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Reviews 3937 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Always something to do and somewhere to go. 19+ clubs definitely help a ton with that :)

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Just Don't Be Stupid – Honestly as long as you don't do anything really stupid, you can pretty much get away with anything, assuming you have a good RA.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: They're Pretty Good – The dorms are relatively close to classes, and offer programs for students to take part in--from various clubs or days of arts and crafts. It's easy to get food, wash clothes (when there aren't lines), and some even have libraries in them.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – We have a large amount of various races on campus, and a huge amount of international students. UIUC offers many different types of organizations from ethnic to religious that welcome all types of people.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I feel relatively safe at UIUC. There are crime alerts every so often that make you feel a bit uneasy with walking alone after a certain time, but that's everywhere. In the residential halls, I feel extremely safe because there are always people around.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Something for Everyone – U of I is without a doubt one of the best Universities in the United States. It offers a top notch education at a price most comparable Universities can't compete with. The University is so large and diverse. You will make all kinds of friends and there are plenty of clubs and organizations to get involved with. It is a big party school but the students find a way to balance partying with studying. If I could do it all over again I would choose the same University.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: Dining Halls – I feel that the University of Illinois has great dining halls in every dorm. I have ate at four different dining halls on campus and have enjoyed food at each one. There is a large variety of foods ranging from pastas to subs, Mexican food to Chinese food, and everything in between. I never get tired of the food in the dining halls.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Wide Range of Food in the Dorms and Downtown. The food on in the dorms is great it gives different choices everyday! they also cater to whatever ethnicity or eating habits its students have. All around campus there are great local restaurants that always have students coming back. I always love going to Chipotle and Panera!

5 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity found in UIUC is great. I met people from all over the world who were different in all sorts of ways. I met people from illinois and around the U.S. who came from different backgrounds. On my dorm floor last year i became friends with people from china to australia to France.

3 College Junior

Weather: It Is Hard to Avoid. going to school in illinois, the weather is hard to avoid. In the winter the weather is a pain, but people, the warm indoors, and the academics totally outweigh the weather!

5 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation found at uiuc is great! the campus is large and people get tired after walking all day.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lots of Campus Activities – i enjoy sports and can always find a group to play basketball, volleyball, broomball with at night or attend one of the Varsity team matches on campus. The drinking age is 21 and you have to be 19 to be in a bar (but not drinking). I am 19 and have not been hassled.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a small percentage of out-of-state students. I live in Pennsylvania and have had a very easy time meeting friends and getting involved in intramurals and professional societies.

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign consists of a challenging but not discouraging environment. Students are pushed to their limits but never asked to perform a task that they would never be able to complete. As such, students are given the skills and knowledge to motivate them to learn and to grown, and are not tested beyond what they are capable of. As a result, students continue to develop without being disheartened.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Check Out Downtown Champaign – Variety and many options await you in downtown Champaign. The community is very eclectic and so is the food. One of the town's favorite places to eat is Ko Fusion. They offer a Korean/Japanese American fusion, with steaks, stir fry, and most famously delicious sushi. During the week they offer an all you can eat lunch buffet which has many options and unlimited sushi. Sunday and Monday nights they also have dollar sushi where each piece of a select menu is only a dollar, get there early though, the place fills up fast!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Galore – There are a lot of apartments close to campus but not a lot of diversity in terms of companies to rent from so price is kind of non-negotiable if you want quality. Do your research of all the companies, calculate distance and the amenities you are searching for and start early! The availability of 3+ room apartments is very time sensitive. You will find an apartment, but the good ones go quick.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Chemical Engineering – I am doing chemE...i LOVE the major, american institute of chemical engineers is a super fun club that keeps me going! it is a very interesting profession, but the first year of classes is killer. it is obvious the chemistry is insanely difficult just to get some people to drop, AND chemE's have to take all the difficult physics classes other majors have to take. however, it is a great payoff because it is a diverse major and several companies will hire

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Welcome Week – Welcome week is amazing. Quad day gives clubs the opportunity to showcase their magnificent opportunities and show off the beautiful quad to all new students. The libraries are good-- i would recommend main library it feels like the great hall at Hogwarts (i promise im normal even though i am saying that.)

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: This School ROCKS – I am a pretty diverse person when it comes to nightlife. I love casually kicking back and enjoying beers/chilling with friends, but I also love going out and dancing my ass off. Whether it is dancing at a bar, or getting crazy at a frat party, or just finding a chill apartment or house to chill at, there is something for everyone at illinois.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Career Opportunities – The University of Illinois does a stellar job of providing students the opportunity to present themselves to people hiring incoming students through career fairs. There are several career fairs in the fall and spring, and they are competitive, but several companies continue coming year after year which is a great way to provide students with new jobs.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The Fighting Illini are slowly on the, football, basketball, hockey, rugby, golf...we compete in all areas in the BIG10. We even have olympic team members on the US gymnastics team. :D


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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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