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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Variety of Campus Activities – The campus activities at U of I are amazing. Whether you're looking for the concert of an artist like Taylor Swift or a classical composition, you can find it. If you're into Big 10 football or Underwater Hockey, you can find it. If you're into men's A Capella or a self defense class, you can find it. U of I has everything for everyone.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Quad – The school is beautiful. I visited a few schools, and all were getting run down, or had poorer neighboring communities. Everything about Illinois screams beauty and welcome.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Big 10 – Urbana-Champaign is defiantly a college town. There is a lot to do and great public transportation to get you anywhere. Since it is a Big-10 school, the entire town is filled with blue and orange.

4 College Junior

Academics: University of Illinois has a lot to offer. I choose to go there becuase I wanted to go to a school with a sense of community. This school has great teachers, and many different majors you can choose from. It is easy to register, and there is always someone you can turn to if you have a question. They make you feel like each interaction is personal, even though it is a large campus. One of the best things about this school is the fact that it has over 1,000 clubs. There are a million ways to make and meet new friends.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Worst Year of My Life. Greek life is overwhelming and cliquey even if you're not in it. There is absolutely nothing to do in Champaign, and even the clubs at this school are cliquey. Don't go here if you crave diversity, because almost everyone who goes here is either from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, or from Asian countries like China, Japan, and India. I felt like a nobody at this school.

1 College Freshman

Parking: It's hard to obtain permits and they are very expensive. There is almost nowhere to park without a permit on and off campus.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid office people are nice and you can just walk in with your documents and they will help you out and also you can make an appointment for counseling about your financial situation

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Good Health Insurance and Hospital in Campus – good hospital place in campus for students and medications are cheaper if you buy it through there ($5 deductible for most medicines) and they provide flu packet, dehydration packet etc.. In terms of safety there has been some crime alerts but i haven't really felt threatened to go certain area of campus due to crime rate.

4 College Junior

Academics: Awesome College of Engineering – First of all, UIUC college of engineering has very structured and organized advising system and many mentors. curriculum is good facilities are great. you can tell that school actually invests a lot into college of engineering. There are a lot of internship/job offers for engineers and business students at uiuc. workload depends on courses you take but I would say it's heavy in a way.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: All Univerisities Party – The drug scene is Champaign is no different than any town. If a person wishes to do drugs then they will wherever they are. The same goes for alcohol. At most universities it is common for college students to party and drink if they are underage or not. The greek system has very strict rules like sororities arent allowed alcohol in their houses at all and none of their functions can have it either. Many dorms also enforce this policy and sometimes even do random room checks to make sure it is being followed. Another aspect on this subject is that when you first arrive at the U of I, you must attend a special seminar on drug and alcohol use.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Shady Frats, but Fun Elsewhere – The University of Illinois has many opportunities for nightlife no matter how old you are. Of course there is always a Frat party to go to whether it is a Monday or a Saturday. However, frats are usually extremely filthy and can even be somewhat shady, so if you choose to party at frats then try to be extremely cautious. The bars here are also very popular since you only have to be 19 to get into campus bars. Most of the bars are within walking distance of each other and often offer many specials different days of the week. Along with specials there are even theme nights like Counrty night, 8th grade dance night, White trash, and so on. One bar, Kams, even offers a mechanical bull on some of their country nights. If people arent interested in partying there are other things to do as well. Champaign has a few movie theatres and a great variety of restaurants along with a decent mall. To end the night, if you dont feel like walking the public buses are free for all students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: At the University of Illinois, a student can defintely see academics at its finest. There are so many courses and different paths of study offered that it would be hard for a person not to find what they want to do. Although at times the classes are very large, many are often broken down into discussion classes and labs as well. The professors are very approachable and do there best to help every student succeed, no matter how large their classes are. At times being a student here is frustrating since there are so many different choices you need to make, but advisors always offer their time and knowledge to guide you in the right direction. Also, once a student has chosen a major, a curriculum is laid out in front of them so choosing classes is less of a struggle in the long run.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Illini Pride at U of I – There is a great deal of school spirit which is shown through the attendance of games, the Illini gear and so on. Our team performance is a force to be reckon with while they have a host of fan support behind them. We have two recreational facilities where many athletes work out, lift weights and play basketball. It is a facility uses by the whole student body where you can hang out with friends, join a fitness class or work out. There are a host of athletic teams that contributes to the University of Illinois in a positive way.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Diverse Group of People – For the most part you will find people who look, act and dress according to their personality. For classes people normally dress comfortably and casually in Illini gear or jogging pants and a sweatshirt depending on the weather. My school is considered a "party" school so there are a lot of people walking around dressed up and in heels. The guys are eye candy as well.

