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  • 08/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    61 out of 61 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Health and Science related students

    Tips for prospective students

    Try everything that this college has to offer. It's only as fun and exciting as much as you want it to be.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a really good university for medical degrees. I know there's other majors that it's really good too but I'm a pre-med and I just stick to my area. You really have to go out and look for what you need. What I mean is you have to join clubs and activities to get the most out of your money. I know now a days college is expensive and this place has a pretty good price compared to other universities near the area. In the end, it's up to you on how much you milk out your college experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    I dorm and find the dorm life all too exciting. It's a blast. You never have a dull moment. The only problem is if you don't like your roommate which could cause some trouble. But, you can always request a room transfer or dorm in a single. As for activities, there are too many. UIC has frats, sororities, clubs for majors, special interest, etc. FNL, Friday Night Live, is also a nice event that gives you something to do Friday night. It's like a mini-carnival.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are great. All professors are required to have a few office hours open for students to ask for help. If you don't have to see you professor, you can always ask your T.A. They have to have office hours too. I find the T.A. helpful because they are students too and usually give you ideas on how to student certain materials. Also, UIC has a lot of private learning resources and sessions on how to study better.

  • 07/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 out of 33 people found this review useful. 2 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Professional medical students will get the most out of UIC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider living in some sort of apartment rather than in the commons buildings. The dorm hall JST is more expensive, but a lot nicer.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is great, especially if you are in the medical professional field. The dorms are way overpriced. Apartments in the area may seem expensive, but in the end it is about the same price to live in a dorm for 8 months as it is to live in an apartment for 12. Money will be best spent living in JST, MRH, or TBH. The commons halls need lots of work.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are a lot of great campus activities, and being in the city is sure a plus. There are frequent crime alerts, but if you carefully plan your trips and stay in good areas you will be fine. The cheaper dorms are sub par. There was always something broken in the bathrooms on my floor which caused frequent flooding, but the work staff was usually pretty good about getting it done. The campus scenery isn't something to brag about; most of the buildings are tan with black windows.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are very knowledgeable. A lot of them encourage everyone to take advantage of their office hours, and they are always there when they say they will be. It is always important to check out your professors on ratemyprofessors.com as some teachers are definitely a lot better than others. Each teacher has his own teaching style and expectations, so make sure you are clear on what exactly those are and you will be fine.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    24 out of 27 people found this review useful. 3 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All types of students. Great diversity. Top 5 diverse university in the US.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early!!

  • 01/25/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 4 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Awesome for anyone wanting to go to grad school in dentistry, pharmacy, medicine, physicla therapy, or any medical field really. The science department are strong and well known. It would be great preparation for grad school to study here and do research and activities that are offered.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to learn time management. It can be hectic taking a full load of science courses, especially if you are a pre-professional school applicant. Make sure to ask for help BEFORE it's too late. Many TA's and Professors are willing to help students who know how to ask for it nicely and in a timely manner

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition here is more than reasonable and so much cheaper than competing schools, and we have to same resources.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being in the city, and so close to the excitement of downtown. There are so many things to do from eating at exotic restuarants, going to the movies, or seeing musicals and plays.

    Am learning a lot

    UIC is a great learning environment if you are able to use the resources offered to you. It's not always easy, and the classes are tough, but it's a great learning experience.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    14 out of 25 people found this review useful. 5 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    everyone

    Tips for prospective students

    Do everthings on time

  • 01/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 6 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any one who wants to learn, and is willing to put forth the effort to succeed!

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy yourself! Plus, make friends with students who know how to study! Study for your classes all the time so you don't end up cramming at the last minute...it never works! Also, give yourself set times to quit the books and relax!

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get your money's worth out of this school. As mentioned before, all professors are there to help you. They won't shirk their duties by letting class out early because they didn't plan enough material, but go into deeper detail so you better understand the material.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is plenty to do, and tons of opportunities to join clubs and fraternities. The student body is very diverse, and no one is looked down upon for being 'different'. Great experience overall. You can have fun and learn tons at the same time! And, you will make lasting friends who are very supportive of you.

    Am learning a lot

    The learning atmosphere is great! The professors, TA's, and tutors all want to help you, and they let you know it! Most respond to emails promptly, and the professors are always accommodating when it comes to office hours.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    12 out of 22 people found this review useful. 7 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Yes indeed

    Tips for prospective students

    Excellent in every aspect of their delivery

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    11 out of 23 people found this review useful. 8 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    students that never give up and keep on learning

    Tips for prospective students

    really want to go there

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 9 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Focused on their education. Great for anyone looking for a medical career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't skip class. Do your homework on time. Don't procrastinate. Get involved in clubs and organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    Education is really good and worth the money it costs. A bit pricey depending on your major and where you are rooming though.

    Am enjoying being here

    Definitely not your typical college. I dorm in Courtyard and it is a bit run down there. It is very nice with the cluster style living but the quality is better in other dorms. There is always quite a bit going on though. The activity fair at the beginning of the fall semester really shows you all of the clubs and organizations that are around campus. A lot of your typical college activities are more hush hush than on other campuses. Also, since it is in the city safety is definitely a huge point. I've received many crime reports via email. However, you just have to be aware of your surroundings and use your common sense to be fine.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers explain the materials pretty well and are very easy to get in contact with if you do have any questions. Just actually attend class, take notes, and pay attention and you will be fine. There is usually a T.A. but I found that they really help and allow you to have a better understanding of the topics. It is also nice because your going to be in a smaller group with your T.A. than with your Professor.

  • 06/29/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 10 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people who want to go into Nursing and Pharmacy . Also, everything in the Medical field is very good.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early, start looking for scholarships, and get a good ACT score

    Bang for the buck

    It is not that expensive comparing to other schools because you will have fun and enjoy being there. There are a lot of activities and it is worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    Yes you will because it is in Chicago. It has a lot of places to go and activities to do.

    Will learn a lot

    Yes because it is taught by mostly professors. I got a chance to see a classroom and I liked it because they are not big class sizes and you actually get to see who is your teacher compared to other big schools.

  • 06/21/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    8 out of 17 people found this review useful. 11 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    good students achieve alot in life

    Tips for prospective students

    good students

  • 12/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 12 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone, especially those considering a career in the medical field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get out of those bad study habits such as waiting to the last minute to write a paper because it's alot of work and reading. Get involved with different activites or clubs and I would consider living in the dorms, I personally don't live there but have friends that do and it's a good experience.

    Bang for the buck

    UIC is known as a research school and it's a very good school for anyone interested in a medical field. College now a days are very expensive and the tuition is pretty good compared to other schools. You definately will not be wasting money on your education here at UIC it's a great school. Definately take advantage of all the activiteis and clubs to join so that you can get your money's worth other than just education.

    Am enjoying being here

    I don't dorm, I commute and I love being here at this school, it was a very good choice and I'm glad I chose this school. The commute is enjoyable, I do not live too far, I enjoy exploring Chicago and the campus when I don't have classes. There are so many great people here that you will meet and I especially love the diversity. There are alot of activites you can get involved with here, sororities, fraternities a dance team cheerleading and plenty more. College is all about what you make it to be join clubs a frat or sorority to get to know more people other than being in classes.

    Am learning a lot

    I've had some great professors my first semester here. The TA's are always there if you need help and also the professors. If you ever needed help or questions about the class you can always see your professor or TA. The professors and TA's have office hours when you can go see them if you needed help with anything. I learned alot from my professors and TA's. We have alot of resource centers to help you for further assistance.

  • 01/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 13 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Every student will find something they love about UIC. It is a college of many different capabilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    One should apply early at UIC. Especially if you are dorming, the application needs to be in as soon as possible so that you will be able to get the best room possible.

    Bang for the buck

    UIC may be somewhat expensive, but the quality of the education is worth it. UIC offers so many different organizations and opportunities to students that they may actually be making money by the end of their experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love UIC. I never really wanted to go here and it was definetly not my first choice, but I love this school. It is quite diverse and open minded along with being a great learning atmosphere to students who may need extra help. UIC offers learning centers for almost every subject, and the TA's and teachers are always willing to help students out.

    Am learning a lot

    I love attending UIC because each course is a different learning experience. I find the professors are quite helpful and explain things well. Sometimes the Teacher's Assistants are difficult to understand, but after a while you will become accustomed to their accents.

  • 01/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 9 people found this review useful. 14 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you enjoy being challenged and having a diverse group of friends this is the perfect university for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, check blackboard often and try to live on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    As long as you pay attention in lecture you will learn useful information and random facts.

  • 01/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 15 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're willing to try something new and exciting and experience the city life- UIC can fulfill that. One short bus ride can put you in the middle of the city and you'll be standing the awestruck. There is so much exploring to do in and around the UIC campus. Every day is a new learning experience -inside and outside of the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you research UIC and see if it is right for you. Once you commit to a college, it becomes your second home. Choose wisely and look into whether they're programs will meet your needs. Don't think Am I right for UIC? but instead question yourself Is UIC right for me? You are investing in your future and your college should fit your needs. UIC has definitely fit my needs and I consider it a great investment in my future. Therefore, it was my first and last choice.

    Bang for the buck

    Most definitely! This is by far one of the best aspects of UIC. Money plays a big factor for prospective and current college students. Along with looking at UIC's tuition and etc, I also looked into their scholarships for incoming freshmen. They have opportunities for scholarships whether need or merit base which helped out a lot my first year at UIC.

    Am enjoying being here

    Along with the diversity, the professors are also point in favor of UIC. So far, my professors have all been very enthusiastic about their students' goals. They, along with the Teacher's Assistants, are there to help you in any way they can. They are always available outside of class for any additional assistance that is needed for our excellence. I gave it 4 stars because initially it is quite difficult to form a close knit of friends. The campus is big, therefore people you may know may be on the opposite side of campus which may leave you feeling like you're the only one out there. However, once you get the hang of it and get with the program, you'll find something to do with free time and in no time will find people in classrooms and in hangout areas.

    Am learning a lot

    UIC doesn't only provide a world class education, but a world class experience. I come from a community where there's practically only one race. When I entered UIC, I realized that the campus provided an opportunity for me to interact with a wide array of people. I've met people who are complete different from me, yet we manage to have a few things in common which helps me build life long bonds.

  • 04/01/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    6 out of 8 people found this review useful. 16 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Student that love to learn and want to teach others what they know.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just apply and see what happens.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm hoping that I can get all the money (scholarships) that I can.

    Will enjoy being here

    I know I will enjoy myself. From what I hear, this college is a great school in a great city

    Will learn a lot

    I think that I will. When I do apply and get in, I expect to be taught more than what I know.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 17 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    You have to be open minded here. The school is SO diverse. ignorance will put you behind. Many of the students here are international, and/or speak multiple languages.. including professors. You need patience and spontaneity. You're going to bein the city, so might as well enjoy it for everything its worth. Also, this school isnt a party school, and the social life is difficult.. My best recommendation would be to get involved. There are so many activities and sports, and that is honestly the easiest way to meet people here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do alot of research on the dorm/area you plan on living in and learn the bus routes. Its okay to get lost... sorta. hah You end up finding new restaraunts, short cuts, and parks. Rainboots and bustracker are your best friend.

    Bang for the buck

    although the tuition is great and I love the experience, the meal plan in the dorm I live in is sub-par. Although I can eat at any of the locations, the most convenient one isn't the greatest. Also, the cost of living in the city is more expensive. My groceries cost twice as much. Learn to love your meal plan.

    Am enjoying being here

    The best part about being here is the free public transportation. You are in the city of chicago, a city of oppertunities. You can enjoy museums, galleries, parks, beackes, cultures, everything you can imagine. The diversity makes it alot of fun, and the friends you make will introduce you to things you never knew. For example, hardcore african food is spicy. and delicious. hah

    Am learning a lot

    Being that this university is in the city of Chicago, Many of my professors are undergoing vast research, not only involving the city but the world. You are always up to date with what is going on, and how the education of yesterday is much different from the knowledge we are getting today. Besides, the program I am in is in the top 5 in the nation. I am getting the best hands on education i could imagine

  • 03/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 18 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UIC is great for those wanting to pursue a career in the medical and even business fields.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class! Many students don't attend class because they think they know everything, it's boring, or they are too tired, but that is only going to hurt you in the end. Hey, if you're paying to be here, utilize everything UIC offers. It will be very beneficial.

    Bang for the buck

    The school does provide the students with many activities whether it for academics of just for fun. However, I think we pay just a little too much for the dorms, just because of the location.

    Am enjoying being here

    In high school, I knew UIC was where I wanted to be. Now, as a sophomore, there is no difference. I love the school, and you can always find something to do. People complain that it's boring here on campus, but it's really all about what type of person you are. You can't just expect the fun to fall in your lap. Trust me, if you find a few friends you can always find some way to enjoy yourself.

    Am learning a lot

    As much as UIC offers, it's hard not to learn a lot. Some of the professors may be be tough, but they are dedicated to their work, and have no problems helping you understand subjects better. They will even help you find outside resources, if you need extra help.

  • 07/03/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    5 out of 7 people found this review useful. 19 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    bring a coat

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 20 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Around the clock campus police are available.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students!

    Bang for the buck

    Its a great experience for what you pay for. For a university that's well respected for a price that should be expected.

    What to do for fun

    There is a huge recreation center with multiple basketball courts, racquetball courts, Yoga class rooms, swimming pool, weightlifting area, and a lounge center with a big screen TV with all the channels, plus a ping pong game room.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different popular fast food places like Subway and Wendy's; plus there is a great buffet provided by UIC for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for only around 7 bucks!

    Dorm Life

    Its a great way to make lots of new friends. Plus you get to live near downtown Chicago. Big rooms with great views!

    Academic Rigor

    Occasionally you will have classes that are easy going but most of the time classes are intense.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize all the resources that are available; they can be a great asset when looking for an internship and job towards your major.

    In three sentences

    Great resources. Many opportunities. A overall great experience.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 21 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UIC is a very safe campus. During orientation that tell students about campus police, and what to do if anything should happen to a student. There are emergency polls all around campus as well as an emergency number that will contact campus police.

    Bang for the buck

    Personally, I think UIC does it's job with providing services and academics for the amount students are paying. can't speak for everyone but I'm only paying about $300 this year. Of course, everyone's tuition is going to be different, but if you're living in-state, and applied for the FAFSA early on in the year, then chances are that your award letter shouldn't look to shabby. Again, this isn't always true. You have to take in a lot of other factors into account.

    Food and Dining

    Again, being a commuter, I don't eat school lunches. But I hear that the only good lunches are in JST. UIC does have restaurants located in SCE in a place called Inner Circle, but eating there everyday may not be your best option because it's all fast food and will hurt your wallet over time.

    Dorm Life

    Because I am a commuter, I don't live in a dorm, but from what I hear, the dorms in the Commons aren't that great. The only good dorms are located in JST, but that's in the west campus.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're a freshman, it definitely takes some getting used to if you're one to not study for tests, or go to the library to check out resources, and stuff like that. I'd suggest to put academics first; this is your education and you're paying for it so you might as well work for it. But don't try to do everything at once. Break assignments up into manageable parts and make things easier for yourself. Make a calender for due dates and work out a study schedule for each class.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to be proactive in order to get the most out of college, especially here at UIC. This is because UIC offers so many events, workshops, but they are not mandatory, so if you want to meet people who have similar interests, it's up to you to go and meet them.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Chicago is a very populated university, mainly consisting of commuters from Chicago and it's surrounding cities and suburbs. Resources here are plentiful and there is always something for everyone. All in all, college is what you make it, and this goes for UIC as well.

  • 11/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 22 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UIC is a big state school,many of the math and science lectures would have about 300 people.Go to professors' office hours,let them know who you are.UIC is for independent students who love to learn.It is also for those who enjoy the city life and like to have fun.Overall,UIC is a good school with lots of opportunities,you just have to take advantage of them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the resources the UIC has to offer.Go to your lectures and discussions since it is much easier to get the material in class then to try understanding the books.(Most books I used were extremely confusing).Go to ratemyprofessors,com and check your professors,that is how I got my amazing math prof).Also don't buy the books at the bookstore they are twice as expensive there rather, go to amazon.com.Also join the study groups or just study with a friend,it helps a lot.

    Bang for the buck

    Since UIC is a state school,the tuition isn't very expensive.I got a full ride with decent grades and some financial need.Besides there are lots of scholarships for the continuing students as well.I would recommend joining the Honors College,they have their own scholarships and volunteering opportunities.Moreover,the school is huge so there are always on-campus jobs available.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have never expected that college would be so much fun.Of course in the beginning it is very hard to manage your time but once you get used to the college life,it is much easier.Besides the interesting classes there are always events you can attend during the day.Night life is also pretty vibrant since the school is in Chicago,where there are many clubs and dances.People are friendly for the most part,the college is very diverse.There are also lots of opportunities like internships,fellowship,study abroad,volunteering and different scholarships.I really enjoy studying at UIC.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at UIC are very challenging,but you will learn a lot.Most of the professors actually care about the students and are willing to provide any additional help they might need.I should say that all of them are very knowledgeable in their field of study,90 % have PhDs.English professors give you valuable feedback on your work,math and science professors try to give you the basic ideas about the concepts.However,there are professors that suck,but in that case try to get a good TA.Go to the discussion and ask questions,that way you will learn more.Besides there are always other resources like math and science learning centers where you can clarify something you didn't get,besides tutors(most of them are TAs) there can help you do your homework:)

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Commuters near the city of Chicago, or anyone looking to get a great education for a lower cost than competing schools.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The library just opened up the Idea Commons, which has become my favorite place to relax and do homework. It's got a warm, modern feel to it with white boards on the walls for students to use.

    Bang for the buck

    Really inexpensive school compared to others when it comes to a state University. A lot of students come here because it's not as expensive, but quickly find out that the school has tons to offer even though tuition is low.

