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Reviews 3757 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Weather: I'm from the Chicago area, so I thought I was used to wind, but here the wind is crazy. There are days when everyone is walking to class sideways because the wind is pushing them. It is pretty funny. I've only gone there one year and the winter weather was surprisingly great, but I have heard about how bad the snow can get in the winter.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm Changing My Major – As a Psychology major at my school, the work is very heavy in research, which is not the field I wanted to go in. The classes were taught very well, and my choice to change my major had nothing to do with the classes, but myself. I am now attempting to get into Kinesiology and plan to be an athletic trainer, which suites my personality a lot better than Psychology.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Overall Safe – The campus may not be in the safest location, but there are always cops around. When walking at night there is safe walks and safe rides. Whenever there is any danger there are email alerts and text alerts.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The School Works Hard to Keep Campus Safe – There are many crime alerts you will receive through text and email throughout the year, but the school works hard to keep it safe. Like I said, we get immediate alerts to be careful and on the lookout if there is even a suspicion of a crime. The campus bus system, MTD, even provides SafeRides and SafeWalks, which you can call to give you a ride from where you are to where you live or have two people escort you to your place so you don't walk home alone.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Fun but Not Too Many Options – It is fun living on campus because all your friends are pretty much walking distance away. After freshman year, I would recommend getting apartments with close friends because there is much more freedom. The social atmosphere is great, people are friendly and social, just make sure to really get to know a lot of people in the beginning of freshman year. The housing process is pretty simple after freshman year, you can choose exactly where you want to live, down to the room number.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Close to Campus Are Expensive – There are some very nice apartments, with state-of-art designing, but they are very expensive, on the par with apartment costs in Chicago downtown, which is ridiculous seeing how Champaign is only a campus town in a rural area. To get apartments close to the quad, you have to take action very early on in the year. If you opt for apartments farther away from campus, without fancy facilities, you can get apartments for reasonable prices.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Gyms Are Nice – There are two main gyms on campus, ARC and CRCE, excluding the small gyms located within dorms. The ARC is the bigger of the two and has many equipments to fulfill your need for health and fitness. The undergraduate library is average I would say in terms of aesthetic appeal, however it has all the facilities, machines, and technology you need to complete any task or assignment. I love the quad, which is just a huge field of green with walking paths. Many people just lounge out here on a nice day, soaking in the sun, working on homework, or just chilling with friends.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Amazing – As a UIUC student, buses are included in fees. They go everywhere on and around campus, including the mall and train terminal.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Hit or Miss – I feel that there is too much conformity with style.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone Is Great – I trasfered from a community college, and I can't believe what I was missing... Cute girls everywhere.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots and Lots of Ethnicities – There's many different international students and people from all over the country of different races, religions, ethnicities, and etc.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Very Lenient With Punishments – Underage drinking is often overlooked. However blatant acts are punished.

5 College Freshman

Technology: The Login System Works Efficiently – I feel as if the networking and computer systems at UIUC work well and have alot to offer its students.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Illini Tower – I lived in the six pack last year and I can say I enjoyed the wide variety of good food but Illini Tower food was absolutely disgusting. Numerous people complained about the disgusting quality of food that Illini Tower served and they did nothing about this quality. They always had fried food and rarely had any healthy food. The offered omelets in the mornings.... at first I was excited for this but then they poured fake eggs and it tasted terrible. I wanted at least some REAL food, not processed food. Their meal plan is expensive and not worth it at all. The last week of school (finals week) they started running out of food (including small things like types of cereals). This is an example of the terrible management the Illini dining hall contains. They are interested in making money instead of providing quality meals for their residents. I would never recommend anyone to live there because of this. I lost ten pounds living here because I never had anything to eat. If they took you on a tour and provided you with a semi-decent meal, do not be fooled, they only provided semi-decent meals when they knew that incoming freshman were going to be there.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Underage Drinking and Dorms – I was surprised at how lenient the dorms were about having friends stay over. Residents can leave and enter the dorm 24/7 with any guest. Guests are also allowed to sleep over whenever. However, the school does have strict rules about underage drinking. Big parties will get busted and tickets will be issued.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Clubs, Greek Life, Unofficial – Like many other schools, UIUC offers many different clubs to the students. However, UIUC has a huge Greek life. The rushing process is a huge deal and there are many sororities and fraternities. There is also an annual event called "Unofficial" which occurs a week before spring break. It is an "unofficial" St. Patrick's Day where a huge amount of alcohol is consumed.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Green Street – Green Street is busy and packed with students and restaurants. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from--Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, vegan, etc. The cost is a little more expensive that restaurants back at home, but it is reasonable. There are buses that will take you to restaurants somewhat off-campus and restaurants way off-campus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Large Classes, but Accessible Professors and Teaching Assistants. I'm currently a molecular and cellular biology major with a chemistry minor. The academics are not easy, but they are manageable as long as you put in the time and effort into studying and doing homework. The professors are all very knowledgeable and I am always learning something new. Because lectures are usually very large and professors cannot focus their attention on a single student during class, they will always have office hours for you to go and talk to them outside of class. They also have TA's (teaching assistants) that have office hours and are are available to answer your questions.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: A Fine Mix – The UIUC population features all sorts of different individuals from all over the country with a good amount of international students as well. The student body seems well accepting of different backgrounds and beliefs.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: You Get What You Work for – Make sure you're serious about your Major, It's important that you display integrity in your studies and a true willingness to devote yourself to your department. If you work hard and become involved with your professors and peers you will be rewarded with an outstanding source of knowledge and pride.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Kiss N' Ride – Using the University transportation is probably the easiest way of getting around, Urbana-Champaign is like its own mini metropolitan area and if you don't want to take the bus, walking or riding a bike are just as convenient.

4 College Junior

Academics: The University of Illinois offers a variety of courses in relation to one's major or not. Within the College of Applied Health Sciences, specifically those majoring in Kinesiology, provide hands-on experience classes that focus on exercise science components. As a pre-physicaly therapy student, I've had the opportunity to learn about various aspects of movement and health that are related to my overall career goals. In addition to physical therapy, I'm also studying pedagogy and will graduate with a certificate enabling me to teach physical education in grades K-12. The pedagogy classes provide a great deal of learning experience, especially within the school settings. Specifically, KIN 362 and 363 taught by Gary Crull and David Daum, expect future educators to experience the school setting by teaching a total of 9 lessons to both middle and high school students. Lesson plans were required for each teaching module in addition to a reflection based on how the lesson went (i.e. what went well, what could be improved, etc). Each lesson was recorded and provided additional feedback to what the instructors witnessed. Overall, the quality of these courses is extremely high, especially those taught by Gary Crull. He prepares you for the future and takes every opportunity to engage and help his past and current students.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Could Have Helped More – The process of getting financial aid was a little lengthy and difficult and they could have helped more for what my family could contribute.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are a Necissity – You have to take the bus to places on campus or walk because there aren't that many places to park a car.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's Everywhere – There are drugs available at any fraternity you go to and to get into the bars is 19 so there are underage people getting drinks at bars every night. Also a lot of liquor stores don't card people buying drinks.


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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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