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Reviews 3283 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Chambana has one of the best public transportation systems around. The buses run into the early morning, so even after a night out you know you will have a ride. As long as you have your student card, the ride is free. If you happen to be out late enough that the buses arent running, there is an available number for a night bus that will pick you up. The cabs are also very cheap and convinient.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not the Best – The selection is pretty limited. You need to start looking early or you end up somewhere far from the main quad with limited bus availabilty. Even off campus they are pretty expensive, but if you dont mind getting assigned a random roommate it is pretty easy to find a place.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Definite Party School – People know the U of I is a party school. Drinking is everywhere, but policies are enforced fairly well. Administration places top priority on safety, which is very good.

4 College Senior

Academics: Typical Big Research University – The U of I is definitely a big research university. Intro level classes are often huge, and those professors can be hit-or-miss, as can TAs. However, as you delve into your major, you're bound to run into small classes with absolutely incredible professors. Help is always available, though, whether in a big lecture or tiny discussion.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Strict Plagiarizing Policy – U of I is very anti-plagiarism. Nearly every class has a warning, and professors aren't afraid of using plagiarism software. The punishment is expulsion. So far, I don't know any friends who have even tried plagiarism.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Is Anyone Not an Engineer? Before entering university, I hardly knew much of what engineers do beyond Big Bang Theory. But now, most of my guy friends are engineers. For a nerdy girl like me, this is awesome. My friends can track a conversation on just about any topic. It's great!

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Buses are great, convenient, frequent, safe. They are free!!!! They also go outside campus and you dont need a car.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Lots of Fun – The dorm rooms were surprisingly small. Food was ok and there were lots of options. The bathrooms were clean. It is easy to get around. A lot of greek pressure, but I got by without being in a sorority.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: I never waited for a computer very long. WIFI all over. Computers specific for engineers. No macs. I didnt need my own computer in the dorms.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Very Snowy in the Winter – The weather is hot and nice int he beginning of the year. But beware if you live in a dorm without air conditioner. You will suffer. Then it gets really cold in the winter with lots of snow, making it inconvenient for you to walk between classes. However, it is not too bad with layers of clothing.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Legal Bar Age Is 19 – Bar is legal for anyone 19 and up. There are several bars and clubs on campus and there are lots of parties not only every single weekend but also on some weekdays. UofI has a great Safe Walks and Safe Rides program, so if you are drunk and have no one to escort you home, you can easily call safety walk who you can rely on to take you home or Safe Rides to bring you to your dorm.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are Knowledgeable and Helpful – Majoring in biological sciences is definitely a difficult but rewarding experience. The professors for biological sciences are excellent in terms of both teaching and knowledge. Workload is not too much but you must keep up with everything. Since U of I is a big school, you have to be proactive about getting to know your professors. But when you meet them one on one they are very friendly and helpful with academics and looking for interships.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Illinois has the largest Greek system in the nation. Enough said. Exchanges are awesome, block on the weekends is awesome, and last but not least: barn dances.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Going to a "block" in the fraternity at the bars before the game is the only way to make the home football games tolerable. Every freshman should look into doing the Orange Krush fan club though for basketball because we normally field a team decent enough to have fun actually watching the games.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Home in the Heartland – I came to Champaign because I, as a native Illinoisan, knew that it was going to be a place I was already familiar with in a crowd heavily based out of Chicagoland. I knew it was affordable but also a great education as U of I maintains its place as one of the best academic schools in the country.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Green Street – There is a whole street on campus that has a great variety of food selection from Mexican, to Asian to general all American food. It also priced for college students budgets it seems.

3 College Junior

Diversity: An Array of International Students – Though our school is predominately white we still have a small amount of international students. Most of them coming from either Korea or India. This makes the school slightly more cultural. Many of the international students only associate with other international students from their country.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The Ups and Downs of the Dining Hall – The dining hall is a great place to eat food. There are many different dorms and each of them has a specific type of food they have regularly. Each night of the week also has a specialty night at a select dorm. The specialties range from Asian cuisine night, soul food night, and BBQ night, just to name a few. My favorite was the soul food night because they had some of the best macaroni and cheese ive ever had. The downside with the dorm food is that it gets old very quickly.

5 College Junior

Academics: Molecular Biology and the Opportuities – Being an Molecular Biology major at the University of Illinois is quite interesting. The variety of courses available for the major are endless and the teachers really put time into helping the studuents. Although the curriculum is time consuming the quality of the information you receive is well worth it. In this major it gives you many opportunities to interact with the faculty and really cater to what you are trying to get from it. There is a large research department in the school and it offers many different types of topics that you can do research on. Teachers are looking for students to help with their research and it makes it easy for students to receive a position from teachers. Also you get to know the teachers on a personal level and this can give you connections to other departments and can help you land jobs in the near future.

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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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