    Food and Dining

    The main student center has a few restaurants such as Subway, Wendy's, and a pizza place. The school is also located on Tailor St., which is full of any restaurant you can imagine.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't personally lived in the dorms, but lease an apartment near the school. It's mainly a commuter school so you'll meet a lot of people from the suburbs, but there are always school and out of school activities to bring everyone together.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but doable. You'll have to work towards that A and the school offers many different classes that vary from difficulty in both workload and what is to be expected. You can always tailor your schedule to your needs (whether you live on campus or commute) and there are always open resources to help you in case you have trouble with a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to check out the campus ahead of time. Although small compared to larger university schools, it sits right by Chicago. One of my favorite things is that I can see the Willis Tower (ahem, Sears Tower) anytime I walk between classes. Also, make sure to take full advantage of the various services, opportunities, and clubs that the school has to offer. You'd be surprised at what you find if you just look for it!

    In three sentences

    Although this is a commuter school, I love being here every day. The instructors are helpful and understanding of any situation you might be in and there are more opportunities on campus to get involved with than I had thought. You meet a lot of different people and will find that the school is great whether you are a commuter or resident.

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 24 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    greek life is very fun and can be a great way to improve your social life.

    Great for these types of students

    uic offers a variety of clubs pertaining to every culture and way of life.

    Bang for the buck

    millennium park is beautiful and has many things going on in the summer. all of the museums have free days a couple times a month. navy pier is always fun to walk around, enjoy the scenery. also there are many comedy clubs throughout the city, and improv clubs in places like wicker park.

    What to do for fun

    chi city is your backyard. you are given a u-pass, which allows you to ride all transportation for free. there is so much to do in the city,in the summer and winter. also many students have apartments on campus, so there is always something going on the weekends. greek life is also very fun.

    Food and Dining

    the food is decent, it could be better.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is very laid-back. it all depends on the people you meet. it is a commuter school so not that many dorm, and also many people go home on the weekends. if you find the right group of people you will be set.

    Academic Rigor

    the curriculum is challenging at times, but can also be very laid back. if you know what your major is then uic will put you on the right track in order to fufil those requirements. if you are undecided you are given many options to help you figure it out.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are not a city person, do not attend here. use all the help resources you are offered. so many people are here to help you and it is a shame to not use that to your advantage.

    In three sentences

    the university of illinois at chicago is living up to my expectations. i love the campus and having the city as my backyard. the classes are challenging yet work-able.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 25 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i have not encountered any problems. however, i do receive many emails about people getting robbed. there are many crime alerts but other than that i feel safe walking around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs and activities to join. you just have to find the one that is suitable for you.

    What to do for fun

    at uic there is so much to do. you can get involved in so many way. everyday there is something new whether it is something that is happening in the quads or movies that they are playing for free in one of the student centers.

    Food and Dining

    i have tasted the cafeteria food probably twice. surprisingly, it is actually good. they also have other fast food restaurants such as wendy's, dunkin donuts, sbarros, subway, and a bunch of coffee shops.

    Dorm Life

    i can not rate the dorm life because i commute.

    Tips for prospective students

    if your up for the challenge, uic is the school for you. get involved in some organization to meet new people. meeting new people, getting involved and getting good grades makes the experience unforgettable.

    In three sentences

    uic is a good school. academics are great. however, it is a big school, so feeling lost and isolated is very common.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 26 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus can get dangerous late at night (lots of crime alerts).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On south-side of campus, there is a hot dog place on Maxwells. Many students that live in dorms there have to experience that place at least once (dont forget to get a student discount using your student id).

    Bang for the buck

    Near Greek town.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Chicago is your backyard! There are plenty of things to do such as dining, shopping, museums, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan is okay but can be pretty expensive. There are other fast food restaurants in the school and nearby (walking distance).

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. It is the best way to create new friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    As a biology major, my studying habits have drastically changed in order to be a successful student at UIC. The courses in science programs are very difficult and need dedication to the material and time to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend prospective students to be active during their undergrad. Join clubs and be dedicated to them. Also, be ready to change your studying habits.

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois at Chicago is very diverse. There are many programs and opportunities that are offered. This university is located near the downtown loop of Chicago.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 12 people found this review useful. 27 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who love the city life

  • 10/20/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 10 people found this review useful. 3 people found this inaccurate. 28 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    that is right

    Bang for the buck

    somehow it is good.

    Will enjoy being here

    Of course yeah. i am enjoying and relax.

    Will learn a lot

    yes ,i think so i will learn more.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UIC is great for students who aren't into the huge parties and athletics scene. There are some parties at UIC, but they are usually low key. Also, great for students interested in the sciences. UIC has a great medical program, as well as a good engineering school.

    Tips for prospective students

    UIC is a great school. They're isn't a huge party scene, and they're is no football team, which can be a big negative for some people, but I got over that and saw what the school has to offer. At UIC you meet so many different people, and have access to so many resources do to the location of the school and the centers on campus. They is also a wide range of fields of study, so if you change your mind about your major it isn't a big deal. I am having a great time at this school and would recommend it.

    Bang for the buck

    Although I am happy to be at UIC, I think the cost of housing is too high. I live in the older dorms, and the building seems to require constant maintenance in the form of fixing pipes, bleaching the floor, etc. in order to function. It smells bad every day, and I know several people who have gotten sick from mold in the walls and have been highly inconvenienced. Given all of this, I do not think I should be paying over $10,000 for my room. Nevertheless, the tuition is low compared to many schools, so for the commuters, which make up most of the students, they are getting a good bang for their buck!

    Am enjoying being here

    I like being at UIC mostly because of the people I am meeting. Everyone is very different, even though most of them are coming from the Chicagoland area. Additionally, it is fun to be located in the city, as well as having many opportunities because of it. Lastly, I am enjoying the classes I am taking, and appreciate the wide range of courses available.

    Am learning a lot

    I live on campus at UIC, and I love the way that living in the city enriches my education. For example, my english class was centered around the topic of immigration, meanwhile I am living in a city with tons of immigrants, and have some immigrants in my classes as well. Also, some of the classes I took last semester touched on similar information, which made everything more interesting. I feel that at UIC I am taking classes that, for the most part, are at the appropriate level for me, and my professors have been very knowledgable and approachable.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 30 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Graduate School Bound

    What to do for fun

    Go to the newly refurbished recreational center or go to our magnificent library were the books upon books will amaze you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and get very close to your professor because many of them are world renowned scholars.

    In three sentences

    Great university it mixing undergraduate and graduate experiences into one. I honestly believe that if you go to UIC and excel you will a top candidate for any graduate school of your choice.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 31 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    BSB is known as the most confusing building there. But I see it as an adventure place and somewhere you can go to the roof of and watch the sunset with someone or by yourself.

    What to do for fun

    Because UIC is in a convenient location near the downtown area, there's places to go to and have fun. There's multiple bus stops close by and we have a Blue Line station a few hundred yards away. We also have Little Italy and Greek town a few blocks away. There's also multiple events and activities to go to at the school itself.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of activities; friendly RAs and PMs. But the students do not take care of their environment and they constantly destroy property.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you ask many students, they will tell you that they hate this school. But ask yourself this, If they hate this school so much, why have they stayed for their four years or more? Don't procrastinate and don't skip any classes because I've had three friends already who have had to take required classes over again because they failed the class by not doing their work and never going to class.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a friendly environment with a good location to go anywhere from the movies to downtown to a grocery store. The people and teachers are friendly and they are helpful. The campus is beautiful with lots of places to just relax or go study.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 32 of 165

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is literally TOO MUCH to do in the UIC area. If you are bored sitting in your dorm walk outside, stroll around any main building of UIC and I can gaurantee you you will go home with at least a handful of fliers or information about upcoming events. Students often send massive emails inviting people out to things like games of extreme frisbee, football games, basketball games, video game tournaments; and thats just a few of the emails I actually read.

    Food and Dining

    The UIC area has TONS of places to eat! Including some favorites like Wendy's, Jimmy John's and Subway, as well as some local small restaurants that are just as good. If I didnt have time to place an order, I could literrally walk a block down the street to 7/11 and pick up anything my tastebuds craved for. UIC also has vending machines and microwaves inside most buildings so you can bring your favorite things from home or beef up your sack lunch with more goodies.

    Dorm Life

    Honestly some of the living arrangements that are at UIC might make you wonder whether you really want to live on campus or commute from home. For my first year I took part in the orientation program, where I got to spend the night at UIC in one of their student housing units where most freshman students get placed. The rooms were small and muggy, barely able to accomidate anything more than the two beds, two chairs and 2 desks that were in there, and leaving only about a 2 to 3 foot distance MAX between you and your roommate. The halls were narrow and, again, muggy. While walking to and from my room I would often get confused by the forever winding turns and corridors. The community bathroom was packed full of people constantly, with only two showers to service the entire floor of people who would sometimes line up outside the door. Taking a shower was hard to do when you always had someone leaving their junk in the shower and had to get dressed in the shower when you were done. Commuting from home took the stress off of these awkward cramp situations but didnt allow me to work long hours after class was over because I had to go back to the train station. It also made going to back to school on days when I only had one class or days when I only needed to work in the workshops for a few hours feel like a big waste of time, and I was often dragging all of my projects and tools with me on and off the train constantly. It also made it hard to get a job at UIC because I didnt want to work the days when I was at home and I couldnt work the days when I was at school there was simply not enough time. You have to figure out what will best suit your needs, taking into account your major, work schedule and desired living arrangements.

    Academic Rigor

    UIC provides a really good balance of utilizing challenging, new topics as well as topics to fine-tune your skills/knowledge. I am in the Art and Design program at UIC and though I already have acquired alot of drawing and sculpture skills throughout my life, my teachers always made each assignment more than just a display of my skills but challenged me to access my skills in a way that was totally out of my comfort zone, showing me what I am capable of and what I need to work on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research your possible majors and where they can get you a job. Donâ??t go to college just to have the â??college experienceâ?? or to just be able to say â??I have a degree.â?? Know what youâ??re getting into and whether itâ??s right for you. Where do you want to be in 10 to 15 years? If you do not know what you want to major in, go get inspired. Your major should be something you are enthusiastic about; passion is the key to being successful in your studies. Keep your eyes and mind open to the things that interests you. UICâ??s counselors, with their great knowledge of the majors and insight on what would be best for you, are great people to talk to about your future. Whatever you do, donâ??t chase careers that make the most money. Sure, you want to have a job when you leave college, but donâ??t try to major in rocket science if you hate math. Pick a major that you find exciting and interesting. With UIC providing work study and other career-related job opportunities, you can experience your interests first hand.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a fun and friendly envrironment that's easy to get comfortable in. Teachers and faculty are very helpful and there is always someone waiting and and willing to help you out. Although you are in college and classes can be a little stressful at times, UIC always has something fun to do to unwind on your down time.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 33 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    As I stated before, this university is truly a place for any type of student. As I walk to class I see students from all different types of religious and ethnical backgrounds, different nationalities, sports athletes, students in the visual and performing arts, students in the greek system, and numerous others representing the wide variety of clubs and organizations on campus. U of I has been very successful in representing all types of young adults so that any type of student can make the university their home away from home.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't give up if you're initially feeling homesick or intimidated by the big campus or large amounts of students. The place may feel foreign at first, but it will soon become your new home I can assure you of that! I felt very homesick and regretful of my decision for U of I at the beginning of my freshman year; I even contemplated moving back home and going to a smaller school. But I pushed through it and soon enough I could not have been happier with my decision to stay. Going from high school to college is great adjustment: you go from knowing everyone you pass in the halls, being a senior and on top of the social totem pole, knowing the town and the area you live in, to being dropped in the middle of this foreign campus with no familiar faces. Of course it will take a little bit of time to become comfortable, but it will happen. Your first year of college is a perfect time to practice your social skills and push yourself out of your comfort zone by meeting new people and building friendships. A lot of the friendships you create in these short four years will last throughout your entire life, so its very important you make the effort!

    Bang for the buck

    If I could go back and do it all over again, I 110% would! Compared to other community colleges and smaller universities, U of I is a bit more expensive- but it's worth every penny. This is the university in which you get the perfect balance between academics and social life. Although it is known to be a very academically prestigious school, the social activity on campus is not compromised by this- as we see in many other schools known for their academic integrity. I would recommend this school to all types of students, because there truly is a place on campus for everyone.

    Am enjoying being here

    I definitely am enjoying being here. This is a place fit for any type of prospective high school student. Even though it's a larger university, there is a place here for everyone. Myself, I came from a small, midwestern town that most people have not heard of. I was one of three students graduating from my class that went to U of I, so I didn't have very many people I could lean on once I moved on campus. U of I has done a great job organizing hundred of clubs and organizations so that every student can find their niche and feel a sense of belonging. Personally, I can be very shy and introverted initially so in the past it was sometimes difficult for me to meet new people. U of I's web of different groups and club made me feel at home almost right away because I was able to meet other students who had the same interests I did. I'm a senior year now approaching graduation and I can't believe how fast these four years have gone by!

    Am learning a lot

    University of Illinois has a unique way of pushing its students to reach their full potential and learn a great amount of new information, but doing it in fun and different ways so learning doesn't feel like a long, exhausting task. The interesting thing about Illinois is that it's extremely reputable for its academics, but this doesn't compromise its wealth of social interaction between the students. The students of Illinois work together in study groups, organize meetings with each other and utilize a variety of study resources available on campus. With all these outlets learning becomes not a chore, but a fun way in which students can push each other and themselves to learn things they never thought they would.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    stay within the vicinity and you should be safe. buddy system.

    Greek Life

    not that big, but enough to have good parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    a lot of clubs and activities to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    who love being in the city and can adapt quickly to unpredictable weather changes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    a lot of diversity that a lot of schools don't have.

    Bang for the buck

    cheap tuition for a good school.

    What to do for fun

    you're close to the city, so exploring the city and going to different restaurants is a must.

    Food and Dining

    good food, a lot of choices and variety.

    Dorm Life

    i was a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on what major you choose. medicine and pharmacy is competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure that you really want to go to a city school. i would recommend forming because commenting is hard, but more than half of the school commutes so it is do-able.

    In three sentences

    uic is a good research school that is not far from the heart of the city. theres a lot of diversity and a good mix between small and big classes. perfect for medical students to attend.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 165

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    since the school is in the city there is plenty to do for fun. the cta passes are a great tool to use to have fun because you can explore the city easily. exploring the city and enjoying its sights is a great thing to do when you are in the search of fun. the campus offers fun things to do to like go to the gym or bowling at east campus.

    Food and Dining

    the food here is pretty good. there is a good variety of food which is good for those who have a certain taste.

    Dorm Life

    it's great. the people i live with are nice and they are fun to hang with.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on the teachers they may give a lot of work or teach the lessons bad. it all varies on teachers and your learning style.

    In three sentences

    great location and is full of diversity. it is great to be at a place with diversity because you can meet so many different people from different cultures or regions.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are phones everywhere on campus for emergency calls, but off campus violence is more common that i would like to admit. when off campus watch your back and never travel by yourself at night.

    Greek Life

    not involved in that facet of the university so i cannot speak on it.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many i don't know where to begin. check out www.uic.edu.

    Great for these types of students

    anyone who wants to meet a great number people from all walks of life should attend this university. you will also get a lot more personal attention that you would expect from a larger university if you seek it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the underwear run is fun. you show up in what you want to donate to charity and strip down to your underwear and then run a mile.

    Bang for the buck

    i feel that although the cost of living is high in chicago, the cost of attending this college is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    it's chicago. the list of fun things to do is endless. i highly recommend getting involved in programs on campus depending on what your hobbies are. there are lots of great opportunities to get involved and meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    don't eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    never lived in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    you will learn to work your tail off at this college. i am in a very difficult field so i am a little biased, but learn to study efficiently. in other words, learn to work smarter not harder and never go at it alone. you need to form study groups of serious students.

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard and attend as many classes as you can. professors love students who attend class and ask questions, but don't ask stupid questions for the sake of trying to get noticed. read ahead if the professor assigns reading for classes prior to class at hand. also, utilize all academic resources that are available to students.

    In three sentences

    the university of illinois at chicago is a very diverse institution of higher learning. the professors are all very well qualified to teach very difficult subject matter. my only complaint about the college is the high cost of living in chicago.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    dilligent, hard working. Med/pharm/ and science really.

    Bang for the buck

    Its pretty expensive , even for in state! I will say that It is a well respected college, but I dont fully know yet if it is worth the money

    Food and Dining

    I my opinion dining is not bad at all. Its all you care to eat and there is always something you might like, whether it be pizza or a hamburger or salad. I will say that the vegan options are not too vast, but it is great if your vegetarian.

    Dorm Life

    Ive seen all living facilaties on camus as I went on a tour and that my sister lives in courtyard. The rooms in courtyard arent the best, but you only have to share the bathroom within your cluster and not the whole floor which is a plus. JST dorms are so nice and roomy. If you get the chance room there.

    Academic Rigor

    Ive sat in on a few classes and I can tell that the Proffessors know what they are talking about. This is a school known for its med programs so there sciences are tough, but well respected when you finish.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! The sooner the better because you have a better chance of getting scholarships. Also apply to honors college! Beng in honors makes it so that you get more grants from the school. I recieved a full-tuiton room and board scholarship through Honors college. Minimum ACT score is 27 so aim high.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    never had a problem and i walk everywhere

    Great for these types of students

    students who are actively interested in getting involved. There are not a whole ton of opportunities just handed to you, like they were at my previous school.

    What to do for fun

    Personally, I love doing anything that involves moving. There are plenty of places to play a pickup game of basketball, frsbee, etc. The fitness center is excellent as well. There are also an abundance of restaurants, bars, etc located in the city, which always provide something to do

    Food and Dining

    plenty of places around campus to eat. I prefer to cook most of my own food, but if you are craving just about anything, there is a good chance it is within walking distance, or a short public transportation trip

    Academic Rigor

    Again, speaking strictly about grad school, the work load is so much more than I have ever encountered. Architecture normally requires more work than most other majors, but any major will be tough. Be prepared to have too many nights with not enough sleep

    Tips for prospective students

    Really consider what you want to do before choosing a school. Speaking strictly about grad school, it's not for everyone, and its certainly not like any other type of schooling I have ever taken.

