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Reviews 3296 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: Two Extremes – In the summer, the weather is great for being outdoors. However, in the winter, it snows A LOT and we never get out of class.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Plenty to Do – Even if you're not 19, or not 18, or not 21, there is something on campus to do late at night. The Canopy Club caters to the younger crowd, while the variety of bars is available to those over 19. There is always a party going on somewhere, and everything is within walking distance

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Usually Available – Printing on campus is relatively inexpensive, wireless is generally available in all buildings, it is very convenient to have a laptop, but there are generally accessible computers

3 College Junior

Parking: No Big Yellow School Bus Here – I do not have a car on campus but many of my friends do. Parking is difficult because it is extremely limited and you are only allowed to be at certain meters between certain hours of the day. I would suggest leaving the car at home and either using school-provided buses or just walk.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Being Greek Isn't Everything – Greek life definitely has a high priority on our campus but you do not have to 'Go Greek' to be accepted. When Greeks throw parties they are usually generous with drinks and allow different types of people from the campus to attend. Believe it or not, our Greeks are also heavily involved with campus activities as well. All the stereotypes about Greeks are not necessarily true.

2 College Junior

Technology: Can You Connect Now?...Good. When there is an overload of people in the libraries on campus the wireless connection is extremely slow. In order to get high speed action you have to go to the library very early or very late when there is no one around. More wire-less areas with high-speed internet would be pleasurable for a university of its size.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Check Out Downtown Champaign and Urbana – There are many bars and restaurants in downtown Champaign and Urbana. Some places allow online ordering.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: This school is the most diverse of all the big 10 schools. It is obviously still majority white, but there are a lot of other races as well.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Are the Best – The bus system here is really good because there are a lot of people who take it day in, day out. They run frequently and for almost the whole day. Anywhere you can think of going, there's a bus that goes near it. They even have a rack in front you can put a bike on if you want to both bike and take the bus. There's also something called SafeRides that you can call at night if you need to get picked up and dropped off somewhere you don't think the buses get close enough to. Best of all, they're free!

3 College Senior

Parking: Since the University of Illinois is such a large school, a lot of people like having their cars on campus and driving to classes. The University has grown and is still growing, so sometimes parking spaces can be hard to find or not close to where you want to go. You can get a permit to park at certain parking lots, or you can also park on the street in Urbana if you get a city permit which does not cost as much. However, another option is to go green and get a bike or catch a bus. You don't absolutely need a car to get anywhere here.

4 College Senior

Academics: When a lot of people think "nuclear," they might think of all the things that have gone wrong with it. But nuclear is also a form of energy that is used widely and competitively without releasing all the greenhouse gases and other pollutants coal, oil, and natural gas do. Here, at the University of Illinois, I am surrounded by people who understand this and look at it in a technical light. How can we use nuclear power to meet our energy demands? How can we improve existing designs and components so that the efficiency increases, so that it's safer, more reliable, and also sustainable. It is great to be part of this community because of the people here who help me learn and grow. Since the major is small, everyone is close with each other and I have not met a single person not willing to help another. The school itself is good about providing networking opportunities, holding career fairs, and providing resume critiques or mock interviews. Since it is such a big school, a lot of employers look for university hires here. It is an amazing opportunity overall.

2 College Junior

Parking: A lot of people considering UIUC will be coming from Chicago. Compared to there, parking's not so bad. But the campus is so condensed, and the bus system caters so much towards students, you're really better off not bringing a car.

A bike's a pretty good idea, though.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Career Center Is Great – I was an undeclared major, and the career center was a really big help in choosing a major.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Good Residential Neighborhoods – There are a lot of off campus housing options for students. You'd normally have to have 3-5 people living in one house for it to be affordable, though. They're all pretty convenient too.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not So Great – There is a crime alert basically every week, so don't walk around by yourself at night. The police doesn't really do much. Safe Rides is the best and safest way to get around at night, although sometimes you have to wait a while for them to get to you/get you to your destination.

3 College Freshman

Administration: was at a frat party. They parked outside for a bit, but left.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many Restaurants Are Available on Green Street – Chipotle, Jimmy John's (which is local here), subway, etc. In addition, there are nonchain restaurants for sushi, chinese, korean, etc. Oh and there's a Taco Burrito King!

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities are quite new and the school is pretty good about finding funds for the construction of new buildings and improving on the older ones.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have a HUGE Greek life here at U of I. There are a ton of frats and a lot of sororities. I am not a Greek type of girl myself, but if I were, I would have plenty of options! They have parties every weekend and are always putting on great philanthropy events!

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!


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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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