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Reviews 3610 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: No wireless internet in most dorms. You'll get used to the bathrooms, they're not that bad. Rooms are small but livable. GREAT janitorial staff; very friendly and thorough.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are quite a few specialty restaurants on the outskirts of Champaign and Urbana. They cater to many tastes and fascinations and are often great for dates. Many cafes are very self-sufficient and independent which translates into a similar kind of atmosphere. Walking into these cafes get me productive and sophisticated for the time that I am there.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There is an excellent variety of staff at the University of Illinois. Many have a strong foundation in their original passion and it permeates through their lessons and discussions. There are many options for classes and the workload of certain classes are vigorous in producing papers and doing quizzes while others require more of a mental change in processing data.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The money isn't in front of you so losing track of where it goes is awfully easy. Make sure you have a good sense of how the money is allocated.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in the program of Sociology as well as Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability. The workload for both majors are often complementary and a good balance between social and natural sciences. There are plenty of experiences of work and volunteering on campus that can help further interests in a specific field. Workload is moderate.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're not the best, but the team spirit and enthusiasm makes it fun anyways!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I am paying so much for a housing contract/meal plan, and I do not feel like I am getting my money's worth. The food options are limited, unhealthy, and often unappetizing. The rooms are minuscule, even by dorm standards. In the winter, you have to choose between lack of sleep due to being uncomfortably hot or due to the noise coming through the window you opened to let out some of the heat. When the showers clog it takes weeks for repairs. I've been really lucky with my RA, I've had the same for two years and she is wonderful, but the one for the other half of the hall is abysmal.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As an Integrative Biology major, I'm pretty happy with the subjects and teachers I've been exposed to. The courses aren't too difficult because the professors prepare you for the exams, but sometimes the workload is a bit large.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There's not a whole lot to see here other than campus

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is really good and easily accesible on campus. There are bus stops everywhere and different routes to take. The bus can be a little late sometimes, but other than that, very convenient.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a high presence of drugs and alcohol, but more alcohol than drugs. There isn't the pressure to take drugs, though that is dependent on the groups that you join.

There is a strong enforcement of drugs and alcohol, yet, there are those students that find their way around it.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: All there seems to be is bars and frat parties. I wish there were more student run things to do that were not completely drinking-oriented.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's in the Midwest, so it gets cold, but not that bad. There are a few tornado warnings, but nothing too bad.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: They have a lot of things to do any plenty of resources for students.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: No matter what you are looking for, Champaign-Urbana probably has it. There aren't as many options as there are in a big city, of course, but there are definitely a huge amount of options. There is a website,, which offers most of the off-campus dining options. There are also more sit-down restaurants further away from campus which are great.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am currently undeclared, and I could not be happier with my decision to do so. I was so worried in high school that I didn't know what I wanted to major in when it seemed like all of my classmates had majors and had everything figured out. To be honest, this first year I have spent exploring classes in multiple fields which I am interested in rather than rigorous introductory core classes has given me more insight on my interests and future than a year in a declared major would have given me. I am now quite certain that I want to major in molecular and cellular biology, and I feel much more at ease than I would have been applying right into a major to begin with.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking lots are far from dorms. Meter parking on campus but still hard to find spot and not cheap.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Have own personal computer. Can't always access internet at certain parts of campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus systems are great once you get to know the routes

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Like most schools its there if you search it out. Drug-free opportunities are always available on campus if you choose to go that route. Depends on what you are looking for.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am extremely happy with my program. I wouldn’t do anything over again; both my program and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been of great assistance. It has been and continues to be an amazing journey. My career goal is to become a Physical Therapist and specialize in sports medicine. Physical therapy is a growing field, so I’m not stressing out on not finding a job but no one is guaranteed anything.

4 College Junior

Majors: I have yet to start my internship; I actually have mines this summer with a physical therapist. What I simply did was contact physical therapy companies stating my purpose with my personal information and a resume. One must be willing to network.

4 College Junior

Majors: I really enjoy the college of applied health sciences. The professors of this field are great to work with. They help with anything that is asked of them. It’s also pretty simple to participate in research and or getting an internship. I absolutely enjoy it because not only is it a great college for health professionals but you also get great understanding of Public Health as a whole. College in general isn’t easy, the work is a decent amount but if you stay on top of things, you’ll do great. All in all I enjoy it.

4 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into my program wasn’t too hard. If interested, one must attend a mandatory meeting regarding the college of Applied Health Sciences. Once deciding on what major one is most interested then one must apply and submit an application. There is a GPA qualification one must meet in order to be accepted into the college of applied health sciences. I found that the most difficult part in this process was having a good essay.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am currently undecided about my major but career center here will be able to help me find my way to figure out what direction I want to go as far as majors and careers go.


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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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