    In three sentences

    The program I am in, is very focused and dedicated to making the field better, but perhaps it is too focused. It tries to do too much, and should focus more on the students and how to teach them, rather than what they will never encounter in the work force

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UIC is very transparent about the issues they face in regards to safety. There are plenty of emergency boxes around campus and they hold seminars about sexual assault and crime prevention every month. The problem is that since UIC is such a large and spread-out campus (and essentially bisected into two campuses), plus in a huge urban area, it's difficult to keep everyone safe. However, the crime rate isn't drastically larger than you would expect in a city college, so there's no reason to be afraid of coming here or of visiting. Most people who get into trouble here were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time or weren't paying attention to their surroundings. Generally the crimes that occur are robberies or break-ins.

    Greek Life

    There is a Greek community, but they tend to be rather insulated and don't have a large presence on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs available, but they aren't well advertised or managed. Clubs have a tendency to simply fall apart after the cohort that arranged them graduates and there isn't a strong tradition of ... well, anything. However, if you have particular hobbies, like anthropology, anime, or public speaking, you'll likely be able to find something fun to occupy your time.

    Great for these types of students

    UIC is best for self-directed and motivated students with a passion for research and independent research. Someone who needs a lot of guidance or individual attention will not do well here. There are plenty of professional development resources available as well as internships, jobs, and opportunities to connect with people in your future field. If you're passionate about something and you're willing to reach out to people instead of being simply handed opportunities, UIC will be an excellent choice for you. It really does separate the cream from the crop.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Daley library on East campus is home to a lot of interesting special collections, including all the logs of the Chicago Shetland and Orkney Society, which was active for a little under 100 years and catered to Scottish immigrants in Chicago. UIC also houses the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum which even today remains a hub for social justice activism and immigrant's rights.

    Bang for the buck

    UIC is fairly inexpensive, but there are plenty of grants and scholarships available and a lot of room for exploration and professional development. The nice thing about UIC is that because it's such a large school, it's very easy to change majors or minors, so if you're not quite sure what you want to do, it's easy to go in undecided and declare a major a year or two in. Because of this, it's great for anyone who knows they want a college education but isn't quite sure in what, and this gives a distinct advantage over other more specific/smaller schools like Columbia and Loyola, because you won't feel as if you've wasted the first two years of college being undecided.

    What to do for fun

    UIC is right on three major bus routes and has its own Blue Line stop, so the whole of Chicago is available to you. You're also only about two miles away from the beautiful lake shore, right by Museum Campus, and only a two-mile walk from Olgilvie and Union Stations if you want to head out of the city for a weekend or an afternoon. There's also Greektown right there, with the new Pan-Hellenic Museum that just opened if you have any interest in Greek history. Over by the Medical District (West Campus), you are close to the United Center for Bulls and Blackhawk games, next to another Blue Line stop, and near the quaint but quiet Tri-Taylor district. Anything you can think of it is right there, available for you!

    Food and Dining

    Dining is awesome around UIC. There are tons of different restaurants available and the cafeteria provides vegetarian and vegan options too. Since UIC is close to both Little Italy and Greektown, you're assured of finding something tasty that suits your palate. There are also three grocery stores within walking distance and other specialty stores, such as Whole Foods, are close by. You will definitely be able to find something you like and a lot of places are open 24 hours.

    Dorm Life

    Most students are commuters, and for good reason. The dorms really aren't that great and they're pretty expensive. You're better off getting an apartment close by or commuting if you're capable. The fire alarms in the dorms go off very early in the morning at least once a week and the walls are paper-thin: if you're going to live in the dorms, invest in a GREAT set of earplugs and maybe a white noise machine.

    Academic Rigor

    It's important to remember that UIC is a research university, NOT a teaching university. Some students don't realize this and expect the university to be deeply attuned to their needs, and then are highly disappointed when they find out that faculty is more interested in pursuing their own research interests. Sometimes professors (especially in the sciences) may not even be equipped to teach entry-level or freshman classes because they make it TOO difficult. Expect to do a lot of independent research. Also, sometimes the teaching assistants are terrible and difficult to work with, but almost all the departments have walk-in advising hours where you can get help from other TAs who might be more helpful. There's also tutoring available either at the Honors College or at the Academic Writing Center.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a professor or academic adviser that fits for you and KEEP IN TOUCH! It can be VERY easy to 'slip between the cracks' or become dispirited here because it's difficult to find a place to fit in. Get yourself involved in something: whether it's the honors college, a club, or Greek Life. You need to feel a connection and feel like you belong in order to get a good experience out of UIC.

    In three sentences

    UIC is great for highly independent and self-motivated students with a real drive for research and academic rigor. Students who require a lot of personalized assistance or like a tight-knit community may want to look at another school, because UIC lacks a cohesive sense of 'school spirit' and it can be difficult to make friends. However, if you're really only here to learn and want to do so at an urban university close to exciting cultural and social opportunities, this may be the school for you.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Stay in groups always. I've left the school late and been there early and nothing bad happened.

    Great for these types of students

    Very diverse school.

    Bang for the buck

    Such a good school for a reasonable price.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the city. Greektown. Dorm life/sororities/fraternities.

    Food and Dining

    Greektown is near by as is many other restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't dorm but people like it.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a hard school you just have to put alot of effort as with anything. There are lot of resources for if you need help like the science learning center etc. You should take advantage of that.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live near UIC, save your money and commute. Take advantage of the resources at UIC ex: Science learning center.

    In three sentences

    UIC is very diverse. It is a good school for the sciences and engineering. UIC is at a perfect location near the city and is very accessible through public transportation

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are frequent crime alerts that we receive by email. None are severe or close to the actual campus, but it is very crucial to be cautious of your surroundings. There are hundreds of emergency posts where you can push a button and help will be directed your way ASAP. Other than that, the university is pretty strict on keeping doors locked and which doors to use and which doors you are forbidden to enter/exit or prop open.

    Greek Life

    Many great sororities/fraternities! They often have a bunch of events that you can attend and it's a great experience!

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't been much involved with the university; however, one thing I stuck with was being involved in an Intervarsity. I was able to meet a lot of new people who had the same interests as me. I had brothers/sisters helping me along the way through any problems that may have occurred. It was my home away from home. I consider them my second family!

    What to do for fun

    There is a the gym where you can go work out, or even just chill in the pool/hot tub. Inside East campus, there's a bowling alley and multiple pool tables. You're located in Chicago, so you're not too far from the city/downtown, therefore, there are plenty of great sights to see! Greek town is only a block away from East campus; there's many great restaurants (especially those that deliver late at night to satisfy your late night munchies).

    Food and Dining

    When it comes to food, I tend to be a bit picky. I found myself eating the same items multiple times a week (in the deli line; sandwich/wrap). They usually have the same items or same background (aka, Asian, Italian..etc).

    Dorm Life

    I lived on central campus, so I was able to interact and meet new people every day. Weekends can get rough for some students, causing the hallways to be filled with garbage and random beer cans. It's nice being able to go back to your room after class or in between classes. Everything is almost in the same vicinity, therefore, making it easier on you.

    Academic Rigor

    I regret not giving it my 100%, college is definitely different than high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although lectures may be boring, it is incredibly crucial to attend every class, whether it be lecture or discussion. Don't think that you can make up the work by looking at a friend's notes or reviewing some slides on a powerpoint. Your presence in class and the participation and effort you put in truly determines the knowledge you will receive from that course.

    In three sentences

    The university itself was nice and cozy. It was definitely a community feel, yet still being able to maintain and manage that college experience. The University of Illinois at Chicago was a great opportunity and beginning to the real world.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The neighborhood is known for being unsafe to some extent

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a number of clubs and activities at the school

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to be challenged should definitely consider this school

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is very big school and students are expected to do a lot of walking

    What to do for fun

    They have a very big pavilion as well as a theatre next to the campus that is free for all students

    Food and Dining

    They have a fairly decent dinning and food that considers the needs of diversity.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot say much about the dorm life because I don't plan to live on on-campus. However, they extremely helpful in helping students find off-campus living near the school.

    Academic Rigor

    The school has very strict policies and procedures when it comes to academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early so you can be considered for the financial aid options offered by the University

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois at Chicago is a well credited school that has a certain GPA requirement in order to be accepted. They have very good business, engineering, and premed programs. Also, it is a big school with a number of different opportunities for students.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 165

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    What to do for fun

    What I do for fun is go to the Recenter and play ping pong or soccer.

    Food and Dining

    Their is many choices of food it varies from subway to like taco burrito.

    Dorm Life

    If you live 40 minutes from home don't room its a waste of money unless you have the money to pay.

    Academic Rigor

    I took many science classes and its a lot of work but that's what college is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to make friends in every class that would really help you when it comes to studying with someone.

    In three sentences

    Its a very diverse school, theirs different culturals and religions. In addition people are always on the ago ready to start class. Everyone are also very serious when it comes to studying they have theirs study groups.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You hear a lot about stuff off campus then on. But, i havent had any bad experiences.

    Clubs and Activities

    Engineering has some of the best societies to take part in that offer you fun and great resources academically and professionally.

    What to do for fun

    There is almost everything.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of good restaurants around campus!

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm, but the cheap commons that actually sit on east campus are really dark and small. They have

    Academic Rigor

    I am a computer science major, so speaking of this coursework specifically...YES it is rigorous! You have to focus and ask the necessary questions

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to study engineering make sure you focus on your science and math course because they can be difficult here. People have been known to go to a community college to finish the Physics coursework and some math courses. This is due to the difficulty of the classes. But, if you have a VERY strong foundation you won't have any issues getting through it with flying colors.

    In three sentences

    The College of Engineering here has a rigorous and great course work for you to work through. There are great resources to help you get through your coursework and great research opportunities. On top of all that you make some great friends in the staff and teachers working here in addition to your classmates.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    While the campus works be safe for students, it is located in an area that is rather known for crime. It is best not to walk around after dark.

    Bang for the buck

    Horribly overpriced for the education and help you are receiving.

    What to do for fun

    Chicago offers endless opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    There are many accessible restaurants and diners around the college.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman are not guaranteed dorms, and the dorms that are accessible to students are very overpriced. While it is Chicago, it would almost be cheaper to rent an apartment rather than stay in the horrible UIC dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some subjects at UIC are better than others, and it mostly depends on what you are studying. Teacher's aids are unavoidable though in any class it seems at UIC.

    In three sentences

    I am a freshman at UIC, but am already looking at transferring. I have struggled tremendously to receive financial aid from the university, and to get a dorm room. Plus, UIC is really just a commuter school and does not hold any prestige. I would not recommend this institution in the slightest as it is way too overpriced.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus id dangerous almost everyday the student receive a mass email about someone on campus being the victim of a crime. They are communally know as Crime Alerts.

    Greek Life

    As a member of a greek organization (Alpha Psi Lambda) life is different and invitation to event form different organization even not greek notice you and invite you to events you wont other wise know.

    Clubs and Activities

    Best time to meet all the organization on campus id during meet the greeks and fun fair. All organization are out speaking about their missions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the on certain nights the different greek organization will precent their news line of pledges to every one at the school quad. the schol has a gallery in the student center that give free food out every other tuesday and play movies on a big screen for free. the Latino Culture Center has event every day the have importent speakers, movies, performances nights. and every event has free food, most people dont know.

    Bang for the buck

    the get your money worths always take CTA Parking is over price. if your tight on cash go to Jim's on Maxwells street you can get an entire meal for little as $3, they give you a free drink when you precent your college ID. mostly every store down halsed and taylor within a 4 block radius has a student discount. dont buy you book from the school you can get them way cheaper on Amazon or Chegg.

    What to do for fun

    The bars on maxwell street, good times. the school has its own bowling ally and arcade and billiard room, with are run down and need to be updated. Not much to do on campus but thank god the train station is only half a block away from the dorms so with your UPASS chicago become your playground. Museums, parks, beaches, movie theater. within five minuts on the train.

    Food and Dining

    the school cafeteria has the worst food, but its all you can eat, this is mostly for the dorm student because it come with your dorm. Everyone else eat at the restaurants in the student center, good food.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are over price, but its the best way to meet people the school i empty are 5pm do to the fact that UIC is a commoner school.

    Academic Rigor

    It depend on the professor, some are easy and some are no joke. I recommend Anthropology 105, History 103 art History 110 and 161 and Sociology 103

    Tips for prospective students

    get involve in organization and club, these people can give you tips and help with recourses in around the school that are not mention to freshmen students. if you really need a job the UIC pavilion is alway hiring, they hire everyone that applies.

    In three sentences

    Many of the building need some fixing up and much needed cleaning. The school is lacking in computers for students. Majors are being canceled with out student notification or late notice.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe at UIC

    Greek Life

    greek life is not really big at UIC

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When it starts getting hot outside during school session a lot of people like to hang out in the quad.

    What to do for fun

    My freshman year I had a lot of fun with Hall council. Each campus dorm has their on council and they would provide activities to do for their residents. Also if you are a full time student at UIC you will receive a CTA Bus card so me and my friends would go downtown a lot and shop around. Also (SCE) Student Center East has a bowling alley.

    Food and Dining

    The food wasnt so great. It could be a lot better considering that UIC is in the city.

    Dorm Life

    I definitely recommend people to live in the dorms. They are so nice and great living space. Campus Housing provides so many opportunities that the residents can join and gain leadership skills.

    Academic Rigor

    UIC has heavy duty science classes that you cant just slack off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you speak to your professors at least once a week. It is a great way to get to know them and you will need them sooner than you think. Also try to get involved in campus programs, it's a great way to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a great school. With is diverse students and location in the city you are bound to meet people who can change your life forever. IF you graduate from UIC you are bound to find a great career once you leave.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 165

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    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of different clubs to join as well as a few fraternities and sororities. The recreation center is also available for all students and is free of charge. Plus, UIC is right outside of downtown chicago so there are endless amounts of ideas for people when talking about things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food at SCE may not be the greatest, but the atmosphere over there is great. Food at JST is amazing but it's more enclosed so it isn't as crazy as SCE.

    Dorm Life

    Living in dorms are one of the best experiences you can get. Especially at either JST or TBH. JST is a newer building with suite like rooms. TBH is a dorm but is actually an apartment style dorm so you get the freedoms that everyone wants.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors make the classes challenging, but also make sure that every student does their best and to get the best grade they can get.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as many activities and clubs as you can during your freshman year. It will definitely help you make life-long friendships as well as new hobbies for you to enjoy.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a great place for people to be surrounded by many people of different cultures. It is a commuter school so there isn't a whole lot to do all the time but there's still tons to do. Classes are also very close to each other so getting around campus is super easy.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is safe for the most part but don't wander around by yourself late at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great and engaging. I recommend it for all who are interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs you can join.

    Great for these types of students

    Mostly for those who main focus is school with occasional going out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Naked Mile

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little cheaper than other schools but still expensive for what you get.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to parties, Bowling or play pool at Student Center East or just hang out with friends. Being in downtown Chicago also gives you a lot of options.

    Food and Dining

    The Food is sub par.

    Dorm Life

    Is pretty fun if you let it be.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes very difficult, others not so bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study a lot.

    In three sentences

    The people are here are great. Some classes are more difficult than they should be. A lot of TA's that don't speak good english.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 50 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is safe. Leaving the campus is where you must be careful. There are alot of mass mail and mass text about thefts and assaults. Just be very careful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Little Italy is a great place to walk to during the day when you are on long breaks during school. there places where you can eat and the italian ice is the best.

    Bang for the buck

    The reason I chose this school over other universities I was admitted to was because of the cost. It is a public university and financial aid helps a alot. Just be prepared to pay a lot if you plan on taking summer courses.

    Academic Rigor

    It is definitely a lot of work to be at a university but if you keep up with your work and ask for help when you need it, it will be okay.

    Tips for prospective students

    The only downside I find with this school is the neighborhood it is in. Try to stay away from the outskirts of the school, there are a lot of crime alerts. As for academic advice, do not leave things until the last minute. Time goes by way too fast and it is difficult to catch up.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy this school. The professor I have had are great. I really love the environment of this school it's not too small or too big. The lectures are large but there is time for individual talking with professors and TAs that make this school small as well.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    To be frank, it has some crime alerts from time to time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubes and organizations ranging from academic to social organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Who loves diversity and crowed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UIC is very diverse. UIC represent more than 150 countries.

    Bang for the buck

    UIC is one of the prestigeous public university in the country.

    What to do for fun

    You have many things to do at UIC.

    Food and Dining

    NOt bad

    Dorm Life

    Favalous

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent

    Tips for prospective students

    New freshman and transfer students can join UIC with no fear at all.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a great campus in Chicago land. It has wonderful buildings which are all well equipped with modern instruments. It also has wonderful faculties and wonderful neighborhood.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 52 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is great. Most buildings after a certain hour need student ID to enter. There is almost always someone in front of the dorms checking ID. Located around campus are emergency buttons that connect directly to the campus security. The school also offers programs for those who don't feel safe like the Red Car Service and Student Patrol.

    Greek Life

    There are many greek programs however they are not as big as they would be at other colleges.

    Clubs and Activities

    UIC offers so many different clubs and activities there is definitely a club for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Architecture and Arts

    What to do for fun

    There is a fitness center on Halsted available to all students. There is a rock climbing wall, swimming pool, courts and lots of exercise equipment. With in SCE there is a bowling ally and billiards/arcade. Besides on campus fun the blue line is right across the street and can take your right into downtown for a nice shopping trip on the magnificent mile or a nice walk in millennium park.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning hall in SCE has decent food from time to time. Its buffet style and has a salad bar and dessert bar. In the Inner circle there is a subway, sbarros, wendys and a mexican/hot dog restaurant. In the upper level of SCE outside the pier room there is a dunkin donuts and the convenience store. Just outside the bookstore is a nice small coffee shop. In other major buildings like BSB and the JST there are dining halls as well. BSB has a KFC and a convenience store as well. Besides on campus dining there are also many locations to eat at just outside of campus. UIC is located right next to little italy and greek town providing a wide variety of food options.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is great. You make so many friends and meet so many knew people. Its a great place to form study groups and life long friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes really do correspond to the rigor of the course. Most 100 level courses seem like AP level high school classes, almost all will require you to read and write essays. As class numbers go up so do the difficulty. I feel the college does a great job at laying that out since some colleges classes seem really easy even in the 200+ levels.

