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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Since it's such a big school, you find every type of person here. It's nice because you can find any group you fit in with. The University itself leans pretty liberal, but you still definitely find students of all beliefs here.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As long as you stay close to the main campus there's not much to worry about. There's the Champaign, Urbana, and University Police all patrolling the areas. Just be smart and don't walk alone very late at night. Most of the crime takes place north of University Ave, which is far enough away from campus that students don't usually go there anyways.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's a big campus so there is a wide range of housing options. Each one is different so some might have nicer facilities, location, or social life than others.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's a big part of campus that you might want to consider joining, but you can still have fun without it because of the bar scene.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Professors, TAs and other students are always willing to meet for help with schoolwork.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I strongly believe that the prestige of my diploma will set me apart from other candidates for my whole life.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The services provided by McKinley are free and confidential for students.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Many of the dorms are old, but are being renovated.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Fraternities and sororities are a big part of campus.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: There are plenty of academic resources as well as a thriving extracurricular life.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Although the main varsity sports (football and men's basketball) have been subpar for several years, the environment is very fun and a big activity for students to participate in.

4 College Student

Athletics: The sports programs are amazing and offer a lot of great opportunities for the students to be involved.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is overrated but it has the potential to offer community. The culture around that community though needs revisiting.

2 College Senior

Athletics: Our coaches are not that great. We have a lot of hope in our new AD

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not too social, but provides the opportunity to be social.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have personally joined greek life; although it was tough, it was definitely worth it.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Traditionally good athletics. A few bad years, but on the rise again.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Balance of academic and social experiences.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would choose the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over and over again. For my subject of study, it's one of the best in the nation and a job after graduation is practically guaranteed. Research opportunities, whether with a professor or student organization, are plentiful yet interesting and innovative. One of my favorite aspects of attending U of I is my membership in the Illini Algae Student Research Group, which I joined the second week of school. I have been conducting sustainability and environmental research with the Group ever since, and it has been a fulfilling experience. However, the workload of classes is challenging and ultra-competitive, and being in class can be intimidating, as I came from a small school where I tended to excel at most subjects. Here, many students have attended huge high schools that offer more AP classes than I even knew existed and are very showy in their intelligence. Often, I feel like I'm drowning in work, but I view it all as part of the challenge. Coming from a rather underprivileged background, I knew this would be the reality of attending a large, highly-regarded research institution, and my job is to not waste this valuable opportunity to rise above my beginnings. In addition to academics, Big 10 athletics are exciting and there is a strong sense of school pride throughout the campus. The campus is large and full of beautiful, interesting buildings and there is an aura of lush history everywhere. I would recommend this university to anybody who is looking for challenging curriculum, school pride, research and job opportunities, and diverse classmates that will push you to achieve your best.

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: A lot of safety measure are put into place to help students feel safe while on campus.

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5 College Student

Overall Experience: I've had many helpful teachers that will take time out of their day to meet with me and help me.

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5 College Student

Overall Experience: A degree from this school is a very big deal and looks impressive to employers.

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: It offers many amenities, my dorm even offers a heated pool and housekeeping.

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4 College Student

Greek Life: The university has one of the largest Greek communities.

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4 College Student

Athletics: Everyone supports the athletics in all of the sports.

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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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