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Reviews 3283 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like the school and the people I spend time with, I'm just not so sure about the price of everything as well as how secluded the campus is from city life.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's a lot of pot that goes around. It's uncommon not to have smelled it at least once during your four years, but people are chill if you don't want to do it.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: They really try to get the most money out of you that's possible. The newer ones are pretty nice, but they're also kind of far off of campus and expensive.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: I mean, we're surrounded by cornfields and the closest large city is Springfield, which is an hour and a half away. By then, you might as well trek it to Chicago.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are the good ones and the bad ones. It gets really cold, so it's hard to tell sometimes when everyone is covered up in layers.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options really aren't that bad. There aren't any restaurants that are fabulous without being overly expensive, although there are no restaurants near the heart of campus that are any good.

2 College Freshman

Parking: I wouldn't trifle with campus parking. Although they charge a reasonable price, there are too many cars and it is too inconvenient to get to class. They are also outdoors so terrible weather takes a toll on your vehicle.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the off-campus places are within walking distance, but they are all clustered together on Green Street. There is variety, but sometimes the distance is inconvenient. They are also sometimes pricey, depending on the place you pick.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: They do offer a lot and there are many places you can go to spend your meal plan so it is convenient. However, quantity does not equal quality.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are tiny, roommates weren't picked so well, and the food is mediocre. Also, the staff can be quite mean sometimes.

3 College Student

Parking: Somedays, finding parking is a huge headache.

3 College Student

Academics: I came in Undecided but now that I have decided on a major, Im really looking forward to my future courses.

3 College Student

Diversity: The school is still greatly populated by caucasians and Asians but its getting better.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Less expensive and has decent distance from the school.

3 College Student

Scholarships: I would love more informationals about this.

4 College Student

Party Scene: Safety walks are great for students and late night buses are very useful.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: I love my experience in school so far! It's a great environment.

3 College Student

Weather: Its nice during the summer and fall but a bit weary in the winter.

3 College Student

Local Area: You have to take a bus to go shopping or anything related.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: Its kind of hard to tell who is campus police in a crowd of students.

4 College Student

Transportation: Transportation on campus is free with the I-card. Its a great way to save money

4 College Student

Campus Food: cafe credits are a great way to shop for food on your own time.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: Large amount of greek life. awesome activities.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: The Union always hosts great events

3 College Student

Athletics: The school is very involved in the sports teams.


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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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