    Tips for prospective students

    The course loads can be hard, however, the teachers and TAs are all willing to help even in large class sizes. Listen to the department advisers and your 4 years will be amazing. There are so many clubs and activities around campus for everyone to join.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a school that has a lot more to offer than they lead on. Teachers, students and staff members are all amazing and willing to help. The atmosphere of this school is wonderful and the view from campus is breathtaking.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 53 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is more than adequate, considering the magnitude of shenanigans that goes on just outside. I'm not sure I can recall a single two day period during my first semester when I didn't receive some form of campus crime alert. Although they were, almost in their entirety, outside of the confines of the UIC campus. Not too much to worry about.

    Greek Life

    Well. We have fraternities and sororities and such, though we have but one frat house on campus. If you like to party rock and lax and bro it up or whatever else that stuff entails, it is here for indulging.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and organizations; clubs and organizations everywhere. But seriously, you'll consistently see some sort of event or gathering or advertisement of such at any apex of human traffic on campus, not limited to: the entrances, the exits, the atrium, the student centers, the halls, the cafe, etc. Few are probably worth joining, I can only speak with adequate perspective for the ACM (yes if you're a computer science major, maybe if you're an engineering student with an avid interest in computers otherwise).

    Great for these types of students

    International/transfer, you're entitled to many benefits (of which I am envious). UIC is considered one of the most diverse accredited educational institutions out there, making it a prime selection for you ever so fortunate foreign fellows.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Greek town is two blocks up Halsted. If you're like the conventional angsty on-campus freshman, you can count on spending many a night in either TBK or Gyros.

    Bang for the buck

    Currently sitting at $35,000+ in debt to the state of Illinois (out of state). Be smart about your finances, kiddos. It'll catch up with you faster than you'll care to notice. As for whether or not it was all worth it, I'll get back to you after the sale of my first-born is finalized.

    What to do for fun

    It's the city of Chicago for christ sakes. Explore, sit by the lake, enjoy a traditional deep-dish, climb a skyscraper, get mugged, etc. You're the master of your own destiny, it's your responsibility to decide exactly what that means.

    Food and Dining

    Another area of major meh. Prepare to eat your weight in mediocre cheeseburgers and chicken patties. The culinary alternatives are tolerable, just be sure to stop by your friendly neighborhood fruid/salad bar to keep an adequate balance between Sodex-blow and the few healthy scraps you're able to salvage otherwise.

    Dorm Life

    Traditional doubles in a floor layout are meh. Bathrooms were a nightmare on weekends. Cluster life is the way to go if you're unable to find an apartment in close proximity (much easier said than done). On the plus side, you'll be much more inclined to interact with other people.

    Academic Rigor

    As mentioned, engineering can get pretty messy. Find a healthy medium of major-related and general education courses. Attempt to mind the 12-18 credit hour/semester recommendation, they're recommended in that quantity range for a good reason.

    Tips for prospective students

    While city life may seem glamorous, it'll mean nothing at all if the other aspects of your life (primarily academic) aren't in balance. Set aside a respectable amount of time for studies, use the remainder for play. KEEP A PLANNER.

    In three sentences

    The first year of my UIC experience entailed long city nights and (arguably) longer nights of studious toil. Engineering classes can be a real [explicit], though that usually comes well implied with most other universities/respective engineering programs. Met some good people, made some decent grades and had one helluva turbulent year (in a mostly positive way).

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 54 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe but areas outside the campus may not always be. There are many reports of students being robbed or mugged. In worse cases, the attacker may pull out guns and demand money, purses, or electronics. In these situations it is always to give the attacker what they want. After they leave, alert the police of what happened. So, it is advised that students never walk alone at night. Fortunately for students nearby the more unsafe campuses, rides are available by courtesy of UIC to transport to and from school.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities on campus, but despite the fact of their large numbers, not many students on campus get involved due to the large number of students commuting. Some fraternities from other universities may be on campus that try to recruit students to join. These fraternities claim to offer business networks and also claim to help each other in school studies. However, fraternities are not for everyone. Some students whose career depends primarily on academic achievement and licensing don't necessarily find fraternities to be of any importance. Fraternities in a perspective, are also just a way for students to meet new people and have friends. Life-long friendships can be established however, so it depends on the students' preference. Some of the known fraternities on campus are Kappa Pi Betta, Tau Phi Sigma, and Alpha Kappa Si.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and organizations at University of Illinois at Chicago. To name a few are: Servants Christian Fellowship and Asian American Inter-varsity. These are Christian organizations who hold events, services, and sermons to those who cannot attend on a regular Sunday basis. Worship and bible study services are offered, as well as extra curricular activities like football and basketball within the organization. During holiday seasons, they get together and meet. Thanksgiving is usually held at Churches in the northwest suburbs. These organizations consist of mostly Asian Americans, but anyone is welcome to join. There are other clubs like Vietnamese Student Association and Filipinos in Alliance. These organizations also get together at least once a week and are excellent opportunities for students to socialize and make friends. Accounting club is an club for students to meet, socialize, and talk to peers and teachers. They hold annual banquets for teachers, students, and alumni to get to know meet and get to know each other.

    Great for these types of students

    Servants Christian Fellowship, Asian-American Inter-varsity, Filipinos in Alliance, and Vietnamese Student Association are just a few organizations to name that highly appeal to Asian American students. Accounting club is a great way for business accounting students to network into accounting careers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    To name an unusual location on campus, in one of the lecture center buildings there is an area called the echo room. This room is very fascinating; with each step you take makes an echo of your footstep. You can actually hear the people across the room whispering, right in your ear.

    Bang for the buck

    University of Illinois at Chicago is actually one of the most affordable options compared to other universities around Chicago. Tuition ranges around $12,000 - $14,000 per year with housing. Grants and financial aid are readily available. UIC has a bowling alley for students and it is priced fairly cheap compared to other bowling alleys.

    What to do for fun

    Students are given CTA passes that enable them to ride the bus or train any time for the semester. There are not too many places to go around campus but the train station that leads downtown isn't far away. Places during the summer like The Taste of Chicago are attractions for food lovers. Food may be highly priced but are delicious. The bean is a major attraction any time of day. There are tons of restaurants from relatively cheap to very expensive. Chicago is known to have many clubs and bars for the student that is over 21 years of age. To name a few clubs: Vision, Ohm, Soundbar, Wet, Entourage, V-Live, and many more. Drum and Monkey is a great sports bar with food and darts, located on Taylor.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining experience at University if Illinois at Chicago is of decent quality. The different types of food always varies, but also has certain foods that never change such as pizza and hamburgers. There is a deli that has three people behind the counter working to serve your needs like tuna, chicken breast, turkey, ham, toppings, and so on. Other foods that are usually served are mashed potatoes, rice, beef, chicken, corn, green beans, and carrots. The dessert section consists of ice cream, pies, and other goods. There are many sodas and drinks available as well. For breakfast: cereal, eggs, hash browns, oatmeal, and french toast can be served. Fruits such as bananas, apples, and oranges are always available. These are just some of the items listed that may be on the menu. Dining is okay too. The layout of the dining area is that of a typical cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great at University of Illinois at Chicago. There are many different types of dorms from lower cost to higher cost, from one bedroom to clusters of eight. Your preferences are in vast choices. I lived at a dorm at the Thomas Beckham Hall building, which was the higher end in dorm life. They have their own kitchens and own bedrooms. They are very much like apartment buildings. Laundry and printing are free. Many times students might advertise by posting events such as games, social parties, and food servings. Parking around the area is okay. Although only a few spots are limited in the front of the building, there are many others just a few minutes walk across the baseball field. Commons is another dorm availability, however, most of these rooms are clusters with other rooms who will share the same bathroom with. Many of the rooms occupy one to two students depending on their housing plan. One negative about the commons is the smell. Some areas of the building seem to have an odor. One of the best things with the Commons housing plan is the free meal plan included.

    Academic Rigor

    Some courses are much harder than others and may require the student to read and do the homework multiple times. Depending on the course levels, if courses are rated to be more advanced and demanding courses, four courses should be the maximum. Time commitment is definitely a factor in your grade. It is encouraged for students to reach and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average to be successfully competitive in the job search process. I was taught that most companies do not look at resumes that do not have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Some 'Big Four' corporations like KPMG (Accounting firm) do not hire unless they have a minimum of 3.2 GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise students to keep up with all classroom work. A university is definitely harder than high school, and requires a lot more study time. I advise students to read the assigned chapters for books before class, and read multiple times if the reading is difficult to comprehend. Joining clubs and organizations will help you step up in your social and business network. You never know but you may end up meeting a fellow student later in your career.

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois at Chicago is a very multicultural school with lots of opportunities for students in their career paths. UIC has a very strong medical department as well as a strong business connection for business students. I give UIC an excellent recommendation for students planning on attending a university.

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 55 of 165

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    When it is nice outside, I am always laying outside and enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery. Walking around the city and enjoying the architecture, parks and nature is plenty fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are not many healthy options available but the inner circle is nice for when it's cold and rainy outside.

    Dorm Life

    I commute so I have no opinion on dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel that UIC is pretty average when it comes to finals and exams in the college of business.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to use www.ratemyprofessor.com before choosing classes. Your schedule is NOT as important as professor because that is the difference between an A and a C as your final grade.

    In three sentences

    Chicago is a beautiful city and so is the campus of UIC. For the most part, the professors are below average and the class sizes are too large. There will always be exceptions and you may find your passion in the right class with the right professor.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 56 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe and protected by guards 24/7. Just watch out for the people who will go back for the delicious food. Everyone goes crazy about the food, especially the people I know. Over, the safety in this school is amazing and safe. I do not even need to tell you to be careful when you walk outside.

    Greek Life

    I would not know.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities are very engaging and fun. No clubs or activities will make you feel bored or left out because everyone is a part of it and put their time and effort into making the club the best,.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for everyone and every type of students regardless of what they believe is stopping them from coming to the University of Illinois at Chicago

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Usually there will be a radio station that will broadcast their show on our campus and give away free things like technology and food. everyone loves free things. every month there will be a popular company, like red bull, who will walk around campus and give away free red bulls. Great. Free stuff.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is affordable and will not make you bankrupt. the school provides financial aid and is willing to get you into their school if you really show that you are hungry for their challenges. Classes might be hard but it is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    The things that you can do for fun at UIC is endless because there is so much things to do over there at UIC. There are all sorts of sports and activities to do on campus and if there is not a club or sport that you don't see or have, make it up and be the leader of it. It is amazing and there are people who will have common interest as you do. No need to be shy.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing and there is always something new. As for me, a guy, the food is always filling and satisfying regardless when you eat the food. They are always serving food at any time and the best part is the jello.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm at UIC but I heard rumors that the dorms are small and located everywhere around campus. They are also affordable if you plan to stay away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very difficult and challenging only if you do not attend the school and do not have a passion for learning. If you are committed and ready to go to class everyday for 45 minutes , helping you learn and pushing you forward to your degree, University of Illinois at Chicago is the place for you. even the teachers are nice regardless of their accent.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that you stay in class and focus on everything the teacher say. No matter how tempting it is not to go to class, go to class because teachers will give extra credit and also recognize you.

    In three sentences

    This school is really amazing but, really challenging. There are many things to do here and so little time to do it all. There are also diverse and friendly people who are willing to help and be part of your life.

  • 09/22/2011

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    Will enjoy being here

    i will be entering with an opened mind thus enjoying this school because as my home state. i am very excited to return to the place which where i was given birth, attend this university and hopefully give back what it gave to me.

  • 10/19/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    People have said the teachers there try to help and do everything they can to make sure you become successful.

    Will enjoy being here

    People who i know who have gone there or are currently going there have said it's great.

    Will learn a lot

    From what I have heard about this school I think that people who go here will be learning so much and getting the most out of what they are going to pursue.

  • 11/03/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    I visited the campus, and it was great. I love the location, and it seems like a very nice school.

    Will learn a lot

    I was just accepted to UIC yesterday, and I am very excited and happy to say that I plan on attending!

  • 11/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    don't ditch your classes, it screws you over.

    Bang for the buck

    education wise, you might even have to teach yourself the topics and then learn it. but i guess its worth it because the price is reasonable.

    Am enjoying being here

    you meet a lot of new people and its near the city!

    Am learning a lot

    the lecture halls are so big and there are so many students. Also a lot of the teachers don't really care and just read off powerpoints

  • 11/17/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    Architecture looks somewhat dull.

    Will learn a lot

    Looking forward to their GPPA program.

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you like the campus, and the feel of living in the city.

    Bang for the buck

    UIC is fairly affordable, and they have an excellent engineering department. On-campus housing is expensive, but you can always find an apartment within your price range.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love going to school in the city. I have an apartment right down the street, and there is plenty of things to do around the city.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of my professors are very willing to teach and help outside the classroom. They are all highly knowledgeable, but some seem to be more interested in their research than their students.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    It's about the same or more expensive to stay on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you work really hard on your essay. They definitely check your essay. Don't be afraid to call and adviser and see what they can do!

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    it's alright.

    Academic Rigor

    excelent school

    In three sentences

    it's a really good school, i have learned a lot there. all the students are smart and it's a good environment to be in. i enjoy being a uic student.

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are a ton of clubs you can join to stay active in the community, as well as intramural sports to stay active overall!

    Tips for prospective students

    the department of applied health sciences offers challenging curriculum for those interested in the health fields and very caring and invested faculty.

    In three sentences

    the university of illinois at chicago offers an amazing setting for learning challenging curriculum. the campus is lively and inviting. overall, being a student here is a blessing.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you are wise and understand that the campus sits in the middle of a very busy city and you follow normal precautions I find that campus to be very safe.

    Greek Life

    Unknown

    Clubs and Activities

    Unknown

    Great for these types of students

    Part Time students or working professionals

    Bang for the buck

    I enjoy that this is one of the most inexpensive graduate programs that i have heard of to date.

    Academic Rigor

    Extremely challenging, during internship years the work is pretty much non stop from the time you being the program until the time that you graduate. You will have no personal life.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are attempting to complete this program in three years, plan your time wisely, as the school require a great deal of time and effort.

    In three sentences

    The Jane Addams College of Social Work is great from those looking for a part time program. The program is extremely rigorous and should not be classified as part time at all. The instructors for the most part are well educated, but some do not display any concern for their students best interest.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Don't live there!

    Tips for prospective students

    I take classes online, but if you live on campus I hear the crime is bad.

    In three sentences

    Great school for health professionals. I attend online which is different but the faculty has made it doable. I would definitely recommend it.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    it is close to downtown.

    Food and Dining

    cafeterias are overpriced and nasty.

    Dorm Life

    Elevators are quite often not working and the buildings are relatively old.

    Academic Rigor

    People usually don't study that hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live close to campus if you have to because the neighborhoods are quite ghetto.

    In three sentences

    It is a nice campus close to downtown. We don't have any campus and the campuses are quite far from each other. The Internet and wifi systems are pretty bad.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    explore the city!

    Food and Dining

    unknown

    Dorm Life

    unknown

    Academic Rigor

    unknown

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions!

    In three sentences

    Amazing admissions staff! Everyone has been helpful and my questions are answered immediately. Campus is easy to navigate for being in a large city.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I basically go out to eat with my friends, nothing fancy.

    Food and Dining

    UIC has a lot of options. It is in the middle of the city so there are a variety of cuisines to try.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot comment on this aspect of the University since I have not lived in the dorms but I have heard varied opinions about them.

    Academic Rigor

    The science classes at UIC are extremely rigorous. You have to work hard and make sure that you are focused.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say work hard and make sure that you are diligent in your studies. Do not let anything pile up. Make sure to visit professors regularly and talk with them about your progress. Make study groups that will benefit you in the long run.

    In three sentences

    I have to say that this University will give you a run for your money. You have to work hard for your grades and it is something that people do not realize when applying here. Overall it is a great university to attend for those who are focused and want a world class education.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe for being in Chicago. We have our own campus police and they do a great job of protecting us!

    Greek Life

    Almost non-existent

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students studying medicine!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many restaurants and bars by campus! And you are minutes from downtown Chicago, so you should explore!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeterias for the dorms are not very suitable for vegetarians. The food is also not that healthy or tasty.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is not exciting here. Some people live in the dorms but most commute to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major, but most classes involve dedication in order to achieve the A.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to every class! It really helps with understanding the material. Most teachers base their tests off the material that they present in class.

    In three sentences

    This school is mainly a commuter school. It is really great for students interested in medicine or architecture. It is located right outside the Chicago loop.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I'd say the campus is pretty safe, there are some sketchy areas off campus, but on campus there is enough student life that you can always walk with someone to be safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you cant find a club you like here you probably arent looking hard enough, plus there is always room to start new ones.

    Great for these types of students

    Serious students that want a quality education at a reasonable price, that plan to study more than party.

    What to do for fun

    they got a bowling alley, and pool and swimming pool and sauna, and gym, and ddr machine, its pretty boss. Lots of clubs and sports as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of food options here there is a cafeteria, and sbarro, and a number of other restauraunts in the student buildings, and lots of vending machines and microwaves.

    Dorm Life

    I can't tell you much about it. Everything off campus is expensive and the neighborhood isnt that exciting away from campus

    Academic Rigor

    this is school has some tough courses that require dedication, but the instructors are very helpful and want you to succeed. You will learn here.

    Tips for prospective students

    go to orientations, get to know the school, become friendly with the departments you plan to study in and learn about student benefits on campus.

    In three sentences

    Fun, friendly, and student oriented

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It's really safe! There are campus police and phones everywhere for you to call directly to the police station!

    What to do for fun

    There are many things you can do in the city but UIC does offer activities for students. I know that there is even a club at UIC and a recreation center there. The Rec. is pretty awesome!

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of restaurants around the city, you'll be sure to find something that you'll like.

