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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: For the most part there are great places to hang out besides the residence halls. Popular places are the Union, Quad, the UGL or the Ike

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: For the most part, the campus is beautiful. Many of the buildings have been there for over 100 years, and there are all kinds of different building designs. The only real flaw I see with the facilities is that many buildings don't have air conditioning, including some of the dorms, which makes for a very uncomfortable first few weeks.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Everything is spacious and up to date.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The library is very large, but it isn't the best place to relax and study.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There is always something to do on campus. U of I is really great at accommodating everyone. Our athletic facilities are clean and big, catering to everyone's needs. There are over 30 libraries on campus as well as multiple bars.

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U of I’s campus has many places to keep students busy with daytime and evening activities. During the day at the Illini Union, students lounge between classes and eat in the basement food court, with a variety of food from Chinese to McDonald’s to Blimpie. The student bank and computer lab are here too, which is convenient for students who want to get work done between classes. In the Union’s basement the bowling alleys and the billiards area are student favorites. For students who don’t want to spend their nights at a bar, the Union is definitely a viable alternative. The gyms also attract many students; they’re up to par for Division I Big Ten athletes. Coffeehouses are always popular as well, especially the ones next to campus. Most offer wireless hookups, which makes them a great place for students to work and relax.

Beyond the gyms and arcade, the University’s greatest features are its beautiful buildings and grounds. From Foellinger Auditorium to the English Building, the buildings are aestheticially pleasing and interesting. Lined by striking brick buildings on all sides, the Main Quad maintains a classic feel with its tree-lined walkways and crisscrossed sidewalks, and the South Quad and Engineering Quad make the campus easily walkable. Students at U of I enjoy all the facilities the University has to offer, both in and out of doors.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,468 acres
Student Centers
The Illini Student Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Popular Places to Chill
  • Espresso Royale
  • Quad
  • Union
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
In the Student Union
Coffeehouse on Campus
Espresso Royale (Illini Union)
Movie Theater on Campus
Movies are occasionally shown (often for free) in campus buildings like the Illini Union at the Courtyard Café.
School Slang
  • The DI: The student-run campus newspaper.
  • Enterprise: The online class registration system.
  • Frat Park: The neighborhood in Champaign, near the Six Pack, where most of the frats are located.
  • Free Absences: What you use when you sleep in or watch soaps instead of going to class. Usually a teacher gives out about 2-5 absences before docking your grade.
  • GDI: Gosh-Darn Independents who won't go Greek, or something to that effect.
  • Late Night Pizza: The legendary ISR pizza that you will dream about for years to come.
  • Mallard: Online class notes and quizzes for foreign language classes.
  • Massmail: What you will get from the Chancellor every month, informing you and the rest of the campus about safety or world issues.
  • Mathematica: An online system if you take a high level math or chemistry class.
  • McKinley: The Health Center.
  • McKinley: The Health Center where you can go to get sick excuses for class, should your free absences run out.
  • Preacher Dan: The scary guy on the Quad who tells us we are all going to Hell.
  • The Quad: The name for the main area of campus, where the Union and major buildings are located.
  • The Six-Pack: Collection of six dorms that is known for its partying freshmen.
  • The Stacks: Nickname for the bookshelves in the main library.
  • Timetable: Online or book course description with times.
  • The Undergrad (UGL): The underground library for undergraduates.
  • Unofficial: Short for Unofficial St. Patrick's Day. A student holiday, celebrated because St. Patrick's Day usually falls over spring break.
  • Virgin Vault: What students call the all-girl dorms.
  • Wine Night: What people call Tuesdays at Clybourne.
  • "Illibuck": The "Illibuck" was a turtle that was used as trophy between the Ohio Buckeyes and the Fighting Illini. After years of changing locations, "Illibuck" unfortunately passed on, and he has now been replaced by new turtles: Sachem of Illinois, and Bucket and Dipper of Ohio State. These turtles maintain peaceful relationships between the two warring teams.
  • The Chief: The Chief was part of the U of I tradition for 70 years. He dressed in Native American garb and performed pseudo-Native American dances. Many activists felt that the Chief was racist towards Native Americans, since it used parts of their sacred culture for sport and laughs. The NCAA recently decided to mandate the elimination of the mascot, as well as similar mascots for several other universities.
