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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I love the party scene at this school. Awesome if you want to participate, but not annoying if you don't.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are plenty of parties and they are usually safe and fun.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It seems okay. There are a lot of resources I just don't know a lot about them because I haven't utilized many.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of resources and everyone is very supportive.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I think the greek community is very worthwhile and good. I am a non-greek, but still really appreciate their presence on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It is a safe school with plenty of resources to do whatever you prefer.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I love this university.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am 100% sure that I will get a job after I graduate. There is no doubt in my mind. This school helps its students a lot.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are amazing here. Obviously not perfect, but is a really worthwhile school to attend. I love it.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think we have great programs, but our main teams haven't been very successful in the recent past.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Honestly, everyone is really accepting. It's hard to say that no one ever feels left out because I'm sure some people do. But the student body and the housing community are really accepting of all types of people.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Definitely prevalent. Alcohol is abundant as well as marijuana if you put yourself in the situations to find it. If you don't want to find it, stay away from frats/sororities/bars/night life in general.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The university keeps the students well aware of safety issues on campus through an emergency alert telephone and email system. No one would advise someone to walk alone on campus at night, but I know some people who are fearless and they've been safe. Safe Rides and Safe Walks, a service where you can be transported safely across campus, are also great safety precautions that we have on campus. Health-wise, the McKinley Health Center has been nicknamed "McKillMe" by students and graduates for several decades. It's notably not the best service, but it gets the job done and it's relatively cheap.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors clearly love what they're teaching and almost always have open office hours to help. Honestly some professors are more boring than others. But for the most part, they understand that classes can be boring and they try to jazz it up!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Many companies come to the University of Illinois' career center specifically seeking to employ our university's graduates. It's a prestigious school that is looked highly upon.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some of the older residence halls have smaller rooms, like ISR, PAR, and FAR. Those residence halls, and some others, are still lacking air conditioning, but I've heard it's completely bearable for residents. The Ikenberry residence halls are built around a lively resident community with a welcoming, accepting atmosphere. The newest residence halls, which are mainly occupied by upper-classmen, including Nugent, Bousfield, and Wassaja Halls, are environmentally friendly, with outstanding amenities and spacious, up-to-date rooms. Many students who choose not to go into Greek life, have these residence halls as living options for following years.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: HUGE Greek life! If you're not a part of it, you're not treated any differently. Except guys aren't allowed into most parties if they're not a brother of the house.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is jam-packed. Always big crowds for the sporting events. I, personally, have never had a chance to attend one, but I've heard that they're loads of fun!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's definitely a school full of opportunities. The classes are plentiful, and it's not very difficult to get into a class you want to take. The professors clearly care about the subjects they're teaching, and most of them make themselves readily available with flexible office hours to help students outside of class if you're welling to take advantage of them. The homework load is manageable, but be ready for at least a few long nights (like most college students). Overall, I LOVE IT.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: We're a highly international school, which is really neat. I've learned a lot in the ways of languages and culture here. The school is very liberal overall, so "acceptance" only goes so far (conservatives beware).

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: We're the number 1 party school in the US. I live dead center in Frat Park so I can say there's a lot of drinking and it's not uncommon for the area to smell like weed.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It'd be a lie if I were to say that U of I is crime-free. There is the rare occurrence of theft or sexual assault. The police and the university work incredibly hard to bring suspects to justice as well as to comfort victims, regardless of the crime they were a victim of. There are many emergency dial machines scattered across campus which makes it easy to call for help anywhere and any time on campus. The one thing that makes me feel unsafe is the distance from my fraternity apartments to my dorm. Most of the social life is centered in Champaign. My dorm is in southern Urbana. I usually don't feel comfortable walking or waiting for the bus to get back home. If I stay out late, I ask to stay the night in my brothers' apartments.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors I've had thus far are the best. Each are passionate about what they teach and are very accommodating. Throughout the semester, they always welcome feedback for improving the quality of the course and make appropriate changes. I've never had an issue with a professor. They are all welcoming when I visit them in office hours and are happy to answer any questions. Most of my lectures held over 100 students, but our discussion classes were much smaller. I got more time with the professor/TA if I needed help on the assignments.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is highly respected. It's a well-known school for its academics and social life. From witnessing my older sister (who is now an alumnus to the university) applying for internships and a full-time job after graduation, all employers welcome U of I students. The university also hosts numerous career fairs throughout the semesters for students to meet employers and potentially earn a full-time job after graduation. The university has great relations with hundreds of employers and companies which makes it easy for students to network.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in FAR. Although my dorm is far from the heart of campus, the bus system makes it very easy to get to class on time. The food in both FAR and PAR are good and convenient. Penn Station is also a great perk for snacks and drinks. The atmosphere on my floor is friendly and respectful. When people play music too loudly, they gladly turn it down when asked to do so. I'll be living in an apartment for the rest of my three years since it will be financially easier on my parents to pay for than room & board. The staff at FAR are respectful and quiet; they do a great job with cleaning the facility.

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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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