    Dorm Life

    Common West is not the best place to be. I stayed there for orientation and it was aright. I know some of the other dorms are really nice though, I just haven't been able to visit them because i'm commuting.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers expect great things from you and if you're studying art and design you have to be accepted into your major. Ex graphic design. Some students don't make it because there isn't enough space so they take the best. Make sure to always do your best and you'll have no problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a freshman then you should sign up for a summer program at UIC. It's a great way to meet professors and incoming students. During the course you also get to go on field trips and explore the city as well as get used to the campus.

    In three sentences

    The professors are brilliant, campus is nice, it's in the city, and it's right next to the train! I took the summer program offered for incoming freshman and met so many new people, I already feel comfortable going to college and I'll be a freshman this August.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    LOTS of UIC police since it's an urban setting; also CPD patrolling the area.

    Clubs and Activities

    Apply for the Honors College!

    Great for these types of students

    Serious academics

    Bang for the buck

    One of the least expensive universities in Chicago!

    What to do for fun

    What bothers me about UIC is how anti-social the student population seems to be. The biggest reason is that 81% of them are commuters, so they don't make an effort to socialize since they don't spend time on campus. UIC is also very diverse, but unfortunately it's also very ethnically cliquey. I had the most fun last year at Spark in the Park- which is a free concert at the very beginning of the school year with musicians who grew up in Chicago, including Lupe Fiasco and Girl Talk.

    Food and Dining

    Since I had a kitchen in my TBH dorm, I have never eaten from a UIC cafeteria before. But I can say that there are some excellent restaurants in the area, my favorite being Lucky's on Maxwell St.

    Dorm Life

    As a transfer student, I was able to live in the nicest dorms on campus: Thomas Beckham Hall (which is the same as Marie Robinson Hall) and it was very nice and spacious. The luxury was well worth staying at home for those 2 long years!

    Academic Rigor

    No matter the university, college experiences are what we make of them. This is something that's really dependent on the student's individual perspective. My advice is this: Don't forget why you're going to college. It's to learn... as much as you can; not to get a diploma, not to get a job, and not to win the title of beer pong champion- you're there to learn so absorb as much as you possibly can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Graduate from community college first and then transfer to the school that's right for you. I didn't like the idea at first, but I grew up so much and saved so much money in those first 2 years which allowed me to make the right decisions in terms of what I want to do and where I would thrive next. Work hard though - a lot more students are taking this path thanks to the economy, so transfer students needed at least a 3.5 GPA at the time I was accepted.

    In three sentences

    I chose to attend UIC because it's less expensive and I love Chicago. After attending for a year, I've found there to be some cons along with the pros at this university. But overall I believe it is the right school for me at this point in my life.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out around the City

    Food and Dining

    Good.

    Academic Rigor

    Very balanced school

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you live near UIC. Commuting to school takes alot away from the school.

    In three sentences

    It is a great environment in the heart of Chicago, where there is always something to do. The education is wonderful and there is always extra help available from the professors or all the help centers. The student atmosphere is exciting and very enjoyable.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a VAST variety of things to do on UIC campus. Way too many to name.

    Food and Dining

    What more can i say about food, food, food, food everywhere!! you can choose to eat at either one of the TWO student centers or take a stroll to Tri-Taylor area, on Roosevelt road, or take a bus/train ride downtown to chill, grab something to eat and enjoy the city.

    Dorm Life

    Although I am not staying in the dorms, the dorm life and off campus housing is SPECTACULAR!!!! You are just minutes away from downtown Chicago and surrounded by great little slices of life neighborhood such as South Loop, Pilsen (art district), Tri-Taylor, Medical District, and among others as well.

    Academic Rigor

    I love the variety of different majors they offer. Also, the school is nestled in the medical district for if your are seeking a degree in the medical....TOP NOTCH SCHOOL RIGHT HERE

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!!! I know you hear this a lot for academic advisers and counselors but take it from me an in-coming transfer student. It makes a great difference.

    In three sentences

    I love the University of Illinois at Chicago campus! It is nestled just west of downtown Chicago. It is just a 5-10 bus or train ride away! I love the atmosphere here; outside the campus you have the city at your fingertips but once your on campus it seems like you have been transported somewhere. The people, professor, staff and fellow students are very nice and inviting! I feel at home here!

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UIC has a lot of police around campus, but there's always a lot of criminal activity around the train stations that leave you on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    UIC has a good variety of clubs and fraternities to join!

    Great for these types of students

    UIC it's great for all kinds of students because you can always find a place for you regardless of race, color or nationality.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Freshman orientation has the unusual tradition of going to the gym for a dance with dj inferno and depending on the crowd it's sometimes fun.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! Enjoy the UIC's bowling alley. The Rec. center is not only for exercising, but there's rock climbing, ping pong tables and basket ball courts available for anyone.

    Food and Dining

    The UIC cafeteria has a good variety of food, but most commuters don't have access to it and the food court does not offer any healthy food.

    Dorm Life

    Rooms are a bit too small for sharing it with two or sometimes three persons.

    Academic Rigor

    Offering study sessions and having more access to Teacher Assistants could have a great impact at improving test scores.

    Tips for prospective students

    UIC has a lot of good things to offer for students searching a medical degree, yet as a Art school I do not recommend it if you are looking at art degrees for a commercial career. Always bring your lunch with you because freshman 15 will get you and unhealthy food in the cafeteria is not an option.

    In three sentences

    I think the university has a lot of dedicated professors and offer the best they can to their students. The school does not have a good budget in order to improve labs for students. Students sometimes feel under pressure with the limited amount of supplies and equipment own by the school to complete project and must resort to sharing equipment with 2 to 4 people.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is located on the outskirt of Chicago's downtown, pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    We are not BIG on Greek like, but we do have fraternities and sororities on campus, join one I recommend it.

    Clubs and Activities

    This past year, our athletic programs have being improving. the male baseball team went to the final, don't know if they won. Female Basketball also went to final, volleyball went to final. Few of our gymnasts were honored by the NCAA for both their sport skills and grades. the Basketball team needs improvement, and no football team. i know bummer.

    Great for these types of students

    UIC is great for any type of scholar, unless your goal for a university is only partying than you might be a little disappointed. Students on campus are really serious on their education, at least the majority.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hang out spots: Mario's Italian Ice ( the best in the city my opinion), The university borders Greek-Town and Little Italy, we have great restaurant in the area. in Greek-Town dine at Mr. Zeus, and in Little Italy, Pompeii. The best food ever.

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of jobs available for students on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Since UIC is located in the city, most students go to the city for fun, there are always thing to do on campus, parties, etc... study first.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always seek help if you are finding yourself in trouble whether it is financial or educational. We have a huge amount of program dedicated to helping students achieve their goal.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a diverse university, but students seen to have a preference of hanging around people the same race. It's a highly populated environment, but if you live on campus the majority of students favor going home on weekends. I'll still recommend this university to anyone because, it has great professors who sometimes really care about you, the campus staffs are approachable and open to helping you.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UIC isn't exactly the safest campus in the world. It is located in an amazing city, but any big city has its flaws. Nothing really happens on the campus itself, but when one ventures out past the campus walls there definitely are danger risks.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life isn't as large and grand as other colleges and universities due to UIC being located in a tight compact area in Chicago, but once you find yourself in the Greek life, then you'll know all the hot spots. Watching what frats and sororities do in terms of helping the community has always been a joy to see as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    UIC has plenty of clubs and activities, ranging from art, dance, technology, sports, acting, you name it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There isn't many traditions UIC has due to it being a huge commuter school, but there is an Underwear Run to help fund raise clothes. You basically strip off the clothes you are wearing and donate them to a charity. You then have to fun a short marathon around the campus in your underwear.

    Bang for the buck

    College is always expensive, no matter where you attend. But UIC definitely provides one with great knowledge and wisdom that can be applied to the real world.

    What to do for fun

    UIC is basically in the heart of Chicago. Make sure to take advantage of that fact and explore what the city has to offer. UIC is located near Greek Town and Pilson so authentic Greek and Hispanic restaurants are just a few blocks away. Be sure to check out Michigan Avenue, State Street, Millennium Park, the museums, and much more. All of these can be found in Chicago tour guides.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, it has downgraded over the years, but like I tell myself and other people, food is food, so be grateful that you don't have to cook for yourself unless you're living in an apartment or one of the apartment-style dorms.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming varies from location to location. The atmosphere and social life is very different from the underclassmen dorms compared to the upperclassmen dorms. All in all, dorming is amazing considering the Chicago skyline can be seen every day at school.

    Academic Rigor

    Regardless of any college or university, if you don't put in the time and effort to learn and understand what your professors and classes teach you, then you won't get far. UIC is tough, but manage your time well and you'll succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    On your free time, it's great to go out and have some fun, but it's also very important to factor in studying time. Time management is one of the most key factors in college so learn during your first year in school.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a wonderful university where one can go and not just learn, but be challenged and strengthened throughout their academic years, whether it be undergraduate studies or graduate school. The diverse atmosphere UIC provides in student body, faculty/staff, and professors really bring about a different yet beneficial experience to any student. If you plan to attend, be ready to be a witness to the great success UIC has to offer in the city of Chicago.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, I've been out by myself at 11PM, shouldn't do this on a regular, but I felt safe enough to do it.

    Greek Life

    Sigma Ghamma Rho is good! Go to Chicago State if you want to be an Alpha Phi Alpha or an Alpha Kappa Alpha

    Clubs and Activities

    Be involved in as many things as you can!

    Great for these types of students

    What?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Explore, walk around for no reason and see what you find

    Bang for the buck

    Maxwell is awesome at 2AM!

    What to do for fun

    You're in CHICAGO! Enough said! Explore everything, ride the train, go to Rush ST and start networking!

    Food and Dining

    My Freshmen yr in 2010, food was crappy, however returning my sophomore year the CAF was completely redone and the food got alot better. The staff is very friendly and its best to develop close relationships with them!

    Dorm Life

    Very fun! Always something to do and new people to meet! All the dorms are nice, haven't seen any that aren't. I hate courtyard, chose the Commons/JST if you're Freshmen, and south campus if you're upperclassmen!

    Academic Rigor

    It's easy to pass the class if you know your teacher! I mean actually know them on a more personal level, because then they'll care more when you start struggling of falling behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on campus for your 1st year, after that, look for a place close to campus. Make as many connections as you can your Freshmen year, and make sure you're very involved because that opens at more doors and loopholes.

    In three sentences

    Excellent location and very helpful staff. Vibrant city and UIC is the heart of it. Life is simpler here!

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs, bars, sports, recreation center, swimming - you name it, Chicago's got it. Seriously - if you ever complain about being bored, you're too lazy to walk out your front door.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is decent, but the real gem is that you're in Chicago, so there's a million places of every caliber where you can fill up.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are better than a lot of colleges, but it's really hard to get studying done since most people are really friendly, and like running around to each other's rooms all the time.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're serious about school, the classes can seem really tough. For those who are lazy, there are plenty of slackers loop-holes that can make it easier - but not exactly easy - to squeeze by without too much effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off at the beginning or end of the semester/year. There are some really tough weed-out classes that can kick up the difficulty level significantly if you don't stay on top of it. Though our parties are legendary, hit the books instead of the bars for a few weekends.

    In three sentences

    UIC is an excellent city-based college, not only for being one of the top research colleges, but also because there's so much to do when you're not studying. We have great sports, and plenty of highly qualified professors that will get you far in life. Easily accessible via public transit, and easy to get places from college as well.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Only a train or bus ride from downtown Chicago! And being located in Chicago there are always fun things to do around town.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you need help ask the professors or TA they are always willing to help.

    In three sentences

    The environment of the campus is laid-back. There is always someone around to aid you in your educational goals.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Illinois Sheriff's Department has members working 24/7 on campus to ensure safety. Also, there are 1400 emergency call stations across campus which allow immediate Police assistance with the push of a button.

    Greek Life

    There is not much of a Greek Life at UIC, and there are no specific halls or housing associated with it. There are many other clubs and activities available. Seeing as many students are busy with their college life in the heart of Chicago, there may not be much time for Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many groups and clubs that people can join. Many clubs are available associated with majors, minors, ethnicity, religions, and even just common interests. There are many tutoring sessions and volunteeer organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and The WAVES program connected with the Student Health Center.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is perfect for someone who loves diversity and being around lots of different people, all the time. Also, city people can really appreciate the campus location. And those who are looking to find quality with out such high prices, this is the place.

    Bang for the buck

    My favorite part of my University is the quality education you can get with such a reasonable tuition. The U-Pass is also apart of student fees, which allows unlimited CTA transportation for both semesters. Also, the WEBSTORE at UIC helps unleash wanted computer software for cheap, and even free exclusively for students.

    What to do for fun

    There are different concerts and picnics held in the Pavilion. Also, mass e-mails and fliers around campus to help notify students of all the different activities available, and their schedules. Campus itself is right in Chicago's loop, so downtown Chicago and all it's sites are right at hand.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different food and dining options available right on campus. The dining hall food itself is very good quality, buffet style. On the other hand, there are many well-known, name brand food locations on campus. The familiar names help to easier adjusting to college life.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter but I know many people in dorm life. I have stayed on campus a few times and the dorms are in nice condition and not as small or uncomfortable as one might assume.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many courses to choose from, ranging from a wide variety of topics and rigor. The workload is tough, but manageable. The quality and rigor of the courses seem to fit the cliche of most college course expectations. The rigor helps with time-management and information retention.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some needed tips would be plan your orientation days early, and don't waste time picking your classes. With 40,000 undergraduate students, classes fill fast. Also, bring proper attire for weather and walking.

    In three sentences

    This school is very convenient location wise, financially, and for those seeking quality education. This school offers many resources and facilities that students can turn to for various reasons such as health, safety, finances, and just to have a good time.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    If you do not have a student meal plan, or if you want something other than the cafeteria food, there are restaurant (Wendy's, Sbarro's, Subway, KFC, etc.) to choose from. Also, there are highly reccommended restaurants close to the campus on Taylor Street.

    Dorm Life

    I actually do not, nor have I ever resided in the dorms here. I commute to campus. However, I have been told that there are some great dorms to choose from, JST being one in particular.

    Academic Rigor

    The science classes are pretty challenging. If you are not used to challenging work, then a tutor will be necessary.

    In three sentences

    This university is great for students interested in pursuing a degree in science. It's also beneficial for students interested in pursuing degrees and careers in music. However, the class sizes can be distracting.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    on campus you are safe. off campus well keep your eyes open

    Greek Life

    i am in a fraternity. best choice i have made

    Clubs and Activities

    not too big at UIC getting better

    Great for these types of students

    any type of student. Chicago is very diverse

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    wendy's is the stop and there is great food in greek town and italian village

    Bang for the buck

    it is cheap and you get great education

    What to do for fun

    join greek life. it is the best thing to do

    Food and Dining

    it is very bad. you are better off buying from wendy's

    Dorm Life

    i do not dorm i commute but i have friends that enjoy it. it is expensive and not the best.

    Academic Rigor

    it is challenging, just make sure you go to your classes and pay close attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    be active in clubs. keep focused in class. make sure you have all prerequisites. take advantage of all help. The CHANCE program is great to help students

    In three sentences

    great commuter school. very straight forward as far as getting work done. needs more extracurricular activities

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are so many posts throughout the campus that allow you to have access to an operator/911 if you are having an emergency or concern. With a simple push of a button on this post you can have authorities on your way to help in minutes. Relatively, nobody presses these buttons in daylight because it is a very safe campus, unless you are staying outside on campus past midnight (which is not recommended to anybody ANYWHERE even in their own neighborhood, because it is common sense to not be outside alone at 2am. You should be asleep by that time anyways in order to have energy to study the following day!)

    Greek Life

    There is a great amount of sororities or fraternities you can join if interested. Some sororities give back to the community and really help you build personal character by giving back with an honest heart. (ways they help: helping the elderly, helping the youth, helping the environment, etc.) Ironically enough, Greektown is a block away from the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can join a club or check them out on UIC's website. There is tons to choose from ranging from sports to the arts.

    Great for these types of students

    Want to explore Chicago after your studies? Well take the Blue Line train that is right in front of campus and you have access to various parts of Chicago! Such as Chinatown, Downtown, Little Italy, and much more!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Singing the UIC Song and UIC Fight song to get our university pumped up for an event or sports game! The team spirit here blows up the roof.

    Bang for the buck

    A tip for saving money on campus would be to buy used books instead of new ones! The used ones are in perfect quality either way and all that matters is the text's condition, not whether it is new or not.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do when on campus whether it be attending a play presented by the theatre group, joining a club or sorority/fraternity, and even just chilling at the library for some study time with your friends. The university's website will guide you to all the events happening on campus that you may be interested in!

    Food and Dining

    So much food variety!!! They have a cafeteria buffet all for under $10! The food is at great quality and they have food for vegetarians, meat-eaters, and those who love the best of both worlds. They also have restaurants such as Wendy's, Subway, and Dunkin Donuts for those fast food lovers.

    Dorm Life

    The fellow classmates at the dorms are really friendly and they respect your privacy and environment. Visiting your friends at their dorms is really fun and you get to bring a long your personal belongings to make you feel at home. The extra $10,000 to dorm is not a bad investment considering to those who live far away from home (and being in the city, apartments are far more expensive.)

    Academic Rigor

    I have learned so much within the first day. It is intense but that is a great thing. I am learning things I have never known before and the best thing is I grasp the knowledge easily because the professors have teaching styles that make it easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors! They are really helpful and they love to hear questions from students (the more questions, the more answers, the more knowledge you will have!) Don't be afraid to sit in front of the class! Having a front seat allows you to listen better and the teacher has a better view of you so if you ever raise your hand and have a question, they will answer it.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautifully diverse campus! It has amazingly enthusiastic professors and staff. It is in the heart of Chicago making it thrive with Chicago pride.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many fun clubs and events on campus that offers a chance to socialize with new people and get involved in school.

    Great for these types of students

    UIC is for students who want to learn and be challenged. UIC is especially great for students who want to pursue a medical career.

    What to do for fun

    UIC is really close to downtown Chicago so you can just take the blue line and go explore!

