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Reviews 3283 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, I could not find any more diversified area of people than this place. There are an incredible amount of eager international students from over hundreds of nations. As I walk around campus to go to my classes everyday, I am always hearing languages such as Chinese, Hindi, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, etc. I have made so many friends of different backgrounds. Learning from every single one as give me a well-rounded new perspective of the world. As it seems, a lot of people come from middle to upper class of income families. As I am unsure about the majority of people's political beliefs, I have seen (at least one time each) every type religion on campus, from Islamic to Taoism. And finally, all types of sexual orientation are accepted on campus. We have a Transexual, Bi, and Gay week as well as the formal Day of Silence. I love my campus!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: You Won't Starve – The dining halls are fairly convenient for students with a meal plan. In general, they serve similar dishes, but on any given day there are a variety of entre options to choose from. The facilities are clean and accessible; some of the halls are harder than others to navigate though. Apart from the dining halls, there are many restaurants on and around campus, but not all of them are as accessible without a car.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Social Opportunities – The bar scene is extremely popular at the University of Illinois. What makes it different? The bar entry age is 19, so almost no one has a fake ID.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't always have the best seasons, but sporting events are very fun to attend. The Block I at football games and Orange Krush at basketball are great ways to get involved. Athletes are treated like royalty here.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus. We receive a few crime alerts (via email) a semester, but I generally don't walk alone at night and have never felt threatened. The University offers safewalks and saferides, two programs designed to assist students when they feel unsafe going home.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Not to Knowledgeable – I'm not too knowledgeable about the nightlife as I don't go out much but from what I hear it is generally diverse. You find a lot of bars and it is all very close to campus. Usually they let people under 21 in and in terms of getting "service" people are a little lenient. It's generally positive with the exception of obvious drunk people that annoy and disturb the peace.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I've lived in about three different dorm areas all at 3 ends of the campus, FAR, ISR and 6Pack and I can safely say I have almost all of what campus has to offer. I dormed for 4 years and the options for everything were second to none. Food was excellent, housing was great in certain areas and you generally find what you are looking for if you are in the right place.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Diverse Yet Detailed – In general the campus is very diverse and you can generally find your niche group. However if your still looking for different things, you can find anything and everything if you look around. This campus is high in activities, cultural events and etc. You can always find shows, sports, group outings. The only limitation is the college town atmosphere, and is limited because it's not in a big city. Otherwise this town is great.

3 College Junior

Administration: I Have No Problem With the Police – This is a large university, they can make plenty of money writing up underage drinkers with hefty drinking tickets. That is going to be the case at any large university. The only complaint I have is the lack of results in all the robberies, assaults, and various other crimes directed at students. Many of these crimes take place in broad daylight or in the heart of campus, not necessarily in boo-foo land. Parents all across campus are in a state of panic because of the frequency of "crime-alerts". It has definitely changed where I go, what time of day I do things, and my overall sense of uneasiness on this campus...focus more on our safety rather than busting parties!!!

1 College Junior

Greek Life: GDI's FOR LIFE!!! Good lord do I dislike frat boys. I'm pretty sure the only requirements for being in a frat are 1) gotta be a douchebag and a half, and 2) gotta be willing to wear sleeveless t-shirts and 2 dollar plastic sunglasses on an everyday basis. I've met people who literally won't be seen with me because I'm a GDI (god-damn independent). But I guess it sort of works the same way because I do my best to never be seen with a frat boy. Though it makes finding friends a little easier; they've already grouped the guys you couldn't pay me to be friends with into Greek houses. :)

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1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Signing for Apartments in October Is STUPID! I don't understand why people panic and start signing for apartments in October. As a freshman, two months may not even be enough time to get acclimated to homework, midterms, living on your own, etc. Yet, we are thrust into an unfair and unfamiliar position two months into college; by the end of the year, most my friends didn't want to live with the people they committed to living with the following year. But what can you do when you have only had two months to get to know these people and learn their habits, idiosyncrasies, etc? The facilities themselves aren't bad (if you get a good landlord), but the process is what chaffes me. The prices are unfair, too. Friends at other big ten universities get bigger, more modern apartments for cheaper than we do. How landlords can get away with charging more for an apartment in Chambana than downtown Chicago is beyond me.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: High Availability – There is a reason U of I has the reputation of being a party school. There is a lot of alcohol available always. There is a lot of pot as well, but I think the drug popularity goes way down from there on. If you want to avoid that scene, however, it is completely possible. I know many people who do not get involved in drinking or drugs, and many people that do. Peer pressure with drinking is high is Greek life, but outside of that,you can be friends with drinkers and not drink yourself.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of places to eat in Champaign-Urbana. There's Indian, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Greek, American, Japanese, BBQ, French, Italian, etc.

