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Reviews 3933 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I really enjoy them. In my fall semester I got the opportunity to play intramural volleyball. I had so much fun and am planning on playing again next year. The athletic facilities were really nice and the people took the time to help you out.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I was honestly really scared to come due to the size of the school, but it hasn't been a problem. When I am on campus I feel at home and the campus doesn't even seem that big!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Every area has crime, so it is safe to say that yes there is crime on campus but not a lot. Safety alerts go out to all students on campus, notifying us when a crime has occurred. They usually consist of an assault or sexual assault, but the notifications do not come frequently. There are different safety measures taken to make the campus a safer place. There are posts set up around campus that have a button you can press if you feel unsafe and help will be sent. There is also a service called SafeWalks and SafeRides where you can call a specific number provided by the university, and someone will come and either walk or drive you home at night so that you never have to walk alone.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of Illinois is known as a very prestigious school, and therefore many employers are looking to hire from here. There are so many opportunities regarding all of the different programs that you can choose from, and there are services such as the career center that can help you be "real-world ready" by assisting with things such as resumes and other career field skills.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a wide range of courses and professors. For the most part the courses are always of high quality, but a bad professor can make the course challenging or uninteresting. There are great professors that are super helpful and want to see their students succeed and others who are simply there because it is their job and they have to be. They put very little effort in outside of lecture and are not very open to help.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms is a big part of the college experience. It is definitely an adjustment because the space is smaller than what I am used to, however it is fun living with all of your friends and having the accessibility to meet so many new people. The best dorms are either the six pack or private housing, such as Bromley Hall. PAR, FAR, LAR, and ISR are all located on the outskirts of campus and many students complain about how far they are from everything else.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I had higher expectations for greek life before I actually rushed. It's nice to have a big group of girls to hangout with, but it is definitely cliquey and your "status" is almost based off of what house you are in. It shouldn't matter. Greek life should be something fun, not a competition.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sport life is pretty big which is fun. The school has awesome rec facilities available to all students, which is a huge plus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I know I am getting an education that will set me up for the future

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I feel like I'll always have a job

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great at times, ok at others

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great for some, Horrible for others

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: About every month, we as students receive text message and email alerts about crimes that have occurred on campus. Many have been take care of but some have yet to be resolved. It is quite worry some.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Because I had some credits coming into the university, I was considered a sophomore level student by the university. This was helpful because I had been exempt from taking the introductory level courses in my major, therefore most of my classes were very small (about 20-30 people). I am able to have conversations with the professors and get one on one help. My favorite classes are probably CHLH 244 taught by Andrade and also PSYC 238 taught by Kruepke.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Many of my friends who have graduated from the university have gotten into their top choice of grad school or specific career.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: I have lived in Busey-Evans Residence Hall since Freshman year and I am currently a sophomore. To be honest, it was on the bottom of my list every time and I still ended up being placed in that dorm. One main point is that it is a Female only dorm. Many people are not social and are very disrespectful. It is very difficult to live here especially because I am social and outgoing. I would not recommend this dorm to anyone who is outgoing and wants to make friends.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I have many friends that are involved in Greek Life. Although I am not, I think that they are just like everyone else! They participate in many great causes and do some amazing volunteering for the community. The Greek housing has very nice houses.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The Illini student section at sporting events is tremendous! The number of fans at each event grows every year and we are proud to bleed orange and blue!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My most rewarding experience approached me Freshman year. I had the opportunity to work in the Psychology Research Department. As a freshman, I had the ability to gain rewarding experiences in my area of expertise and also use the knowledge that I gained towards classes in my major.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Decent, not the main focus

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The university puts forth their best effort to handle crime and offer security and awareness

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are opportunities everywhere and plenty of people and services for help

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not all professors and lectures are overly helpful or interesting, but the courses overall are very good and push you

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm living has been fine for me and worked well


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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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