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Reviews 3569 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The UoI has some really great facilities, but some are a bit old. Still, the staff keeps everywhere in cleanly order.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty diverse community of guys and girls. You'll find someone you like here. There is a definite rural presence, though.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: To say it simply if you live on campus you don't need a car that much. If you live off campus, you need to apply for on campus parking permits literally the first minute you can because they will disappear in the blink of an eye.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Campus strictness is pretty average for the most part as long as you're not being a public disturbance or threatening the lives or well-being of students they don't crack down too hard on you. The best idea is to just never drink in your dorm, and if you do have an extremely well placed hiding spot. Also, never try and illegally download anything on the university server they'll catch you every time.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is great, such a variety and so many places to choose from. On Green Street you can get anything from Pizza and hamburgers to Chinese and Indian food all on one strip. If you'd like to venture farther off campus the mall area is brimming with restaurants like Olive Garden and the Outback Steakhouse. The best thing is the buses will drop you off right in front of most places.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Illinois students and staff are without a doubt very passionate about our athletics. Of course while sports like football and basketball get the most attentions there are always students garnering support for the less emphasized sports. The familial feeling you get at games is great. While our teams may not be the best, you're always guaranteed great games.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is always available. Buses are often on time and digital signs keep track of their arrival times.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: off campus housing is great and not as expensive. However, it is away from campus!! So not as social off campus, but still able to manage.
There are always buses to take you on campus and back.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have witnessed alot of my friends take the drugs but not a whole lot of people take it.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There are so many international people that I would get along very well with. We would share the same hobbies and such. There are all types of diverse background.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: This goes back to the same topic and issues addressed in high school. Develop self-awareness and understand the person you are and who you want to be. Yes, drugs are around if you are seeking. Alcohol is even more prevelant in the culture. However, if you don't have any desire in participating in any of these activities there are plenty of other opportunites to develop. The privilege of a large campus is that there are lots of different people who have plenty of different interests.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Some buildings are older than others and it depends on if the university can get funding for renovation as well. So, the more well-endowed colleges such as business and engineering have nicer buildings. Certain libraries are nicer than others. Overall, none of the buildings are too bad in which they could compromise your safety.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: There are a decent amount of scholarships that the university offers. It takes time and effort to apply and competition might be high, but it's well worth it if you are selected as a receipient.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It really varies from each landlord. Some charge more for rent than others based on different factors. I had CPM last semester and the services was below average. They were slow in responding to our maintanence requests as well as providing services that were promised. As a word of caution, I would shy away from them.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of variety for the off-campus dining experience. Although there are plenty of on campus restaurants, sometimes exploring the options outside can be quite fun. In addition to downtown Champaign you have the other side of Urbana as well. There is a selection from asian to burgers. The cost is relatively cheap with some stores that give discounts to students.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The atmosphere is very accepting of all people of different types. There are restaurants and activities for everyone. There is little interaction between the locals and the students.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The admission process is not abnormally hard for the psychology department. If transferring to another college, you must complete a certain set of classes and receive a certain GPA in these classes.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am very pleased with my academic program. I enjoy the classes that I have taken so far. I am studying psychology for Animal Behavior. I am concerned that because there is not a specific Animal Behavior program that I may have trouble getting a job in the future.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There is a wide range of majors here at the University of Illinois, but I have heard of students not having the major they are interested in such as Animal Behavior and Criminal Justice.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The university dining halls are very understanding of various allergies. I have a gluten intolerance and it is very easy to see which foods I can and cannot eat because of the dining hall app. They also have a fridge that has gluten free products that I am able to substitute into my meals.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The housing in the Champaign-Urbana area is pretty varied. There are both cheaper, lower-quality places and relatively pricey, higher-end places. That being said, I think that you're bound to find whatever you're looking for, whether it be renting a house or leasing an apartment. The nice thing is that you're probably never going to be too far from campus, especially considering the convenience of the bus routes in the area.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The public transportation around campus is great for the most part. At times the buses get over crowded to where you end up late to your am class, and the professor lectures you on how important it is to arrive on time. They have late night buses they call, "SafeRide" which is a huge plus when being out late.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: People get really pumped about sports, and are exciting

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is really good at U of I. There are always buses running, and there is Safe Rides, which will pick you up as long as you're 2 blocks from a bus stop.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The CUMTD has buses going all the time. It's easy to grab a bus once you learn the schedule and it only takes around 5 minutes to get to classes on the Quad.


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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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