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4 College Junior

Athletics: Football and Basketball – Basketball and football are both very big at the school. Lots of fans, great games to watch.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Food – There is a good variety of food, but I would expect more student discounts and delivery at many places where it isn't offered.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: very challenging and the right level of attention. Very happy with the academics and proud to be here

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lots of options from fraternaties, social organizations and bars and clubs in town.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Works Well – All in all, the transportation system and options are very good.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my major. The College of Media supports you and try to always looks out for you. The professors are incredible.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The School Informs the Students About the Dangers of Drugs. I think that drug safety is important because it is illegal, and if students were to participate on campus, a lot of students would get in trouble. It would also make the campus look bad. I know that usage and peer pressure happens; however, the campus makes an effort to inform students about the dangers that drugs and drinking can cause. The campus also does their best to protect everyone and uphold laws.

4 College Junior

Local Area: It Is Great. Urbana-Champaign does not have to many well-known landmarks; however, I think that it has lots of places, like several movie theaters, a children's science museum, lots of great restaurants. There are lots of stores and places to shop. I like it here.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I Is Relatively Accessible. I don't know much about the off-campus housing; although, one of my friends looked for housing at the end of the year, which can be difficult because most people are looking for housing, but she found a great place. It was an apartment in Urbana. It was somewhat part of campus; however, I'm sure off-campus housing is the same. It is relatively easy to find, and everyone posts things online or puts up signs advertising their places.

4 College Junior

Administration: I think that the campus has lenient rules when it comes to staying out late or just hanging out and talking; however, underage drinking is definitely a concern of theirs, as well those who do drugs; however, they have to be. That's their job. They can't just say, "Well, they are excused from the law." Plus, I think that the campus strictness saves lives because people would otherwise put themselves in dangerous situations; for example, drinking at a party and trying to get home can be difficult; however, if you knew that you would get in trouble, you probably wouldn't drink, and you most likely wouldn't be in serious situations.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe Enough – Like any big campus, there are a few incidents every year of someone having something stolen or getting into an unsafe situation because they were not being smart about safety, but in general this campus is safe. I've never felt threatened and I've been on campus late, late, late at night. There are safe rides and plenty of campus cops and even students patrolling during the semesters. It's not a small town, so students need to be aware of safety practices and procedures to be smart -- don't walk alone, don't leave things unattended or bikes/doors unlocked, pay attention to your surroundings, and so on -- but if you keep these things in mind, you'll be ok.

5 College Senior

Majors: This university has a ton of majors and all of them are very good, with several in Business and Engineering ranked among the best in the world. I had very little problems transferring into my major, and once I was in, I found a great advisor and got plenty of help whenever I needed it. My advisor was available to help me out and allowed me to set appointments on short notice. The application process is pretty standard, and unless you're a transfer student trying to get into business or engineering, it isn't too hard. Business and Engineering have quotas for transfers and they're very tough to get into academically, but that's because they're among the top in the nation.

5 College Senior

Academics: Professors Are Great, Top of Their Field, and Accessible – The professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are generally among the top in their fields, since this is one of the most highly ranked research institutions in the nation. On top of that, they are all fairly accessible and offer lots of opportunities for students to meet with them and get extra help. Many students also receive help from professors in finding internship or research opportunities as undergrads, which they might not have gotten elsewhere or with professors who aren't so good at what they do.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Team Spirit Is Essential – Illinois hasn't had a lot of success the last few years, but team spirit is strong and the University shows its support for the team. It is common to hear about people who "bleed blue and orange" and they seem to mean it. IM sports are also popular with lots of options and the opportunity for students to start whatever doesn't already exist. Facilities are AMAAAZING.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Lots of Greeks, but That's Not All – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a fairly large and extensive Greek scene and anybody who wants to get involved will have that opportunity. But if you're not into that, there are plenty of other organizations and exciting opportunities to attend non-Greek events and other things around campus.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Fantastic and Rigorous – Being accepted into the Architecture program is a true honor, only 150 students a year! Also, once you're in you learn a great amount about all aspects of the field from structural, technical, and theoretical points of view. This is one of the few universities in the country that puts such an emphasis on the structural and technical parts of architecture compared to being all about theoretical design. Also the studios here are fun to be in because you make some of your best friends through studio. It is time comsuming, but it is worth it if you truly love architecture and in the professional field.

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2 College Junior

Parking: There are several lots across campus where students and faculty can get permits to park. Free parking, however, is extremely scarce. Even metered parking is very limited. Driving on campus is almost too much of a hassle. The bus system makes up for this somewhat.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Depends on Your Point of View – Greek life is a big part of campus. We have both extremes: very professional, sophisticated fraternities and sororities, as well as your stereotypical 'party-hard' ones. With these extremes comes both pros and cons. On the positive side, you have welcoming communities where you can find friends and personal growth. On the negative side, you are exposed to a great deal of peer pressure and may be influenced into behaving against your morals (e.g. drinking, drugs, promiscuity, etc.)

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The great thing about the University of Illinois is that it has so many options when it comes to majors. There is a major for everyone! Many people even choose to do a double major because they have many different interests or they choose to do a minor. Another great thing is the study abroad program that U of I offers to their students. It is a great experience to go abroad and put yourself into another country's ways.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining scene is pretty good at U of I. But it is mainly your common chain restaurants. You have to take buses to get to off campus dining, which isn't that hard but can sometimes be a pain.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Very Known – The drug and alcohol use at U of I is very well known. It is also very visable especially on Unofficial.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many Choices...Many – Champaign is known for it's awesome downtown restaurants not far from campus. No lack of variety here!

4 College Junior

Local Area: Unique Atmospehere – I am actually a native of Urbana, IL but having had the opportunity to live in other places, I realized just how unique this place is.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Great Mathematics – The mathematics program at UIUC is absolutely amazing, and I feel extremely privileged to say I am a part of it. The instructors are some of the best in the field and are very willing to help and answer any question. Being a research University, there are many opportunities to get involved in research or internships on and around campus. I can say without a doubt that my math classes have been my hardest classes so far, but the instructors are so good at keeping the involvement up that I look forward to doing homework and studying. The whole program provides me with a sense of accomplishment that I have never experienced and certainly never expected to be attached to academics. I applaud the efforts of the whole department and University staff for making my mathematical experience at UIUC so important to my life.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Plenty to Do – For students under the age of nineteen, it is illegal to go to the bars in Champaign, but Urbana bars and clubs are eighteen and up. That said, the only good club in Urbana is the Canopy Club. Still, this club is a huge attraction with big acts like Rusko and Skrillex having shows over the past year. Failing the bar scene, Greek life at U of I is very active with over half of students participating in fraternities or sororities. I have also heard that apartment parties rarely disappoint. Overall, there is plenty to do at night in the Urbana-Champaign area.

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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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