4 College Junior

Academics: New Incomer – I just recently transferred into my declared major last semester so I am still adjusting to it. My specific major which is Media and Cinema Studies with a minor in Communications and there are a great deal of theory courses focusing on different aspects of media. The workload is manageable and there are a great deal resources to explore. There are many organizations and clubs related to the College of Media and help you to gain the experience that many employers look for in the future.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Where Do I Go Now? With so many different places to go on campus, students often ask themselves: where do I go now? With countless libraries available for studying, the ARC for working out, and over 800 registered student organizations, there isn't a dull moment on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The opportunities at the University of Illinois are endless. Students can walk a couple of blocks away from their dorms or apartments to find tutoring help, career help, or simply speak with an academic adviser.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good, Cheap, Close – Your average fast food restaurants are abound, but in town there are many high-class bistros and what not, along with many brewerys and middle-rank restaurants

5 College Junior

Campus Food: Getting Much Better – THe new nugent hall has amazing food and it was just added last year. It has at least 20 different food stations/types/genres of food to pick from and is delicious

1 College Junior

Scholarships: The School and State Are Both Broke – My dad had been unemployed for 2 years, my mom had been unemployed for 3, and one of my sisters and I were both in college at Illinois. We filled out our FAFSA form, and got nothing but loans. The state of Illinois owes U of I billions of dollars, so unfortunately the university does very little for students as far as financial aid and scholarships. Just the other day I received a letter that essentially said congratulations on making the Dean's List; we don't have any money to offer you scholarships for your academic success, so here's a website where you can look for outside scholarships. Very frustrating.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Best of Both Worlds – As a 4th-generation Illinois student, it's all about the traditions that make this school special. I love the atmosphere of Illini football and basketball games, and doing all of the cheers and school songs. Greek life is huge here (the biggest in the country); there are lots of professional Greek organizations as well as social ones, so it's a great way to meet people with interests similar to yours. The large Greek system and over 600 Registered Student Organizations make it easy to make a big school seem smaller, but still with all the perks of going to a Big 10 university.

4 College Junior

Academics: High Standards, Too Many Tas – The academic standards at U of I are very high for any university, not just a state school. Gen eds are challenging and interesting, and the professors in your discipline are very knowledgeable and experienced. However, a lot of classes depend on TAs to grade the homework and even teach a lot of the material. I personally have had more great TAs than poor ones, but the one bad TA adversely affected my grade in the course.

3 College Junior

Academics: Great Curriculum – As a general engineer your curriculum is really what you chose to make it. There are many overlaps between you and other engineering, and with a nice minor to compliment your major and secondary field, you will be the most appealing candidate for any career. It is everything you want out of engineering and college.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Included in Tuition – The University provides students access to CUMTD-the Champaign-Urabana Mass Transit District. On and off-campus buses run every ten minutes and have plenty of locations. The company stresses customer service and is very reliable! The drivers are friendly and understanding and most importantly, the system is safe!

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Social Movement – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has the largest number of greek organizations in the nation. The greek study body is extremely involved in the community and in shaping activities for the entire student body.

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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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