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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms are nice and offer many amenities. Many students choose to move to apartments after their first year. But the apartments are essentially on campus, so the you remain connected to campus life.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big at U of I as there are over 40 fraternities. I can isolate you from non-Greeks, but you can still have fun on campus. Many of the parties and social events revolve around athletics and Greek Life on campus. You do not have to join a traditional fraternity/sorority to have fun at U of I; if you choose to, there are so many of them you can find one that fits you.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: This is the 5th rated party school for a reason. You can party five days a week easy if you wanted to. Off-campus bars over a solid nightlife as well as concerts. It's not big city nightlife, but for a college town, it is among the cream of the crop.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The lines are long, but the financial aid office is willing to help you if you qualify. They have scholarships, aid for minorities as well that allows them to go to school.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are restaurants downtown as well as options on campus. You can eat everything from bar food, to Indian cuisine.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: If you want big city living, this town isn't for you; otherwise, it is a great town. Amenities are there and the community is very family friendly.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: If you follow the rules, U of I is very lenient.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: School spirit is high here. The football team stinks, but the students and the campus community still fervently support the team!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The curriculm allowed you to think outside of the box and helped you become an avid researcher. Staff was approchable and motivating.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The police are there to assist but can't be everywhere. Dimly lit campus can lead to some crime.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Same rules as most colleges but our college is so big that it's hard to enforce them. Anyone can basically visit anytime. Guys can be in girls rooms whenever. Three strike system before it goes on your record.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I generally always feel safe on campus. Of course at night you need to be careful and walk in groups but that's the same everywhere. Also buses run late or you could always call safe rides.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process is good in and of itself, but i often feel as if there are many people that didn't get the money that they really deserved. I didn't really get as much money as I needed, but I think that it was really my fault. There seems to be a strange mixture of people that i know got more money than they deserved, and people that got less.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: I really like the Champaign-Urbana area, but only the part closest to campus. The downtown hubs of each city are great, with lots of restaurants and recreational opportunities, but if you leave the central area, it quickly becomes purely residential, with very little to do or see.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life somewhat dominated the party scene for those who don't live in a private apartment. I would say that the Greek life does improve the social scene, but that it is slightly restrictive to those that haven't joined a fraternity or sorority. If you haven't joined one, it is almost impossible to find a party without knowing someone that is a brother or sister at the frat/sorority that you are trying to get into

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is very nice, especially if you don't have the time to get a meal from a dining hall, or if you've missed the meal times.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The number of parties that occur on the weekends is astronomical. While the parties themselves are fun, and are a great opportunity to make new friends and have fun with old ones, the aftermath is less enjoyable. Often after the parties have ended, early the next morning, there will be obnoxious people stumbling down the street with no respect for others. This is by far the most dangerous time on campus,but it isn't too hard to avoid this kind of behavior from people by going home a little earlier than the rest of the crowd.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: While campus crime has been on the rise in recent years, my experience here has been nothing but safe. I have never been scared to walk down the street at night, nor have felt like any of my belonging in my dorm room have ever been in danger of theft. The campus police force is extremely present, which makes you feel very safe if you are walking around by yourself.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I absolutely love living on this campus. The dorms are very sociable, the amenities are fantastic, and the social atmosphere throughout the campus is quite lively. The only things that would detract from my experience so far would be that housing is rather expensive, and some of the dorms are significantly far away from each other.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The main goal of the administration on campus is to provide the students with a great education and to keep them safe. All the rules and policies on campus accomplish these goals very well without making the administration seem overbearing or making the students feel like their freedoms are being restricted. While they are very strict on some issues, it is really for the safety of the student body, and most people recognize these rules as being for the betterment of the campus. Even so, it still feels like there is a lot of freedom for the students and a lot of personal responsibility that each student has to deal with without having the administration there to tell them exactly what to do, so students feel like they are free to make their own decisions regarding many matters.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about it but I've heard some are nice, big and cheap

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: some dorms are not the best and a few are new and nice, one dorm is too far away from central campus

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Nice neighborhood, must travel by bus to go to downtown or other stores

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Many misdiagnose in health center. There are some campus crimes but the safety of the students are important to the school.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Awesome team performance and fan support

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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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