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Reviews 3610 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If you are eligible for a program called I-Promise, it helps out a lot

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are plenty of computers around, I know a guy in my dorm that doesn't have one and relies on computer labs. He got a 3.9GPA so its ok to not have one if you can't afford it.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It is a great environment to be a psychology major concentrating in Pre-Medicine you have a lot of opportunities to do research.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Great range of classes you can register for FANTASTIC school

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Just like any school, there are people who will drink and do drugs and there are people who won't. There are mandatory workshops for all freshmen to learn about drug and alcohol safety.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My dorm, Evans Hall, is very antisocial and not very clean. Busey-Evans is one of only two dorms that are within a ten-minute walk to the quad. Certain dorms are closer to certain buildings--for instance, ISR is close to the engineering quad--so it's a good idea to at least check out a map of campus beforehand if you aren't able to visit.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life because I'm not a part of it. There are a lot of frats and sororities, though.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There are a lot of things to do on and off campus--bars and restaurants are plentiful, and if you need to go to the mall or Walmart/Target, there's always a bus that will take you there on weekends. On-campus, there are a lot of cultural clubs and houses that host events sometimes, and there is a gym free for students to use on both the Urbana and Champaign side of campus.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Very windy and rains often. Bring an umbrella!

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am currently Undecided, but on an Engineering track. Engineering is internationally recognized at U of I. It has a large workload, but if one loves the subject matter and is willing to put in the time, it is definitely worth it.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are experts in the fields they are teaching. TA's are present, but they do not teach lectures, only discussion sections, and they are generally very helpful. It is a heavy workload in almost any major, but especially in the Colleges of Engineering and Business.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Ike (main dining hall) has a good variety of options. Late night is offered at PAR, which is really good food. The private housing (Illini Tower and Bromley) is known to have pretty bad dining halls. There is not much flexibility in where you credits can be used outside the dining hall.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of typical places, like Chipotle and Taco Bell, but also some restaurants original to U of I, like Papa Del's and Firehaus, and also some fun late night stuff, like Insomnia Cookies and Fat Sandwich.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking is a huge part of the culture. The IFC and police can be pretty strict though, so bars are dangerous for underage drinkers. It's pretty easy to not get caught at settings like frat parties, but there you have to watch what goes in your drink.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It's blazing hot for a couple months, freezing cold for the majority, with a small slice of comfortable weather, but what else is to be expected in the area?

2 College Freshman

Local Area: South of the school is completely cornfields. East of the school is Urbana, which is a cute town, and definitely the best option for living in the area. North of the school is Champaign, which can get kind of dangerous. And West of the school is some suburbs, some corn, who knows. I probably wouldn't choose to live there.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms have an extremely social atmosphere. Most are pretty small and expensive though. You are not guaranteed to get your first choice in dorm, but they are all pretty similar and you will most likely be happy wherever you end up.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are plenty of attractive and interesting people in Greek life and not in Greek life. There are also plenty of nerdy engineers too. The school is so large, you will be able to find all types of guys, from artsy and hipster to athletic and fratty.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive any financial aid, but between the in-state tuition and a couple, small academic scholarships, the tuition was doable for me. I know few people that receive financial aid. Most scholarships go to athletes.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you want to party every night of the week, you can. Frats tend to hold parties only on weekends, but lots of people are at the bars every night and there are occasional apartment parties on weeknights too. If you want organized options of going out to a variety of things all the time, get involved in the Greek life.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It was not my first choice originally, and I ended up going for the in-state tuition, but upon attending the school, I realize it has some of the most prestigious academics combined with most diverse and social students.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The school has the biggest Greek life of any school in the country. This makes it difficult for non-Greek guys to get into parties because lots of them are at frats. Sorority rush is a very difficult and pretty superficial experience, but girls who stick with it usually end up loving their sorority. It is for people who like to go out multiple nights every week though. Greek houses are wherever you look on campus. The majority are pretty nice, with a few at the end of the spectrum (very nice or very gross).

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3 College Freshman

Technology: If you search hard enough, you should almost always be able to find a computer. It is best and most convenient to have your own, though, and probably best to get your own wifi as well.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It is one of the few schools that is ranked nationally as both one of the best schools academically and one of the best party schools. This leads to an overall exhausting experience, going hard on homework during the week and hard at parties on the weekends, but it is definitely worth it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The school offers a variety of libraries with different environments, so anyone can find the perfect place to study. Between different lectures, movie showings, and events from the hundreds of RSO's, there is something different to do every single day.


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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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