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Reviews 3800 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: U of I dining halls vary in how good they are. Many times students will catch a bus to go eat at another dining hall that is better, but they are all decent. The larger dorm complexes, Ickenberry and PAR, generally have the best selection and menu items. Anyone that lives in a campus dorm must purchase a meal plan. Unless you are a graduate student, you are forced to purchase a very expensive meal plan that runs at the cheapest around $5,000+ per academic year. The cheapest option, with 12 classic meals and 15 credits, is sufficient to live on and anything more isn't really necessary. There are as many ways to use credits as I would hope for, only certain stores accept the credits you're forced to buy. These stores have drastically expensive prices compared to the same items in the grocery stores. The quality of dining halls and food at U of I is good, but the prices are absolutely exorbitant this why I rate it so low.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Most students have their own labtops or desktops with them at the school, but the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign does have a decent amount of computer labs available. There are generally always open computers in the labs unless during finals week. As to printing, some students bring their own printers which makes printing very convenient. All the computer labs have a printer which students can use for 5 cents per page, charge applied to school account. I have my own computer, but just print my papers at a Univeristy computer lab and it works well. There printers in my dorm's computer lab have only been out of commission once. Internet connection is very good, and there is fast web browsing. There are slow download speeds though, coming in at only 800kb to 1.5mb per second. Even though download speeds are slow, the network has never crashed or given me any problems. Most dorms don't have wifi, but the libraries and most halls and classrooms do. A student could get by without a personal computer, but for conveniece and entertainment it is absolutely necessary. I'd strongly recommend having a personal computer, although one could get by without one.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received some financial aid including a work study. Unfortunately, all of the process is online and my work study was accidently declined. I called the financial aid office to get it back, but they told my that there was no way to "undecline" the work study so I was out of luck. This was the only real complaint that I had. If you submit the FAFSA as early as possible and you have decent financial need, you should get a decent amount of aid. On the other, I only had one scholarship coming into the college year and had to pay what wasn't covered by federal aid.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is not many people who are noticeable drug users at the University of Illinois has some. Even though they are the exception, the University doesn't do much to address drug use as much as other issues. The University makes first-year students attend various mandatory seminars that cover drinking alcohol, rape prevention & conseling, and diversity/inclusion. Even though drug use is not a surface issue, not much is done to address the issue, beside basic rules. There is a large drinking and party culture on campus and the campus acts appropriately. They send out emails to remind students to be safe and not drink underage, but whether students follow the advice is another matter.

5 College Junior

Majors: I'm in Earth, Society and the Environment and it is everything I could have asked for and more. I have a very good relationship with my advisor, so I'm able to work with him to make sure I take the classes that interest me most and not just classes I'd have to take to fulfill requirements. My major is a super small major so we're all a very close knit group and it's great seeing a friendly face in your classes. This major also extends into other areas such as geology, atmospheric sciences, and biology so it's very broad and easy to add another major if you're interested.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking is overly popular and can get in the way of events here at UIUC.

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.


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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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