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3 College Junior

Technology: Wireless connectivity is available, but not always operating.
A printing stipend would be very beneficial

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Pros: freedom from the dorms; accessibility to make healthier food choices.
Cons: prices, proximity to campus, some companies are well known slumlords

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life experience varies with race. Black Greeks' initiation is known for being more harsh and incorporate hazing in forms of physical bullying, alcohol abuse, and sexual coercion. I'm not sure about the other groups.

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2 College Junior

Campus Food: Variety and healthier organic options are desired and necessary. Enough said.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I think most freshman and sophomores participate in then drug scene because they're desperate to take advantage of the "college experience". UIUC definitely makes a strong attempt in prevent underage usage and responsibility. We have mandatory drug and alcohol abuse informational sessions, and resources on campus for those that need help. UIUC administration also plays a significant in combating use during "Unofficial St. Patricks Day" festivities.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although Champaign-Urbana is a small town, crime does happen. A lot of theft happens when people leave their stuff unattended in libraries. Occasionally a more serious theft or assault crime will happen near campus. Basically, just be smart - don't walk home alone at 2 AM. U of I has SafeRides (buses) and SafeWalks that you can call to take you home safely if you're worried about being out too late.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have found a really great community in my dorm in particular (Newman Hall). I have also been very satisfied with my academic experience - my classes really challenge me but I feel like I am learning so much every single day that I'm here at school. The town of Champaign-Urbana is a wonderful atmosphere, the campus is accessible, and professors and TAs have all been at least above average for me.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm very happy with chemical engineering and I have no concerns about finding a job after graduation.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The local bus system is really good and you can use it to get anywhere on campus or in Champaign-Urbana. It's free as long as you have a student ID. The system is tricky to figure out at first, but just make sure you get a booklet of the bus schedules and/or the MTD app and you'll be fine.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Champaign-Urbana is the best college town anyone could ask for. The U of I campus is located smack in the middle of the two towns. Champaign is generally agreed to be the "better" side of town but both Champaign and Urbana are really cute little towns if you ever get the chance to go off the main part of campus. Campus is a great atmosphere because it feels like a town in itself. It's a very student-oriented community and it's fun to be a part of it.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of great off-campus dining options. A lot of restaurants are concentrated on Green Street but there are plenty of choices elsewhere too. Standard college-kid food like Panera is very conveniently located. Dessert options are really good too - Cocomero (frozen yogurt) and Insomnia (cookie shop open very late at night) are must-try student favorites.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The ARC (main gym/rec center on campus) is top-notch. Libraries are abundant and there's sure to be at least one to fit your personal studying preferences and needs. Something I really love about the campus is that every building has so much character - they're fairly old buildings, and they have such a collegiate feel to them.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The main quad is one of the best parts of campus. When it's nice outside, it's a wonderful place to study, hang out, take a nap, etc. and even when it's not so nice outside, it's still beautiful to look at. Student life in general is great. Students know how to focus on their studies, and also know how to relax (not just by partying, though).

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: From frat parties to club/organization events to grabbing some fresh-baked cookies from Insomnia, there's plenty to do on campus and out on the town at night.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Wireless access is good around campus. The network is reliable and fast.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Being a student from Texas, the snow here is so exciting!! It's also colder than I ever could have imagined. But don't worry - you do get used to it pretty quickly. The sky is often gray in the winter, but it just makes you enjoy the sunny days all the more. Fall days are gorgeous - that's definitely the best time of the year.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The professors are awesome, even if the material is tough. (Very tough.) Engineering isn't for the faint of heart. However, there are a ton of resources for you to use if you're having trouble with a course. Free tutors at the engineering library, TA office hours, and your professors are there to help you out if you need it. I do love my major though, it definitely keeps me busy!

5 College Freshman

Majors: The engineering programs are fantastic and companies from all around the country come here to recruit students for jobs and internships. Even freshmen get internships sometimes. As long as you keep your GPA halfway decent companies will be falling over themselves to get an interview with you.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The football team sucks, but the games are fun to go to! The student section, Block I, has a great time all through the game regardless of how terribly the game is actually going. Basketball is a really big deal here and a lot of people join Orange Krush, the student fan section for those games. Volleyball is another popular sport that students will often go watch.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't even have to fill out a separate application to be considered for scholarships, and I got a really big scholarship from the university. It made a huge difference for me since I'm an out-of-state student.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a non-Greek I would say that the Greek community has a fairly big influence on campus. Greeks definitely contribute a lot to the partying scene, but also, just because of the sheer number of students in the Greek system, you'll end up meeting and making friends with someone in a frat or sorority even if you aren't in one. I don't feel like there's a big rivalry or anything between Greeks and non-Greeks. Sometimes stereotypes might be held against each group, but in actual interpersonal relationships, I've never seen a problem.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most of the time people are so bundled up from the cold you can't really tell what they're wearing… A lot of girls own really cute boots (including but not limited to Uggs) though, and love to wear them as soon as the temperatures start getting cold! Scarves, hats, and layers are all important for the cold and most people do a good job pulling off attractive winter looks.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is nice. It get's bitter cold at times but besides that it's fair.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I like the meal plan options because they are so flexible and easy to manage

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The girls are attractive, enough said.

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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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