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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our Football team is terrible, but with our new head coach should change that. Everything else is OK.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of Illinois is very competitive and offers great academics, and there is also a great social scene.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although the campus puts its best effort into making this campus a safe place, there are still instances of violent crime. I generally feel safe being alone on campus, but I am aware that there is danger on every campus all across America. The campus provides a great deal of security, but there cannot be security at all places at all times. There have been a few cases of campus crime this school year, but I still do not feel unsafe. There are always police on patrol and there are cameras and emergency phones all over this campus. There is also a 24 hour service called SafeRides/Walks that students can use if they want an escort if they do not feel safe.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had positive experiences with both courses and professors so far. My courses have been challenging and interesting with professors that seem passionate about what they are teaching. My professors have given me resources to be successful and all of the courses that I have taken have been steps to fulfilling both majors that I want to pursue. The courses have varied in class sizes from small discussion classes with less than ten people to full lectures of about six hundred people, but I have never felt that I am being lost or "just a number" in any of my classes

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most students that graduate are successful in finding careers and there are many job and internship opportunities available both on and off campus. The alumni network can be very helpful depending on what one's major is, and the career center does a great job with helping students with their resumes and preparing for the future.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For me, living on campus is great because I live in Private Certified Housing, which is suite style living. I live with five other girls and we have a kitchen, living room, two bathrooms, and a washer and dryer in our suite. However, in the normal dorms there is less space and there are communal bathrooms and showers. The social atmosphere at most dorms seems to be very vibrant with most people knowing each other and having a wide net of friends. The cost of living is reasonable, but because there are so many people that live on campus, the process of finding where to live can be competitive.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a dominant part of the atmosphere here. However, no one is looked down upon for not being in a fraternity or sorority. Some non Greeks believe that Greeks are only focused on partying, but a lot of non Greeks do not have a negative opinion of Greeks. About 36% of Greeks live in Fraternity and Sorority Certified Housing, and there are many different houses available across campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: When it comes to athletics, varsity sports are important even if some of our teams are not always as successful as they would hope to be. A great number of students attend sporting events regularly and support all of our teams. I have attended a few sporting events myself and have seen great showings of school spirit whether our team wins or loses.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My overall experience has been very rewarding. I have learned a lot and have been exposed to a very diverse environment with people from all different cultures and backgrounds. I would choose my school over again because I have had such a positive experience here and I feel that I have been challenged academically, but not given anything that I cannot handle.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Only having to be 19 to get into bars helps the bar scene a lot, especially since there's so many to choose from. Frats and sororities have a lot of parties, pregame, or exchanges. There's still some apartment parties for those not in Greek Life. However, even with the party scene there is still a large portion of students who choose not to participate and that's fine too.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most parties are done by Frats in their Chapter House or Senior Houses. If you're not in Greek Life, occasionally you will find open parties to get into especially during rush or days like Halloween, Unofficial, etc. A lot of apartment parties done by people not in frats.

5 College Freshman

Academics: One of the top public universities in the United States. Engineering and Business schools are extremely competitive. Every student here is smart.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Since it's such a big school, you find every type of person here. It's nice because you can find any group you fit in with. The University itself leans pretty liberal, but you still definitely find students of all beliefs here.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As long as you stay close to the main campus there's not much to worry about. There's the Champaign, Urbana, and University Police all patrolling the areas. Just be smart and don't walk alone very late at night. Most of the crime takes place north of University Ave, which is far enough away from campus that students don't usually go there anyways.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's a big campus so there is a wide range of housing options. Each one is different so some might have nicer facilities, location, or social life than others.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's a big part of campus that you might want to consider joining, but you can still have fun without it because of the bar scene.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Professors, TAs and other students are always willing to meet for help with schoolwork.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I strongly believe that the prestige of my diploma will set me apart from other candidates for my whole life.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The services provided by McKinley are free and confidential for students.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Many of the dorms are old, but are being renovated.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Fraternities and sororities are a big part of campus.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: There are plenty of academic resources as well as a thriving extracurricular life.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Although the main varsity sports (football and men's basketball) have been subpar for several years, the environment is very fun and a big activity for students to participate in.

4 College Student

Athletics: The sports programs are amazing and offer a lot of great opportunities for the students to be involved.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is overrated but it has the potential to offer community. The culture around that community though needs revisiting.

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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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