4 College Senior

Academics: Registration Process – UIUC's registration process is all online, which is very nice. The only downside is that some of the required classes may only be offered once a year and then they don't put enough spots for everyone that needs to take it.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: UIUC has one of the largest library systems in the country. There is always a supply of information for whatever you need.

1 College Junior

Parking: They are going to be making meters $1 per hour, and there isn't much parking for dorms or apartments. Most students don't have a car.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Block I and Orange Crush – Athletics are huge at the U of I. The school spirit is immense, but the teams always seem to disappoint. Being part of groups like the Block-I and Orange Crush gets you great seats and is a blast to be a part of.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Grocery Stores Are Your Best Friend – County market is the best place to shop for students. It's relatively close and moderately priced. Shopping for food rather than eating out will save you tons of money.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Love My University – This school hass opened so many oportunities for me new friends sorority life and a really great learning experience.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I really do not think it has an impact. It is the midwest and we are lucky to have a varity of seasons.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Our Campus safety and security is taken very seriously police are always patrolling and due to the vast size of our campus I feel the job is well done. E-mail alerts are posted as soon as anything is in question.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Love Line – The University of Illinois is a huge. Therefore, the variety is also huge. Most people dress in jeans or sweats. However, there are the occasional boys and girls who dress up for class. No matter what you are looking for U of I probably has a boy or girl that fits your needs. The proof is obvious because relationships are all over campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – Housing at the University of Illinois ranges and there are many options. The university offers both public and private housing. Public dorms are wide ranging. The food is always good and depending on where you live it can be very spacious. For example, Busey Evans is an all girls dorm that offers air conditioning and big, clean rooms. However, the majority of freshman live in the 6 pack dorms. These dorms are very social and a good size but not all of the dorms have air conditioning. Private dorms cost more but also have greater perks. For example, Bromley Hall has a private pool, workout room, sacked lunches and bigger rooms with private bathrooms. There are only two dorms that I would not suggest. Both PAR and FAR are located in the outskirts of Urbana. Thus, the location itself is a turn off. The housing process is easy and the options are fairly good. Overall, what you make of your dorm life is what it will be.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Chambana Living – The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana has many local attractions. The student union boasts many activities such as a bowling alley, arcade, relaxing room, and food. Throughout the year there are many guest speakers and performances. For example, the boys from MTV's hit show The Buried Life came to speak. Cultural events are always happening at U of I. The cultural houses are located right next to the quad and offer many services. A perk of becoming involved in the cultural houses is that the first talk that you attend comes with a free lunch! There are many sports and recreational facilities. However, the Arc is the best place to rock climb, get a massage, take dance or yoga classes, swim, sunbathe, or just workout. The local mall is only a short bus ride away and has all the trendy shops. However, if you don't want to take the bus you can alway shop at the local shops right on Green Street. Some of the best places to get clothes are Pitaya and Urban Outfitters. One of U of I's best kept secrets is its Japanese Zen garden. This beautiful garden is relaxing and a good place to get away. Because Champaign-Urbana is a college town the local attitude towards students is very positive. The only thing to worry about at U of I is safety. Like any town it is not smart to walk alone at night. Safety is always important and for that reason safety has improved at U of I. Wether its lying on the quad taking in some sun, or going to cocomero for some frozen yogurt. The University of Illinois is one of the greatest college campuses to be on. There is always something to do or be a part of in Chambana.

3 College Student

Scholarships: Not Generous by Any Means – The University likes its money, I didn't get any financial aid and they werent generous with merit either, it's an expensive school so try and come in with some private scholarships already in hand


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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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