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3 College Freshman

Administration: Be Smart! There aren't many cars on campus so police needed to find another way to ticket students. The top ways to get a ticket come from drinking and jaywalking. You're allowed into bars at age 19 which can be a good thing. However, cops do occasionally raid bars and hand out underage drinking tickets. Campus police is also extremely strict on jaywalking, and this is often how they pull over drunk underage students so be careful!

4 College Freshman

Technology: It seems as though nearly every university building on campus has computers which students can access. There are computer labs in every resident hall and there are several libraries which also have computers available. Depending on where you go, printing ranges from 5 to 10 cents per page which is fairly cheap. Wifi is available in most buildings on campus and network speed is very fast. However, I would recommend bringing your own laptop so you can work out of the comfort of your own room or even bring it to class with you for easy note taking.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I had to fill out fafsa, like every college student who wants to worry about financial aid. The fafsa is tedious and very long. But it is helpful nevertheless.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking at the University of Illinois is a hassle. If you want to drive your car to class, forget about it. You would probably rather take a bus or walk. The prices are decent, about $0.25 for 20 minutes. There are always places to park for free, but they are an inconvenient walk from the campus and classes and such.

4 College Junior

Athletics: We have a big ten football team. That means the pre-gaming, and games are incredible. The stadium is always packed, and the games are thrilling to watch. The football stadium is big and always fun to walk around. Our team has a very rich history and I am proud to be part of it.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A lot of people complain that the University of Illinois barely gives out any financial aid, and that can be true depending on your situation. The only financial aid I received from them was in the form of federal or state grants. I think I won a one-time $300 scholarship from the university itself, which helps, but doesn't go very far. They don't seem to hand out merit based scholarships or full rides unless you are a minority, National Merit Scholar, or have a random special circumstance. Overall though, the financial aid officers are friendly and helpful and will try to work with you if you explain your situation.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Private Housing – Private housing at the University of Illinois may seem like a great option for those who are creatures of comfort (suite-style bathrooms, housekeeping services, private pool, large spacious rooms), but you should be aware of the fact that they are going to be a lot less social than the freshmen dorms in University Housing like the Six Pack (Ikenberry Commons). If you live in private housing, be prepared to have a lot more difficulty making friends right away, unless you join a sorority or a fraternity.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Not Bad – I received a pretty decent amount of financial aid, as much as I could have received I assume. I do find that the financial aid office do all that they can to help students pay for school by offering reasonable payment plans and making loans available and easy to receive. The employees are also nice and well-organized.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Well Greeks pretty much are known for their many parties and occasional community service. I really don't think non-Greeks know what Greeks really do sadly. I'm indifferent about them personally.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Diversity at It's Finest – At the University you will find people of all works of life. You will find the jocks, the nerds, the rednecks, the preps, the small town people, and the celebrity entertainer wannabes. Overall, very diverse.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: U of I is terribly stingy, and I didn't get any financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are alot of apartments, but since I haven't lived in them yet, there's not much I can offer in advice. I think if you don't have a car, don't bother with apartments because the grocery stores are far away.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: U of I's Local Atmostphere – Urbana Champaign is definitely a student town. Everything revolves around the university. While safety hasn't been really good this past year, the activities and attractions make sure that no one is bored while on campus. There are inter and intra mural sports, and alot of clubs you can choose from.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: The Bar/Club Scene – It really depends on what you like to do. I do enjoy the bar/club scene because there are different types to choose from, depending on what you want from a bar (type of music, dance floor, diversity, etc.).

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Unsure About Safety – When I first started college, I felt relatively safe. I didn't go out late at night, and if I did, then I always walked with friends. Nowadays, however, you can be walking during the day and be mugged or assaulted. I know the University is working on increasing the safety of the campus, but I do not feel that I can walk around campus without my rape whistle or my key in between my fingers.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Sucks for Me – Although I entered the university on deans list honor roll, i WAS not provided with a scholarship or grant. Through out my three years in college I was never presented with financial help due to my good grade(always above a 3.0) and all of my leadership experiences. I had to bust my rear each year to seek for my own scholarships. FAFSA has me holding loans every year, which means when I graduate in 2012 I will be stuck with over $70,000 in loans! God help me!

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: RSO; Registered Student Organizations – My university provides easily over 200 student organizations and clubs that give students the ultimate experience to get involved in the community, and boost their resumes.

4 College Junior

Weather: Since chicago is only 2 hours away, the "windy city" lingo still maintains. When its hot in the city of chicago, it's usually hotter in champaign. That can be a plus or a negative at times. When its cold in chicago, trust that its usually colder in champaign for some reason. In my opinion at least.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: A Community – My experience here at The University has so far been the BEST! i have met many good friend and have been presented with wonderful oppertunities. My favorite thing about attending the University would have to be Homecoming. its a real enjoyment to see all the differents race groups come together and enjoy eachother.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Dinning Halls – There are plenty of verious types of foods to pick from. each dorm has a dinning hall and on different days there are diferent servings. Example: Sould food day, greek day, Fat Dons (bbq), etc. and there is always an area for the vegetarians. and there is lots of fruit to pick from always.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Clean, Friendly, Spirit-Filled – The campus facilities are kept very tidy by great building service workers. They're kept friendly by residents, RAs, and various board members. The school colors and other efforts at school spirit are found everywhere. It's an exciting environment!

4 College Junior

Academics: My Professors Care – My experience at the U of I has been a pleasant one. My professors truly care about imparting knowledge and wisdom in my life during our time together. However, there is room for improvement in general university administration. The general administration of the institution seems to care more about money than the well-being and quality education of the students. I like it here but I wish the genuine care that I've received in the Urban Planning department was alive throughout the university.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking, Not Drugs – There's a huge alcohol intake by both under 21 and over 21 year old students every weekend. There are a ton of parties in the surrounding college neighborhoods, and it's definitely a popular activity on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Convenient, but Not Private – By far, on campus housing is closest to classroom buildings, but there is a lack of personal space unless you pay extra for a single room.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Good Quality but Repetitive – There are dining halls in every residence hall, and their menus are different from one another, but the main meals become repetitive after eating there for a few weeks. I recommend getting cafe credits, which allow you both to eat in the dining halls and to shop at convenience store type places on campus for some different food.


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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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