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Reviews 3933 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: The nightlife at my school is quite good. There are many bars very close and on campus that only require you to be 19 to get in, although you can't drink yet. It's a nice way to involve the freshmen and sophomores in events that normally they wouldn't be able ot attend. I'm not a huge fan of the Greek Life but it's huge at my school and really good if you like that sort of thing.

3 College Junior

Administration: The academic rules and policies are very strcit at University of Illinois. Students are held to quite a high standard academically and put a lot of effort and time into their school work. It's taken very seriously.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Since it's such a large school and there are so many students, there is an ubelievable amount of RSO's that have been established. You could be in so many unique and different clubs it's unreal. I also love all of the different kinds of buildings U of I has. Some of them are very old and built a long time ago and others are very contemporary and fun. It's a great mix.

4 College Freshman

Administration: It all depends on the class and the professor. This grade is from KIN 109 (Basketball) which was run by a grad student. Grad students tend to be more lenient. Some classes like KIN 109 require attendance due its affect on your grade but some professors show lack of interest if you decide to come or not.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Although our football team isn't doing so well this season, everybody is still excited about it and shows support by attending games. Basketball here is huge too. The athletic facilities here at the ARC are amazing.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love off-campus dining. There are so many choices

3 College Junior

Scholarships: They do offer good financial aid but it's all dependent on you, so you need to be sure you are on top of your things

1 College Sophomore

Administration: The police are pretty strict about underage drinking and drug use. First-time offenders get a letter sent home, and second- and third-time offenders are in danger of losing their housing. It's pretty serious if you get caught.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Classes continue to be held even during the toughest weather conditions.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are parking spots, but the free ones are further from the center of the campus, and the paid ones requires you to pay by the hour.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus at UIUC is great. Some dorms are further away from classes but it's not a big deal if you have a bike. The bus system is also helpful but sometimes can be frustrating as it can take a while to get places.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: UIUC is a party school so drugs and alcohol are definitely abundant but the school doesn't fail to encourage students to be safe by providing mandatory drug and alcohol safety classes.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I don't have many complaints about this school. Everyone here is really nice and helpful. There is always something to do, which can be counterproductive at times, but I love having a lively atmosphere. The professors and TAs that I have are pretty helpful. The transportation system is decent, which is especially helpful since I live at the south side of campus, except for on weekends. Overall, my experience here has been everything I hoped it would be, and more.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The public transportation is good when you live or need to go somewhere that is fairly nearby those bus stops, but once the places that you need to go to have bus route that come maybe once every 30 minutes can become a hassle when you are running late

3 College Sophomore

Weather: When it's dark and cloudy I get too sleepy therefore making myself less productive in my studies

3 College Junior

Administration: Overall so far the campus hasn't been to strict about things. They are very strict on parking, underage drinking and jay-walking. They even tried to pull over a person on their bicycle. But many of these things are for our own benefit.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: It really depends where you go. Sometimes the food is good and fresh, sometimes not so much. Also, you cannot do carry-out which is a bummer if you want to eat in your dorm. All in all the dining services aren't terrible, but changes could be made. It is an all-you-care-to-eat (AYCTE) set up, or you can do credits for a meal plan instead which can be used for AYCTE or shopping in the campus dining stores or a la carte locations.

3 College Senior

Academics: Academics vary from program to program. I'm in speech and hearing science. I like the professors and they are all very educated. They all have special academic interests and many have research grants. They are usually very willing to meet with you if you have questions. But sometimes they are too busy and you can't meet with them for a week or two.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: If you are part of the greek system it is easy to get caught up in the the politics of it all. But overall everyone's friendly and looking to meet new people. Much of the student population is interested in being healthy and active.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The snowy weather can be a bit tough to handle sometimes and classes don't get cancelled except for rare occasions. The buses are great though and you can usually catch one to avoid tough hikes in the snow. I think the weather can be beautiful on campus and keeps life continually interesting. There is a camaraderie in making to a class through a rain or snow storm. Makes you feel committed to your studies.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I found the drug scene at the U of I to be no better or worse than any other place I have been. I had no real experience running into hard drugs, the only real presence I have seen has been of weed and underage drinking. I think peer pressure comes from the friends you choose and anyone worth being friends with is going to help you make good choices. Drinking is certainly a constant presence and issue, but being aware of the issues and feeling fully informed will prepare anyone who comes to the campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The U of I has diversity in many respects and this is especially displayed in the Urbana neighborhood and nearby art centers, where diversity of ethnicity politics, religion and sex orientation is embraced as a vibrant part of the community. I do find that this diversity is kept isolated from other portions of campus due to ignorance and generally lack of interest from those participating in the party and Greek culture. I due believe the school and its faculty for the most part are trying to break down these barriers and assist in creating a more diverse university campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Due to the large size of the U of I campus you will definitely find a diversity of styles and types. Sometimes you will have to look a little harder to meet folks not in the Greek system or still stuck in their Chicago suburban mentality. But the Urbana side of campus provides a different world to the Champaign and campus town component. You will can certainly find the type of people you want by checking it all out.

1 College Junior

Parking: Free parking on campus is nonexistent. Meter parking is available but scarce. Parking passes are extremely expensive.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is very accessible at U of I. Bus stops are pretty frequent and routes go everywhere on campus. Buses don't run late off campus, however, so make sure you check arrival times. If you need a late bus you can call Safe Rides, but they usually tell you to take the nearest bus.


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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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