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Reviews 3783 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Overall, I think the diversity at UIUC could be much better. However, acceptance is rarely an issue, although some of my gay friends have dealt with some adversity at some of the bars, which is really quite disturbing. Each of the dorms have student diversity groups that create a safe space to discuss all types of backgrounds and the issues that may arrise for various students. I think the University does a lot to make sure everyone feels welcome.

4 College Junior

Technology: Wide access to computers in good condition. Wireless access across campus, occasionally the service is sketchy in some of the dorms. Printing can be a little pricey, I would recommend bringing your own printer - but printing services are widely available at each of the UIUC libraries.

3 College Junior

Majors: I have an amazing private instructor, but the overall program is lacking in focus and organization. The school is poor at recruiting motivated young musicians, and it can be very difficult to find peers who are as willing and capable of true musicianship as they should be. Overall, I have been bored by my classes - as they have been far too surface-level, and astonished at the inadequacy of the administrative offices. However, the quality of the professors is top-notch, and there is a pocket of very talented students. As a student, I hold on to those two things when I'm frustrated with the other disappointments.

2 College Junior

Weather: Long Winters and NO Summer – It snows a lot in here, winters are long and very snowy therefore making going to class a very arduous task. It is not a good weather for doing much exercise either, just go to the gym and stay in there since everything else would be piled with snow most of the time. Riding bicycles is a mess due to the frozen roads and the risk of accidents. Not very fun

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are Fantastic – There are so many buses at U of I that can take you most ANYWHERE. It is a fantastic system and I have heard many times that it is the best system for a college campus in the United States. Buses arrive exactly on time, schedules are posted electronically and updated upon arrival at most bus stops, and there are apps you can download on your smartphone to check for schedules as well. You can go off and on campus with the bus system here!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Anywhere Off Campus Has Great Food Options! The great thing about U of I is the food options they have. You won't be running out of options if you get bored of dorm food. Green Street has a variety of restaurants, from Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Mediterranean, Italian, and so on. Even further off campus are some great Mexican restaurants, fast food chains, luxury dining for any special occasions you might have, and even easy breakfast/late night cravings. Depending on where you go, the prices will range, but most places try to make it college student affordable.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The Student Life – The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has many ways to enhance the college experience for a student. There are two athletic centers in which have indoor and outdoor pools, a track inside, a numerous amount of machines, and also hold fitness classes every semester. One of the best places to study when quiet time is needed is at the many libraries the campus has. They are not only included in dorms, but all around campus and there are also many quiet computer labs in which students can study. When the weather is nice, the best spot to be is on the quad. Whether you are just relaxing, reading a book, or playing a sport, the quad is the best way to meet new people and gives a student the right experience of campus life.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: This Campus Motto Work Hard Play Harder – Lots of great bars. The best part is there is a bar for almost anyone. There are the chill sports bar, the artisy music bar, the clubbin bars, I personally recommend Joes, Firehouse or Murphy's

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Love It – This school is amazing. There is a ton to do here all the time, and with the large campus you will never find yourself bored. Even with it's large size the professors are very helpful, and once you join in a club or an organization the campus feels a lot smaller. I could not imagine going somewhere else.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics at U of I are incrediably popular with everyone who attends. The basketball's student section has been one of the top rated student sections in America. Our school has a lot of spirit, and are athletes are very good and provide awesome and entertaining games.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Lots of Choices, but Same Meal Plan Every Week – The food is good, and there is a large varity in the type of dinning you want. The menu however, is about the same every week

4 College Junior

Majors: Quite Easy – I entered u of i as a chemistry major and it was fairly easy to transfer into community health. i just wrote the essay and did what i had to do and i got in.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very Safe! Personally I feel safe on campus. There is a a good amount of crime but usually it can be avoided by following the basics such as not walking alone at night and staying in more populated areas. Also the campus emails out crime alerts so you can see where the crime occurred and what time and what happened. Usually I can see a reason why it occurred (such as a remote location, being alone, late at night) so there's no need for me to freak out. There's also safe rides that are available at night. You just call them and they will pick you up and drop you off at your dorm or apartment. This is really helpful when working late at the library and it's too late to walk home. There are also emergency phones around campus with a purple light above them and there are always police around. So overall I feel very safe!

