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3 College Sophomore

Technology: The only comment I have to make on the computers are the ones that we are able to loan in the library. It's quite difficult logging onto the network and finding a connection. The Java also needs to be updated as well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The typical fast food places (ie Subway, Panera, etc.) serve the same food but they're not made as good as those in Chicago or the suburbs.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The campus is pretty isolated. There are many activities on campus and a few places to shop at but the closest mall is about a 30 minute bus ride away.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The ECE department is the biggest department in the college of engineering. With that, there are many professors conducting research so there are more research opportunities. However, they prefer upperclassmen so don't expect to easily get one as a freshman. The curriculum is well know across the nation and it takes a lot of effort to do well in these courses.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: There's a variety of majors to choose from. If there isn't a major of your choice you can get approval for independent study. The registration process is quite tedious and classes fill up quickly. The workload varies depending on your major/course.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The main way to get around campus is to walk or take the bus. There's one bus line that comes quite often but the other bus lines take at least 20 minutes of waiting which is very inconvenient on the winter.

3 College Freshman

Technology: With the number of students at U of I, there should be more computer labs. There probably are but you're not informed on these things. The network is pretty fast for the most part but there should be more wifi availability.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Many different races but people tend to stay with their ethnic group.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: For sure you will find your group of friends here at the U of I. There's a variety of things to get involved in that you will always meet and talk to new people. This university is unique because there's talent everywhere in multiple areas.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I most likely wouldn't qualify for financial aid anywhere anyways. But as for scholarships, very few are given by the university and $1000 would already be considered as a lot

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The university sends me alerts on my phone through email and text instantly. They are very quick and up-to-date on crime scenes and health hazard areas.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's totally worth it to not live in the dorms. Most of the prices are reasonable based off of my searches and most places have new furniture. You just need to know where to look around.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I hear a lot of stories of drug abuse and drinking. I haven't encountered any yet but it's quite noticeable in some dorms. Sometimes people walk by talking about hangovers.

3 College Freshman

Administration: People tend to get away with doing illegal things. Since there's so many students it's hard to control people's actions. At least the campus will become smoke-free as of January 1st. Hopefully the regulations will be better!

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Since there's so many people at the U of I you tend to see guys from both extremes.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is big here but a lot of people don't join it and no one will judge you. Based off of my own preferences, I wouldn't join a sorority.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Being the Electrical and Computer Engineering department opens you to many opportunities not offered to any other students. Our department has the biggest faculty so you are likely the find a professor doing some research that interests you. The only thing is that not many research opportunities are offered to freshman because most of these concepts aren't taught in high school.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There are many research and internship opportunities of you look around and know where to ask. It's hard to find one as a freshman though.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The university is very diverse and you will run into people you know and don't know every single day. The campus life is very relaxing and the building s range from modern to classic. I love walking around campus even if it means going out in the cold. The U of I will surely offer something that fits your preferences.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The gyms are very new and clean. There are many machines to work on and adequate space.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: The best way to get around campus is by walking or by bike. The parking is free on weekends I think which is usually when people come and visit with their cars. There's not as much parking around the main buildings and more parking is further away.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: More healthy varieties, but the cost is so expensive!

1 College Junior

Scholarships: I barely received any aid. Advice: search for private scholarships.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: The bar scene is great every night of the week! Underage nightlife is nonexistent unless you have a fake ID

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3 College Junior

Local Area: There's nothing really to do off campus. Everything takes fun takes place on or near campus

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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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