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4 College Student

Health & Safety: You don't see as much crime as you would in Chicago but you have a robbery here and there which mostly happen and night & especially during FINALS since there are not a lot of people around because they are at the Library studying! Buddy system is your best option during finals!

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are many dinning halls that you can go to and every one of them has different theme of food so you can go which ever you feel like. Their is soul food, asian cuisine, etc. There are also the cultural houses that you could go and eat they each take a turn and serve food from restaurants its really good! After a while you will get bored if you go to the same dinning hall so I suggest you try different ones!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: buses every 10 minutes and basically everywhere. Also have saferides that can give u a ride late at night

5 College Freshman

Majors: I would definitely choose my major if I did it over again! My career goals spread far and wide because of the many opportunities I have already been lucky to be in. Architecture is known for not having any job offerings, so the U of I is already preparing us to be as diverse as possible for jobs in surrounding fields.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: My school is known for being one of the most diverse Big Ten school and everyone who goes here agrees. Since we are so wide in diversity, everyone fits in somewhere.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life here is very strong. Even though I am not involved in any sororities, it seems like Greek is surrounding me everywhere I go. Being the non-Greek, my view on Greeks have changed since I have came here. I used to believe that every single Greek was only in college for the party. While some Greeks are like this and have parties every weekend, there are many other chapters, usually concentrated to studies like the engineering or architectural Greek chapter, that give to the community and college and strive to make a good impact on the U of I. It seems like every type of Greek housing is offered here.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: The Undergraduate Library is almost always open and has more than enough computers available to students. There are also computers available at residence halls for students to use. There are printing machines at almost all locations where there are computers. All you need to do is log in and the printing fee is added to your student account or you can pay at the circulation table. Although students are not allowed to have their own wireless routers, in rooms where there are three students or more, Resident Advisers will usually allow them to have a wireless router since the amount of cables needed for Internet and the way they would wrap around the room can get quite ridiculous.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Green life is a pretty big part of the college experience at U of I but there are also the bars that allow entry to 19-year-olds. U of I students are lucky to have so many options when it comes to entertainment. Students can usually go to frat parties if they know someone in the house even if they are not a part of the Greek life. However, studies remain a priority for students, whether or not they are members of frats/sororities.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone tends to dress similarly. Girls either wear uggs and yoga pants and guys rock the sweat pants

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot to choose from. It is easy to find apartments but you have to begin looking in the beginning of the year. It is difficult to find apartments of 3 or less people without it being too expensive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is not much of a variety and sometimes the food tends to be more on the unhealthy side. However, there is a lot of different places to go eat with dining hall meals. If one day you don't feel like eating what is being served at your dining hall you can take the bus and go to another residence hall.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's definitely not my favorite. Busey-Evans food sucks. And there's a lot of unhealthy options (flavorless btw). But there's a lot of places to eat out at on Green Street and further.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's a pretty safe campus. I walk around on campus by myself at night and nothing has ever happened to me.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Although there are a lot of clubs in U of I, but they are not very easy to apply. Especially not open to International Students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is very big that it is very hard for new freshman to find the buildings that they are looking for all the time

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The library of UIUC is one of the best. It has different libraries for different students who are at different year level. For Undergraduate Library, students can sit around a table and discuss their group project with TV screen on the first floor. While on the ground floor, you can also find a quite space for self-study. There are many officers there who are meant to help students. Such as Writing Workshop, where you can upgrade your essay with them and Research Assistant, who can help you to find the books and essays you are interested in.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Although, I have never lived off-campus, I am told it is cheap and livable.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Whenever there is anything going on like crimes, the students get notified.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am in the College of Media majoring in broadcast journalism and the program is very good. The classes don't start right away but when they do, it gets right to what you want to study. The classes aren't that hard and demanding but they definitely take time to successfully finish. The college gives me a lot of resources for advice and internship opportunities. All the teachers are willing to work with the students 1-on-1 which is very helpful.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The campus has a lot of dining options and most of them are open until a decent time. There are also a good amount of well-known restaurants, like Noodles&Co. and Panera. The only bad aspect is the pricing. College students are always on a budget and the restaurants are too expensive at times. It's better to go to the little fast food options but even those can be pricey.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman year, I lived at Busey-Evans and it was clean and close to the Quad, but the atmosphere was very poor. Every door was closed at all times and the people didn't like to go out of the dorm. From what I heard, the rest of the dorms were a great time when meeting new people. My dorm was excellent for late-night deserts but dining halls, like PAR and the Ike, is very diverse. Bromley's dining hall has terrible food from what I heard from all of my friends who lived there. To pick the right dorm, it's hard to sort out all of your options but the six pack is good for social reasons but bad when it comes to proximity to the Quad. Busey-Evans is the closest to the Quad.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love the dining options off-campus! My boyfriend and I went to Destihl and 301 Mognolia for our anniversaries and both times were fantastic. It is a bit pricey but, all in all, it's worth it. Since we are college students, it's difficult to always having to get a car to drive a couple minutes but the drive is very reasonable in relation to the campus town. I definitely plan on trying different restaurants.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: During the fall/winter the weather is cold and rainy which makes it harder to go out or go to class but since the campus isn't that big so it makes it reasonable. But, during the spring/summer, the weather is beautiful and warm which makes it easier to do homework outside and hang out with friends.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are great, I don't think I've ever had a problem with finding food. Fairly cheap, nothing too much for a college kid.

3 College Freshman

Technology: I've never had good access to the computers, but when I'm around them they are fairly easy to use. It would be nice if we got a couple free prints or something, printing at the library or other public places with computers is pricey.


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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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