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Reviews 3933 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Football overshadows most other sports, although I can't imagine why as we have some amazing teams outside of football. Our football team is so "meh." People are excited about Lovie, but Lovie was still the coach of the Bears of all teams...

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Overall I loved my experience. The theme seemed to be "work hard play hard."

Pros:

There's no way you could step on campus and deny the ample opportunity. The education you earn at this institution is one of a kind. Lots of different groups and activities so it's pretty easy to find a group you can relate with. It's a huge campus but because of all the opportunity, it's really easy to make it home. Sports events are really fun, and I'm not huge into sports whatsoever. Krannert offers 10 dollar student tickets to concerts, ranging anywhere from college performances to Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the travelling Chinese Acrobats.

Cons:

The crime is getting worse, it seems. Sexual assault is really common. So is theft. There's a lot of racial tension on campus among all groups. Party scene is huge, which is fun but also dangerous.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There do have a lot of new and nice dorms on campus, I just happened to be stuck in one of the oldest dorms on campus, with really s****y food, and it was all girls. Most of the other dorms are nice though, I just got stuck in the worst.

2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The school spends WAY too much money on sports. They don't make money for the school, and only take away student's tuition towards sports. Much rather have money on sports, so tuition would be cheaper. Considering how bad our sports teams are, it just doesn't make sense to waste so much money on them with rising tuition costs.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: As such a large school, it is very easy to get lost in the crowd. Classes tend to be very large, making it hard to work with the professor if you need help, or to make connections wight hem for after college. You need to be a very proactive student! A lot of my classes weren't even taught by the professor, but by their TA.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus and often walk alone at night. We get notifications if any crime occurs on or near campus. This makes me informed about what's going on and kind of puts my mind at ease (there usually aren't many crimes). However, whenever I go out and party, I always need to be with a group because of the problems with sexual assualt at parties (I would do this at any college though).

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I loved my dorm in Barton Hall, but it wasn't quite as social as I thought it would be. Most of the other halls in the six pack (if not all of them) are really social, though. The six pack is right by the ARC and the Ike has pretty much anything you'd need.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym is amazing and huge for all students. Students are pretty active on campus and watch sports, but football usually never sells out..

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are always opportunities to get help when I need it.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life here is pretty stereotypical. Within the sororities and fraternities that hold formal rush, you will only typical "basic white girls" and "fratty" boys. Most of the popular greek life organizations seem to only accept the ones who fit their physical ideals. However, there are other greek organizations such as business frats, engineering sororities, cultural frats, etc. that are much more open.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Because Illinois is on the lower end of the Big Ten schools, our school spirit cannot compare to schools like OSU, Penn State, etc. However, since we I see spirit manifest in our top-ranked schools (Engineering and Business). Students seem to be more interested in chasing their ambitions academically than spending their time following sports intensely.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: While I took a while to adjust first semester freshman year, I started to get used to the college life second semester. The engineering college is great for students to culture their ambitions.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is ok there are a lot of resources and amenities. My classes and workload are difficult but the important factor in doing well in them is to study and time management. Classes that are required will normally have a large class size like physics, chemistry, and calculus. These classes can be large as 300 people in a lecture hall. The style is typically just the professor lecturing and students taking notes. For attendance and sometimes for extra credit or points professors will use Iclickers. Which records survey answers for a question asked by the professor.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: This school is one of the top public universities. It is a big ten school with a large alumni pool. Many students go to good grad school programs or land their dream jobs. If you are in STEM or business then the opportunities are wider in terms of career fairs and company visits.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are crime alerts that are sent out whenever there's a crime with as much detail as possible. There is also safe walks for students to walk with two other students if they don't feel safe at night. There are 911 calling stations are campus. I feel safe on my campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The Ikenberry south residence halls are probably not the best. Busey is great for those who like a quiet dorm and it only houses girls. ISR is great if you have classes on the engineering quad especially. The late night there has recently stopped. FAR/PAR are not convenient in terms of classes but theres a decent bus system. The housing process is pretty good. The living learning community are good for minor perks. So if you do live in one try to take advantage of it since it is a higher price.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at the school. There are over 30 Greek organizations on campus. They do a lot of community service activities, awareness fairs, and fundraisers. They throw some of the best parties for those who are not old enough to get into bars. Students sometimes view Greeks in a negative way because some Greeks only want to hang out or interact with people from their organization. For predominantly white Greek organization housing is available. For predominately black Greeks there isn't a lot of housing options for them because of the cost.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Although our varsity team hasn't been doing so well performance wise in winning championships they do offer a lot of services for athletes. They have top facilities and have a lot of perks.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school is very diverse however the students are not always inclusive. It is a good public institution thus it can be extremely competitive. I know that the school is well known for its engineering program.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love the courses and the professors are experts

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: This school is highly regarded in Illinois and around the world

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is still too common

3 College Junior

Athletics: Lovie Smith is a start.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love everything about UIUC!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The class sizes are small for upper than 100 level. All freshman are in big lecture halls but with small discussions.

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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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