  • Lincoln's Bust: Students with tests in Lincoln Theater often rub the nose on Lincoln's bust for luck. After decades of use, the glaze on the bust has been worn away, thanks to anxious test-takers.
  • Moms & Dads Weekend: Moms and Dads Weekend are two weekends out of the year in which parents are encouraged to come out and visit their children. There are different events planned, ranging from football games to flower shows and fashion extravaganzas.It may be a little stereotypical, but it is still a tradition. It is a good time to visit with your parents and show them the campus, and it is doubly nice because you don't have to worry about what to do with them, since the whole thing has already been planned.
  • Outdoor Movie: A couple times a year, U of I hosts movies outside on the Quad. People gather on the grass with blankets and food and just hang out. It is one of the students' favorite traditions, and it's also free.
  • Shoutouts: The student paper, the Daily Illini, used to run shoutouts every Thursday in its Buzz section. These shoutouts ranged from the funny to the romantic; the mean to the sentimental. They have recently been discontinued, but there is still a space for shoutouts to seniors in the graduation paper.
  • Unofficial St. Patrick's Day (aka Unofficial): A frequently referenced UIUC annual tradition with the original mandate of celebrating St. Patrick's Day early, since the holiday usually falls on spring break. Now it's a celebration of alcohol in which students drink all day. The goal for many is to drink before classes, after classes (or skip classes altogether), and as late into the night as possible before petering out. The party is usually snuffed out by exhaustion before midnight. The date of Unofficial varies from year to year, but it is usually the first Friday in March, and it is celebrated even when St. Patrick's Day is not over spring break! (People hardly observe the official St. Patrick's Day; some half-heartedly wear green.)
Urban Legends
  • Hugh Hefner supposedly donated all his Playboy issues to U of I.
  • The Assembly Hall was first designed by an architecture student. His teacher told him it was impossible and  flunked him. Now it is one of the most admired buildings in the nation.
  • The English Building is haunted by the ghost of a girl who used to live there. So far, she has only made the power go out. But she is scheming. She is definitely scheming.
Favorite Things To Do
The gyms are popular facilities and a good way to burn a few hours and calories. The coffeehouses around campus are also busy: some people drop by for a cup of coffee, others to chill with a friend, and some find it a good place to study. The Union is also a student favorite, as it offers good food, nice couches, a computer lab, a game room, and a small shop where you can buy everything from envelopes to chips. If the weather is nice, the Quad is also a comfortable hangout, and people sleep, study, and just generally relax in the grass. The Quad is a hot spot on campus, especially in the warmer months. There is always a demonstration, charity event, or celebration taking place—or at the very least, a game of Frisbee. The shops on Green Street range from second-hand clothing stores to tattoo parlors. If this isn’t your style, you can stop by IMPE (Intramural-Physical Education building) or Wimpe (nickname for Campus Recreations Center-East, or CRCE) for a workout or a swim. Krannert also stages plays regularly, ranging from classics like Hamlet to comedies like Once Upon A Mattress. Poetry and prose readings happen everywhere on campus, from Espresso Royale to the top floor of the school bookstore. Of course, the basement of the Union is the real social scene, equipped with a bowling alley, arcade, billiards, and snacks; it is a good place to waste a few hours.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are nearly 1,000 student organizations at U of I; a brief sampling of these appears below. For a full listing and description, including contact info, visit the Web site.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 103 responses

  • 20% Unofficial St. Patrick's Day (aka Unofficial)
  • 14% Moms & Dads Weekend
  • 12% The Chief
  • 11% Football tailgating
  • 9% Outdoor Movie
  • 9% Homecoming, Step show
  • 8% Lincoln's Bust
  • 7% Illinintes
  • 3% Reggae
  • 3% Cotton Club Variety Show
  • 1% Shoutouts
  • 0% "Illibuck"
  • 0% Jock Jams
  • 0% Block I
  • 0% Football games
  • 0% Marching Illini
  • 0% School songs
  • 0% Rich History
  • 0% Illinites
  • 0% Unoffical,Cotton Club, Homecoming, and Movies

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 254 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 101 responses

  • 18% Meet new people
  • 14% Walk the quad
  • 12% Hang out with friends
  • 10% Go to parties
  • 9% Go to the gym
  • 8% Restaurants
  • 8% Club events
  • 7% Bars
  • 7% Sit in the Union/ Union porch
  • 3% Watch sports with friends
  • 2% Tailgating
  • 2% Sit in Granger
  • 0% Frisbee at Washington Park

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 103 responses

  • 71% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 26% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 3% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 241 responses

  • 43% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 54% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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