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Reviews 3750 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is okay but the social atmosphere is great.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Lots of party and friendly.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Lots of others things do rather than sports

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It provides variety of majors and guidance for what major to pursue.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe on campus. Our university also has services to make us feel safe. We have a service called safe rides and safe walks, where you can call and then they will drive/walk you home in middle of the night. As freshman, we are forced to take sexual assault classes to make us more aware. We also have many services to help those who are assaulted.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are so many different classes to choose from. Lectures can kind of be pretty big but TAs and discussion sections are much smaller and more interactive. Professors and TAs hold office hours every week and some are really interactive and will send an email per day and maybe more.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in a private housing provided by the university, which is more expensive than dorming and/or apartments. But as a freshman, you are only allowed to live in dorms or private housing. The price I pay for this is almost twice the amount of dorms and for the price, accommodations are okay. It's really similar to a apartment but i pay 3-4 times more. Granted it includes food but the food here is mediocre at best, I usually tend to eat out more.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Being in Greek life myself, I think it is really great. You get to meet tons of new people and create networking opportunities from tons of people. Each org has a cause they raise money for, ours is breast cancer awareness! My sorority is actually a cultural org so we also hold meetings and conventions to raise cultural awareness on our campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Though I am not in a sport on campus, I have done some research on sports that I am interested in and it seems like we have a lot of intramural clubs that anyone can join! Our school is also great at showing school support for our varsity sports also! We also have some sport classes for students to take, like ice skating!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is really big and beautiful and there are so many different people here. Our university is so diverse and there are so many ways to get involved. We have an extensive Greek life and there's is just so many RSOs that are available to make you feel involved.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The university is a college campus so only students live in the area. Thus, there are rarely any dangerous activities that go on daily. So I feel comfortable walking in the dark alone at any time. There are also transportations that work at night.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is a very good school and is relatively well-known in the nation, so many of the alumns end up in high-paying jobs in well-known firms.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school excels academically and I believe that there are many classes to choose from, but I wish there were more variety in diversity and culture. The professors are all pretty much typical mid-westeners who are teaching out of necessity. I wish they had more passion. Although they do cover topics adequately, they go through the topics pretty quickly with little review.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing dining halls are better than expected but the bathrooms are pretty unhygienic. The rooms are on the small side with small beds. Air conditioning is also unreliable.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The school is a very big Greek school and I feel that the majority of students I know are in some sort of fraternity or sorority. The people are also very warm and friendly and the majority do not fit into the stereotypical type.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not a big sports fan so I wouldn't know how amazing our sports team is but we are a Big Ten school, so sports are a major part of the campus. But even if I don't keep up with the sport events, I feel like I am not missing out on much.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: University of Illinois is an exceptional school that excels in Engineering, Business, etc. So I feel that I am getting my moneys worth academically, but, location-wise, I am not very comfortable, because of its quiet country aspect.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is everywhere. Marijuana is pretty common but usually confined to upstairs in fraternity houses, so that can be avoided if wanted. Same with cocaine. Other than that and maybe Adderall, there isn't much drug use

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A lot of the dorms are old and lacking basic amenities. Several are without air conditioning, and the bathrooms flood almost regularly in Ikenberry commons. There are three super new dorms and I hear they are v nice, but I wouldn't know because that's mostly for upperclassmen and I only lived in university housing as a freshman `\_( '-' )_/`. However, if you pick the right dorm and get lucky with the people on your floor, it can be a very social environment and make for some great friendships. My dorm was super old and nasty, but I loved the people in it and the experience

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Illinois is huge, and with its size comes some degree of diversity. There isn't really much resentment between Greeks and non-Greeks; my friends are a mix of people not in Greek life and people in different chapters across campus. Some frat douches do throw the term "geed" (GDI - god damn independent) around as an insult, but most Greeks I know have plenty of friends outside of the Greek system. U of I is a big bar school, so open frat parties aren't very common. It's more common for a fraternity to have a pregame or exchange with a sorority, so in some sense, the system is kind of exclusive.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They are crimes committed for which makes me feel unsafe even if I don't participate in any negative activity

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: From the school being so large, the networking is amazing for students to find jobs/internships

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They are challenging me to be such a better student

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's a home away from home but not the bathrooms

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's all about who you know in the greek life


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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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