4 College Senior

Technology: Computers are available all over campus, so much that if you would be able to get by without your own laptop. Every dorm has it's own computer lab and the library has plenty of computers. Network speed is always fast. Printers you do have to pay for, it's 5cents a page in the dorms and 10cents in the libraries I believe. I know some majors such as engineers get a certain amount of free printing. My only complaint is that dorm rooms do not have wireless access. This can be frusterating because the cords have to cross around the room.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I Love U of I! My experience at U of I has been amazing! So amazing that I don't want to graduate early! One of my favorite experiences was doing the zombie mob at Allen Hall. It's an annual event that makes this dorm so unique! On Halloween a bunch of us dressed up as zombies and went around the whole campus doing the Thriller dance!!! It was funny to see the looks on people's faces because they were so confused! It was a great time and a safe time! If I could do it all over I wouldn't choose another school. I've made my best friends for life here and I feel safer here than anywhere else.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: There Is a Place for You – I love living on campus. My first two years I have lived in dorms and have enjoyed it. There are so many activities to get involved with and living learning communities provide even more fun activities. I lived in Allen Hall one year and enjoyed all of the guest in residents because they are so inspiring. Each dorm has their own perks which is nice. Like if you enjoy exercising all the time you can live in FAR, if you enjoy playing your instrument you can live in Allen. The dorms are also very convenient because they are right by the gym no matter where you live. Also the food is great. Being a vegetarian I have a restricted diet as it is and found that I still really looked forward to meals. Even better is the late night food. The social atmosphere is great but is really different from dorm to dorm. It's important to find where you fit in. Allen is a very liberal dorm. If you want to live there you need to be very open minded, creative, and respectful. LAR where I lived freshmen year had a very private atmosphere. There weren't many events and many people weren't very talkative. The six pack in general has a very social mainstream atmosphere.
As a freshmen I was not happy with the housing process. I had picked that the most important factor to me was that I live in a co-ed dorm and I was put into an all girl dorm. I still ended up having a great time but it was wasn't what I had wanted. I also feel like the cost is very high for housing. The apartment I am living in this year is going to be half the amount I spent on housing.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Social Drinking at U of I – I am not familiar with the drug scene except for alcohol at U of I. I've found that depending on who you surround yourself with drinking can either consume your life or not be part of it at all. If you are a part of a sorority or fraternity you are expected to drink. Most social events are centered around drinking. From friends I know that by going out to bars they will earn more points and have a higher ranking in their sorority. If you are not part of this scene I feel like the majority of people are respectful of your choice whether or not you want to drink. Usage really varies from person to person depending on the individuals values and not peer pressure.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Pretty Good Overall – The housing is nice they provide enough to help make the living situation doable but as with everything there are a few flaws

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Some Places Are Good Some Are Not – There are a few places that have good food and service but there are some places that are not so great as well.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: From what I have seen and heard, as long as you are careful and not stupid, you won't get caught. For those who are loud and underage drinking or other violations in dorm buildings, consequences can be severe. There is Unofficial down here and on that day most cops and security were not looking to punish underage drinking but instead to make sure everyone was safe. Most of the time they would look the other way unless they felt something was dangerous.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: UIUC is very football oriented. During the fall there are tons of events around campus as well as football. There is always something to do especially at the Union building equipped with its own bowling alley.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Pretty on the Outside. While there are many newer buildings, many of the classes reside in older buildings around campus. The architecture is beautiful, but there are super small, uncomfortable classrooms with them. I never really visited many other colleges besides UIUC so I don't know how it compares but I think it is aesthetically pleasing especially to lay on the Quad in good weather.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Christian – Where ever you turn there is always someone trying to recruit you to their christian group. Either that or I look like someone who really wants a Bible shoved in her face. There is a good amount of white people and I don't see many mixed racial groups.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Urbana houses are really creepy, filled with creepy people, and it can be dangerous.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Never Bored – Theres always something to do on campus. Everything is kept up to date and clean. You can work out at the rec, or go to the student union, shop on green street, hang out in the quad or go to the multiple student areas. It is great


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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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