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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Students can volunteer for varsity games and raise funds for certain causes. Students are very school spirited, most have the school song memorized.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: One complaint I have about the meal plan is that it is too expensive. The cost for getting into a dining hall (buffet style) is about $15. We have stores that were opened by the school that sell food and other utilities for flex dollars.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: My university has the biggest library system in the U.S. The recreational centers have pools, exercise equipment, basketball courts, etc.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Students are very social and very school spirited, which is often shown clearly during football games. Student organizations often promote their causes in front of the Illini Union.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol usage is clearly seen most often on weekends. Law enforcement does not happen often in regards to underage drinking.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There is a vet school on campus which is very convenient for undergraduate students pursuing the vet field. There are two recreational centers on campus as well as outside tennis courts. There are many stores on campus ranging from sports stores to restaurants. There is also a mall about 30 minutes off campus.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: The permit cost is about $1000 for a full year. There is no need for a car on campus because bus transportation is available and a payment for transportation fee is mandatory, about $500 for the full year.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Football is big but they didn't go that good

4 College Junior

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs on campus. There is also wifi on campus

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is a little bit of everything, so if you are into that then you will find it

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is very big at U of I. You will notice that many students are in it and enjoy it a lot

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food can be very good or very bad. There is no in between

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I wouldn't say there's an overuse of drugs on campus. There might be people who do drugs other than alcohol, but overall it's not all that noticeable. The most noticeable one is definitely alcohol.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process was pretty straight forward. FAFSA may or may not help some people, but there are other ways of getting financial aid. The school has several other scholarships that students can apply for.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is not all that much different from Chicago weather, so if you're from Chicago you don't really have to worry about adjusting to new weather. It's usually warmer in both summer and winter but only by a couple degrees.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: there are several dining halls and they all have different kinds of food. Some are healthier than others, but you can always go to the one of your choice. They usually have some variety. PAR is one of people's favorites, they have a pretty broad menu and it's a late night option which is great.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation within campus is really not a problem. There's buses all the time. They have stops outside most resident halls, and they make stops at most major buildings. They can be a bit confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, you can get anywhere on time.
Long distance transportation is also not much of a problem. If you have friends going the same way and have a car you can always share a ride. There's also a facebook page where random people find other people to ride with if they're going the same way. There's also bus services that go out all the time in case you don't have your own transportation.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There's plenty of computers on campus that students can use however, during finals week it's hard to find one available in the library, but most dorms have a computer lab, and sometimes people seem to forget about those. As for printing, pretty much anywhere there's a computer there's usually also a printer. They do charge for printing and the price varies depending on the location, and ink color, and number of pages printed, but it's not a fortune.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is not bad at all. It's a great way to meet new people and make friends. However there are some dorms that seem to be more social than others.
The rooms are not the biggest, but realistically you don't really need all that much space, and you learn to get used to it very quick.
The food is also not that bad, PAR has great food in my opinion, and f you ever get bored of something you can always go to a different dining hall they usually have different things.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most guys and girls have descent looks, and there are some pretty cool, outgoing, friendly people on campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The campus is very beautiful, full of old buildings and gorgeous set-ups. It is very easy to find out about events happening on campus, and they are very common. The main stores and restaurants are all located on Green St, and this is fairly in the middle of campus (right by the quad). Buses are available to go to the mall and other restaurants off campus, but is usually not necessary with all of the stores we have. Sports are very popular and highly supported. The recreational center on campus is very large and has many courts and machines available for use. This center is included in our tuition so it is available for all students.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone on campus has different styles and are typically not very judgmental towards others. If anything, it often makes people respected. In class, people are often down to business and quiet, but outside of classes most people are very outgoing and easy to talk to. There are countless attractive males on campus, it's almost overwhelming! ;-)

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: This school is very expensive in my opinion, but yet worth every penny. I am receiving some financial aid, although I could use quite a bit more. I also applied for other scholarships outside of the school and received a couple of those.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. I always choose to walk at night with a buddy just in case, but I have never personally experienced anything dangerous.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very popular at this school. However, there are many people who choose not to join as well. I am a member of a sorority and I absolutely love it. I have met countless new friends that I know I will grow close to over the next four years. I have been involved with a lot of community service and fun activities with my sorority sisters. It is always a good time with them, and I am so happy that I decided to join. I am pretty sure that all sororities have housing available for the members. Some chapters make it required for the members to live in the house for at least one school year, while some do not. While some are pretty expensive to be a part of, the price usually comes with a lot and is understandable. Some chapters offer financial help and have scholarships available to apply for. I love Greek life!

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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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