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Reviews 3271 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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!

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


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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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