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Reviews 3933 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Cutting edge technology across campus. Libraries are massive and offer plenty of places to study.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The apartment buildings are numerous and on all sides of campus. You can get one close to your focused area on campus very easily. There is also a great variance in price range for different qualities.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The engineering scholarships at UIUC almost always go to minorities or women. If you are hoping to win one as a white male, good luck.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Cutting edge technology, ranging from the front of the biomedical sector to the agricultural sector, and especially the engineering sector is unbelievable.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather there is usually warmer than in Northern Illinois and sunnier! In the winter is doesn't get as bad but there are snow storms that can make it difficult to get around campus, but then you can just use the bus.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Illinois has great opportunities for finding internships, with many job fairs going on during the school year. It is also easy to get involved in clubs and to get involved with research. Professors are always available to talk to and love talking about their research and what they do. At Illinois I am never bored and have no excuses to not be participating in something that will benefit my future.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not receive nearly as much financial aid as I would have liked. It is very hard to compete for scholarships at such a big and prestigious school.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is always exciting and fun. Most of the dorms are very nice and comfortable. They are expensive, like most dorms, and apartments are usually cheaper.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is not much visible drug usage, though it depends on who you hang out with. Drinking is the most popular activity.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The need for a car is not that great. There are buses that can take you pretty much anywhere you would need to go.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Sometimes there is some crime, which makes me uneasy

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty average except for the new ones. The older ones are well kept and clean and a good experience depends on becoming friends with your floor mates. The new dorms are very very nice though

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There is something for everyone on campus. Its very easy to find a club that you enjoy (frisbee, ches, etc). Athletically the arc and crce are amazing and they also have other sports and clubs and such. As far as going out there are fraternity parties all the time and the bars are 19 to enter. Nightlife is always great, even without drinking.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: For the few times I had my car on campus I either couldnt find parking or I got a ticket. Its expensive as well if you stay consistently

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Most of the buildings and facilities are amazing and the really old buildings are renovated. I love being on most places on campus except the south end has a few older and not as appealing buildings. All the quads are very nice and the new dorms are amazing.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a large amount of diversity but it seems forced almost. I am an African American so dont take this wrong but there are a lot of black people that dont deserve to be in a world class university. I know they are trying to be diverse but not at the expense of quality of students.

3 College Junior

Administration: Honestly, it doesn't seem that strict here. If anything, it is not strict enough. There are dorms on campus known for partying - you don't have to be discreet about it. The University is, however, really big on their strict anti-plagiarism policy, which is fine except that it applies even in cases of completely unintentional plagiarism, which seems a bit harsh. I have not known anybody to have to deal with this, though.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are all kinds of people here - frat boys, sorority girls, pretty intellectuals, hippies, country boys, athletes, hipsters. Lots of attractive people on campus. The dating scene for LGBQ students here is not amazing, but it's not awful; there seem to be a good number of non-heterosexual people so it is not too bad. There are people from all around the world here.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: Champaign-Urbana is not the middle-of nowhere cornfield kind of place I thought it would be. It's certainly not a major city, but it is relatively nice. I live in Urbana and enjoy being able to walk to the farmer's market, the food co-op, downtown Urbana, and campus. There are some local festivals and cultural events, like Brews, Blues, and BBQ and the Sweet Corn Festival (which is more fun than it sounds). There is a small music and arts scene. There's not much shopping, but there are a few decent places. There aren't a lot of museums and things like that. However, there are MANY opportunities for outdoor recreation and a huge sports scene. It's also relatively safe in most parts of town near campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a fair amount of off-campus dining options here. There are a fair amount of chain-type places along Green Street near campus that are reasonably priced, along with some independent places. Downtown Champaign and Urbana both have some good, slightly more upscale options, but they tend to be a little bit pricier. Some of the best places are Golden Harbor in Champaign, a really great authentic Chinese place, Siam Terrace Thai in Urbana, Black Dog Smoke and Ale House in Urbana, Big Grove Tavern in Champaign, and Radio Maria in Champaign. There's not nearly as much variety in Champaign Urbana as there is in a major city, like Chicago, but there are several great, well-priced Asian places in particular, and there enough nice places to keep you entertained and interested.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: It rather depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for an endless assortment of Greek-scene-type parties/the frat scene, this is the place for you - there is a HUGE Greek system here and large parts of campus are dominated by this kind of partying. There is also an assortment of fratty sports bars on campus. If you're looking for something less dominated by that scene, there are some bars both in downtown Champaign and downtown Urbana that are for a bit of a more mature, graduate student type crowd that are pretty nice as well.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are plenty of computers all having the latest software.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Nice downtown area that is very close to campus. Lots of restaurants.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UIUC is a large university and so it is impossible to patrol completely. Therefore there are some places on campus that are unsafe, only for those seeking trouble though. Stay in lit areas and do not go out at 3 in the morning and you should be fine.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There were plenty of options on Green Street and others on University Street. There are also a variety of dorms where you can just purchase credit on your card and eat there. I don't think any places offer student discount, and because it is on campus, the prices are relatively high. But, considering you are away from home, it's convenient and there are good options. I am a vegetarian but never had problems finding food on campus (although I did avoid dorm food for that reason).


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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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