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Reviews 3793 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Dorms are the best place to start your college career. You will meet all your future friends there

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Diverse student body, both international and national. Additionally all races are represented on campus. Plenty of people to meet and fall in love with

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Urbana Champaign is primarly a college town. With a low cost of leaving, its an ideal place for students. Illinois is home to the world largest communities of Greek system. If frat and soritory life is not for you, Illinois offers over hundreds of student led clubs (Social or professional). With no need for a car, students will be close with each other and be able to socialize on a daily basisi

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The atmosphere is very happy and open, due to how diverse the campus is and how many different majors the school incorporates.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Health Center at UIUC is a good center, however its location makes it more unappealing. Many students simply refuse to walk/take the bus to the far location.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are many really good computers on campus, but there are also some computers I consider average. For using engineering-based programs, the better computers perform very well.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Nightlife at U of I is active pretty much every day of the week. There are a decent amount of bars on campus all within a couple blocks of one another and if you're 19 or older you can get in. There is one place called the Canopy Club in Urbana where you only have to be 18 to enter. Cover is usually only $5 and there's some kind of event every day of the week at different bars to encourage people to go. Parties are not hard to find if you know where to look. The only downside is the noise level near the bars.


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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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