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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Balance of academic and social experiences.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would choose the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over and over again. For my subject of study, it's one of the best in the nation and a job after graduation is practically guaranteed. Research opportunities, whether with a professor or student organization, are plentiful yet interesting and innovative. One of my favorite aspects of attending U of I is my membership in the Illini Algae Student Research Group, which I joined the second week of school. I have been conducting sustainability and environmental research with the Group ever since, and it has been a fulfilling experience. However, the workload of classes is challenging and ultra-competitive, and being in class can be intimidating, as I came from a small school where I tended to excel at most subjects. Here, many students have attended huge high schools that offer more AP classes than I even knew existed and are very showy in their intelligence. Often, I feel like I'm drowning in work, but I view it all as part of the challenge. Coming from a rather underprivileged background, I knew this would be the reality of attending a large, highly-regarded research institution, and my job is to not waste this valuable opportunity to rise above my beginnings. In addition to academics, Big 10 athletics are exciting and there is a strong sense of school pride throughout the campus. The campus is large and full of beautiful, interesting buildings and there is an aura of lush history everywhere. I would recommend this university to anybody who is looking for challenging curriculum, school pride, research and job opportunities, and diverse classmates that will push you to achieve your best.

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: A lot of safety measure are put into place to help students feel safe while on campus.

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5 College Student

Overall Experience: I've had many helpful teachers that will take time out of their day to meet with me and help me.

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5 College Student

Overall Experience: A degree from this school is a very big deal and looks impressive to employers.

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: It offers many amenities, my dorm even offers a heated pool and housekeeping.

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4 College Student

Greek Life: The university has one of the largest Greek communities.

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4 College Student

Athletics: Everyone supports the athletics in all of the sports.

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4 College Student

Overall Experience: It offers many opportunities and various courses.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I will definitely choose here again if I can choose. I know that because I meet my "her" here.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't have much experience with Greeks or Greek housing.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The students get very involved in sporting events. There is a lot of school spirit

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is a good school in a great location. I love the college town. I love that it is a larger school and how sporting events have a lot of school spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: For the most part, professors were friendly and good at teaching. I couple of classes I took left me dissatisfied or feeling a little robbed grade-wise, but for the most part I am happy.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school offers lots of opportunities; I received my first research position at the end of freshman year sort of by accident.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing was fine for me. I didn't like my dorm neighbors and the rooms were small, but it was expected.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: This rating is to be fair than it is to support greek life. I am in a fraternity myself and I enjoy it, but I can into college not too high on the Greek life idea. I know a lot of my friends who are greek mostly love it, and many are fantastic students as well. Though there are always plenty of guys who drink too much and are pretty obnoxious, U of I has shown me that there are many great people who "happen to be in a fraternity" as opposed to fit the negative stereotypes.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Okay, so the football team probably won't win a bowl game during my years and the basketball team fights for relevancy, but Illinois varsity sports are actually quite respectable in almost every other field. I'm on the club swim team (which is pretty competitive, talent-wise) and I play intramural flag football and both are a lot of fun. The ARC gym facilities isn't quite like those at Mizzou or Ohio State, but they are very nicely maintained and I lift there every other morning. It can get crowded otherwise; lots of students here work out regularly.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Illinois is a lot tougher than I had originally expected coming into school, but I've learned a lot and I'm definitely not flailing around, feeling lost and hopeless. Though there were other schools I really liked when I received acceptance letters, I don't regret choosing the U of I. I think the larger school fits me, as there is a lot to do, and that really helped break me out of my comfort zone and make me a more social person.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus crimes rarely occur. When they do occur, a mass email is sent to all UIUC students so they know to avoid the area or be on the lookout for someone. There are emergency poles almost everywhere. On the pole, if you press the button, a police officer will show up immediately. The bus system even deploys personal services like "safe walks" and "safe rides" that get you from wherever you are and drop you off at wherever you need to be. I have personally never felt like I was in danger and neither have my friends.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The courses are very valuable. Almost all of the professors genuinely care about the topic of their course and teach as best as they can. They are very open to students and very responsive to emails; it's clear that they care about the students. The grade you get is the grade you deserve. A few classes may be hard, but that is usually because it will be a class that will be essential to one's career, such as organic chemistry.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Getting a degree from UIUC comes off as quite prestigious, due to the school ranking, difficulty of courses, and achievements that the university and its alumni have achieved. The career center is a good place to help students learn about what they want to do in life or how to help them become a better candidate for graduate programs, especially the academic advisers. The only down side is that there is a large bias/favoritism displayed by the university for engineering students. Medical students do not have many options for internships and medical employers certainly do not visit as often.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is enjoyable. All the buildings that host classes are right nearby or are a short bus trip away. Although, people in the dorms are not very sociable. I've met some people in my dorms, but mostly through other friends that I know. The cost for living in a dorm is way above what is should be. With the money I put into that, I could have leased the best apartment on campus and still have a little money left over.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life has a massive impact on the atmosphere of the campus. Without having one of the largest Greek systems in America at our school, I'm not sure if UIUC would be the top party school. People get along fantastically well and enjoy having a good time when they are free or just finished up exams. Life at this university is never boring.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The students at UIUC are extremely spirited. I cannot go a day without seeing some Illini gear or hearing some talk about Illini athletics and sports. The facilities are always filled with students, but most of the time, there are always machines, gym equipment, rooms, and spaces open. The students truly do bleed orange and blue.

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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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