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Reviews 3210 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food has very little variety. It is not always cooked the best. And the food is EXTREMELY unhealthy. There are very few healthy options. The most fun place to eat is FAR on a Thursday night. It is soul food night and they play music!

4 College Freshman

Academics: My major is undecided and I am in the college of General Studies. They are very helpful in helping you learn more about college and what you want to major in and where you want to take your life.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is pretty good. There a re some nice apartments with really great prices and deals!

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Why I Love the U of I – I love the U of I because there really is a place for everybody here. There are great places to have fun whether you drink or not. People here like to party, but they also take their studying serious as well. There are many different dining options and a mall that has most of the major chains. There is also a lot of school loyalty, which makes it a great place to be!

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many housing options, both on and off campus, for students. Most of these options are very expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Urbana- Champaign Dining – There are is a large variety of foods to eat, ranging from many different elasticities and cultures. Most places have great student discounts and are open very late.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: There is always something at the U of I for everyone. Everyone is different here, which means people like to do different things. The campus is packed with things to do for 21 year old as well as the younger students!

5 College Senior

Transportation: There Is a Bus That Will Take You There! Whether you are going to class, work, or the gym, there is always a bus that will take you there. Students pay a base fee at the beginning of each semester that allows them to ride any bus for free as long as they have their i-Card!

5 College Senior

Campus Food: Great, Lots of Variety! There are many of options offered to students looking to dine out. There are food places all over campus, so students are never far from being hungry!

1 College Junior

Weather: Walking to class after a snowstorm is ridiculous. People are falling left and right because of the ice on the sidewalk.

4 College Junior

Athletics: School Spirit – The fans on the Illini basketball are great. They are called the "Orange Krush" and their dedication to their team is amazing.

4 College Junior

Technology: Printing on Campus – The computer labs offer printing that bills your student account so it's easy to do and very convenient. If I ever need to quickly print something before class and don't have time to run home, I will just go to one of the labs on campus and quickly print what I need then get to class.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life at this school is huge. I rushed and joined greek life early this year and it was undoubtedly a great decision. There's so much more to do when you're a part of greek life. Although the benefits are mostly social, there are philanthropic and leadership activities as well. Plenty of my friends are GDIs (God Damn Independents-people not affiliated with Greek life) and they have a blast at this school as well. Although some Greek students may look down upon GDI's, most don't care. The sorority of frat that you're part of kind of defines who you are in a way. When people hear what house you're a part of they get a feel for what kind of person you are. Greek life can definitely be seen around campus - many people proudly wear they letters around school and at the bars.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Experience as of Far – Great balance of social and academic life. Professors are dedicated and really want the students to learn. There are numerous opportunities offered to students in regards to furthering their education and experience. The workload is definitely reasonable; it's all a matter of time management. Most popular study areas are Engineering, Business, and Biology/Chemistry. I'm an out of state student and have not gotten homesick once. There's so much to do on campus; the opportunities here really are endless

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: 19 Year Old Bars – With the bars at the University of Illinois open to 19 year olds (they just cant be served) it makes for a very large drinking scene. Marijuana is the most common illegal drug, but I would say the enforcement of policy is very sub-par.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Leggings and Ugg Boots. I'm pretty sure the only thing in every girl's wardrobe here at the University of Illinois is UGG boots, leggings, and north face fleece jackets. It is a social school, but cliche? I think so.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: University of Illinois does encompass all ethnicities to my knoweledge; however, it is obvious that much of the student body is comprised of white students. The second most group on campus being orientals. The amount of latino and african-american students on campus would seem to be roughly 2 for every 100 students.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The ARC is amazing – No one should ever gain the freshman 15 at UIUC, because the Activities and Recreation Center is phenomenal. It's all brand new, with high tech equipment and gorgeous architecture. I hate working out, but I love going to the ARC!

3 College Freshman

Administration: As a freshman in the dorms, I've learned that as long as you don't disrupt anyone, you can really get away with drinking at any time. Drugs, however, are a no-no. Do not smoke weed in the dorms, you will get caught.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are tons of parties all the time and plenty of places to go. You only have to be 19 to get into the bars on campus so a lot of people go to bars at night. There's a wide variety of bars for dancing or just sitting down and hanging with friends. There's a pretty good bus system here and its free for students so it's convenient and most buses run every ten minutes and pretty late into the night.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Most of the campus is gorgeous but right now there is a lot of construction going on which is kind of an eye-sore. We have a great new work out center that has everything you could ever imagine and it's very clean and all the equipment is in great shape. There are tons of libraries all over campus and they're all very helpful. All of the buildings are old and have really cool architecture and are just a constant reminder of the history of the university.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel generally safe on campus. If any crime ever occurs the chief of police sends out a mass email to the student body so everyone is aware of the issue. Of course it's always necessary to be cautious at night like locking doors and not walking alone. There are always police officers driving around campus and even more at night. Also all the dorms have ID card access at night.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: It is horrible, you can never find a spot and the police are very stricted with tickets

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: They freshman dorms have a wide variety of options to choose from. There are private housing, which are much nicer then the regular dorms, but are more expensive. And then there are the regular dorms, the rooms are smaller, but they are more social.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The University Is Affected by the Financial Situation – The university does not place providing the best education possible as its highest priority, and if it does it doesn't know how to do it. Professors who may excel in areas of research make terrible teachers, and demand more and more pay. Money is spent on what I think are trivial things, and then the university says that they do not have the means to provide financial support. However, there are many external sources of aid that can contribute in your finances.

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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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