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Reviews 3276 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It was definitely an adjustment after high school, but I do not regret my decision. New school, new goals, new faces, etc. University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign let me exceed and grow outside my comfort zone. Pushed me to do greater things and encouraged me beyond my limits.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school is nationally and worldly ranked among top schools. I made the best choice of my life.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I definitely made me realize my full academic potentialThe University allowed me to change majors with confidence that I will be able to succeed in a more difficult field. I am looking forward to my next three years at a great school.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is a Big Ten school and is very challenging. I know that a degree from this school will look very good to employers and there is also a lot of networking that is involved in the college community. I believe that I made the right choice in attending the University of Illinois.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've met great people, I dormed for 2 years and my experience at Allen hall has been great, there are a lot of opportunities on campus (serious/ fun) for example I saw Jenna Marbles this spring. This university just has a lot to offer you.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Academically I have been challenged like never before. Coming from all honors and AP classes in a relatively easy high school, it was a major transformation to attend a large public university where your hand is not held. I had to fend for myself quite often, but in the end, I learned a lot. I struggled a little more first semester, but came back second semester and performed much bettter. Socially, I have had a hard time meeting people, and academically, I am unsure of my major choice still. I am not sure what is the best for me.

But, I'm still loving college and all of the oppourtunities it brings. It's a new experience, and I couldn't imagine myself attending anywhere else!

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really enjoy going to UIUC; I feel comfortable and welcomed.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love this university so much. It has only been one year and its already my home. I can't wait to continue my adventure.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Do not go CPM. Talk to Tenant Union. Many Options.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If you want a food, there are three places with it

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The social community is booming.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The menu is often repetitive.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I wish the state would better fund the school.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off campus this past year. Although my apartment was okay, after traveling to other colleges and asking friends about their rent and seeing their places, this entire school and city is a rip off. The monthly rent for many apartments is outrageous and the apartments at other colleges are still much nicer. If you want to live at a nice place that is around $500/month at a different university, expect to pay well over $700/month

3 College Junior

Party Scene: This is a very lively school. The bars are usually crowded regardless of the day of the week. Unfortunately there is still a division between Greek life and non Greek life which makes little sense to me.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: If there is one good thing about the University of Illinois, it is the off-campus dining. There are many out-of-country students at the university, especially from Asia, so the diversity of Asian cuisine (Chinese, Japanese, Thai, etc) is great. The food and prices at these places are also very good.

3 College Junior

Administration: The administration was fairly lenient. Underage drinking happens on every college campus so it's impossible to catch it all I suppose. Overall most everyone was friendly.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: Very rarely was I happy with the food in the campus dining halls. It was repetitive and often tasted terrible. The workers were always nice though

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Never has anything caused me more stress in my life than applying for financial aid or scholarships to this supposed "elite" school. I worked hard in high school to receive a very high GPA and be in the top 5 of my graduating class. I was blatantly lied to when I visited the University of Illinois as they said high school GPA won't get you much in way of scholarships but once you prove your worth at the University you will be considered for scholarships. Well after two years of proving my worth and having a GPA of 3.92 as a Chemical Engineering student I have received nothing but higher tuition and student loans. The finaid office doesn't help with anything and it is almost impossible to receive money from this school.

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1 College Junior

Campus Housing: Lincoln avenue residence hall is the worst housing I have ever experienced in my short life. It is small, un-airconditioned, and equipped with zero wifi. The dining hall has terrible food and dinner ends at 6:30 which is unbelievable considering many students have classes across campus in the evening. There is no redeeming quality about this housing

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's uncommon to receive aid through the school. Most payment is done through loans.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are food options everywhere. Every dorm is different so an overall rating will do no good. There are tons of great people so everyone will have a social life no matter what they choose to participate in.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The social scene is pretty great and it's really easy to meet people especially of the opposite gender.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The first few weeks of eating dining hall food are great. After a while you get tired of the same menu every week and desire a home cooked meal. I would recommend the 10/45 meal plan. You can use your cafe credits at I-57 to buy other food not offered in the dining hall.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: PHILANTHROPY IS THE BEST! greeks do it better!

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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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