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3 College Sophomore

Weather: If you're accustomed to Illinois winters, it's really not so bad. The temperature is pleasant into late October and nice again around March. It's somewhat warmer than what I'm used to in Chicago so that's a plus! There is snow but not tons, classes are rarely cancelled. It can definitely get icy and rainy during the winter so come prepared!

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants are fairly diverse and give you the opportunity to branch out in your tastes. In downtown Champaign some excellent ones are Kofusion (sushi), Radio Maria (tapas bar), and Tequila (Mexican food and tequila bar) among others. The food in Campus town is also delicious! Papa Del's pizza is a must try and a U of I staple! There are of course many restaurants like Chipotle, Panera, Noodles and Co, Subway, Jimmy Johns and others like that if you don't feel like trying something new!

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The University of Illinois has one of the best engineering departments in the United States.I am confident that when I graduate, I will have no trouble finding a great high paying job.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The athletic centers at University of Illinois-Champaign are excellent. My dorm was right across the street last year from one and it was great being so close. There is always something going on and the football games and basketball games cant be beat. The campus is huge and there is always a place to go to play Frisbee or being alone. This campus is a blast and I am having so much fun.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My dorm on campus last year was perfect for being close to my classes, however it was one of the oldest dorms and showed its age. All in all it suited my needs for location but I would have liked to have lived in a newer dorm.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is adequate. Cost is comparable to on campus housing however most housing is showing its age. Proximity to campus is good for most apartments.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a city bus system that goes right through the campus taking you where ever you need to go. The cost of the bus goes into tuition so you are allowed to ride the bus whenever as long as you have your student ID. There are shuttles for apartment complexes that usually take students all over the campus.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Weather: Like much of the Midwest, Urbana-Champaign has some unpleasant weather extremes, getting very cold and snowy in the winter and being very hot and humid in the summer. Classes are never cancelled for snow. That being said, I am from somewhere significantly further north, so I don't think it's that bad. It's reasonably warm for at least half the year.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Diversity: There are a lot of international students here, particularly from Asian countries, and campus is somewhat diverse in terms of race and ethnicity. There is a very strong international student community. Politically, I think the school seems very diverse as well - you have extremely left wing people, extremely right wing people, and many moderates. It does not seem like there is much religious diversity. While campus is not too hostile to LGBTQ students, there is a lot of ignorance around these issues. Finally, it really seems like almost everyone here grew up in Illinois, particularly around the Chicago suburbs or around rural central Illinois. A strong aspect of this school is a high level of accessibility and acceptance for disabled students.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Diversity: Every ethnicity can be found here. Students from almost every country can be found at this campus. VERY Diverse.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: Plethora of Bars, 19+ entry, overall fun can be found ANY night of the week!

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Honestly, it's about preference. We are ranked in the top 10 party schools in the country. The nightlife on the weeks is filled with parties, drinking and hanging out. If that's what you want then have fun. I will say that over all, students are responsible with their drinking, always making sure to have securities in place to protect other students. Lately though, the school has been cracking down on drinking so, their are rules to watch out for and obey

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers at the library are accessible 24/7 and as well as the printers. Though the network signal is always the strongest and may kick you out every once in a while, the wifi is available to all students on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life here is everywhere. You can always see people wearing their Greek shirts, see signs everywhere about some event they're throwing and on weekends, that's where are the parties are. It's not required to be apart of Greek life but chances are, you'll make some friends who are part of a Greek house.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Green street is the place to go! There are so many restaurants on campus such as, Wendy's, Jimmy Johns, Cravings, Panera, Noodles & Company, Potbelly, East Asian restaurants, South Asian restaurants, Western restaurants. You name it. Also, most of them are location right by the quad which is really convenient!

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are so many computer labs at the University of Illinois. Many students do not know the exact locations, but if you search the buildings you can find computer labs in almost all buildings. Network availability depends on where you are on campus, on some parts it's faster than the others.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are many hard working students at University of Illinois. Since there are over 40,000 students, you'll find all sorts of people of your interest and similarities. Also, many of them are pretty good looking especially if you go to the campus recreation facilities.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Lots of bars and parties available throughout the week

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: Has a big impact on campus, but isn't the only thing.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very prevalent at our school and the main drawback is the accessibility of alcohol to underage drinkers.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of great options! The pizza places on Green Street are the best to check out.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The Education Dept. is the reason I chose Illinois. I was fortunate enough to get into the College based on my academic record from high school. The guidance so far has been outstanding.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I have met nothing but friendly and fun people. They are just like me and really don't care about appearance and money.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: The academic advising is outstanding, as is placement.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Right now professors and TA's have been very helpful.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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