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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing in the quad is pretty old but they are putting up new buildings which are really nice! The dorms in Urbana are somewhat nicer and not much further from the quad. The furniture gets replaced every couple years and other improvements made so they are overall quite nice. I've lived in LAR for 2 years and it was clean, spacy, and had good food especially for those looking for vegetarian and vegan options!

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The libraries on campus are great places to study. ACES library and Grainger are two of the best ones. They're spacious, clean, and very quiet. The undergraduate library is the one that is usually packed and noisy but it's good for group projects and group studying.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: I'm in the honors program for Integrative Biology and it is such a great place to be! The program accepts up to 20 people so the small class size is great to be able to get to know the professors and TA's that teach. All of the professors in the program lead awesome research on campus so it's a great opportunity to get involved! The work load isn't easy but the labs and projects are useful and prepare you for future research.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am very satisfied with my major. Taking the psychology courses that I did really helped pave the way towards a career that suited my personality and needs best. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't have changed a thing. I only wished I could have taken more AP classes in high school so that I would have been exempt from other gen eds. My goal is to go into clinical research in psychology, with a focus on behavioral neuroscience and developmental psychology. The only concern I have about finding a job is that all these career websites are offering me jobs right now, yet I cannot apply for any of them because I haven't yet graduated. Also, I would like to have a job that is relatively close to home and my family, so I am afraid that my job could potentially take me away from them.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I go to the University of Illinois, and I've been very satisfied with my education thus far. I am a Psychology major, and my professors are very knowledgeable in their field and know exactly what they're talking about. It's interesting to think that the best instructors I've had are the grad students because they have such passion for what they do and you can feel that. I feel it's so important to develop those relationships with professors because they are the ones who can give you internships or possible jobs that fit your career aspirations.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: U of I has such a diverse student population. Both international and national can mingle together, and it's nice to see. Most people at U of I are career and academic-oriented, the types of friends more fitting for the introverted person. You will meet people of all backgrounds, religions, sexualities, and political values, so if you're not an open-minded person, U of I is not for you.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: There was some competition going into the application process because so many applicants come in declaring a Psychology major. I didn't have to do anything extra when applying. Because I scored a 5 on the AP Psychology exam, I did not have to take the introductory psychology course. Psychology is a great major and a great program to get into, and it's understandable why so many people want it, but before you declare it as a major, ask yourself whether this is something you really want for yourself. If you say yes but have stronger interests, then I would declare it as a minor.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in the College of Education which is relatively small and something I like about it. The advisors don't do a great job pitching the college to prospective students but I'm glad I decided to go here. They do expect you to be highly committed to education and I think that is a good thing. Special Education majors begin taking a specific track of classes second semester of Sophomore year. Classes are taken in the evenings so you can work in a classroom every morning. The amount of time spent in classrooms is gradually increased through the new "phase" of the program each semester.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms I stayed in, "the six pack," are really old. The dorms themselves are falling apart but the atmosphere here is great. I lived in an LLC and absolutely loved it! Even though the dorms weren't nice I wouldn't have wanted to stay anywhere else on campus!

They are currently building new dorms in the area. Those spaces go fast and trying to sign up for a space after freshman year is a nightmare, that is really the only complaint I have about housing.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Champaign is a great town. Lots to to and lots of people.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus is safe but there are definitely rules enforced.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Many of the dorms have the same menu and the food gets tiring. Some good things are the days when dorms offer special foods, such as Asian Night at ISR. I personally think that breakfast is the best meal.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many restaurants off campus and prices vary. Both the downtown in Urbana and Champaign have a lot of restaurants. There are a lot of great burgers from the bars. Restaurants are convenient to reach because there are buses that run throughout the city.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never don't feel safe although exiting campus can lead to sketchier neighborhoods. Still haven't heard of much problems.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: rarely great, usually very average. Problem is the repetitiveness if you at in the same dining hall all the time. This issue can be dealt with if you go to multiple dining halls but who has time for that

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Depends who you talk to, there are those entirely opposed to, those who just drink and occasionally use weed, and though not common, there are people who do hardcore drugs.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The entire campus always has a light, airy feel to it, even on foul weather days. There is plenty of variety in the restaurant scene and the non- student locals are all very friendly. Additionally, once spring roles around and all the plants come into bloom much of the campus becomes beautiful and shady.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school sends out emails and alerts whenever there is crime reported anywhere on campus. However, the police presence here is very limited and I hardly see them unless they are responding to a crime that has already happened. Of course, this may be because having police watching all the time would be detrimental to the students.

1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: If you are actually here for an education, you will HATE the greek life. It's completely superficial and paints the picture of a vapid, uncaring community here.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Within the campus of the University of Illinois, everything is relative to each other and it is pretty safe walking back and forth across campus. However, past Green street there were a lot of crimes and break-ins my first semester. Besides that, all you need to worry about is the rage drunkards that roam every Thursday and on the weekends.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love the diversity of the off-campus Dining. When I get tired of the repetitive food served in the dining halls, I can go down Green Street and it displays a wide variety of ethnic foods. From Korean to Indian to Subway, there's always something I can grab quickly before heading to class.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It was a hit or miss, and it was terrible being veterinarian

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a huge range of women, it allows you to be exposed to different perspectives of females one might never have seen before

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The two most important teams, football and basketball are not really good, but the students make that up with school spirit and pride of the school

4 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity is a big deal here. Most students here are white, but still a good chunk of the student body is comprised of asians. Walking through campus, I also hear French, German, Arabic, and Spanish just to name a few. There are other languages that are spoken that are unfamiliar to me.

There are many international students coming in from all over the world. My friend has a group of Polish friends!

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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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