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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm life is okay. It is exactly what you would expect dorm life to be like.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining halls are okay, but are sometimes not very good quality food.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I hear it is very easy but there a lot of options

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is average but there are a lot of options.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Sometimes they get really nuts but if you stay in your group you are safe.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: The parking is the major pain in the butt for students

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It is pretty good, but it could a little easier.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of options so if you don't like one go find another!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I feel U of I excels in providing housing for it's students and is always there to help.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the apartments are crappy student apartments.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I don't know of many student discounts at restaurants, but there is a great variety of restaurants in the area.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The dorms and University buildings were the only places that I would consider strict.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I did not have any issues getting financial aid.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The dining halls didn't have food that were desirable. The food was always average and never anything that I craved. I ate it because I needed to to not be hungry.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: When I lived in the dorms there were always cockroaches in the restrooms. The dorms were not the best living situation, but I did make many close friends. It was a learning experience for me and I learned how to be an adult.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: While there are tons of greek organizations on and off campus, its very easy to steer-clear of the scene altogether. It is not a requirement to join the greek system or a professional fraternity to have a significant social or philanthropic experience. If you're keen to join one only for the parties, then please reconsider your priorities. There is a fair bit of tolerance between greek/non-greek as the campus culture is very symbiotic. As with most things, do your research about the history and reputation with certain organizations. If you're interested in an organization's national level, make sure the local chapter meets those standards.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletics are easy to get into with many clubs and places to exercise. The Activities Recreation Center (ARC) is a great facility with anything you could want. The rock-climbing wall is a good example. The admission fee is included in tuition, so take advantage of it. For guests there is a $10 daily fee!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off-campus for two years and it was great. There are tons of options, but you need to do your own research. Check out the different property management groups and see what their reputation is like. Over all, you should find cheaper roomier options with free street parking and other amenities closer by.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Campus is a bubble, and its possible to spend all your time trapped there in ignorance of the other downtown scenes. Both downtown Champaign and Urbana have many fine restaurants and bars that should be part of your going out experience. The crowds are usually graduate students and older types, with more locals, but overall more relaxed and less #YOLO. Getting back and forth is an easy bus ride or a 10-40 min walk, depending where you live.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There is a big party-scene on campus, especially due to the large greek system present. Quality and location are completely subjective, it depends what you're looking for. It is quite easy to find a social group of interesting and fun people through clubs and organizations. I gained many more friends and memories this way than from going out to the loud & sweaty dance-bars or musty frat basements, which are also quite easy to find.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I think policies that benefit the campus overall are worth being enforced. If your intent is to break laws, then don't be surprised by the consequences. This is a very large campus relative to most other schools, and these numbers can mean both good and bad. Everyone wants to feel safe and comfortable while attending school, and while having fun is accessible and widely participated, expect safety and intelligent decisions to be enforced.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: As a transfer student, I was able to pay for my junior year out-of-pocket, with financial aid being useful for my senior year. The process was pretty straight-forward. You register at FAFSA, they send your info to the school, then the school will award you a letter of options based on your need. Some people get awarded work-study positions that allow you a part-time job with the school. You can use all or some of the loans, but be sure to read all the fine print, especially about interest rates and repayment.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I never had a meal plan, since I never lived in any dorms. But I did try some meals off of a friends meal plan. The food at the time was pretty typical. It was nice that you can share your plan with others like this, I guess you can consider it a flexibility. I recall each dining hall having it's own reputation for quality/menu, so do some research about the options. For instance, the dining hall I went to had a lot of vegan options.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I transferred directly into an apartment off-campus. It had everything I could want for as a college apartment. From classes, it was a 15 min walk, 5 min bike ride, and within walking to one of the many bus stops that take you most anywhere. Being next to a grocery store was a big bonus too. Apartment costs can range depending where you look, but I would say it should be pretty easy to find something to match your budget. Like most things, be sure to do your research first. Social atmosphere is what you make it, there are tons of clubs going on all the time.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Have little experience with off campus housing

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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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