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Reviews 3591 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: A Little Something for Everyone – Lots of walking grounds, covered with grass and trees and some parks. A street adjacent to campus is covered with restaurants and bars. There are always concerts going on at the Krannert Center and the Assembly Hall.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Labs Are Fast and Reliable – Most of the computers are running Linux and are optimized for academic work. I've always been able to find a computer for me to work at in the lab.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Work hard, party harder – U of I students know how to party. College students can be found stumbling down Green Street heading to several campus bars every night of the week. The best thing about the U of I bar and dance scene is that all campus bars are 19+. Fraternity and apartment parties on the Champaign side of campus are always popular choices on the weekends, although such events tend to be exclusive and invite-only.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Definitely Going to Miss It – U of I was a great experience for me as an undergrad student. I wouldn't change it for the world. I met a lot of great people and had the opportunity to get involved in all sorts of fun clubs and activities. There's something here for everyone. Definitely feels like home.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Easy on the Eyes and Love to Party – The boys on this campus are definitely nice to look at. There's always someone around who's willing and ready to go out and have fun.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So Many Choices – The Off-Campus dining options are amazing. Many of the restaurants deliver to campus via the campusfood website. It's really convenient.

3 College Student

Parking: I don't have a car yet but based on what I have heard and saw it is hard to find a parking spot on campus. There is a lot of walking involved when going from class to dorms however

5 College Student


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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus Your Way Around – The buses are very a good way to drive get around. There are routes that get you almost everywhere from point A to B when you need it. The buses are a little late sometimes, and it's tough when you are running late. The drivers can scare you by driving too fast but it's always a good thing.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Who Are You? Very rarely do we have cops showing up randomly. They are very nice about first time offenders with underage drinking and do not take very severe measurements. There is a fine and a class to be taken but it isn't until repeat offenders that the punishments become bad.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Hands in the Air – The security on campus is trying. They have many, many crime-alerts, which is what students receive when there is an alert. Physical assaults happen during broad daylight. I am scared to walk around alone. The campus is trying to set up cameras and things, but it may be too little too slow.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I Love the Fact That Everyone Here Can Be Both Fun as Well as Studious! Before coming to the University of Illinois, I barely spent any time with boys who actually studied and did well in school. It was usually either you party or you study. After coming here, I met so many boys (as well as girls) who were able to do both. I find it astonishing that people actually take their studying seriously and when they are able to they can take a break and go out. There is a lot of programs that the school offers as well which really come in handy. The libraries are almost always open and there is so many of them. The greek system is huge and there is a spot for everyone. Even if you are not in the greek system, you will most likely find an organization that fits you perfectly. I also love the fact that the school is so diverse. I've been to other schools were almost everyone you see is white. Our school has a nice mix of every ethnicity as well as international students. It's an overall amazing place to go to.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Being a freshman, I've only been on campus for a semester and a half. But so far, I love it here. The school offers so many great things! You can almost never find yourself bored. And if you are, then it's your own fault. I've had some pretty crazy nights and I also have pretty high grades because I am able to make good use of my time so that I can enjoy myself. I would definitely choose this school and I am so glad I did. It was my second choice but after having to choose an in-state school due to the costs, I am glad to say that I love the fact that this happened because I cant imagine going anywhere else

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Suprisingly, There Is a Lot to Do in This Little Campus Town in the Middle of Nowhere. from Bars to Frats to Local Venues You Can Find a Lot Going on. I would say although I am from Chicago, this little town keeps me pretty entertained. There is a very large greek system therefore they hold a lot of events such as bar crawls, philanthropies, parties, activities, intermurals, etc. There is also a large bar scene with a big variety of different bars. Besides the social aspect, there is a lot of organizations you can join that hold a big amount of events that are cultural, educational, social, etc. Almost anything you can think of. Being a big 10 school, there is a lot of sports and recreation. We have two big gyms were you can most likely find anything you want in them. From a rock climbing wall to squash ball. There is a shopping mall very close by with a wonderful bus system that gets you there. The safety is phenomenal, I've never felt very threatened on campus. Overall I would say I love it, as do many others.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The New Windy City – I know Chicago is called the windy city because of politics but Urbana-Champaign should actually be referred as the windy city because the wind is so crazy. When the weather isn't cold, what kills you is the wind.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Green Street – At UIUC the outside food is pretty good at a reasonable price when it comes to "American" food. They do poorly when it comes to ethnic food such as Mexican food and Sushi.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Working Out – Our gyms are great because they have a lot of useful machines. They are constantly being cleaned and it's in a wide open area. The only bad thing is that it's usually full.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Vampires Out – There are many places students can go out at night, whether it be dancing out just chilling. There are clubs which allow anyone from 19 or older go in to dance and have a good time. If don't feel like dancing chill with friend in a pub and just talk. Frats are okay in that you don't really know when they are throwing a party so it's sometimes not worth going but nonetheless you can always find something to do at night.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The university is diverse in many ways and aspects. They have variety of political beliefs all the way to racial diversity. There are students who come from lower class just like while while some are middle and upper class. This school does a good job in being diverse.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Excellent University – top majors in the USA. excellent professors.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Hard for International Freshman – It is not easy for international students to apply for scholarship. many restriction.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I even don't know what Greek life does in the campus.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Comfortable but Expensive – The room is not very spacious and it is expensive. But there are interesting activities and resources in the dorm.

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!


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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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