    Tips for prospective students

    Turn in your homework on time; don't procrastinate! Ask your professors/TAs/other students questions if you don't understand the material. Get involved in groups and events. Take advantage of all the resources that are provided on campus.

    In three sentences

    It is so diverse! The campus is beautiful and there is an unlimited amount of resources and events available. The view of the Sears Tower on campus is breathtaking.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SCE the lounge is a great place to just hang out with your friends after class.

    Bang for the buck

    A little more expensive if you don't transfer in from a community college.

    What to do for fun

    There are a whole bunch of different clubs and organizations that you can join.

    Food and Dining

    Have some great food places, and is near china town and greek town.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ratemyprofessor.com is your best friend.

    In three sentences

    Overall, it is a good school. They give you a bus and train pass to help you get around the city. However, some professors and/or teacher aides are really quite terrible.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe at UIC. There are always cops/general security near campus and emergency poles.

    Greek Life

    There are both national and local frats and sororities but only one frat house.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything from intramural sports (including quid ditch), to book clubs, work out clubs, to movie clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a cultural experience. Students who want to take advantage of many great career driving opportunities. Students who want to make many social connections. Students who want a quality education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many cute coffee shops, convenience stores, thrift stores, and restaurants which as a UIC student you get a discount at.

    Bang for the buck

    I am so happy I chose UIC. It may be a bit more chilly than I would like at times but it is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Bike riding is really popular, but personally I like going downtown. It's perfect for shopping (mostly window shopping for me) and easy to get to because being a UIC student, you get a U-PASS which you can use on all CTA.

    Food and Dining

    I have lost weight since being at UIC. There are so many healthy options to choose from. Each meal is balanced and you can even see the chefs prepare your meal.

    Dorm Life

    Go on a housing tour! It will help you a lot. UIC is a very large commuter school, so the campus is pretty quiet around the weekend. The dorms are very clean however. All the halls and bathrooms are cleaned daily. Living on campus is a great way to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework can be pretty taxing but my professors always encourage students to ask questions (even if you're in lecture with over 100 students). All the professors are able to meet with you during their office hours to clear up whatever you don't understand. This has helped me a lot. Also, there are so man free tutoring options which I highly recommend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the honors college- if you get in it can save you some money! Go in undecided and get a feel for what fits you best. Go on housing tours to find out what res hall is best for you. (I really regret not doing this).

    In three sentences

    Great place to be immersed in different cultures and experience. There are so many things to do on campus and off. The staff is so helpful and kind.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's ok but you have to be careful In the city. Don't walk around too late, carry your mace.

    Great for these types of students

    Math and science geniuses.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The undie run, where students race in their underwear for charity.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you want!

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty bad, but the people and the location are awesome.

    Dorm Life

    Uic is mostly a commuter school. Some dorms have better communities than others, but our dorms are actually pretty nice. Living in the dorms freshman year is definitely a good experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared for hard courses, weed out classes, and thirsty Thursdays. Although math and hard sciences are among the hardest courses at the college, a degree from Uic is something to be proud of. Although the university is so large, when you actually talk to the professors and get to know them they can help you and you will really learn a lot from them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect to have everything figured out by your freshman year! Knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life is a big challenge. Don't pick a major just for the money or just because your parents want you to choose it, because you will get the most out of your college experience if you are doing what you enjoy, and if you don't know what it is, take a variety of classes or use one of the campus resources to help you choose a major. Otherwise, just have fun, meet new people, and remember to take your first semester seriously.

    In three sentences

    Uic is located in one of the most amazing cities in the country. The diverse student body adds to the college experience. There are so many opportunities in whatever field you choose.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safe, but you have to be smart because people do get rob here from time to time. However, most of these victims walk outside late at night by themselves and happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Therefore, always use your five sense when walking around the city and make sure to have the police # on speed dial.

    Greek Life

    Not in one.

    Clubs and Activities

    This school offers a lot of clubs for all kind of people and it is not hard to find one that you are looking for.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are independent and are not big on parties because they don't exist at this school unless you are in a fraternity.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with people around my floor when they are around. Go sight seeing in the wonderful city and stay active with the sports offered here.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food have their days. Some days they are great and some days they are terrible. At UIC, you can expect to see burgers, pizzas, frys, and salad everyday. As for lunch, the cafeteria always has a special that they cook.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be lonely at times because the majority of the students go back to their homes during the weekend. The RA's are great and try to improve the dorm life by promoting different activities, but the turnout are not that great.

    Academic Rigor

    Course work is heavy for most classes and most of your class grades depend on the exams because homework points are not worth a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your school work and seek help when you need it. When you fall behind, that's when you should seek help because the work load can be very demanding and difficult to do when you struggle. In addition, if you decide to stay on campus make sure you make an effort to talk to other people otherwise you will be lonely.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a big commuter school and if you are looking for a social school, then this isn't the school for you. Teachers at this school are great and the school offers a lot of tutoring services free of charge. People here are friendly and the dorms are clean.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Downtown Chicago, is the best place to be in the country.

    In three sentences

    I've been researching this school for its bioengineering. I've heard alot of positive things about their medical program so I'm highly interested in getting in. I've been to the school campus alot because I'm from Chicago and I have alot of friends.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    93 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police on duty all the time! It isn't in the greatest of neighborhoods in chicago, but the school itself i feel very safe in, but outside the grounds depending on where you go could become a little sketchy, so always make sure to walk in groups, and know your surroundings! The neighborhood has been an up and rising one too, so the surrounding community has been better and better each year.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at UIC is becoming a much bigger activity at UIC hosting parties and activities regularly. There is no greek row, for chapter houses due to a rule in chicago, but most sororities and fraternities get apartments to serve as the chapter house.

    Clubs and Activities

    UIC doesn't have a football team, which is the downfall because you don't get to celebrate homecomings, or go to your schools game, but they do offer plenty of other sports, and clubs for almost everyone! I personally am involved in the Pre-Dental club, but there are millions of other clubs. UIC being a very very multi ethnic school, they cater to almost all races.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working students, and students planning on furthering their education in graduate schools.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UIC is located near the heart of Chicago, greek town, and little italy. There are two campuses, east and west. East is mainly for undergrad but some class could be hosted on west campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition itself is not very expensive, but one downfall is the large classroom size. Also some of the labs are very old. Dorms and apartments could become pricy, but what do you expect living in the city? I feel like i am getting a good education for my tuition, mostly all science classes have a lecture discussion and sometimes a lab, offering maximum time to learn the material.

    What to do for fun

    UIC is in the heart of the city. There is so much to do here that other colleges don't have to offer. A 10 min. train ride and you could be doing shopping on michigan avenue, hanging on Oak Street Beach, running or biking the lake shore trail, hanging out at navy pier, and if you're of age the endless areas of bars offer an amazing nightlife! Also Taylor Street the main street UIC is on offers great restaurants and a few good bars.

    Food and Dining

    SCE has a great little good court with a Wendys, Subway, and Subaro. There is defiantly a wide range of food to choose from. Dining halls, or snack shops mostly all of the buildings at UIC offer one or many of these food options.

    Dorm Life

    I wasn't able to dorm, since this school is majority commuters. But from what i have heard JST one of the newer dorms are great and up to date, but the other dorms are not so nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Known very much for its great research! Also has a great academic reputation as well!

    Tips for prospective students

    UIC is known to be one of the harder colleges for certain majors (biology, chemistry, engineering). Be ready to put in a lot of work. This school is great tho for students who plan on attending graduate school in the medical field, they offer many clubs and is located in the heart of the illinois medical district.

    In three sentences

    This university is great for students with a future in medical, or engineering. They offer a wide array of research opportunities. The view is great of the city, but the school itself really isn't that pretty :(.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    UIC is in a great location which means there is always plenty of fun activities to go enjoy. UIC itself is always hosting some events. There is an amazing gym, pool, track, and even a steam room. And of course its just a short train ride away from the Loop of downtown Chicago.

    Food and Dining

    The food options at UIC are wonderful. There are plenty of good restaurants with plenty of selections. And all the restaurants are located in what is called The Inner Circle which is basically like a big cool cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun and obviously convenient. UIC offers some very nice and modern dorms. There is always plenty of activities to keep busy with.

    Academic Rigor

    UIC is definitely a tough school. Science and math classes are the most challenging. The education is great. You learn a lot in a short amount of time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your A game! UIC is no joke. The material is tough and it definitely presents a challenge. Be open to new things. And take advantage of all the resources on campus.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a very well known school. It has a great location and an awesome campus! The education is very intense but worth while.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    95 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UIC Chicago is very devoted to keeping the students safe and communicating precautions all students should take.

    Greek Life

    No exposure to date.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am currently participating in Track at UIC and thoroughly enjoy being a part of the team!

    What to do for fun

    Go out to eat with friends in China Town has been my most enjoyable social fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and the availability/times food is served is meeting my needs.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorm I stay in and the neighbors in my building.

    Academic Rigor

    I have interesting, challenging classes, with excellent professors teaching my classes. They really help me when I have questions and encourage me to think out of the box. I enjoy college classes much more than my high school classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply and visit many colleges. Choose the college that meets your academic needs, athletic expectations if applicable and you feel comfortable with the level of diversity you are accustomed to in the community you live prior to attending college.

    In three sentences

    After searching for colleges in my junior/senior year, I looked into then applied at UIC Chicago among various other Illinois schools. After being accepted to all of the colleges I applied to, I then visited them to help in making my decision. UIC was my first choice and I'm thankful to be attending a diverse, and reputable academic college that also has an excellent Track program that I also benefit from and look forward to competing for under this college name.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Cheap but you get what you are paying for.

    What to do for fun

    Study

    Tips for prospective students

    go to office hours. Study for exams, for a long time. Talk to people in class.

    In three sentences

    Learn through failure school when it comes to hard topics. Generally teachers don't care for students.

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    97 of 165

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a diverse campus full of the excitement. Anyone who loves the city should definitely think about UIC.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Chicago has many opportunities and options for entertainments. The possibilities are endless.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a top credible school so it requires hard work ethic.

    Tips for prospective students

    Class is very important and should not be overlooked. Everything the professors say is expected to be understood and is fair game on the test.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Chicago has a very diverse multi cultural atmosphere. It allows for students to connect with people from different types of backgrounds. It is also very focused on individuality and helps create a personal identity.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Could be better, but there are on campus officers. Make sure you keep the on campus emergency number on your phone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Don't really have a view, have not joined one or looked in one yet.

    Great for these types of students

    Probably those going into the medical field. Those majoring in Pre-Med and such.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Taylor St has a lot of choices for a student to do if you're bored. Whether it'd be to eat out or something else.

    Bang for the buck

    Wish it was cheaper but most colleges aren't. As far as Chicago goes, this is the most affordable one around.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs/activities, restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    Food is better than most. If you don't like the cafeteria here, which I find reasonably cheap actually to dine in, there are other options. There's a Wendy's, Dunkin' Donuts and Subway on campus. If you don't like those places, off Taylor St. there's a lot of other restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I commute, so I don't know much about the dorm life/experience here.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I've been in are hard such as Physics, Chem, and even some Bios. Guess it depends on the class, and material that is covered in class. Just make sure to do the homework and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to study and do homework. Even if the homework doesn't count for part of the grade, they usually are good for practice and are similar to the quizzes and tests you will later take.

    In three sentences

    Overall, not a bad school.

  • 12/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus.

    In three sentences

    I don't understand the question.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    You can always go into the city with friends. Having movie nights is something that will never get old. UIC has an incredible rec center you can go play sports, rock climb, or even swim. But my personal favorite activity is eating; there's many places to go and eat all over the city.

    Food and Dining

    The food varies on certain days, however there is always the consistent chicken sandwich that can never get old.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is more fun than you can imagine. It is a way to connect to many different students from all over the world. You feel a sense of responsibility as if your maturing into adulthood, so make the right decisions.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a difficult school at certain time, however if you follow up on all your work and study, balancing fun and education will be easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to attend all of your classes, on time. Study hard and take advantage of the amazing rec center available to all students. Also, know that what time the cafe closes because that could raise many troubling issues.

    In three sentences

    The faculty and students make the campus a beautiful place to be. It's filled with people who want to learn and achieve greatness. I would rate the college a 10 on a 1-10 scale.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is very important to the faculity and staff. I've always felt safe as long as I've been here.

    Greek Life

    Try it out, you just might like what you find. Greek life at the university of IL at Chicago astounding.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs and organizations at the University of IL. There is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    It is in the top 100 of universities for research in the United States.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    University of IL at Chicago has a long standing tradition of quality education. The architecture of the building is amazing.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out of state student. The out of state charge is as much as attending the college itself. It is a very forward campus and has all the latest technology.

    What to do for fun

    I'm in a Sorority and have many outings with my sisters. Chicago is a city that never sleeps and there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is expensive. You have wonderful selection and food is really good.

    Dorm Life

    It is dorm life. A great way to meet other students. There are always activities for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    The first semester is the hardest. Learning the grading curve has been interesting and I was told by one of my professors that he probably could not pass his exam.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to come out of your comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    More than I ever expected. Campus life is amazing! They have a wonderful research department.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Is awesome

    In three sentences

    It is difficult when you start off but you will soon learn new ways on how to learn and absorb infromation. The science classes are challenging.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    West campus is not safe! East campus is a littler safer

    Greek Life

    Nothing I wanted to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rugby club!

    Great for these types of students

    UIC is great for city teens.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    No traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    Dorms are very expensive! Tuition is a decent amount.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting activities are free for students! When in need of a break attending a sporting event is a must.

    Food and Dining

    I do not eat here. The times I have, I have liked it.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm. Mostly freshmens dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Sciences classes at UIC are difficult. It is not good to take more than 3 sciences classes at one time. Studying old exams can help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make lots of friends! Study together and study from day one!

    In three sentences

    It is a big university that is underrated in everything they do. UIC is a great school and it does not have the hype of other big schools. 1-10 I give UIC a 7.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Due to it being so close to downtown Chicago, UIC campus security is very efficient in the sense that they do the best job possible to keep students safe. You do get the crime alert reports but most of the time it's because a student was being risky and was walking at 3:00 am by himself.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of activities and clubs that you can join or do. They have fairs to get people to signed up different clubs. There is definitely something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in Liberal Arts and Science. Also I think pre med students have some advantage because UIC has its on med school and we are so close to the medical district that there are a lot of opportunities to really get involved in anything that has to do with medicine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This isn't unusual but everyone at UIC seems to like hanging out at the quad, which is in the middle of the lecture halls. When its nice outside, it's a really nice place to just relax and talk with your friends.

    What to do for fun

    There tons of stuff to do at UIC and in Chicago in general. I think the fact that UIC is so close to downtown Chicago makes it even more incredible because there are so many different things you can do. Even taking a walk around the city is nice. As far as UIC is concern, however, there are a lot of clubs that you can do, a lot of volunteering opportunities. We also have a concert at the beginning of the year to welcome the students back and that's always fun to go to.

    Food and Dining

    I only went to the cafeteria once but I went to the nicer one (its called this because its located at the newest dorms) and it was pretty great.

    Dorm Life

    I unfortunately was not able to dorm due to the fact that its quite expensive. However, I have heard that it definitely is an incredible experience and that you make a lot of friends

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on your major really. If you are a science or engineer major the amount of hours you are going to be studying is gonna be a lot more than any other major and also the level of difficulty will be greater.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think my biggest tip for anyone is to take their first semester to see everything that is available to do at UIC and then join their second semester. You don't want to do too many things and then not be able to keep up with your academic work.

    In three sentences

    I think UIC is an excellent school for someone who wants both an academically challenged school and a fun college experience. UIC has many opportunities for all the different kinds of students and I think the fact that it's so diverse in it's student population is what makes it a great school. No matter who you are, you are bound to be able to achieve all your academic goals and at the same time make long lasting friendships and great memories.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    State of the art recreational centers. I spend a lot of time there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to learn because it is a challenging university.

    In three sentences

    Perfect location to go to school in if you don't want to be in the country or in the middle of nowhere. Right in the heart of Chicago. You meet great people, a lot of diversity in the school.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Sit or walk anywhere around campus because of its great location

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be sure to come to UIC with an idea of what you want to major in and also look into all the majors and minors. Try to plan out your career, so you know what you are doing and not feel lost.

    In three sentences

    I love it here. The environment is very diverse and one can meet a lot of new people. One can also find many opportunities here.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Honestly I really enjoy this school because of it being near downtown.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The surrounding area can be pretty sketchy but on campus there are lots of security buttons and the campus police are very present.

    Greek Life

    There is greek life but it's different than your ordinary greek life. There isn't usually a big house or a greek row but they will use someone's apartment (usually the president's) as a home base.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ehh. Things can be pretty disorganized but there are some good ones, just gotta find them!

    Great for these types of students

    Indepenent and driven!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Taylor Street is just a block west of campus with lots of restaurants and stuff to do!

    Bang for the buck

    If you're in state, tuition is pretty good! But housing is expensive!

    What to do for fun

    You are in Chicago! Need I say more?

    Food and Dining

    Pretty typical dining. AYCE buffet style. It's pretty decent most of the time.

    Dorm Life

    There are nice dorms and not so nice dorms. Definitely go to campus and check them out. It takes some work to find fun stuff to do on campus. There isn't a lot of campus life but if you make time for it and keep an open mind, you can find something.

    Academic Rigor

    You can ease by and get good grades but if you actually want to LEARN, it's going to take some work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus! UIC is so diverse, there is a nitch for everyone! Find a way to afford living on campus your first and, if possible, your second year. It's expensive but worth it! And a great way to get on a teacher's good side? Ask about their research and offer to help!

    In three sentences

    UIC is a great school for students who are independent and driven. With large class sizes and lots of teaching assistants, no one is going to hold your hand, demand that you do your homework or check in on you. On the other hand, if you apply yourself and reach out to people, you will find many who are willing to help, share their experience and you can get a lot out of your education.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Overall I think UIC is a great option. It obviously offers a great educational programs.

    What to do for fun

    I usually enjoy going to the gym, it helps relive the stress.

    Food and Dining

    The meals are great because they are done right in front of you. The only thing is you will see a lot of carbohydrates of the menu, on a daily basis.

