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Reviews 3933 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Very Good – Down Green street they have almost every popular fast-food type restaurant and other restaurants that are available to eat at. The student union also has some food places inside as well.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Since the campus is in Illinios during the winter months it gets very cold. And during summer months it is very hot. Buses are good to take to class during the winter months when it gets freezing out. Once it gets warm out everyone hangs out in the quad.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse – There are a very high amount of students from all over at the university. The highest rate would be of Asian and White students. But they try very hard to keep a lot of diversity in campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Okay Process – The process to get scholarships for the school of ACES was very smooth and they offered a lot of different options for every major. However there was no form to fill out to see which ones you area eligible for so you have to go through and read each one.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus is very difficult. There are little to none street parking and the parking that is available is not free. Parking for students is also a ridiculous amount for the academic year. While having a car there is not necessary sometimes students who do volunteer work need a car and are not able to afford the $700 a year rate that parking runs.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Are Good, Safe Rides Not So Much – The buses run everywhere on campus, and even most hot spot locations such as bars, walmart, and the movie theatre off campus. The buses dont run on Sundays though so be prepared to walk.

The "safe rides" option however is not so great. Its supposed to be a line you can call to get picked up anywhere on campus and dropped off anywhere. Well they wouldnt take all of my friends and told my friend to walk home by herself or call again. Needless to say I tried to get off: and they almost didnt let me. I also called to get taken home from a late night since I couldnt walk with a torn ACL and I couldnt bend my leg and was using 2 crutches. The bus driver didnt even look at me and told me to get on with out lowering the bus. Then she drove so crazy that my leg kept slamming into the side of the bus. My destination was 4 blocks from my start point and it took over 45 minutes to get home! It wasnt until I was basically in tears from pain and I told my friend (loudly) that I needed to go home and take my medicine that the driver finally noticed and took me home. When we had asked earlier she said if we didnt like it we can get off and take the bus or walk....(which had stopped running by this point and we were half way across campus.) so dont call safe rides! program a taxi number into your phone and pay the 5 bucks for the ride.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Up and Down – The weather is consistent with the Chicago area. There are times when it is 60 in January and times when it is 40 in April. The weather is not a problem because the buildings are so well heated. The campus is heated by steam lines that run underground. It's not Miami, but students really don't mind it.

5 College Junior

Majors: Chemical Engineering Is Hard Anywhere – Exactly what you would expect a top 5 engineering program to be. Tons of work, but fun to know you're at the front of the pack. Internships and real world work experience is pushed on students to set us up for success.

5 College Junior

Academics: Top 5 Engineering School – It's a top 5 school, which offers you great opportunities after graduation. Difficult, but worth it.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Good but Not Great – The last school I went to had a stronger police force. At UIUC they will be there if you need them, but aren't a huge presence on campus.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: Health Is All That Matters – Taste was alright, they offered vegetables/lean meat/complex carbohydrates every day. I could eat healthy literally every meal, even if it was the same thing.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Most of the computers are old, but they are slowly getting newer ones. The technology can be painfully slow, so if you want to do work in the computer lab or at libraries you will get more done on your own laptop.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes Can Be Very Large – Some classes can be 500+ students, so be sure to be attentive during class. Try to form study groups from people in your classes because it will really help you in the long run.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The education is challenging and can sometimes be quite the course load. Be smart about what classes you choose and try to get insight on the teachers before taking a class. The TAs are terrible, but most teachers themselves will reach out and help students as best they can.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Cops Always Around – Cops are always around, but they rarely do anything. There is a lot of crime that goes on during the school year, especially in Urbana so you have to be careful about wandering the campus alone. Don't ever go out at night alone!

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Welcoming Greek Community – Greek life is very big on campus. Especially for sororities, 95% of girls that complete (aka don't drop) rush are able to be matched with a sorority. There is a lot of greek pride and a lot of opportunities available for greeks. Even those not in a house are usually welcomed to philanthropy events and parties, making greek life a rich part of campus life.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Many Different People – There are a lot of different types of people at UIUC. There is a high amount of transfer students. There are also a lot of different people just from central Illinois itself that provide a lot more diversity to the school.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Small Groups Are Key – People at this school tend to create their own small groups. If you are not accepted by a group, or groups, you will have trouble making a lot of friends.

3 College Senior

Weather: Illinois weather is always so up and down. One day it could be pouring down rain and cold, while the next it can be scorching hot. I blame it on global warming.

4 College Senior

Majors: My University has one of the top Psychology programs in the nation. I absolutely love my major. I love all the interesting material I learn and I know my professors or teaching assistants are always available if I need help. I also love all the various classes I can choose from my major that interest me the most.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Popular – I think drinking is more visible among my school. I am sure there is drugs but I do not witness it as much, but, the drugs I have seen the most are people smoking. I believe that peer pressure is going to be the same no matter what college you go to, you just have to surround yourself with the right people. I also believe my school tries to enforce policies by requiring students to take a class in order to understand the dangers of the drug/alcohol scene and what the University policies are.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Somewhat Safe – I know that the police can be present if necessary, but each and every week I receive a Crime-Alert email explaining the most recent violent attack, robbery, or sexual assault. My roommate was actually involved with a sexual assault attack that made us all nervous about going out at night time alone. The police need to be more evident in order to make my campus a safer place.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe by Day, but a Bit Scary at Night – The campus is generally very safe for students. The Illini alert system is great at letting students know via email and/or text message about any sort of danger on campus. There are still muggings and shootings in some areas surrounding campus late at night, but overall I feel very safe and secure at U of I!

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Fun and Crazy – There aren't very many atttractions for students on campus outside of school, that aren't a 30 minute bus ride away. Hence the need for local activities like at the ARC and clubs.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty Diverse – The student body is usually very diverse, but people still continue to stay with their own. If you are the type to reach out to lots of different people then you'll do well here.


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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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