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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.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Varsity sports at U of I are a BIG deal. There is so much school spirit you are not gonna know what to think of it. During football games everyone gets into school spirit even if they dont like football. The stadium is filled with students bleeding Orange and Blue. Many people love to workout too. The ARC is filled with people each night.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Campus life at U of I is great. There is always something going on on campus. Sometimes it might feel a bit lonely if you are not used to a big campus, but once you meet your group of friends you definitely get that small campus feel. Greek life is very big on this campus. There are so many different greeks that both work hard and like to have fun. Its a big party school but there are many other things to do if you are not into that scene. There are many programs and events put on by students for students each day.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: They offer a lot of money to students in need of aid but a lot of it ends up being loans you have to take out. I am also required to submit paperwork in order to receive aid.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: You can find people out and about, pleasantly wasted pretty much any night of the week. You're able to visit the bars starting at age 19. Each bar is a little different and unique.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: UIUC has a lot of variety within a few miles of our main campus. A lot of chain restaurants are located on Green St. If you venture to downdown Urbana or Champaign, there is a lot more variety and unique places to go.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is just like any other in the midwest....unbelievably unpredictable and often disappointing. But the campus comes to life once the sun comes out. Rest assured: short dress-wearing girls are still on the prowl at night during any season.

2 College Junior

Parking: Not many students have cars on campus for a number of reasons. Firstly, we have an excellent bus system and you can get pretty much anywhere in the area with minimal walking. As result, there aren't many available parking spots on campus without payment. Most people with cars on campus buy a spot near their apartment. Traffic cops hand out parking tickets pretty eagerly when your meter times are up.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: UIUC holds two programs for freshman that address two important concerns of college: alcohol/drug use and sexual safety. UIUC has a very unique approach that does not judge students that drink but rather offers them resources for preventative measure and to help when something goes wrong.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Weather is never really a factor in one's day, but because there is no body of water nearby the weather does change wildly throughout the day, like cold and rainy in the morning to hot and sunny in the course of a class period.

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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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