    Dorm Life

    I live in JST, these aren't your typical party dorms. A student can actually get work done.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely getting the education of highly educated professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go with your heart, make sure you go with something you like.

    In three sentences

    The school is very heavy in academics. I appreciate the calm the surround the hustle and bustle of the city. The dorms offers peace and quite to achieve academic success.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus seems very safe even though surrounded by the city of Chicago.

    Greek Life

    I do not participate in Greek activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Working parttime at the campus pool, first as lifeguard , and now as instructor and coordinatior.

    Great for these types of students

    UIC would be great for the student who likes the urban life. Public transportation and many local ammenities to visit and explore.

    Bang for the buck

    I enjoy being able to see the same lecture twice in the same day if needed.

    What to do for fun

    Sightseeing is the easiest and least expensive. Lots of nice restuarants, Greek Town, China Town. Many venues for all types of live music.

    Food and Dining

    Food was great. Dining hall was usually clean and orderly.

    Dorm Life

    Stayed first year in dorm. I would reccomend the dorm life for first year students.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but not overwhelming. Teachers expect much but provide the means to achieve expectations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your counselor to map out the best path to your graduation goals. Search online for deals on text books. Enjoy the local sights and museums.

    In three sentences

    UIC has been a great and rewarding experience. I haved learned much from the great teachers there. I am looking forward graduating from UIC.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Area surrounding UIC is somewhat sketchy, and you will get crime alerts in your email inbox if something happens to a student near campus, but if you have common sense then you should be fine.

    Great for these types of students

    Good school for those that are studious, don't want to party all the time, and those that are pursuing careers in the sciences.

    Food and Dining

    Taylor Street has a decent variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars, most of them are decently priced. If you want to splurge, there is Chez Joel, a French bistro.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm so I cannot comment on it.

    Academic Rigor

    They do not mess around especially in the sciences. Lots of homework, difficult labs, etc. Especially organic chemistry, that class was a nightmare. It gets somewhat easier once you start taking 400-level classes that are specific to your major, however.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is not a party school. Most people commute. Get an apartment off-campus, it is much cheaper than the dorms (Pilsen is a good area to start with). The professors are brilliant but for the most part not good at teaching, so form study groups with your classmates (again, I cannot speak for non-science classes).

    In three sentences

    This is an academically-rigorous school, especially in the sciences (I'm a chemistry undergrad). I have seen bright people fail freshman physics the first time taking it. Very diverse school, and if you don't make any friends, fret not- the city of Chicago is fantastic and there are always events going on somewhere.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus is located in downtown Chicago. There are a million things to do in Chicago - shopping, exploring, going to the lake, Navy Pier, etc.

    Dorm Life

    The liveliest dorms are traditional style. If you are interested in a quieter setting, live on West Campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus, especially if you are commuting.

    In three sentences

    The campus size is small and comfortable. There are over 300 student organizations to connect you to the campus. The resources are available to all students and provide a wide range of services.

  • 02/14/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are call boxes all over campus. At night the residence halls have security posted at the doors. UIC has there own police dept. and CPD also drives around the campus. I think it's as safe as most other college campuses. The biggest crime on campus is theft, which is pretty common when you put a bunch of people together in any one place.

    Greek Life

    Yes - I didn't get involved though so I don't have much to say there.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are options of everyone. There are religious clubs, athletic clubs, pre-professional/profession clubs, Greek life, community service oriented orgs, etc. In the early fall all the clubs on campus come to the quad to recruit and give away free stuff - FUN!!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who like being in a city and who don't mind a challenge.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We may be the only college in Illinois with a BAT cave.

    Bang for the buck

    All colleges are too expensive, but I got a degree from an institution that is accredited and reputable. I don't regret attending, and I don't even regret having to take out some federal loans to attend.

    What to do for fun

    Billiards, bowling alley, and arcade games on East campus. Since UIC is located minutes from downtown there are plenty of things to do in the city. The rec center on east campus has a lazy river, rock climbing wall, steam rooms, and there are a bunch of classes. You can get discounts at some local stores and restaurants - loved that!

    Food and Dining

    Campus cafeteria was surprising great. It's better on East campus than West and I never at on South campus. There are subways, a Wendy's, and Sbarro's in a food court - lines get long around 12 but they move pretty quick. Many food options around and off campus if you get tired on the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on the East side of campus in CMN for one year. My floor was 21 and older, but the roommates acted as it they were high school students. This could be the case anywhere. It's livable but the South and West side of campus residence halls were much better.

    Academic Rigor

    I changed my major from biology to psychology. The bio track was very challenging. Though the psych track was challenging I was more interested in the course work so it motivated me to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus, it helps you to stay focused in school while maintaining a social life. Also, seek out tutoring before you NEED it. You don't want to get behing.

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois at Chicago is a challenging school with a great location. I had an amazing experience here - so much so that I have applied there for my graduate studies. If you can stand a little heat, you could be a FLAME!

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    We do have a Greek system but I don't think that we have Frat houses.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are a commuter, its good. However if you live in the dorms expect tuition to be around $10-15,000.

    What to do for fun

    There is an arcade and bowling on campus and its very big. In addition you are in the city of Chicago, lots of festivals happen and there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of restaurants around campus and on campus we have cafeterias and little convenience stores that have sushi, fresh soup. Also in the inner circle we have Wendy's and Subway.

    Dorm Life

    I can't really go too much into it because I don't dorm, however, from what I have seen, small room, thin walls (you can hear your neighbors).

    Academic Rigor

    I think its regular. It all depends on the subject really. If you are taking 100 level classes they will be easier than 200 and 300 level classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are dorming, try to get into JST it is supposedly the best best dorm on campus, however if you don't want to dorm, I suggest looking for some room mates and getting an apartment close to campus.

    In three sentences

    There is a lot of diversity, culture and languages. Good professors and okay T.A.s depending on the classes. The dorms are not that great.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Great selection of fast food places in and near by the campus and other sit in food stops nearby as well.

    Dorm Life

    i am not in a dorm dont take my review seriously

    Academic Rigor

    Some teaches will accept late work with a reason, others will laugh if you turn it in later than them asking for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and be prepared to be left to your own devices.

    In three sentences

    A wonderful and colorful experience for all types of learning.

  • 03/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you are walking down random dark alleys at 1 am, it isn't really safe. Otherwise, there are always people walking around, and there are hundreds of lighted emergency poles placed all around campus, and even one at the entrance to the CTA Blue Line Train.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Rec Center is a great place to find different intramural teams to join, and at the beginning of the year the multitude of clubs UIC has set up a fair in the quad to showcase what they have to offer.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that don't want to leave home for financial or other reasons will benefit from the easy commute to campus, which is less than a 15 minute walk or 4 minute bus drive from Union Station. Since the majority of students commute, there is no sense of isolation present at other dorm-heavy schools. Students interested in doing research will also benefit greatly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    From the second balcony of BSB, you can take amazing pictures with the skyline in the background. There are also some shrubs trimmed to form the letters UIC that also make a nice backdrop.

    Bang for the buck

    Dorms are more expensive here, but other than that I pay far less than my friends in other colleges, even without scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    There are many different clubs and intramural teams to join, including water polo, volleyball, and rugby. The UIC Pavilion constantly hosts concerts and similar events, besides sporting events that are free to students. Places like the Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Art Institute can be traveled to by the CTA, the price of which is included in tuition.

    Academic Rigor

    Your classes are what you make of them. If you never study, the tests will be extremely difficult. Study and you will do well. All of my professors so far have been more than willing to help struggling students, and there are tutors and a writing center available as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Since UIC is 85-90% commuters, make friends with people that take the same trains/buses you do. Explore the city when you get the chance, especially Michican Ave. and the variety of museums. If you have any classes in the Behavior Science Building, arrive 15 min early on your first day.

    In three sentences

    Right next to the heart of Chicago with no racial/ethnic majority, it is the most diverse campus in Chicago, and possibly the entire state. It is also one of the top schools in the country for research, so all the professors teach the most current information available in their field. The many different majors let you meet many different kinds of people, including international students.

  • 03/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It has its own police department, shuttle buses, police posts everywhere.

    Great for these types of students

    For students that enjoy adventures and diversity.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the cheapest tuitions in Illinois with the highest recognition.

    What to do for fun

    UIC is literally 5-10 min away from Chicago's downtown, the things to do for fun are limitless. And the campus also has their own full size gym, bowling place, recreation centers and parks. It is also very close to shopping streets.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always keep a map with you of the campus (it's huge). Don't be afraid of meeting new people and experiencing new things, you might miss out on a lot of opportunities. Get to know your professors, they can be an important key on your success as a researcher.

    In three sentences

    Research and internship opportunities make it easier for you to grow and for your dreams to become achievable. Student life around downtown is as diverse as can be, with ethnicities and age ranges of all types. Only downside is some of the building are old and in need of maintenance.

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is superior, and considered top priority by the university. There are emergency call buttons all over campus.

    Greek Life

    It's exclusive once you get in, but it is open to all students who wish to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's so many options out there, it's about finding what you love to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded, hardworking, passionate

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UIC's Student Center East is not only a student center, but an area for all different students to get to know one another, or just relax and utilize the great facilities the university has in place.

    Bang for the buck

    UIC tuition is reasonable, and it is excellent for the type of education you receive.

    What to do for fun

    UIC is located at the tip of Downtown Chicago, and is also only blocks away from several different vibrant Chicago neighborhoods, all available for student to discover and explore.

    Food and Dining

    There's places for everyone around campus from cafes to restaurants, it's a matter of finding something you like.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm but my friends who do seem content.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is very challenging, and professors are top notch. You have to be dedicated to working hard and studying in order to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise prospective students to come to UIC with an open mind, as people of all different viewpoints will be present in your classes. Also, be prepared to work hard, as UIC takes all their undergraduate majors very seriously.

    In three sentences

    UIC has proven to be a school that is dedicated to ensuring the success of it's students. One of the core features of a UIC degree is exposure to the world beyond college, so that students will possess the skills to tackle the job market after college. The student environment is also quite welcoming, as students of all different backgrounds attend this diverse university.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe or worried about walking around in the day or at night

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of greek life but I know people who are and they love it here so go crazy!.

    Clubs and Activities

    Choir!

    Great for these types of students

    UIC is incredibly diverse, just like the city itself. There are opportunities for every group, ethnicity, and type of person who comes here.

    Bang for the buck

    UIC is probably not the best university ever but trust me when I say I've been to much worse.

    What to do for fun

    Go to plays and choir concerts! There are also a ton of greek life and campus organizations as well as shows and events for students. The gym is also a great place to spend some free time, I go there 5 days a week to exercise and the machines are top-notch

    Food and Dining

    Again, I almost never eat on campus but I've heard pretty good things.

    Dorm Life

    I'm actually lying about this one, I live in an off campus apartment but I've lived in dorms at another university and, really how good can any dorm experience get (communal showers.)

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be hard but in the end it is worth it because you learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard at the classes but also take some time to experience groups and the city. There are so many amazing opportunites for young students in Chicago and at UIC. Also make sure you go to the plays and concerts given at UIC, the students put a lot of time and effort into those productions and they are always worth checking out.

    In three sentences

    The classes, in general, are good. The music and theatre departments are small but very well developed and contain a great number of talented students. The campus is not that pretty, but Chicago should be pretty enough to make up for a less then perfect college campus.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a ton of StarTell towers on campus which provide a sense of safety for UIC students.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is existent, but it is not as big or apparent as it could be. This has to do with being a city campus school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 clubs and student organization to get involved in. Anybody can find something to join and grow through.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student could succeed at UIC if they put in the effort and strive to do their best.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Behavioral Sciences Building is extremely confusing, so watch out.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that you get what you are paying for when you go to UIC. It is not a overly expensive school, so some of the buildings could use repair.

    What to do for fun

    What can you not do for fun. You live in Chicago, so you have the whole city open to you as a outlet for social activities.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are good and offer a wide range of food. It is cafeteria food so you can't expect anything amazing, but it is consistent.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls at UIC range from old to new. The rooms are decent, but the real jewel of UIC Campus Housing is the staff. The Resident Assistants and Peer Mentors are always there for the residents to help them with whatever they need.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor changes based on what major you have declared. The concrete sciences are definitely much more difficult, but it can be said that if you get a degree from UIC you can say you truly learned about your field.

    Tips for prospective students

    First, live on campus. You get a huge academic and social advantage over anyone who commutes to school. Second, get involved. There are so many clubs and organizations that it makes it ridiculously easy to find something to do on campus.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a very unique university. The diversity, structure, and architecture of UIC make it a constant adventure through your academic career. Students grow and learn so much, not just about academics, but about themselves at UIC.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Throughout my stay at UIC, never once have I been scared or even nervous of my surroundings. Not only is the campus secure in terms of lighting at night, but the availability of emergency police outposts and security guards in general makes the campus even more sheltered. In total, UIC offers a very safe environment that any individual can feel comfortable in.

    Greek Life

    Having personally joined a Fraternity here on campus, I can honestly it's one of the best decisions I've made in my life. Both brotherhood and sisterhood alike are rampant at this college. In general, the Greek community here at UIC offers not only a great social life, but also a chance to make friends that will last a lifetime.

    Clubs and Activities

    UIC offers a plethora of different clubs and activities to participate in. Just about any topic or movement can be found within a club here. I'm sure whatever interests you can be found amongst a group of people with those same enthusiasims.

    Great for these types of students

    For any student interested in being exposed to different languages, cultures, or people in general, UIC is the place to go. As an Anthropology major, that's exactly what attracted me to this school. Every nationality, religion, race, and ethnicity is not only accepted here, but taken in with welcoming arms.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is always something exciting happening on campus. For instance, just today I was walking to class and came across a full-out dance competition. It was quite an entertainment, and well worth the few minutes I was late to class.

    Bang for the buck

    Just like any college, UIC does come at a cost. But I must say, it is a cost well worth the pay. Not only has my knowledge increased due to my education here, but the amount of friends and experiences I have made has already changed my outlook on life.

    What to do for fun

    Lying within one of the greatest cities in the world, UIC is filled with opportunities to enjoy your free time. With your U-Pass, traveling throughout Chicago is without cost, therefore opening up countless areas to explore. Shopping, eating, or just sight seeing in general are what I tend to do on a daily basis.

    Food and Dining

    Normally I would expect cafeteria food to be repulsive, but here at UIC that is not the case. Of course there are days where the meals are not at best quality, but in general the dining services here offer delicious food. Almost every week a different culinary theme is picked, offering a unique dish for students to try.

    Dorm Life

    UIC offers great living accomodations. My dormitory, PSR, is great; quiet environment, lively social life, and great living services in general. I have had a chance to visit all of the dorms here, and I must say, they all fall under those categories.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum offered here at UIC is challenging, but very rewarding. My favorite class at the moment is my Italian course. My teacher is an awesome, bubbly person, and due to her teaching methods I am well on my way to fluency in Italian!

    Tips for prospective students

    Any students currently thinking about enrolling into UIC, I would highly reccomend it. It would be in your best interests to decide on your classes, as well as your living arrangements well before the beginning of school. Come to school with an open mind and good attitude and you're sure to make many friends.

    In three sentences

    I honestly love this school. Not only are the classes and professors excellent, but the general population of students is great. The diversity here is something one could not find at any school.

  • 05/04/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I believe that UIC is one of the best schools students can attend for Engineering. UIC has an excellent research opportunities.

  • 05/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    UIC has lots of sport. You can join any of the sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will not regret of choosing UIC as your school.

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois is nation's of the best university. Located in the shadow of the downtown Chicago, it has really nice environment. Education's quality is the best here.

  • 05/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The undergraduate east campus itself is very safe. However, the farther you go from campus and the later at night it is, the less safe it becomes to be walking around outside. The people on campus are friendly though. The school is safe, and I've never had anything really bad happen to me my two years here, commuting two hours a day on the Blue Line. The school gets crime alerts whenever someone gets robbed within the several miles surrounding campus, but I don't think I've ever seen one occur on the campus itself. They're less frequent this year than they have been in the past, so the UIC Police must be doing something right.

    Greek Life

    There are some sororities and frats, a lot of them for business or ethnicities though. It's all about testing the waters are finding people you really connect with. I've heard some sororities and frats unofficially live together in rental houses or apartments, but they don't have official frat houses or anything on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs, but you really have to seek them out, or start one if it doesn't suit you. There are a lot of school-sponsored events that can be low in attendance if they're not right in the middle of the school day or don't give out free stuff. Some students seem to be disconnected from Campus Programs Events. If you really want to make some close friends, organize meet-ups with other students at school events or activities around the city.

    Great for these types of students

    Med students, all kinds of graduate students mostly interested in research, commuter students, undergraduate students planning to go to grad school, Urban Planning and Public Affairs students, Architecture students, Psychology students, Biology students, students who want to live in a big city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school architecture is a little funny. Don't get lost in BSB or the Arts buildings.

    Bang for the buck

    It's one of the best schools you can get for the cost of Illinois public university tuition.

    What to do for fun

    It's a school in a big city, so you basically have all of the restaurants, clubs, museums, parks, beaches, theatres, and interesting neighborhood attractions that are just one short train or bus ride away from the university. As for on-campus stuff... They hold school-sponsored activities all the time that a lot of people seem to think are lame, but they usually have free food and some nice people attend. Find a club you can join or find friends in your major. Definitely find some friends that live on or around campus, even if you don't.

    Food and Dining

    Food at the school is just average. We have an Au Bon Pain in the Behavioral Sciences Building and a Dunkin Donuts in the Student Center. But all of the food AROUND the school is amazing. Lots of ethnic cuisine in the nearby neighborhoods, with Greektown and Little Italy surrounding the school. Go a bit farther and there's Pilsen for amazing and cheap Mexican food. And go just a little bit farther and there's just loads you can find in the city.

