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Reviews 3272 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Majors: There is something for almost everyone, there are very few programs or majors that cannot be formed or found in the curriculum here.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are students from all over the world and the country. Our campus is 30% international and one of the most diverse campuses in the world. If you want to observe and get to know many different people, definitely come to UIUC!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are alot of chain restraints, but the service isnt the best unless you get a little bit father from campus. But most of the places have good food :)

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: This campus has a great vibe. There's a never ending amount of stuff to do.

5 College Junior

Academics: The workload is heavy and the curriculum is difficult but the professors are great and there are endless opportunities here.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I got financial aid through the government but the school itself doesn't give alot of money.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is very good. Buses run all the times and every day of the week. There is a system to make sure you get home at night if you don't safe.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: It is the most bipolar weather you will ever encounter. One morning it will be sunny and somewhat warm and as soon as you step out of class there is a snowstorm/rainstorm/ end of the world storm!
I love the snow that is the only reason for the C if not I will grade it as F

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Not too strict, but since most of the partying is done at bars students get in trouble with cops and not university employed RA's generally. Also fake IDs get a lot of people in trouble. No problem with DUIs, everybody usually walks.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Largest greek system in the country but not as good as those in the south. Tier is too important to those in the greek system.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: On campus dining is great! No need to go off campus! But if you do there's Jarling's Custard Cup, Biaggi's and Dos Reales! Always great choices! Along with your typical delicious chain fast food places!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football sucks and basketball is sometimes competitive. Good environment at the games but there is very little electricity and pride on campus when a team is playing especially well.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are challenging but generally fair. As far as I have seen, the assignment are important to my education and there is very little superfluous work.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking is tough at UIUC. I would suggest to keep your car at home. It isn't necessary! Everything is walking distance, but there are buses, or you can even bring a bike. Personally, I did bring my car to school, but I did not use it very much because everything was so close, just a 10 to 15 minute walk.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I was originally admitted as a Dance major. This was a very demanding admissions process, but it was an amazing experience nonetheless. The application involved three personal statements, an application, and an audition. For the audition, one has to present a self-choreographed piece and perform this 3-minute piece onstage for the faculty and other applicants to view. Along with that there is a group interview and a 1-hour class with an instructor. The audition is the most important piece to the application because it is a major piece to your track at the University. My best advice would be to have confidence in your personal statements and audition (if applicable). Do not doubt yourself.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I worked at the Infant Cognition Lab in the Psychology building. As a Psychology major, i found endless opportunities to find research work-- either volunteer, credit, or pay. Working at the lab has allowed me to understand psychology research from a closer perspective as I prepared all the computer lab work and worked with other students during the experiments as well. It was a very rewarding experience and the elements I have learned in the lab have been useful in my psychology work today. Whatever your major, there are opportunities for work on campus!

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: What makes UIUC unique is the versatility of the campus programs. From Business to Engineering to the Performing Arts, UIUC has many different strengths and the faculty can prove this as well. It was only until after I graduated did i realize that the performing arts at the University were well-known nationwide.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Student life at UIUC is quite the experience. There is a feeling of opportunity, zest, and dedication throughout the campus from the lively heart of Green Street to the arts and interests of Urbana. The recently renovated Arts and Recreation Center make the idea of working out and socializing not only appealing, but easy. The Union is the busy hub of the entire campus and a personal favorite to add, myself. There's always something to do on campus; I've never met such a variety of amazing people all living in the same city. Only this campus can bring together such a talented group of young adults with different strengths and interests, still sharing the same Illini pride.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of options! I lived in Skylight courts on Green street - a key location! I was very close to campus (walking distance for sure). I only paid 450/month for rent. Therefore, if you do your research, reasonable options are available. The best part is bus route -- they go very far, and are extremely accessible. Take advantage of that!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I am actually not familiar with the drug scene; alcohol however is very common. I personally do not drink or smoke, so perhaps it's not my piece of pie to say, but it is avoidable if you chose to avoid it. Peer pressure is not high in that sense. Students are mature individuals who respect your decision. Most of the bars are close to campus, so if you do drink, be sure to take a safe ride home or have a friend who is the 'designated driver' drop you off.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Unless you buy a parking spot, you will have to park on the streets. The only way you will be able to find a spot in that case is if you get to campus very early (around 7:30am). If not, there are parking spots available a little further from campus; you can simply take a bus from there. Bus schedules are wonderful and very accessible!

4 College Freshman

Academics: The General Engineering Program at the U of I is one of the best in the nation. From internships to scholarships, the program really strives to better the students and give them the rewards that they have earned. The best part about this program is the senior design project. Students actually come up with a design for a product for a company, and the company chooses one of the designs to use. It is a great way to actively learn how a real-world job will work. The first two years are the most difficult,but the resources that the program offers to students keeps all of us from pulling our hair out.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: At the U of I in Urbana-Champaign, there is almost an endless supply of resources available to you if you ever struggle in the classroom. TA's have hours outside of class for help, along with professors. If you cannot make those hours, there are hours every day at Grainger Library to get help through our CARE program. It has a great learning environment, and no professor will ever turn a student down if they ever ask a question during lecture.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is almost always a frat party that is going on. So it is easy to go out and go to a party. However for myself, I don't drink and I just like to dance. There isn't a lot of places that allow under 21 year olds to go and just dance.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: If you live in the dorms, then you will have no problem eating at any of the dining halls (depending on your meal plan, you can buy chips, drinks and candy, too). You can pay to eat at the dining halls if you don't live in the dorms (I wouldn't, it's not worth $10). ISR is the popular one around lunch time because it's so close to classes. Green St. has lots of restaurants for reasonable prices. We recently got Wendy's! Illini Union has a cafeteria downstairs so I would say you have a lot of eating options.


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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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