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2 College Junior

Scholarships: Since this is a large public institution, it offers very few financial aid options and scholarships. I was able to get a 50% tuition waiver because I am the child of a state employee. Otherwise, I would not have received aid.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a wide variety of apartments available, from cheaper options to completely overpriced luxury apartments. I currently still live on campus, but I have heard many terrible things from friends who are staying in buildings with unaccommodating landlords and strict lease agreements. In general, renting an apartment has added complications and less convenience, so I chose to remain on campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many reasonable option if you look hard and early.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: It's really a campus town and downtown Champaign is interesting and adorable.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I enjoy living on campus. It's beautiful during fall. The bus options make it easier for those of us who chose to live at FAR/PAR. The dorms vary (FAR dorms are small). It is very expensive however worth it.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I've only gone out a few time but there are many option regardless of whether frat parties, house parties, or bars are your preference.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: There is a lot lenience in terms of alcohol use and visitation. There is also no curfew. Noise level depends on floor but I haven't had any problems

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly fast food restaurants. There isn't much of a hassle to order take out before 3 a.m.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was straightforward and easily done on the website. I wasn't aware of certain forms that had to be sent in yet my award letter was give quickly. I received all the aid and loans I needed to attend.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of variety, but if you're from Chicago (as in the Cook County area) the food is horrible and nothing compared to the food up north. Everything is a bit costly and there's not many deals for students. I would say just stick to the food chain restaurants, but even those are a bit off. People from Champaign don't know what flavor is and don't know how to cook.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors I've had interacted with the students more than I thought they would considering how large a class size can be. Teachers are constantly holding office hours and even set up extra open discussions to go over lessons are questions students might have. Courses here are either really challenging or really easy. I have yet to have an in between class. You will know it's an easy class if a lot of seats are empty except for on exam days. Class sizes can range anywhere from 20 people to over 200 people. But like I said, there are professors who effortlessly interact with all the students in a class with a large class size.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive my final financial aid package until two days before arriving on campus. I suggest getting your financial aid done as soon as possible and the best way to get in contact with the office is to just go directly to their building because their telephone lines are always busy.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Fraternities and sororities not only throw huge parties, but other events to help raise money and they'll do it in a way that's entertaining such as some type of show.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The campus is very involved in the sports scene especially with the football and basketball teams. School spirit is extremely noticeable.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The newer apartments tend to be more expensive especially the ones on Green St. However, there are a lot of apartments that come with a lot of amenities and furniture.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Rooms are extremely small unless you live in a some of the halls in the six pack. Sometimes you'll get claustrophobic. But if you live in the smaller dorms, the way you set up your bed matters.

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: tons of bars, lots of fraternities, and off campus apartment parties are abundant as well...there will never be any party shortage!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I wish I had taken advantage of off-campus housing, but I lived on the campus all four years. Proximity is key, but if you are looking for a more affordable option, off-campus is definitely the way to go.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I loved my major, but I wish I had gotten more involved at an earlier point. I did not really discover all that Global Studies had to offer in the realm of classes, cultural activities, events, speakers, and internships until my last year. But the classes are excellent for the most part with many talented and quality professors and also very varied in their content.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: the tailgating is legendary, but the actual athletic teams are all garbage.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: mostly really excellent but it's expensive and the RAs are not always very engaging of their students.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is where Illinois shines! High quality restaurants of all cuisines, low prices, student discounts, and everything is accessible by car or public transportation.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Very in the middle...the administration is very strict about certain things (drug use, honor code/cheating), but very lenient about other things (dorm visits, class participation, noise). The campus police loves to give drinking tickets to underage drinkers.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Downtown Champaign is awesome, filled with excellent quality restaurants and chill atmosphere bars, little cafes and boutiques, shopping malls, and the university itself offers many cultural activities and events.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: It has some good aspects (philanthopy, campus presence, social aspects) and some negative aspects (cliquey, not well organized, no governing body of adults).

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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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