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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many different types of off-campus housing. Anywhere from renting a room at a house, to a studio apartment, to 4 bedroom apartments. The range in amenities and cost. There are lots of options close to school, with bus transportation available, but parking at these apartments is very limited.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Unofficial-Biggest St. Patrick's Day party ever. People come from other schools, all across the state, as well as other states to participate. HUGE event!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Lots of different clubs, something for everyone. When you have as many students as the U of I does, you won't feel left out. There is always some organization to join or an event to attend.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depending on the housing you get assigned, you could be a little ways away from your classes. They also have private dorms, that are more spacious, but cost a little extra money.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm a huge fan of the sports at this school, however, lately their performance is not very good. However, the town the University is located is called a "college-town" so the whole town is huge Illini fans. Thus, there is still a good turn out for Varsity sports.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There is not much near the campus except a shopping mall and some bars. Campus is very cute and has a great social scene, but there is not much to do off campus. The only attractions around our school would be sporting events/the Illinois Marathon. Students do not have much interaction with residents of the surrounding towns.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: While most of our varsity teams are not the greatest, there is still a huge amount of student involvement and pride involved in them. Games are always fun and there are many traditions that make going to games a unique experience. Many students make use of the recreation facilities but I don't think many students are involved with club sports.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing process is incredibly easy and it is easy to get one of your top dorm options if you apply on time. Certain dorms have a better social atmosphere than others but the dorms are large so it is easy to meet someone that you will get along with. The cost is rather high, but you get a pretty large meal plan included in the cost of housing and most of the dorms are close to the quad/main campus buildings.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Overall, the facilities at our school are great and the advisors are very resourceful and helpful when it comes to helping students with their future plans. Our school is also very large which I believe gives it a very cliché college feel. Students at this school know how to work hard and play hard.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are many different libraries on campus and they are in very convenient locations. The main workout facilities are the ARC and CRCE, which are both very clean and have many different machines. Most students just hang out in dorms/apartments, while some hang out in the union or student centers.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at this school are very different, there is no one "type". Many people participate in greek life and have pregames/exchanges with other houses on campus. Almost all students are very ambitious and have big plans for their future which could be why not many people on campus have serious relationships. There is a large hookup culture on campus and most people are just looking to have a good time when they go out.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I really enjoy the courses that my major offers because they are interesting and we have access to facilities that allow us to participate in unique labs. While there are many research opportunities available to us, the availability of internship positions are limited.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship, but I hope to have one sometime in the future. I've heard that, in my specific major, internships are hard to come by and are almost never paid.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a wide variety of course options here and most classes sound interesting and intellectually stimulating. The workload varies a lot from class to class. Many students here are engineering majors and their coursework seems very challenging.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Many students that are kinesiology majors want to go on to pursue further education in areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physicians assistant and many others. The workload varies from course to course but overall it is manageable if you put in the effort. There are many different research opportunities for kinesiology and the facilities are great. There are limited internship opportunities though.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I believe that diversity on this campus is great. We have many international students and many different clubs/groups that educate students on different cultures/races. Many people on campus are very understanding and accepting of people of different backgrounds, races and sexual orientations.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are not many options for financial aid at this school unless you really search for them.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many different options for off campus housing but I believe that many students stay on campus because they want to be close to their classes and the on-campus apartments are nice.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I believe the off campus dining options at my school are great because there are a wide variety of restaurants including many cultural options. There are always people on the quad handing out student discount books as well.

5 College Senior

Athletics: For intramurals, there are always plenty of people that are involved. There is also a great variety which is great because it lets students be involved and active during the academic year. All of the varsity sports on campus are greatly supported, there are always fans who are cheering the players on. Not to mention, students join together to cheer for teams as they wear orange t-shirts and cheer throughout games.

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4 College Senior

Technology: There are only a few computer labs around campus that are easy to get to based on their locations as well as the libraries which contain various computers. There are only printers available in the lab, they all charge .10 cents per copy in black and white but are a bit pricier when printing in color. The network speed is actually pretty great but when using wifi, it could be down at times. There is a need for a personal computer only during midterms and finals because everyone uses the lab computers, but other than that, you could use your own laptop or not. There is also an option of sending your files from your own laptop to the university printer, which is also nice.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't much variety when it comes to food off-campus. There is a lot of pizza, burger and Chinese food that takes up most of the options. The price varies at every restaurant but it is below $10 for a regular meal. The best places are Flat Top, which is stir-fry and Penn Station, which contains grilled subs. Both of these restaurants have student discounts which gives more incentive to want to eat there.

3 College Senior

Parking: Campus is filled with meters at almost every parking spot around campus. Many have a 2 hour limit. Parking in Urbana is nice because it is free at 8pm and on weekends while in Champaign it is only free after 9pm. If you are parked in a meter during times where you have to pay the meter but don't, that is a $10-15 ticket which isn't so bad. But there is really no need for a car if you live near campus because there are many buses which pass every 10 to 15 minutes or everything is pretty much walking distance.

3 College Senior

Transportation: There are many types of transportation available to students such as the Greyhound, Suburban Express or Amtrak which are all very accessible on campus but they are pretty pricey. They are very needed on campus though because a lot of people go home weekly and it is around a 2 hour bus ride for most people who live in or around Chicago.

3 College Junior

Diversity: You see diversity here and there but its mostly asains and whites and a few bkack people here and there.


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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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