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Reviews 3750 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I really don't ever feel unsafe while on campus but I always feel more safe when in a large group.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most of the courses I've taken have been gen eds and they've been pretty good so far. I've taken about 3 classes in my major and they've been pretty good, and much more difficult than I originally thought, but they're all great and interesting.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The value of a degree from UIUC means a lot actually. Especially in my major, UIUC has a highly ranked program for Speech and Hearing Sciences.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in Scott, and I'm not exact really nice. Everything is just kinda old and needs replaced. Every other dorm seems really nice compared to Scott.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not a huge fan of Greek life. I am a member of a service fraternity, and the usually 'rowdy' Greek life puts us in a bad light.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our teams are usually pretty bad, but ARC and CRCE are incredible. They are top-of-the-line so that non-athletes are just as healthy as some of the athletes.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've had really great classes and the extracurriculars have taught me more about my self than honestly anything else. I've learned so much about what type of leader I am, and what type of student I am.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There are lots of resources for health and safety on campus which is great. However, I have heard some horror stories about our health center. There is a clinic on Green Street though so that's a good option.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The courses were much more difficult than I had anticipated when I got to school but once I got the hang of it, things were great. I love my classes for my major and all of the professors. I think that some of the general education courses get boring and the quality of the professor decreases a little bit. But, to be fair, some of those classes have 750 students so I can imagine teaching those courses is difficult.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: University of Illinois is recognized as one of the best universities in the country and future employers know that. I have internship opportunities already and I'm a second semester freshman. I think that's impressive. On the other hand, students DO need to put good skills out there for future employers and look for jobs. They aren't going to be handed to you.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I love being Greek. I think all of the chapters do amazing philanthropy work and maintain impressive GPAs. Obviously, the parties are a huge part of Greek Life but the bond I share with my sisters is unlike anything else. I do think Greek students get shed in a bad light, but we know that we aren't snobby or cliquey. I also think the rush process is brutal but it all worked out in the end (for most of us) so it was worth it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: We are not known for our athletics but we also aren't the worst in the country. Our baseball team is really good! The ARC and CRCE are great places to go and work out and I love the classes they offer.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I absolutely love my school. The education is worth the money, the classes are generally challenging. I have immense access to resources and extracurriculars. There are so many opportunities that the university gives me. I couldn't imagine a better school.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far professors have been very kind and accommodating

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Meh, for engineers it's probably great and easy to find internships/scholarships, for art students it's hell

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live at Presby hall which is private certified thus the rooms are pretty much apartments. The people are awesome(though my roommate is a bit crazy) and it's pretty much a small community on a big campus, which is what I wanted.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Again don't really know/care about greek life on campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Never been a sports person so idk what's good or bad.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Chose the school for closeness to home and friends. Felt if I went to an all arts college I wouldn't have many friends thus I'm happy with my decision to go to uofi.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: My school offers a variety of courses and majors. When I was a freshman, I didn't like how the classes were huge lecture halls because you never got to know the professor one-on-one. However, when I majored in Community Health and started taking those courses, the class size was smaller, easier to make friends, and was able to achieve that one-on-one relationship with the professor. It made a huge difference because I felt like the professor cared about me and wanted me to understand the material. In general, the professors were well educated and I always learned something new in my classes.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Earning a degree from my school has great value because my school is well known for their education system. I believe that getting my degree from this school has definitely helped me get into graduate school because of its reputation. My school had many internships to offer and there were tons of career affairs to attend and the career resource center was always willing to help the students improve their resume, cover letter, and learn more about the opportunities out there. I really liked how my major made us do an internship before we can graduate because it allowed me to get the real life experience.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I would say our campus is fairly safe. Of course there is campus crime like any other school, but I don't think it is out of control. The one thing that I really like about our school in regards to safety, is the fact that we have a program called safe rides and safe walks. Safe rides and safe walks can only be used at night not during the day and they will come pick you up or you can call safe walks and they will have someone walk you home. Overall, I feel safe on campus because I take advantage of the services offered to ensure my safety.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: My Freshman year I lived in Bromley Hall, which was really nice. I would say its nicer than the dorms in the six pack. Bromley had a swimming pool, ping pong table, poor table, and a work out room, but it was fairly small. The food was good, but the other dorms were allowed to eat at Ikenberry, which I feel is better and has more food options. The social atmosphere was decent, but a lot of the students who lived in Bromley had money and were kind of stuck up. Bromley was in a great location though with the bus stop at the end of the street and the walk to campus was only ten minutes maximum.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: What makes my school unique is the education system. I went to one of the top ten schools and I learned so much. The professors were very well educated and knew how to teach us the material. My school had tons of clubs you could join, which made it easy to make friends and do things you love to do or try things you have never done or even thought of. I participated in a service fraternity, was a sexual assault facilitator, worked at a dining hall, and was involved in a variety of extra circular activities.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: My school is very dedicated to our athletics. There are so many sports one can play and the fan support is unreal. Everyone goes all out by dressing up in our school colors, wearing face paint, and all sorts of school spirit. Some teams are better than others, but they give it their best shot. I'm not exactly sure about the athletic facilities due to not being on a sports team. However, I work out at the recreation center and that has a lot to offer such as basketball courts, volleyball, badminton, swimming pool, exercise machines, and many other things.


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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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