cost of the transportation is included within your tuition so make use of it! It runs frequently and to all places! It might be running a bit late at times, but it is the cheapest and safest way to get places.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Oh No! If you have a permit on campus, that's great! But if you're a visitor, it is a nightmare finding a parking spot. All the parking spaces require a permit most the time so it's better to take a train to this school!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Big Contrast Between Boys and Girls – The girls here are so pretty. They are very slim and fashionable. However, the guys here are not very good looking. The guys are very slim and short. The girls here always have makeup on and has excellent style. The guys here can afford to gain some weight and add some height!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am farely happy at this point. I think I made the right decision to attend this school for architecture and just hope it fits me. I haven't got much into it yet but I am very excited to see what it has to offer.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: On Campus – There are many things to keep students occupied and the campus is well diversified. There are cultural events and activities for everone to get involved in so students should always feel welcome.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The cops are bad the first week, because they want to bust all the new freshman, but it dies down. They occasionally raid the bars to weed out the underage drinkers

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frats and Bars – there is no shortage of nightlife, you can literally walk through frat park and find a million places to party, and once you are 19 you can go into the bars after the frats!

5 College Freshman

Academics: Registration Process – I was able to register from out of state without any problems. The process is easy to understand and quick.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into this program was extremely simple. As long as you declare it coming in it is very simple. I am sure that going from from general education would be much more difficult.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Psychology...And Biology – These programs at the u of i are excellent. The teachers are dedicated and know what they are talking about and sometimes the T.As are better for help as well. They are both extremely time consuming but you nkow that you are getting a good education so it is worth it. There are multiple opportunities for internships and projects in both majors as well.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: U of I Urbana – This school has a really nice atmosphere. Although our school is said to be diverse people actually tend to stay with people they look alike honestly. The dorm food is pretty decent but it is basically the same thing all of the time. But with the meal plas you get credits that allow you to buy other food and the buses take you to grocery stores if you want something else.The social life is pretty active, there is always something to do. The shopping is also really nice, the malls are really close, about five minutes, and there are shops right on campus too. The safety is pretty good. There are multiple programs for safety.

4 College Senior

Majors: Good Opportunities – I'm it the Engineering College, and overall I think I've been getting a good education. I can now see the applications to a lot of my classes. In the General Engineering program the workload is definitely more than high school but manageable. The one part that I'm really looking forward to is one of our final classes. We have the opportunity to work with a company and attempt to solve a problem they have been having. I'm excited to be able to both have class credit and industry experience.
There are a good amount of job fairs throughout the semester to look for internships and jobs for after school. It's important to get yourself out there and take advantage of the career centers who provide a lot of resources. A lot of on-campus organizations and professional fraternities also help by bringing companies on campus and providing times to network.

4 College Senior

Academics: Good Teachers – As a senior in Engineering this coming year, I've so far have taken more than a couple of classes through the University. I can also say that I've enjoyed most of the interactions I've had with my professors. They've been available when I have need them and almost everything has been graded fairly.
The only difference could possibly come from the larger class sizes as compared to other universities. There is stress on being a proactive student. There are many resources, but the student has to be the one to take advantage of using them. There are required office hours for all professors and TA's. From my experiences, TA's are usually the best ones to contact though.

3 College Senior

Local Area: College Town – I think the Champaign-Urbana area's biggest draw is the University. Champaign has some pretty good restaurants and bars but if you're looking for tons of things outside the city, you may not find too much. They have a few festivals throughout the fall including the sweet corn festival, which is neat to go to. There are a decent amount of well known bands that come done throughout the year. That includes everything from top 40 to country. There's also a pretty good bar scene if you're interested in that.

4 College Senior

Technology: One of the Best in the Nation – As an engineering school, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign sports one of the best computer networks in the nation. Computer labs are plentiful, the network speed is fast and reliable, and the wireless network is available almost everywhere on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Variety Is Key! Illinois has many facilities for students to utilize. There are multiple gyms, libraries, activites and student centers to take advantage of as a student here.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Great for Me, Not for Others – For me, the financial aid process was really easy. I had a few problems, but they were mostly my own fault.

They do have a great federal work study program that I and many of my friends are part of.

UIUC is expensive though, so the more you work with the financial aid office the better.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Because we're in the midwest, the weather can be wonky and ADHD. In the summer it's pretty hot and humid, and the weather can be bitey. But spring and fall are really beautiful times, pretty warm throughout both seasons.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: 3.5 Out of 5 – There are lots of options. PAR and Ike have several things to choose from every day. Even the other dorms always have a salad bar, sandwich bar, toast, etc. available if you don't want the main course. And it's pretty easy to eat vegetarian as well.

The food tastes pretty good too, but a lot of it is so bad for you. They use lots of oil/butter in food preparation, so being healthy is kind of difficult.

Overall, I like the food most of the time and I can find good stuff to eat, but it can be hard to make the right choice.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Social Extravaganza – Despite being known for lying in the middle of cornfields, the University of Illinois has a large campus that makes up for it. The diversity of students and organizations more than guarantees a social life for every student. The nightlife is hard to avoid when it has bars, billiards, bowling, and frequent concerts.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Orange Spirit – Block-I. Orange Krush. These organizations alone entail the atmosphere that surrounds Illini alumni.

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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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