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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The social scene is pretty great and it's really easy to meet people especially of the opposite gender.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty attractive and smart and loves their school and to have a good time. We go to U of I! Of course we are great!

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most students seem to be typical people. Nothing too special about all of us on campus, though all of us have our charms.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There is diversity but the majority are white. Everyone in Greek looks the exact same to me, and acts alike when they go out to bars. I found it difficult to make friends only from classes. I befriended my random roommate and we've lived together two years after. It's too hard to speak about 40000 people, to general.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most of the girls I see on campus are fairly attractive and, as far as I can tell, dress fashionably. I don't know about the guys though, as I'm a straight guy.

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U of I fits the bill for a Big 10 school in terms of its guys and girls. It is so huge that any attempt to describe a given “type” would be a generalization that obscures more than it reveals. The campus offers you many chances to meet intelligent, attractive men and women, though the brightest engineering minds have the reputation of lacking dating skills. That said, you are sure to meet many highly intelligent and socially competent engineers (some also highly attractive) in your classes—as well as liberal arts, art, and business majors who fit that description. There are also many interesting and cute international students, especially in the graduate programs.

Typical going-out wear for a guy includes a button-down long-sleeve shirt with jeans, while girls wear jeans and heels—some wear miniskirts, if the weather allows—with sexy tops. Even in the dead of winter, you will see some girls in nothing but a short dress and heels. As far as looks, most people find that there is no shortage of attractive girls, and certainly no shortage of those who are eager to flaunt it.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
McKinley Health Center offers birth control services for women who take a pelvic exam or have taken one with their previous doctor. The charge for most birth control pills is included in the health fee, which makes birth control very inexpensive and accessible for everyone. Free condoms are also handed out at McKinley and other locations.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The bars
  2. Sorority-fraternity exchanges (for those in the Greek system)
  3. Concerts
  4. Small discussion classes
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Frat parties
  2. Dorm rooms
  3. Dance floors
  4. Apartment parties
Social Scene
Generally, U of I students are very social and outgoing. It may be hard for shy students to stay afloat freshman year in such an overwhelming social atmosphere, in which friend groups do not automatically conform to residence hall floors or academic departments; dorms, classes, and student organizations are huge, so students have endless opportunities to make friends, but it is important to be outgoing and proactive. It is common for freshmen to stick with high school friends in the early weeks, making it even more difficult for some to make new friends when arriving to campus. But students are generally very interested in meeting new people, since the campus provides so many opportunities to do so.
Hookups or Relationships?
Hookups are prevalent on campus, but relationships are also common. However, relationships are generally more relaxed and less serious, as everyone here wants to date around as much as possible. Many people come to U of I with boyfriends or girlfriends at home or elsewhere.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
There are places to meet people all over campus. It is not unusual to meet people in class, as there are always topics for conversation and chances to meet up and "study." If class does not sound very romantic to you, there are people hanging out on the Quad or in the Union. These places are busy, and everyone is generally in a good mood and looking to hang out. Even though all of these locations are great for meeting people, it seems that bars and frat parties are usually where the action happens. On the weekends, nearly every bar on campus is packed with eager singles. To ensure that people actually meet others when they are sober, U of I hosts many events for freshmen students like First Night. At these events, all of the freshmen get together for activities at the Union or in their residence halls, which always leads to new friendships and relationships. If all else fails, you can always stake out an all-girls dorm cafeteria or vice versa.
Dress Code
Students here do not interest themselves too much in high fashion, at least not for everyday wear. Wearing a cute dress and heels is likely to draw more confused looks than praise. Visitors should expect to see a lot of jeans, sweatshirts, and U of I gear. The sense of anonymity on such a huge campus gives groggy students license to throw on outfits in the dark and run to class; there is little risk of running into your crush on the Quad. That said, every campus has its hipsters, and U of I is no exception. Although the "hipster" aesthetic here is often interpreted differently than in, say, New York City. You will see your share of bearded, plaid-shirt-wearing men and a lot of vintage boots and wool scarves. There are thrift stores in downtown Champaign, so have fun with fashion!

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 157 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 156 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 168 responses

  • 20% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 18% Casual dating at your school
  • 16% Long-distance relationship
  • 16% None
  • 12% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 8% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 4% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Casual dating at a neighboring school

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 48 responses

  • 36% Activities/Clubs
  • 33% Dorms
  • 22% Get to know them during Lecture or discussions.
  • 3% Talking during opening activites
  • 3% Church
  • 1% Greek Life
  • 1% Join Greek Life or conform

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 49 responses

  • 27% Ambitious
  • 22% Interesting
  • 22% Diverse
  • 14% Such a variety! Everyone's very open.
  • 12% Fratty
  • 2% Basic

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 46 responses

  • 36% Different organization or programs
  • 33% The bars
  • 13% Small discussion classes
  • 10% Parties
  • 7% Concerts
  • 1% Phone Apps

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 33% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 60% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 7% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 170 responses

  • 66% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 31% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 3% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 1% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
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