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Reviews 3210 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Engineering and Business seem to be the top majors for U of I, as we are renowned for these Colleges. Registration involves meeting with your adviser once a semester and "planning" what your next semester will be like. However, you must keep in mind that some classes aren't offered every semester and that might screw up your plans. So, have back-up classes. Also, it helps to have AP credit from high school, because it makes you seem like a higher class (I came in my freshman year as a junior and got to be one of the first ones to register).

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Our campus life is hoppin. Everyone thinks U of I is merely a party school, but there is much more to our school than that. Yes, you can party (and many of us are very happy for that) but there are also some really chill, really cool events that seem to happen across campus all the time. Like, free swing dancing lessons or free food opportunities everywhere.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Molecular Biology major. LAS doesn't get as much funding as engineering or ACES, but even then it's a great College. The professors I've had thus far have been very helpful and knowledgeable about their subjects. My workload isn't awful, but it's challenging enough and I know it will get a bit worse in the future. There are a lot of research and job opportunities around, seeing that it's such a huge campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life lets you connect with people and make friendships from different fraternities and sororities. There are many people from different cultures that can also help an individual become aware of cultures other than their own. It is fun because of all the events that one can participate in, but it also benefits because of the amount of volunteering a person can do, as well as the networking Greek life can do for you if your chapter is active world-wide.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The fan support is better than the sports teams these past couple of years! Between Block I and Orange Crush, students are crazy over our Fighting Illini! Illinois has a lot of school spirit! I sensed it when I first stepped on campus.The facilities are great too.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are many bars on campus. There are some that are noted for being the bar you end your night with. Since there are 40,000 people that attend this school, the bars can get really crowded, but they are mostly fun! Different group of people every time.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: UIUC has one of the largest Greek systems on campus. Greek Life is everywhere, and sometimes, many people who are in sororities and fraternities tend to fit the stereotype, but many are also good too.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many undergraduates live on campus for convenience purposes. There are some terrible landlords, but you would really need to conduct your own research and view many apartments. Parking gets expensive, but that is on campus in general. There are many buses on campus, so you are sure to find a bus stop near your location.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is never consistent. In the morning it could be 80, but by early afternoon, it could drop 40 degrees. The wind is bad when it picks up. When it rainy and windy, there is no way you are going to be dry when you are using an umbrella. On the nice, sunny days, though, the campus looks like the stereotypical college scene.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: This university like to pride itself on diversity but its far from the truth. Do not get me wrong, there are many groups, club and organizations that are diverse but to be honest people tend to stick close to people who are similar. There is nothing wrong with this but the university is very peculiar to display this. International students are the main factor (makes sense) but everyone just gravitates to their own races and people with similar values. Even I can admit that my group of friends are the same but my co-workers are all from different backgrounds and we hang out just fine. Of course, we have the ignorant people who stay dumb stuff but that's just life.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm an Art History major but that was not my first or second choice. First, I wanted to be in Computer Science but that was too much programming and that was not how I thought it would be so I decided to switch it Graphic Design. However, due to the confusing methods of U of I, the Art majors are designed for freshman so anyone who transfers in the program automatically has to spend an extra year (in my case 2) at the university. There is a year in Art Foundation (take the required classes) before you get into your major. My advice to people: DO NOT select majors that you really do not want to do. I was trying to keep myself open and selected (you can select up to 5 choices on your major) all the five choices and got stuck with my least favorite. If I could do it all over I would have selected Graphic Design as my first choice but a degree in something is better than nothing.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: A majority of the facilities are kept very clean, probably to keep from warding off future students during college tours.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It really depends on where you are living at; however, the biggest problem with the dorm life is how you know right away that there are marijuana users because of the smell immediately.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most of the girls on campus are very attractive, and most everyone at my college looks fit and healthy. The gym is always full of people when I go, and it shows.

2 College Freshman

Parking: From what I've seen there isn't a lot of parking available considering the student population, and where there is it is expensive. I'd recommend biking, walking, or using public transportation.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The campus dining is excellent. Sure it gets old after a while, but compared to others they are the best.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The university is very effective in maintaining the safety and security of all its students, as well as their health and well-being.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of off-campus housing available at varying costs. There are some very nice apartments for a reasonable cost just a few blocks from campus.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of different races and religions here at UIUC. It is extremely diverse.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not receive vary much financial aid at all and I really need extra money to pay for tuition since my parents aren't helping me.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are definitely unsafe areas, but you should be alright if you stay within well populated areas of campus.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek life, and it doesn't really dominate the social scene on campus. It doesn't matter if you're in a frat/sorority or not, and you're still able to go to the parties (easier for girls though).

4 College Freshman

Academics: As a Molecular and Cellular Biology major, I have been very pleased my first year. Classes are difficult, but if you put in the work and effort, it will pay off. There are also many research opportunities to become involved in ; I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to start research my freshman year and I really enjoy it. You learn so much more than you could from a lab section of a class, and the knowledge you gain helps within other biology courses.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Classes at U of I are difficult, they are intended to challenge you, but if you put in the effort, you can learn so much from the professors. Most professors are extremely intelligent and helpful, and make themselves easily available.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: U of I works hard and plays even harder. We have so many programs for students to get involved in anything they could possibly imagine. On Quad day the 100+ orgs stand outside and try to recruit people and it is such a fun way to meet new people. There are clubs from Latinos in Pre-Health to anything like October lovers. There are also a variety of research opportunities that students can choose from. Greek life is very big at U of I as well. There is over 30+ sororities and fraternities. U of I has a big social life too there is always something going on whether its parties or free events on campus.


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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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