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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I plan on living at an apartment next year and looking for good ones are difficult if you don't start early (October-November). I have seen some splendid buildings that are a bit pricey but worth it. There are many places that have great amenities and are ideal for college students. Although apartments that are located farther away from campus are not only inconvenient, but are also unsafe. The neighborhoods outside the campus area look a little sketchy.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I would totally eat off-campus if I had the money and the transportation because there is so much variety and there are ALWAYS discounts for being a student! I can name about 10 different spots to eat off the top of my head, and they're all pretty darn good.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I personally haven't had a run-in with the police or my resident advisor, but I have had friends who got ticketed for rolling through stop signs. It cost them $100, and had to take an online class to pay off their ticket. Regarding dorms, I also knew some guys that got kicked out for underage drinking and for possession of illegal drugs. The dorm residents and resident advisers work well together to avoid violence and noise for the most part, so aside from incidents I've addressed, there hasn't been a lot of trouble making on campus.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had trouble getting the financial aid I need and I even ended up needing to take out private loans. It was frustrating and I know the university's financial aid office can do a better job.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: University of Illinois is classified as a "party school" and it lives up to that, I get invited by friends to go out every weekend. I personally don't like going out but it is a great way to relieve stress after a long week of school work. The parties I go to are very strict and will not tolerate any kind of irresponsible behavior. But don't get me wrong, the people here know how to have fun and rarely do I ever see anyone by themselves in a corner looking bored.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I absolutely love the variety of food that the dining halls offer. Sometimes the dining halls would serve food for consecutive days though, but overall having a meal plan is awesome

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The bathrooms might be gross, but I made new friends at dorms. Having a meal plan isn't so bad when you don't have the money to buy your own groceries either

3 College Senior

Local Area: Many community connections. Since I'm from here, I don't know what it seems like to an outsider. If you're coming from Chicago, you're probably going to think it's surrounded by corn. If you're coming from a small town, you're probably going to think it's a diverse city. Either way, I would recommend going to either downtowns and exploring at some point.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There is diversity but the majority are white. Everyone in Greek looks the exact same to me, and acts alike when they go out to bars. I found it difficult to make friends only from classes. I befriended my random roommate and we've lived together two years after. It's too hard to speak about 40000 people, to general.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Two students went missing and were found dead this year. Assaults, robberies and rapes have occurred somewhat frequently since my time on campus. I used to not be afraid to walk home, but now I wouldn't recommend it. Police may or may not help you and will ticket for underage drinking. There are safety rides, phones, and a sexual assault mandated prevention course however.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: This is the best school I got into, so I don't regret going here. I found a great program that I transferred into my sophomore year. My only regret is that U of I is in the same town I grew up in, I wish I would have left home to explore.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Loved my classes, professors, and school the most. The transition into college will probably feel weird, but you will grow as a person and figure out what you want to do. If you don't know what you want to do, I would say explore at a community college because taking classes if you're not in that major as a freshman and sophomore is basically impossible. My class size has ranged from hundreds to six.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Very respected school in the state of IL so employers like to come here and the degree when you graduate. I had an internship worked in to my degree program, which was facilitated by my school. I really love my program, it's a separate school all of it's own, new facility/faculty, great people to be around and be taught/inspired by.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: Very popular, very white, very expensive. Seemed like a big part of campus until I moved out of the dorms. Greeks usually stick together and attend events hosted by each other.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Not my thing, not the best, still very socially popular to tailgate during football season.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I think there are options close to campus not considered on campus that are worth it. Usually just somewhat old apartments or converted houses. Usually $300-500 per person, while on campus it might be $500-1000 per person. Usually better landlords than campus leasing agencies who do not value student residents in their many apartment complexes.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: On North Prospect there are many chain restaurants, as in smaller mall areas around champaign and urbana. The best but most expensive restaurants are the downtown Champaign bars/eateries. Also some new trendy ones in downtown Urbana.

3 College Senior

Administration: It's important you know you have to self-guide and get as much information on your own as possible. There are a lot of academic and social resources here, you just have to seek them out yourself. You can do this by signing up for newsletters, joining clubs, etc. For academics, for example, I was required to meet once a semester with my adviser. However, I was responsible for bringing up all the questions I had or making additional appointments if I felt like I wanted more.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I receive half tuition because a family member is staff here. I am very fortunate, but would have trouble if I had to apply for aid all by myself.

1 College Senior

Party Scene: It's the worst for me because I don't like it. It's probably considered the best because there are always frats and sororities drinking and hosting parties. The bars on the campus are 19 so the whole school goes out. Many people are out all week.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: There are lots of places for late night greasy food, and chain restaurants on green st.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I did not like my experience at the dorms even though I made it into one of the best ones. $10,000 for a roommate and no air conditioning is not worth it. There's also a huge Greek life here, which I'm not a part of, so that takes over the atmosphere at times. I found my favorite social atmosphere within my college, after my freshman year. Would definitely recommend apartments over dorms.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The quality of landlords varies greatly, so do your research before signing a lease. Campustown Rentals and Roland Realty are known as very reliable realtors, and it's not difficult to find an apartment near campus. As always, rent will go down as the buildings get farther from campus and the rooms get smaller.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Go to Bangkok Thai! Food is reasonably priced and delicious. Always keep an eye out for student or weekly deals.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is open to criticism and constantly adapting. I feel safe on campus.

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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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