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4 College Senior

Greek Life: Social Atmosphere, Different Greek Systems, Housing. The greek system is great depending on what you are looking for. The panhellenic greek system and process is shorter than the black greeks and latino and asian greeks. The panhellenic greek system is larger and have houses all over campus. Rooms in each house is shared by at least 2 people or more. The other houses for African American, Latino, Asian, and multicultural greek organizations do not have set houses on campus. Most just rent from a big house with multiple rooms. The other cultural greek organizations process is longer and takes more of your time. But in my opinion, that makes it better. You form a bigger bond with those in your organization. Greek students view non greeks with respect and vice versa. It is not a big deal if you are not a part of a fraternity or sorority it is okay.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: There are lots of different types of housing. There is housing on each side of the campus and in between. The housing is okay. It is not amazing but what housing really is. There are closets big enough for those who need it. The best option depends on what you like. There is also apartment style housing. I loved these dorms but they cost a little more than the other dorms. The food is pretty good but can get repetitive at times. It is good to visit other dorms for food because they have more variety. Some dorm halls have themes on certain nights of the week. The cost is too much in my eyes. The cost for dorm and food should not be more than your tuition, depending on your major. The housing process is not hard and it is easy to pick a dorm. You may not get what you want but you will survive and be fine just the same. The social atmosphere depends on where you live. The "six pack" is very lively and loud. There are lots of people around and it is not as quiet. FAR and PAR are on the opposite side of campus and are a little quieter. The quietest dorm is on campus, mostly engineering majors. there are a few girl/guy only dorms as well.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol at U of I – The drug scene at the University of Illinois does not have an incredibly overwhelming presence. It is known that people do drugs (mostly smoking weed or cigarettes), but the pressure to join in is relatively absent. It's kind of a "you do your thing, I'll do mine" sort of situation. Drinking, on the other hand, is an activity that most take part in. I feel like it would be easy to feel left out if one did not participate in the bar scene. However, U of I does offer certain things such as Illinites where students can hang out and participate in activities that do not involve alcohol.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Choose Early – The #1 piece of advice regarding housing is to get your preferences in early. You don't want to get stuck living somewhere antisocial and super far from campus like PAR or FAR. ISR is popular for engineers since it is th closest to both the main quad and engineering quad. LAR and Allen are mainly quieter, more artsy students. Busey is all girls and quiet. If youre looking to effortlessly make tons of friends, go with the six pack, but it fills up fast for this reason! Everyone there is super outgoing and fun. U of I also offers private certified housing, which has some nicer options but are generally more expensive and less social.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Awesome Options With Subpar Realtors – Whether you want to live alone in a studio apartment or live in a house with eight of your closest friends, off-campus housing has a place for you. Many of the apartments (and some houses) come furnished, which saves a lot of time and money on your part. Sure, they all have the same generic furniture but it is more than adequate for some of your first apartment living experiences. The only downside to off-campus housing is dealing with the realtors. They are notorious for being unhelpful, unprofessional, and kind of shady. Listen to what the tenant union says about the various realtors - at least you have plenty of options of whom to rent from.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Something for Everyone – They mean it when they say that the C-U area truly has something for everyone, no matter your interests. For example, if you are into the nightlife scene, there are about 15 on-campus bars and a ton of unique, easily accessible off-campus bars to go to. Urbana has a lot in store for more artsy oriented people, while Champaign has a public library that rivals many of the ones I have seen in my lifetime. There are also tons of food and music festivals, great restaurants for when you need a break from frozen dinners, and multiple shopping opportunities.

2 College Senior

Technology: Not Bad, but Could Be Better – At a campus with over 40,000 students, it is essential to have your own computer. I couldn't imagine having to rely on the labs (especially during exam times) to study and complete assignments. However, I have never owned a printer and have gotten by just fine printing from any of the many libraries on campus. It is 10 cents per page to print, but you can conveniently bill this to your account so you don't have to have the money on you. Also I have heard that certain majors such as engineering get a certain amount of free printing per semester. Wireless is available at virtually all on-campus locations and is usually pretty reliable, although every hour and a half you have to sign back in.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Very Happy! Animal Science is the perfect program to be in for becoming a veterinarian thats interested in shelter medicine. I do not have problems finding a job or I hope I won't but I am also taking business classes because I want to be my own boss one day !

