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Reviews 3750 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The campus is safe and you feel secure walking alone.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's changes just like in any other city. You just have to adjust to it.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is amazing because no one really has cars, however, you need a parking permit which allows you to park anywhere on campus. There are some places where they have meters, but they are free on weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is always a bus there when you need to get around. If it is late and yo are stuck at the library, we have a system called safe rides and they can pick you up where ever you are on campus and take you to wherever you need to go; it is included in tuition, so I recommend to take advantage of this service. You don't always need to use it just to go home you can use it to get from party to party sometimes. My friends have done that.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a variety of guys and women. My school is tremendously diverse so you get people with different interest and styles. aside form that everyone is into working out ad staying healthy. The gym is really close, so it always being used. The campus is very beautiful, so even just jogging around will the do the trick. However, my school's greek community is huge! So thats where it narrows down everyones interest although they may have different taste to other things. You'll always have greeks in your class room; it is good to network with them because you can get hook ups in many different ways.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm satisfied with my choice of major. I knew it would be tough just because engineering is not a walk in the park. Although I didn't put in enough effort into studying and I regret that. The lack of motivation really comes back to bite you in the butt when the exams come. However, I'm looking to change all of that these upcoming years. My goal is to get a computer engineering internship maybe junior year and hopefully land a job in any company really (there's too many to list).

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to eat off of campus especially in downtown Champaign. Being a freshmen though, I tend to stay on campus on eat on Green Street.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There a numerous bus stops around campus with buses coming around every few minutes. However, the wait for transportation off campus is a little longer. I'm not complaining though.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: Only for parties, and some houses look like they are trashed from last night's parties

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The campus bar scene is totally unique to U of I. With some bars dating back to when my parents went to this school, and others newly opened the scene is both modern and historic. And only having to be 19 years old to get into the bars, they're the place to be at night.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The 6-Pack is definitely the place to live, although your experience can totally change based on floor and RA. Make sure you keep your door physically open during the first couple weeks of school and you will have no problems making friends.

3 College Junior

Academics: Use or ask older students. It could be the difference between an A and a C in that class.

5 College Junior

Academics: Whenever I tell someone, "I am a Mechanical Engineer at U of I," their jaws usually drop. We get without a doubt, the best resources, quality of teaching, career services, student organizations, and job opportunities on campus. I can't imagine going to U of I and not studying engineering.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Union is perhaps the most iconic and busiest spots on campus. Between the dining court below, the many conference rooms, and all the RSO's running fundraisers, I always make it a point to walk through the Union at least once a day. And when the weather gets nice, feel free to take a nap on the quad inbetween classes.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: The nightlife at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is nothing but spectacular. There are all kinds of parties to attend, from pretty relax gatherings at Brothers to crazier nights at Kam's to karaoke nights at White Horse, so there is always something for everybody. Overall, Chambana's nightlife equals fun!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Although Off-Campus Housing is usually not preferred because of the distance, the apartments offered are usually cheaper and a bit nicer than the ones on-campus. The only problem is that they require the use of a car, (especially during the cold Illinois' winters,) and that is not too convenient when going to class due to the walking-oriented campus of the University of Illinois, which really doesn't offer a lot of parking space. Thus, most students prefer to live closer to campus and utilize the more convenient transportation system.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Although the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign is located in the middle of dozens of corn fields, the atmosphere within the cities and the campus itself is always buzzing with life. The amount and diversity of people attending this school create an environment where everyone is guaranteed to find something of interest and people with common goals. With the Greek System and the hundreds of clubs that the university offers, all of which allow students to form incredibly lasting friendships and connections, it is indeed quite impossible not to feel at home.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The people are incredibly friendly and there are clubs for just about anything that interests you.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The quad is not only beautiful but always incredibly active and meeting people here is a breeze.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It is Illinois weather. A little unexpected at times and the winters are cold.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I would say it's pretty average, I grew up in a college town however it wasn't that different and there were a variety of people especially since it's a really large state school

2 College Junior

Weather: It starts getting cold around October, and winter persists until April. It rains fairly often as well, but overall it's not horrible since we have a great bus system. However the long winters make your bike somewhat useless, with all the snow and ice on the ground and cold wind slapping you in your face. Everyone relies on the buses then, and it gets kind of crowded.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options but they are far, and the apartments that are reasonably priced aren't the prettiest. Really average. On the Urbana side, it's far from bars and restaurants, and the ones in Champaign are a bit harder to get to, and further from campus.

4 College Junior

Athletics: It's as huge scene at UIUC. Even though I personally am not big on sports, it's so part of the culture that you are inevitably part of the buzz.

3 College Junior

Administration: I've never had issues with the police, but people are always on guard. We're wary of the consequences.


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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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