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Reviews 3757 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Bad teams and not many people show up, but it's fun to watch games

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus administration makes it clear that sexual assault is a big problem.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really like this University it's a great place to learn and meet new people.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: If you graduate from UIUC you will get a good job.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am satisfied with my current housing situation at UIUC.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There are two excellent athletic facilities on campus that are very accessible.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love this school, everyone here is wonderful and I feel like I made the right decision coming here.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There aren't a lot of cameras on campus in many areas so I see these areas as places where crime can happen and people can get away with it. However, we have great security measures like safe walks and safe rides. Also whenever crimes happens students can get alerts via email on what happened and where.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors are really intelligent and are the best in their field. maybe too intelligent so be sure to do the assigned readings before lecture or you won't retain as much from your time there. A lot of the work is optional and then you have the tests. But to do well on the tests, obviously do the assigned readings, homework problems, and review past material because its all about retention. The TAs were always available to answer questions via email which was very helpful late nights.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is famous for engineering and computer science. My advisor told me that 70% of students in the aerospace department get internships. Big time employers such as Boeing and google are always at the career fairs that take place here because they know that the students that graduate from this school are worth scouting.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live pretty far away from my classes. Its about a 30 minutes walk but the bus stop is right outside most campus housing so it overcomes this.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of campus. There are greek houses everywhere and they are responsible for almost all the parties available on the weekends and Fridays.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I haven't been to a single athletic event but that is a personal decision. Almost all my friends attend and we are proud of our teams.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There's a lot of school spirit at my school and the college of engineering really prides in being one of the top engineering schools in the country. I'm glad to be a part of all of this. Pluses to this school is the beautiful campus, the two gyms which are convenient, large, and very modern, and also the Illini Union always has something going on on Friday nights. The party culture is there but if you don't participate there are things to do if you have willing friends.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you're not a drug user yourself, drugs are hard to see on campus. I've never been peer pressured to do drugs, and while I've been pushed to drink because it's such a large pastime on campus, I've never felt forced to drink; usually it's more of a pressure to go out and "it's okay if you don't even drink." Alcohol is visible everywhere on campus. Getting in trouble for underage drinking happens but is uncommon enough that everyone does it. A pact with the Champaign, Urbana, and campus police allows students to call police for a friend in trouble and the caller (and the friend?) will not get in trouble if they were drinking underage, and I've been at parties where this has actually come in handy - possibly saved lives. People actually use this service and the cops haven't really given students a reason to fear using it; they actively encourage it.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Everyone knows that everyone drinks, regardless of age. You only have to be 19 to get into bars, and once you're in, it's easy to get someone to buy you drinks. CU-MTD (the buses) run until early in the morning; I don't see drinking and driving as an issue on campus. The bars and frats are popping throughout the week, not just on weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties occur throughout the week, not just on weekends. I don't find the partying disruptive to campus life; in fact, it's a large part of what campus life consists of. We earned #1 party school of 2015 for a reason.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I've never seen someone make a racist remark on the streets, to someone's face, but there's a lot of quieter racism. I'd honestly say most racism is aimed towards Chinese international students. This sometimes bleeds over into Asians in general, but I don't think that's as much of a problem. The black students in my program never face racism from the other students in our program, who are majority white and middle-class. I haven't seen discrimination against Indians. A new mandatory program about diversity is being put in place for freshmen after some Black Lives Matter-style protests this year; mandatory alcohol and sexual assault programs were already in place.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I'm female and fairly small and I've never been assaulted. Generally, if you know what parts of Champaign to stick to (Urbana is very safe in comparison), you shouldn't get in trouble. However, people have also been attacked just off of Green Street, so there's that. All kinds of people are attacked - male, female, alone, in groups. In the daytime I always feel fine, but one it's dark out, I'd much rather walk in a group, preferably with at least one male.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: In my program, most professors seem to really care about their students as individuals. Many are very strict though. If you're really cut out for my major, the courses are challenging but don't kill you - though sometimes you want to kill professors for stacking projects back-to-back. It seems a fair amount of my classmates are struggling with their coursework but I think this is a problem with the students, not the courses.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great alumni network across many areas, but I doubt this network stretches much further out than Illinois, specifically Chicagoland. Very large career fairs during the fall semester, and professors are very accepting of missing class for career fairs. A degree from Illinois is a quality degree, but how far that gets you depends somewhat on your field.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Weston, an LLC that is typically considered one of the more social dorms. University Housing is somewhat hit-or-miss. Some places are great - people would kill for a room at Nugent as a freshman (it never happens), and I even have some sophomore friends who have stayed in university housing to room at Nugent. However, living at FAR/PAR is dreaded. A friend who lived there last year had mold in the hallway under the water fountain and PAR still has no A/C. Taft-Van Doren is perhaps the worst dorm to live in on campus, just after FAR/PAR; the rumor for a while has been that it will be torn down "next year," but that has yet to happen. The Six Pack is getting a new dorm, though; either it'll be a nice treat for the freshmen, or an overflow dorm for those upperclassmen who couldn't get into Nugent.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I think most people who aren't in Greek life either rushed/went through recruitment and dropped after not receiving their top house or are sincerely indifferent about Greek life. I think a much larger percentage of people are indifferent about Greek life than hate it; I'm not sure I've ever met someone who has told me to my face that they hate Greek life. There are 19 PHC sororities (more non-PHC ones) and 60+ IFC fraternities (and, again, some non-IFC fraternities) with another sorority planning to recolonize in the next 5 years or so, so Greek life is huge. You can always go to bars to drink, but to getting into a frat party is pretty much impossible without having Greek friends or being Greek. All PHC sororities have houses; many IFC fraternities have houses, but not all. All housing is on-campus and most sororities, if not all, have a one-year live-in requirement. Although Greek life is huge, you're 100% fine if you decide not to join in Greek life also; no one is ever ridiculed for it.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The ARC and CRCE aren't world-class, but are still pretty great and are included in student fees, so entry is "free" for students. There's lots of equipment and many courts, and you can rent out large multi-purpose rooms for yourself or your RSO. Students have a lot of school spirit, but our athletic teams - especially football - pretty much suck. Basketball isn't so bad.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school itself seems like it'd be great for most who go here - kids from the Chicago suburbs whose parents probably went here (or at least to another Big 10 university) too and like to go out and party. Greek life is huge, though I think other Panhellenic communities are stronger elsewhere - I can't speak for IFC. Lots of international students... some people see that as a pro, most as a con. There's a fair amount of racism against Chinese international students especially. The schools boasts being one of the top public schools in the nation, yet is accepting lower and lower test scores. I really enjoy the Illini Pride that envelops the campus, and it's always fun to hang out on Green St. or in the downtown areas, though if you don't drink this can get old fast. There's always something going on on campus, though, including some programs specifically put on essentially for those students who don't like to go out and drink (e.g. Illinites from the Illini Union Board). I love the group of friends that I've found, and the school is big enough - though I don't find it very diverse - that hopefully everyone can find a group of close friends. I just think that if I hadn't had this group of friends I would have transferred by now, because my personality - quiet, shy, not a huge drinker/partier, somewhat awkward - doesn't really fit in here. I was actually planning to transfer just before I met these friends. If you fit into the Big 10 stereotype, you'll have the best 4 years of your life here. If not, you may struggle.

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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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