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Love It! Animal Science is very hands on at U of I which is what I love about it. It is very different because you get experience in the classroom! The instructors know what they are doing and taking about!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Awesome Shelter Internship – I was one of the few interns chosen by the Humane Society. These are very hard to come by but it was an amazing expereince. I worked with all the directors of the animal shelter. It will help me greatly at my professional job.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: Relatively Hard – The process of getting into Animal Science program is easy however most of the students in this want to become veterinarians making it extremely hard to stay on top of grades when everyone is fighting for all As in class. Work and Study hard!

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: All Types of Students – Because this is a public, in-state school, there are all types of people. There are many different cultural groups and it's not hard to find different groups of people to be friends with.

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4 College Student

Campus Quality: Gyms Are Amazing – Practically new gyms that have everything one could possibly need to work out or just play around with friends. An indoor pool, soccer field, martial arts rooms, ect.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: OK but Repetitive – The food is pretty decent, but I got sick of it real fast and started eating salads nonstop. It makes it very easy to gain the freshman 15 since it is buffet style, but you pay way too much for the meal plan if you don't stuff your face.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: We Aren't That Great – We haven't been that great recently in football or basketball (our main two sports). We are starting next year with new coaches and we'll see how we go from there, but the spirit is still awesome. Without a mascot, this is one of the most spirited campuses I've been too. Being a part of the Big Ten is also an experience in itself.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Bars on Bars on Bars – We are a bar campus. The entry age is 19, which allows most second-semester freshman to be a part of it. If you are a part of the enormous Greek life, you have your social calendar set with exchanges and such, but if not, the bars are the place to be. We have some "club-like" dancing bars, chill sit-down bars, and some in between. Each bar has its own reputation.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I Love Kinesiology – I am in love with my major. I transferred from Human Nutrition/Dietetics after my freshman year and I am very glad I made the choice I did. The professors are awesome, advisors are helpful, and the classes are interesting and a good balance of challenging and doable. The majority of people I know really enjoy their major and find a place that is right for them.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Very Selective – The U of I claims to have a lot of scholarship opportunities available, but they are very selective. They don't have a ton of money to give out, so it makes sense. But really, scholarships are few and far between.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Best Time of My Life – Being at college has by far been the best 2 years of my life so far, and I am really not looking forward to graduating. There is always something to be a part of, something to do, and people to meet. There are really good food places, the entry age to the bars is 19, and the professors and classes are challenging, but you definitely learn a lot. Awesome place.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Better Than Chicago – Weather is nice and tolerable with the exception of December-mid March. Unless it continues to be like it was this year with no snow and summer weather in February. Classes are pretty central so walking isn't too too bad except for the icy sidewalks in the winter. Not too shabby.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Depends on the Season – There was a large time period where there seemed to be a lot of crime happening on campus. Different parts (North of Green St) is known for more crime, where as south campus tends to be pretty safe. After a lot of complaints, Champaign increased the amount of police patrolling the streets at night, so I definitely feel more safe now than before. If you're smart about not walking alone, staying aware, and keeping your doors locked, you should be pretty safe here.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Visible, but Not Out of Hand – Both drugs and alcohol are used recreationally by the majority of students, but not everyone participates and people are fine with that. There are so many activities to participate in that don't include alcohol or drugs and there really is a place for everyone at the University of Illinois. Alcohol is definitely more popular than drugs (primarily smoking weed), but is regulated by the bar entry age (19) and legal drinking age (21) by campus police and bar staff.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Macs on Macs – There is a multitude of macintosh computers with the best of programs. There is wifi accessible throughout campus. The internet isn't too bad, speedy and reliable. Printing can add up in price though. The only complaint i have is that the dorms do not have wifi and require ethernet cords. The cords don't work and the internet becomes unbearably slow.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: The local atmosphere of The University of Illinois is very boring. The school is surrounded by farms allowing the smell of cow feces to blow on to campus occasionally. The town of champaign and urbana are nice, champaign has a pricey down town area that are more popular with grad students. The only positive aspect to U of I's placement is that it is only 45 minutes from Illinois State University and 30 minutes from Eastern Illinois University.

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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Everyone drinks at the University of Illinois. The bars are only 19 to get in so being able to underage drink at a bar is almost too easy. There are also liquor places on campus that won't card. Drinking is practically permitted at the school.


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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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