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Reviews 3610 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Many dorms have workout rooms, and if you don't live in a dorm that has one or you don't live in the dorm, it is so easy to workout at the ARC or go to classes at CRCE or go for a run around campus.

Basketball rocks at Illinois and there's a lot of support around them. People go to the football games, but they're not as popular because Illinois football is not that good. It is fun though when you have friends who go to other Big Ten schools because you can visit them or they can visit you and go to the game.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are easy to come by, but mainly if you are in Greek life. It can be difficult at times for Freshmen not in frats or sororities to go to parties and pregames and meet friends. But knowing people in Greek life can be helpful, and there are plenty of apartment parties and bars where lots of GDI's (non-Greeks) can hang out. It's a great time.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am a Freshman and I do not know anything about it.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: I'm not into big parties, but I see a lot of parties going on.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: It was not too difficult to get financial aid

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: A degree from the U of I can open many doors for you

4 College Senior

Local Area: There's something for everyone here

3 College Freshman

Local Area: I don't get off campus too much but when I do I have lots of opportunities to engage in the community.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Having attended a sexual assault class as a freshman, I know of services available to me as I go about campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman, I have enjoyed living in my housing complex and have gotten to know many of the people there. I live close to campus which is great.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Although our major sport teams have challenges, the other sports do very well.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process was easy and went smoothly.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I did not have any challenges of getting into my major and they looked at my grade point average, ACT and extra curricular activities.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm not into partying that much so it's difficult to answer about the quality and other aspects of this.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Coming from a small town off-campus dining is great!

4 College Freshman

Administration: Freshman have to attend several workshops for their orientation and all was very good information to help me.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The team may not be the best, but everyone cheers them on and loves them.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The Classics department is fun. The undergrad workload seems to be fitting and isn't too challenging. It is quite enjoyable and so small that most people know each other. Also, upper levels are small and are lead by the professor and upper levels are mixed with graduate students.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I have only just begun exploring Green street. You have so many options, and you want them all because you walk by and it smells great. There is options, chains along side smaller businesses. As a vegetarian, it is fairly easy to find food that I like and can eat. There is lots of delivery. Also, stores and delivery go late. When you get here try some Insomnia Cookies late at night, they deliver if you want to order them in.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: It is one of the largest Greek systems in the States, I believe. Many people I know are in them. They are usually nice, and will make time for studying, friends, and their frat/sorority. But, the houses are everywhere and most look really nice. Non-Greeks have an indifferent or positive view on Greeks.

College Junior

Party Scene: The party scene, I have found, is relatively easy to avoid if you are not into it. I do not find much joy in it and have avoided it.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: As a student from a community college the housing is great. The dorms are more spacious than others that I have heard about. There is construction that will only last till the end of this year in the 6-pack, but you hardly notice it. Some places are far from the main part of campus, but choose well and if you are an engineering major make sure your housing is near the Engineering quad! There are clusters, that are good to meet people that are around you and have similar interests/goals/etc. (they have a transfer cluster that is really close!) But, if you really want to be alone, it is usually easy to ditch everyone.

3 College Junior

Administration: There have been some issues in the past year.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It seems like it will be really helpful.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few very good off-campus dining options but you need a car for those unless you don't mind taking a long bus ride. There are also the usual chain and fast-food restaurants.

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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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