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Reviews 3491 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: It is one of the largest Greek systems in the States, I believe. Many people I know are in them. They are usually nice, and will make time for studying, friends, and their frat/sorority. But, the houses are everywhere and most look really nice. Non-Greeks have an indifferent or positive view on Greeks.

Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: The party scene, I have found, is relatively easy to avoid if you are not into it. I do not find much joy in it and have avoided it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: As a student from a community college the housing is great. The dorms are more spacious than others that I have heard about. There is construction that will only last till the end of this year in the 6-pack, but you hardly notice it. Some places are far from the main part of campus, but choose well and if you are an engineering major make sure your housing is near the Engineering quad! There are clusters, that are good to meet people that are around you and have similar interests/goals/etc. (they have a transfer cluster that is really close!) But, if you really want to be alone, it is usually easy to ditch everyone.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: There have been some issues in the past year.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It seems like it will be really helpful.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few very good off-campus dining options but you need a car for those unless you don't mind taking a long bus ride. There are also the usual chain and fast-food restaurants.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms are good to live in for freshman year so you can meet a lot of new people who are just as excited about starting college as you are. After the first year though, dorms can get lame because of restrictions on guests and the alcohol policy so apartments are the best bet.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: U of I has great school spirit. Everyone knows what Block I is and many have a spot in it. Parents and alumni often come out to the games and show orange and blue pride.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: For financial aid, be proactive and complete your fafsa early so you can receive the most funding you can.

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5 College Junior

Academics: UIUC is a highly renowned university for its academics. I take pride in being able to study here because it is rigorous.

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3 College Junior

Administration: UIUC has overall average strictness on things like underage drinking. However, dorm are much more strict so be wary.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is very prominent at UIUC. There are a lot of special events for Greeks and their parties seem to be great.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Great apartment parties if you can find them. Never been to a frat party but they can get rowdy. Some bars are super chill and fun to hang out at and dance.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in the newest dorm on campus. It's a really nice dorm that is very spacious and well renovated. The dorm connects to the dining hall which is super convenient. Especially when it becomes really cold outside, there is no need to bundle up just to go get a meal. Everything is connected to this facility, whether it be study rooms, lounges, dining hall, convenient store, packaging station, everything is there.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot more housing off campus than on campus. The rent is defiinitely cheaper for those living off than on campus. Some landlords are pretty reasonable. It all depends on who you are leasing from and the leasing terms of the leaser.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The school isn't super strict about anything in particular. They are particular about academic honesty but that is common at all schools. Pretty lenient in most areas.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: There are a lot of opportunities on this campus. There are lots of undergraduate research opportunities as well as internships that can be done off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Coming from a student-athlete I believe we have great athletics. The program not only has a good funding source and spirit, but also supports athletes well not only for sport but also academically.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's a great school environmentn because there is mostly farmland around the school. You don't get that city experience but it's a great opportunity to meet new people and develop new relationships and connections.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's simple and straight forward. Simply fill out FAFSA and get it submitted by the deadline. The only thing is getting your parents to get their tax information organized, which is probably a hassle for them. But Financial Aid has covered a significant amount of my education each year.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: very good restaurants off campus

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: I love the school spirit here.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: My major actually offers an internship my senior year.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I didn't not rush or join a sorority. I think Greek Life is a great thing but ultimately I did not think it was the right fit for me.


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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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