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3 College Junior

Campus Food: I was thinking that when I came to U of I it was going to have worse food. But, Ike serves a good variety of food. It even has a small vegan section. The other ones don't have as large of a selection as Ikenberry does.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Some classes have a mandatory attendance

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Got the money I needed... Scholarships are a must!

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not too bad. Some Frats can be stingy! Beware!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Pretty decent. Wide selection of foods as well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Kind of small and all male dorm

5 College Junior

Athletics: We may not have the best sports teams, but we have the best spirit.

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3 College Junior

Administration: The largest issue is with the Chancellor and Chief. Also, there is a bit of a snow day problem.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Work hard in high school and it will show up in merit scholarships.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: We are ranked a Top 5 party school every year!

5 College Junior

Campus Food: Campus food is actually really good. If you live in University housing you can use credits/meals at any dorm on campus and they are all very different. PAR has probably the best food while the Ike has the most variety. However, there is something to be said for Busey given that you are able to get free coffee with every swipe and they have some of the best cookies!

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is really what you make of it. There are plenty of dorms known as the "party" dorms and others that are known to be quieter. There are also a lot of specialty housing for those who are in honors or want to share housing with others that have a similar interest.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: University of Illinois students and alumni have a lot of school spirit, and are very proud of the school's accomplishments. I am dorming close to the football stadium, and every gameday the parking lot is filled with excited fans, tailgating and cheering for the Fighting Illini. The athletic facilities are top notch, and it motivates me more to go to the gym. I wouldn't mind paying $30,000 for tuition here if it means I get to go to the gyms as often as I want for free.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I plan on living at an apartment next year and looking for good ones are difficult if you don't start early (October-November). I have seen some splendid buildings that are a bit pricey but worth it. There are many places that have great amenities and are ideal for college students. Although apartments that are located farther away from campus are not only inconvenient, but are also unsafe. The neighborhoods outside the campus area look a little sketchy.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I would totally eat off-campus if I had the money and the transportation because there is so much variety and there are ALWAYS discounts for being a student! I can name about 10 different spots to eat off the top of my head, and they're all pretty darn good.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I personally haven't had a run-in with the police or my resident advisor, but I have had friends who got ticketed for rolling through stop signs. It cost them $100, and had to take an online class to pay off their ticket. Regarding dorms, I also knew some guys that got kicked out for underage drinking and for possession of illegal drugs. The dorm residents and resident advisers work well together to avoid violence and noise for the most part, so aside from incidents I've addressed, there hasn't been a lot of trouble making on campus.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had trouble getting the financial aid I need and I even ended up needing to take out private loans. It was frustrating and I know the university's financial aid office can do a better job.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: University of Illinois is classified as a "party school" and it lives up to that, I get invited by friends to go out every weekend. I personally don't like going out but it is a great way to relieve stress after a long week of school work. The parties I go to are very strict and will not tolerate any kind of irresponsible behavior. But don't get me wrong, the people here know how to have fun and rarely do I ever see anyone by themselves in a corner looking bored.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I absolutely love the variety of food that the dining halls offer. Sometimes the dining halls would serve food for consecutive days though, but overall having a meal plan is awesome

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The bathrooms might be gross, but I made new friends at dorms. Having a meal plan isn't so bad when you don't have the money to buy your own groceries either

3 College Senior

Local Area: Many community connections. Since I'm from here, I don't know what it seems like to an outsider. If you're coming from Chicago, you're probably going to think it's surrounded by corn. If you're coming from a small town, you're probably going to think it's a diverse city. Either way, I would recommend going to either downtowns and exploring at some point.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There is diversity but the majority are white. Everyone in Greek looks the exact same to me, and acts alike when they go out to bars. I found it difficult to make friends only from classes. I befriended my random roommate and we've lived together two years after. It's too hard to speak about 40000 people, to general.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Two students went missing and were found dead this year. Assaults, robberies and rapes have occurred somewhat frequently since my time on campus. I used to not be afraid to walk home, but now I wouldn't recommend it. Police may or may not help you and will ticket for underage drinking. There are safety rides, phones, and a sexual assault mandated prevention course however.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: This is the best school I got into, so I don't regret going here. I found a great program that I transferred into my sophomore year. My only regret is that U of I is in the same town I grew up in, I wish I would have left home to explore.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Loved my classes, professors, and school the most. The transition into college will probably feel weird, but you will grow as a person and figure out what you want to do. If you don't know what you want to do, I would say explore at a community college because taking classes if you're not in that major as a freshman and sophomore is basically impossible. My class size has ranged from hundreds to six.

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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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