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Reviews 3569 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Because I had some credits coming into the university, I was considered a sophomore level student by the university. This was helpful because I had been exempt from taking the introductory level courses in my major, therefore most of my classes were very small (about 20-30 people). I am able to have conversations with the professors and get one on one help. My favorite classes are probably CHLH 244 taught by Andrade and also PSYC 238 taught by Kruepke.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Many of my friends who have graduated from the university have gotten into their top choice of grad school or specific career.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: I have lived in Busey-Evans Residence Hall since Freshman year and I am currently a sophomore. To be honest, it was on the bottom of my list every time and I still ended up being placed in that dorm. One main point is that it is a Female only dorm. Many people are not social and are very disrespectful. It is very difficult to live here especially because I am social and outgoing. I would not recommend this dorm to anyone who is outgoing and wants to make friends.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I have many friends that are involved in Greek Life. Although I am not, I think that they are just like everyone else! They participate in many great causes and do some amazing volunteering for the community. The Greek housing has very nice houses.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The Illini student section at sporting events is tremendous! The number of fans at each event grows every year and we are proud to bleed orange and blue!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My most rewarding experience approached me Freshman year. I had the opportunity to work in the Psychology Research Department. As a freshman, I had the ability to gain rewarding experiences in my area of expertise and also use the knowledge that I gained towards classes in my major.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Decent, not the main focus

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The university puts forth their best effort to handle crime and offer security and awareness

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are opportunities everywhere and plenty of people and services for help

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not all professors and lectures are overly helpful or interesting, but the courses overall are very good and push you

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm living has been fine for me and worked well

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It seems to just be about partying

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The intramurals are great and the athletic facilities are perfect

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The extra curricular are great, and the classes are good, and the campus offers great facilities.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Don't really have any experience with this.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I loved my courses and loved my professors. So big classes some small classes, if you treat them differently you can handle both styles. TA weren't that great, but that didn't diminish the fun of the material.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So many opportunities, so many possibilities, you can basically go anywhere with a degree from here. So many recruiting and company outreach, chances are pretty high you will find a job in something you love doing.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My room size is great, but I heard that ours is the biggest, so the average room is probably a little on the small size. Many amenities. Decent walk from dorms to classes, but good locations compared to dinning hall and rec facilities.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't go to parties, but they are always going on and relatively easy to find. Some are seen with a positive light in terms of what they do for the campus and community, but others are seen as bad.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football is the biggest in terms of fans, but they are not that good, if they did better, it would be huge. There are two amazing recreational facilities for all students.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lots of things to do academically and outside of school. Professors are nice, class material is meaningful and up-to-date. Friendly classmates. Cheap compared to other top engineering school for out-of-state kids. Food is ok. Lots of opportunities await (internships, research, and careers beyond school) which is the most important for me.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I really enjoy being in the English program. The workload isn't easy, but it's fair. For other majors—especially the science majors—it seems that professors really go overboard, and get more of a kick out of tricking students on tests than actually helping. (In Biochemistry classes it's not uncommon for class averages on exams to be a D, and then get curved up. That's not education; that's someone not doing their job properly or leaving it to a TA who isn't adequately filling their shoes.) But the liberal and fine arts programs offer thorough, diverse, and high-quality learning. Ever since I switched from Engineering to English, I've felt a) happier and b) like I've actually LEARNED so much more.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Great if you love parties, but even if you don't, clubs and activities have more than enough to offer to keep you entertained! (Again, I never would have guessed there was such a thorough performing arts community.)

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's neither very safe nor dangerous (unless you go on the outskirts of campus by the residential areas—more robberies/violent crimes tend to happen there). I live in a neighborhood surrounded by a lot of frats, so crimes related to alcohol usage are more common. Sexual assault is something that the school works very hard to address, but that the student body itself kind of ignores. (The school overall takes a more feminist stance on a lot of things, whereas there's kind of an air of antifeminism in the student body. As a woman, it's a little uncomfortable at times.) Overall, it's not spectacular but it isn't incredibly dangerous. But just keep in mind that these are young people, and when it comes to sexual assault both genders are in danger, but there DOES seem to be the prevalence of interesting views of women among certain student populations.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: One of the most important things I've learned here is that the most important thing about college from an on-paper "résumé" standpoint is to get a degree (thereby showing employers that you can set long-term goals and stick to them, as well as have basic educational knowledge) and, if you can, make the courses that make up that degree as diverse as possible so that you're just a well-rounded person overall.


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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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