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5 College Senior

Majors: but the U of I takes it seriously. I absolutely love this program and the amazing people in charge of the department.

5 College Junior

Academics: HDFS Rocks – My major is Human Development Family Studies and I am in the College of Aces, Agriculture Consumer Evironmental Science. I love my major, for starters. There are many occupations and fields you can take on. Such as, family therapist, social worker, case worker or you can even go into law and become a lawyer for families. The major itself is fun. You learn so much, from babies and how they develop to close relationships and families and their issues. It is very interesting and I do not regret choosing this as my major, very much worth it.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – The campus at UIUC is extremely diverse -- you will find people from all over the world, who grew up in different cultures, which is really cool! There is a great variety of people. It's great to talk to people about their different lifestyles and traditions.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: No Dull Night. Bars, clubs, parties, and etc. There is always something to do at the U of I. People walk around at night and have a good time. Drunk people become extra friendly =)

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorming Around – I had two different dorms because I was that cool!

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Because I go to a university that is more focused on the sciences, the English majors often go unnoticed. However, the program here is engaging and fun, and the work feels very valuable.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Tons of Drinking. There is a great deal of drinking on campus, especially in underage students. Because of the sheer number of students, it is hard to control drinking, but it is evident that administrators and law enforcement are doing what they can to control the problem.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love It Here – There are some aspects of the school that I don't like; there are a lot of parties, and that can make a person feel very uncomfortable. However, there are lots of great aspects of the school; the coursework is challenging, yet exciting. and there are people from all walks of life, so it's easy to get to know lots of different people

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Process Was Very Tricky – It hasn't been easy getting all my financial aid from the University of Illinois. The process is pretty slow, and it needs to be faster in order to more easily accommodate the student's needs.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Not Great but Edible – The food in the dining halls are definitely better than others. There is variety in each of the dining halls but meals do get repetitive throughout the year. The best dining hall is PAR which has stir fry and burritos that are super good. It is hard to eat healthy in the dorms but if you make it a priority it is possible.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers work very well and there are so many on campus. There are some in each dorm and also in all places that you can study. They do get crowded during different time periods, but overall they are almost always accessible.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Green Street – Green Street has the best options for off-campus dining. You can walk there from any part of campus and has many options for whatever you are in the mood for!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Skip a Car If You Can – There is parking possible on campus, and parking lots scattered throughout. And UIUC campus is pretty big, so you might think you need a car, but you really don't. Once you are here walking is really easy, or taking the bus. It is silly to take a car to class unless you have projects or live off campus. If you are on campus, I'd skip the car because the MTD bus system is free and you can walk anywhere pretty quickly.

5 College Senior

Academics: I consider the academics at my University premium quality. All of the courses are interesting and have VERY knowledgeable professors. The general education courses are extremely interesting and honestly could lure any student from the current major(s).

5 College Senior

Transportation: Transportation on campus is ideal. The bus services are efficient as well as some of the taxi services catered to students. The buses come often and usually on time. With the routes having been redone a couple years ago, its really efficient and gets the students where they need to be.

4 College Senior

Academics: Animal Sciences – Very demanding major but also really informative. All required classes for my major are dynamic because it gives you a general knowledge as well as in depth information regarding my major and related classes. I feel like most people who go into this major do not graduate limited in career options because Animal Sciences is a broad field anyway, but also because the curriculum really does prepare the student for a variety of careers. That's accomplished because the coursework is demanding and dynamic.

5 College Junior

Technology: Pretty much every building has a computer lab with printers readily availble. You dont even need to worry about paying at the moment because they can just charge it to your student account!

5 College Junior

Majors: i am extremely happy with program I am in. The college of applied health sciences is a very small and helpful college with great advisers! They are definitely helping make my career goal of becoming a PA a reality!

4 College Junior

Local Area: Champaign is a college town. The local area is pretty much separate from campus however, the local area is not the safest area. Never travel there at night alone. On campus, the nightlife is pretty great. Its a pretty big party school so you will always see people outside making it feel a little safer!

3 College Junior

Weather: We get all types of weather. When it snows, its super cold and icy but classes are still in session. It also rains a lot. However, when it is nice outside, everyone will be out there! It makes walking to class a lot more enjoyable and where you want to spend your free time!

3 College Junior

Diversity: Overall, I think the diversity at UIUC could be much better. However, acceptance is rarely an issue, although some of my gay friends have dealt with some adversity at some of the bars, which is really quite disturbing. Each of the dorms have student diversity groups that create a safe space to discuss all types of backgrounds and the issues that may arrise for various students. I think the University does a lot to make sure everyone feels welcome.

4 College Junior

Technology: Wide access to computers in good condition. Wireless access across campus, occasionally the service is sketchy in some of the dorms. Printing can be a little pricey, I would recommend bringing your own printer - but printing services are widely available at each of the UIUC libraries.

3 College Junior

Majors: I have an amazing private instructor, but the overall program is lacking in focus and organization. The school is poor at recruiting motivated young musicians, and it can be very difficult to find peers who are as willing and capable of true musicianship as they should be. Overall, I have been bored by my classes - as they have been far too surface-level, and astonished at the inadequacy of the administrative offices. However, the quality of the professors is top-notch, and there is a pocket of very talented students. As a student, I hold on to those two things when I'm frustrated with the other disappointments.

2 College Junior

Weather: Long Winters and NO Summer – It snows a lot in here, winters are long and very snowy therefore making going to class a very arduous task. It is not a good weather for doing much exercise either, just go to the gym and stay in there since everything else would be piled with snow most of the time. Riding bicycles is a mess due to the frozen roads and the risk of accidents. Not very fun

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are Fantastic – There are so many buses at U of I that can take you most ANYWHERE. It is a fantastic system and I have heard many times that it is the best system for a college campus in the United States. Buses arrive exactly on time, schedules are posted electronically and updated upon arrival at most bus stops, and there are apps you can download on your smartphone to check for schedules as well. You can go off and on campus with the bus system here!


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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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