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4 College Freshman

Local Area: I like the cities of Champaign and Urbana a lot. The campus is my real home, but there are a lot of things to do off campus as well that I can see myself doing more when I move out of the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe at this school, even in most places at night. The police are very available and there are resources available for victims.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Though I don't participate in Greek Life, I think it is a very important part of a college campus and very beneficial for many people!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: University of Illinois is a fantastic place to be! I love the school spirit, academics, social life, research and career opportunities, etc. It's a great place to spend your college years.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't gone out to eat very much - to save money - but the restaurants I have been to are fantastic!

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration overall is very good and looks out for all students.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Illinois is a great party school! A lot of people are down to have a good time, but also are understanding if you need to study or have other things going on. It is a source of school pride and there are so many different types of people on campus you for sure will find your friend group.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams may not be the best, but we have FANTASTIC school spirit. The facilities are also great no matter if you are in sports or if you just want to get in shape. I love being an Illini.

4 College Freshman

Majors: My civil engineering major is probably the best experience I could have ever hoped for. The entire engineering college is very helpful and enriching. The facilities are top notch, and I am very confident for a future job with a degree from this fantastic school. The workload is sometimes difficult, but it is well worth the challenge.

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4 College Senior

Majors: Getting in is fairly easy, staying in requires work.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: As a non-drinking female who has late classes, I have to take extra precautions walking at night because the campus could and should, but isn't doing much to prevent sexual assault. Safe rides/ walks is good, but awareness is low and support is mediocre.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: As a non-greek student, I see the benefits of greek-life- friends, community, support. However, they are noisy, off-putting, generally poorly behaved, and snobbish. Certainly do good things for their members, but generally annoying for all others.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: A degree from the University of Illinois certainly holds weight. It is a good and reputable school.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus apartments are pretty expensive as expected and you have to settle on quality as expected. What I did not expect was having to sign a lease a year in advance to reserve a place to live.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are good chains and good family-owned restaurants. Everyone you meet has a different favorite restaurant. They are all pretty good.

4 College Senior

Local Area: I don't go off campus a lot, but when I have, there is always stuff to do. Chain restaurants and small businesses abound.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: You don't get financial aid as a student unless you fit a very specific set of qualifications. It is fairly easy to get a loan, but the school will not help you. The financial aid office people are nice, though.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: One of the biggest greek systems associated with a university. There will always be parties if you know how to get in.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are frequent crime alerts that occur on the fringes of campus. These are usually minor thefts and assaults, but their frequency is concerning and I would feel uncomfortable walking alone around campus late at night.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: Parties are a huge deal on campus and very prevalent. Frat parties occur frequently and are huge affairs; I don't personally know what they are like because I haven't been to any. Once you become an upperclassman and most of your friends are in apartments, apartment parties are a bigger deal, and I prefer them because they are more exclusive and intimate.

4 College Junior

Majors: In my major, Molecular and Cellular Biology, most students join a professor's research laboratory and take part in undergraduate research. Because this is such an enormous research school, there are very many professors in a wide variety of research areas conducting cutting-edge research. Professors are generally approachable and very open to accepting students into their labs. I had a very positive experience joining a molecular biology lab during my sophomore year, and had a truly wonderful postdoctoral mentor. Some labs are more intense than others, and it can be challenging to find a work-life balance between classes, research, friends, and sleep. In the end, I decided to part ways with the lab I was in to explore different research areas. Overall, I think U of I has excellent resources for matching students with potential internships and employers. I know that the college of Engineering in particular has numerous career fairs for different majors and major companies actively recruit students.

4 College Junior

Administration: From what I've seen, enforcement of campus policies is pretty lenient in regards to things like underage drinking, dorm visitations, noise violations, etc. Going out to the bars is a major social activity and so many students partake that it is difficult to control underage access to alcohol. Since this school is so large, there are definitely a lot of behaviors that fall through the cracks of the administration's enforcement policies.

3 College Junior

Local Area: I have a personal connection to Champaign-Urbana because I spent my childhood growing up here. However, there is not a whole lot to do off campus. Champaign has a charming downtown area with some restaurants, club/bars, and shops that are worth checking out. Otherwise, there are some good off campus restaurants and there is, of course, the movie theater. On the whole, however, life is very campus-centric, and there is a bit of a disconnect with the rest of the city.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek life, so I don't have much of an opinion on the topic. I do know that fraternities and sororities have a very large presence on campus. However, you do not have to join or be involved if you don't want to, and there are plenty of other opportunities to be social. There are over 40 fraternities and over 20 sororities, so there is great variation in the size/quality of Greek houses. Frat parties are very large and frequent on campus, but you by no means need to attend in order to have a social life. As I said, I have no involvement with Greek life and have plenty of other social activities that keep me busy.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: Since this is a large public institution, it offers very few financial aid options and scholarships. I was able to get a 50% tuition waiver because I am the child of a state employee. Otherwise, I would not have received aid.

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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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