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived on campus, but I've heard the dorms are fun Monday through Thursday. People go home on the weekends, back to the suburbs. Find friends who live in nearby Chicago apartments to hang out with on the weekends if you want to stay on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the class and the major. 100-level Liberal Arts and Sciences will generally be the easiest classes, as people from all colleges take them as electives of General Education requirements. As you start to get to 300-level and above, or even some 200-level classes, they get difficult. The long papers start to pile up. You need to be a strong writer. I've heard the STEM majors are challenging, and you really need to work hard, as it is with most schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind. Speak to lots of people. Attend events. See the city. College is what you make of it.

    In three sentences

    A big, diverse, inexpensive, (mostly) commuter university right in the middle of the city. I commute, but I've made a lot of friends on campus through classes and activities and I still like being at school a lot. The school seems to be trying its hardest to create more of a campus community.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very secured and kept in close. Lot of police/camera's/detectors/emergency stops all over the campus

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons and tons of different clubs and Activities to choose from. If there is something you like or have interest in, there's a probable chance there is a club for that at UIC.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, Business, and Economics Majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The art institute and the museum of UIC is known to be haunted. Beware!

    Bang for the buck

    It was definitely worth coming to UIC to do my undergrad here cause so far I absolutely love the campus, people, and the setting here

    What to do for fun

    Go to the city, Clubs and organizations, Tons of intramural sports and activities. Hang out at the Quad and relax with friends. Many many more options to choose from as the campus is right in the heart of Downtown Chicago.

    Food and Dining

    Typical cafeteria food. Nothing special with traditional menu and items.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has been great with many people coming from diverse backgrounds. It was an awesome experience living and share different life stories with them and work together to help each other succeed.

    Academic Rigor

    Acadamecially this school has reached beyond my expectations as its very extensive and helped students reach their area of interest after graduation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please check out the diversity and campus first before applying or making your decisions, know your major and what to expect from you both academically and socially.

    In three sentences

    Ethnically and politically diverse institute. Variety of different backgrounds all working together to create a better atmosphere for everyone. Very intellectual professors with high level of education

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many alarts over the entire campus, which really makes a lot safer for students walking around at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always activities going on around compus, making campus life always interesting.

    What to do for fun

    Involving school activities with different students, making lots differernt friends.

    Food and Dining

    Variety of foods choices. School puts effort to create different meals everyday. Overall is great.

    Dorm Life

    Close to city, there are many things to do after school and the transportation system is convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    Personally I've actually learned lots from the faculty.

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard play hard.

    In three sentences

    Overall is pretty good. the faculty are really willing to help students who needs help. The school life is fun, lots activities and students are friendly.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Run and visit the theater with my wife.

    Dorm Life

    Living off campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay positive and focus!

    In three sentences

    I have had the chance to visit the university of Illinois at Chicago. I spoke to many alumni and faculty members who only had positive things to say. I love the location of the campus. It is in the heart of Chicago, where almost everything social takes place and is just an hour from home.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are an innumerable number of clubs and organizations here. The vastly diverse student population brings a lot. Ranging from languages to hobbies and major-related interests, there will be plenty of groups that catch your attention and that will enrich your college life.

    Bang for the buck

    As one of the most affordable universities in the midwest, this urban school provides more than enough. How can one really put a price on being located in the windy city, Chicago?

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms on east campus are fairly old and the students don't respect them too much. South campus and west campus hold some very nice dorms, though, but are farther from most of the academic buildings where classes are held. It will only ever be a 10-15 minute walk, max! There are constantly programs to partake in as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you're willing to live the city life. Also be prepared for the vast cultural and ethnic diversity, it will benefit you! UIC isn't an easy school, with a lower acceptance rate than Urbana, be prepared for hard work.

    In three sentences

    There are obvious benefits to attending a school in the international city of Chicago, and they all become available to you when you attend UIC. Not only that, but the school is renowned for the relevant research the faculty and staff conduct together throughout many fields; not something that's easy to find at every school. With reasonable tuition, excellent faculty, staff, and curriculums, this school is more prestigious than people seem to think and will provide you with the resources, experiences, and knowledge you need to live your life doing what you love.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go downtown to the restaurants and the main attractions downtown. Around UIC are plenty of diverse restaurants and shopping stores that are sure to catch your eye.

    Tips for prospective students

    Basically, make sure you do everything early-study ahead, fill out forms early, do Fafsa and scholarships early, etc. Don't procrastinate!

    In three sentences

    UIC is a diverse school for people who are looking to excel in school. It has accessible resources, whether tutoring on campus or stores located downtown. It is a great college also for students looking to research or medicine.

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the rec center there's a lot of things to do there or just go to downtown.

    Food and Dining

    Its got some good fast food places. It has some really good restaurants nearby.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm so I do not know.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate and focus on your school work first. If you need help get it as soon as possible because things move quickly and you can't catch up.

    In three sentences

    It is very diverse which is good because you meet people from different backgrounds. It should work with Metra Railways to give students discounts!! It has its good and bad moments.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Both the dorm and neighborhood are very safe. Locks on doors and you can always ask a buddy to walk you to the dorms.

    Greek Life

    There are always parties to go to. Whether or not your in a fraternity. You get notified faster in the Greek like and get to meet more people through that means of connection.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are an incredulous amount of things to do on campus. From different diverse sports to activities hosted by the school itself.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love to study will always have a buddy. Students who love to party will find their niche. Students will never feel isolated because there will always be someone who is similar to you just around the corner.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are specials on beers on specific nights and the store is right around the corner. There is a store called Shrek, that sells bags and shoes that look very similar to what celebrities like Nikki Minaj and Lady Gaga are wearing.

    Bang for the buck

    Most things around campus is cheap. Also, students always get some type of discount to every event the school hosts.

    What to do for fun

    You can hang out with friends. Visit other dorms. Go check out DOWNTOWN. Go out and eat. The different dorms have specific attractions to them for instance fitness centers.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing. You get to chose whatever you want and the wait is incredibly short.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were heated, bathrooms clean and the living space is pretty big compared to other schools. In one word, its extremely COZY!

    Academic Rigor

    Knowing that academics are no joke, and that incoming freshman might be behind, UIC offers summer classes to all students who want to take it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to the school on time, so that you can take full advantage of all the scholarships and special incentive UIC school provides.

    In three sentences

    This college compared to others, is pushing for its students to succed. Incoming freshman, like myself, are given FREE college classes opportunities; with different subjects to choose from as well as time that fit your schedule. In my eyes, it rates a 5 out of 5 because of the high-standards it holds its name to.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Downfall to being located in Chicago, crime does take place.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't as big as other schools but pretty decent for the type of campus. It should have a great match for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    Located in the heart of Chicago, taylor street is close by with many bars and restaurants.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club and meet people. It's hard on a commuter school campus but once you do it's amazing.

    In three sentences

    Courses are challenging and beneficial in the long run but professors aren't the most helpful. College campus itself is not the most modern but construction is slowly changing that. It is located in the middle of the city, great location.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    The Universityof Illinois at Chicago constantly boasts about their diversity, and they definitely deserve those bragging rights. My time here has allowed me to explore a plethora of cultures. They provide a unique experience on campus, and the city of Chicago is your backyard.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Readily available and helpful.

    Greek Life

    Not as big as other schools but it is a fun way to explore the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I enjoyed being active in Greek life! Fun way to meet people on campus and have fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education for the least amount of money in Chicago!

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown!

    Food and Dining

    Just, no.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on the dorm, but worth a year!

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the class, but most of my classes have been very labor intensive. And just showing up to class isn't enough all the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. Live in the dorms for a year. Join groups on campus!

    In three sentences

    Very diverse community. Can be very challenging to understand some of the teachers assistants. Wonderful location!

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out in the quad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be nervous, it only takes time to make the transition from high school.

    In three sentences

    It is a very nice campus with lots of great opportunities. Once you get to know the area it is simple to get around. There is a great diversity which is a great plus for making new friends.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go and explore the city. There is a vast range of opportunities, especially if you enjoy sports. Chicago is one of the best sports cities in the country and the games are always exciting.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and there is always a variety. They have some of the same things everyday in case you don't like the specials.

    Dorm Life

    It's a great place to dorm because the dorms are just outside downtown Chicago. It only takes about five minutes through public transportation to get downtown.

    Academic Rigor

    The research opportunities are amazing here but the entry level professors can be a little irritating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't party too late at night and wander around the streets. A few blocks south and west of campus, the neighborhoods start to get a little sketchy.

    In three sentences

    It is a great university in one of America's greatest cities. Even though most of the students commute, it is an outstanding place to live on-campus. The university is only growing and eventually it will become one of the country's finest.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe as any campus

    Greek Life

    No greek affiliation.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs and activities. Not part of any, however.

    Great for these types of students

    Lively, ambitious, driven, fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't found any unusual locations or heard of weird traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    The university is definitely worth the money. Awesome city, with a high-quality education.

    What to do for fun

    The campus itself holds plenty of interesting and exciting events throughout the school year. But of course there is always the great city of Chicago with its abundance of parks, clubs, sports, and more. Marvelous city life.

    Food and Dining

    Never dined there.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in dorm. I commuted

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult but exciting to learn. They have the ability to invigorate your brain and realize the true importance of what is being taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students include responsibility, and accountability. Students should realize that there is a time to have fun and experience the life of Chicago, but there is also an extreme importance on studying and cultivating the mind. It is imperative to recognize time management.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Chicago is as a desirable school as one may find. The education received is powerful and driven. The campus' unique architecture gives an invigorating and refreshing place to learn and develop as a student. In all the University of Illinois at Chicago is one of the best universities to grow as a person, and develop your mind.

  • 08/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is really strict on security. They have their own police force, not security guards, POLICEMEN. They have buttons around campus in case you can't get to your phone and they will be at your location in minutes. There's also a free taxi service after a certain time, so if you're on one end of the campus and don't feel safe walking to the other(or you're sick, or whatever the case may be) just call them and they'll take you to the part of the campus you need to get to.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for students who are looking for academic success and not to party too much. That doesn't mean that you won't have fun here, you absolutely will, it's just not considered a party school.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not that expensive, but it isn't very cheap either. However, it is worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Again, UIC is in a great place in Chicago. It's right by the Blue Line train station, so pretty much all of Chicago is accessible from there. As for on Campus there are game rooms, a bowling alley, recreational center, wall climbing, and many more things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, they have a plethora of food to choose from. Also because f it's location, UIC has many restaurants that are within walking distance around it. You will never run out of food options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty good in size, and there aren't any strict rules, they consider you an adult.

    Academic Rigor

    As I stated before, most of the professors have doctorates in their respective fields and they truly want to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Not much of a tip but you're going to have A LOT of fun during orientation, it was one of the best times in my life.

    In three sentences

    It has a really great campus, and everything is very accessible. Everyone there truly seems to care about each individual; they have numerous places to go for help whether it be for school or personal. It's a great college academically; most of the professors their have doctorates in their respective fields.

  • 08/03/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Really nice campus! Love their basketball court. People are friendly!

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are on-campus police.

    Greek Life

    Not very common.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of things that you could get involved in!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those interested in medical or health-related fields.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spark in the Park - free concert at the beginning of the school year.

    Bang for the buck

    UIC is cheaper than a lot of other universities, but any college is still expensive.

    What to do for fun

    You have access to public transportation, so go explore the city!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeterias do not have many options for vegetarians or people who want to eat healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Not many people dorm at UIC, but it is still a great way to meet people your first year. They are very overpriced though, and you'll save a lot by commuting or living in an apartment nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the science classes are really difficult, and some of the teachers are not the best. I've had great experiences with mathematics and teaching classes though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Also, get a planner and organize your time well so that you have balance in your academic and personal life.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a very diverse school, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. It is located in Chicago, which allows for many great volunteer and job opportunities. It has many great professors, but it also has some pretty awful ones.

  • 08/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UIC is very safe. Of course, being around certain areas alone after a certain time is not wise.

    Greek Life

    There are a variety of different people and beliefs at UIC.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a part of the Italian Club, which is fun.

    Great for these types of students

    At UIC, you are never bored because there is always something to do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This will be fun to explore yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    It really depends on you. What your interest is and what UIC has to offer differs depending on your independent interest.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for Fun at UIC! Just about every month, there are different events, clubs, a lot of social life, etc. There is bowling, ping pong, and other fun things to do on-campus.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the food at UIC is good. It really depends on the day and where you eat. There are also a lot of good restaurants without walking distance around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I have lived in the dorms twice and it is very interesting. I say this because I lived on the west side, at the student residence halls, which is very clean, but so small. This is actually a good thing because everyone knows each other, so it is very easy to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very important that you study! Being in College is not the same as being in high school. You must know your trade, or else, your grades will quickly down. Trust me, I have been here. Developing study habits and knowing when to ask for help is very important for your own personal success.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important that you make friends quickly. At UIC, everyone studies all day, all the time! It can be very lonely studying alone, or wanting to do fun activities on-campus, such as bowling, going to events, joining clubs, etc.

    In three sentences

    UIC is, how can I put this into words; UIC is just awesome! It is a very huge campus with so much to do and see! The best part about UIC is the energy that you feel while attending, and the care the stuff members shows towards their students!

  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out in the city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself.

    In three sentences

    Great diversity. Helpful staff. Fun campus life.

  • 08/25/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    80% safe

    Greek Life

    awesome get involved they are really friendly

    Clubs and Activities

    mens Basketball games are fun.

    Great for these types of students

    great for commuters

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    halloween is crazy as hell in the dorms.

    Bang for the buck

    UIC is not ideal for international students, you will feel lonely on the weekends unless you have friends and relatives around the Chicago area to visit during the holidays.

    What to do for fun

    join sports and attend all the parties!

    Food and Dining

    fast food 24/7= not healthy expect the Freshmen 15 if your a eater.

    Dorm Life

    Boring as hell. everybody leaves on the weekends! no fun at all

    Academic Rigor

    Average but it can vary depending on your major and the courses your taking. But it should be a breeze if you have no learning difficulties.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to stay in the dorms as a Freshman, make sure to register earlier so you get great options for rooms etc...

    In three sentences

    UIC is a great commuters college. you just pop-in during the week days and your out by Friday. A diverse place to meet different kinds of people across the globe.

  • 08/25/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There has been crime around the campus but there are safety precautions evident throughout the whole campus. Campus security is more than willing to help you out and makes sure that their presence is known.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are watching their budgets.

    Bang for the buck

    The college is not expensive and you get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs and events on campus. The Student Services Center has different offices for people of different races and nationalities. There are many clubs on campus that you can join and meet more people through. Downtown Chicago is just a train ride away so you can always explore and find something to do down there.

    Food and Dining

    The food I had at the orientation was fantastic. There have a variety of choices in the cafeteria. It does not matter if you are a vegetarian or vegan, they offer food to satisfy everyone.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small and expensive. I chose not to dorm there because I felt the price was not worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    My major is biochemistry. The classes required are rigorous and have a heavy workload. The adviser said that many students change majors because the classes are hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and try to decide on a major early. The transfer process is fairly simple and easy. You will have a mandatory orientation that will guide you through settling into the new college. The architecture is not the most aesthetic and the buildings are mostly made of concrete. Make sure you apply to the Honors College early because you can get more scholarships through there. When you meet your adviser at the orientation, make sure you get their business card because there is no way of finding out who they were after the orientation.

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois at Chicago is an affordable and decent college. It provides students with a diverse selection of programs and degrees. The architecture of the buildings is concrete and can resemble a prison sometimes.

  • 08/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I would watch out walking around at night. There is also a lot of theft in and around campus. Utilize the campus police and have their number programed into your phone, and carry pepper spray.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city!

    In three sentences

    Very diversified school with many different types of cultures and people. Wonderfully located by Greek town and Little Italy which means amazing food. Located in Chicago a beautifully historic city with many museums and businesses for your resources.

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    What isn't there? There is bowling, clubs, a bunch of restaurants, blue line near by to go to anywhere you want, Greek town, China town, and so much more!

    Food and Dining

    This one gets a 4 out of 5 too because there is so many food choices that it never ends! The inner circle has Wendy's, Bravo Burrito, Sbarro, and Subway. There is so many more restaurants and stores to get food. The only bad thing is the cafe food varies from amazing to not so stellar.

    Dorm Life

    I only give it a 4 because I live in Courtyard and they really need to update it. Other than that, the rooming is nice and the bathrooms get cleaned every week which is a plus. It is also connect to Student Center which has all hour computer labs, vending machines, a bunch of food places, bookstore, cafe, bowling, and so much more.

    Academic Rigor

    I give UIC a 4 out of 5 since a lot of the classes are challenging and make you think. There is so many tools and the faculty is so nice that if you have any question, someone will always be able to help you out. I left the last star off because not all teachers and classes are perfect.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and stay on task. It is such a nice campus, but you can get side-tracked so easily. Also, join clubs and make new friends.It is always a good thing to join in on a club you can enjoy and make friends out of it. Take the help given to you from your counselors to your advisers. It can be a rough start, but you will get through it.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a wonderful campus in the heart of the city with many opportunities and endless amounts of fun. It has many wonderful faculty and it is such a diverse community. It is somewhere you know you can prosper and grow into whatever major you want to.

  • 09/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is campus security walking around campus at all times, but you won't even need them because everybody is so nice. If you do feel uncertain there is a number of options in which the university offers to escort you safely.

    Greek Life

    Greek town is less than a mile away so there are Greek restaurants stretching back to back for miles.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds and hundreds of clubs that you can join, but if you don't like any of them you can start your own club.

    What to do for fun

    There is a rec center where I spent most of my time. They have a full gym, basketball courts, and a pool and they offer classes their too.

    Food and Dining

    It is by downtown Chicago so there are hundreds and hundreds of options on depending on what you are craving and how much you are you want to pay.

    Dorm Life

    I am not dorming it so I can't say, but I have heard the dorms are pretty comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are pretty challenging but not something so hard that you can't handle you just have to be ready to put hours of work in on homework because that's how you really get prepared for exams. The teachers are really nice and can offer help if you ask them for their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do research on the university and see what they have to offer. If you apply and get accepted make sure you take the placements test as soon as possible so you can apply for orientaiton and register for classes before they get filled up.

    In three sentences

    The university has a pretty big campus as its spread out throughout a number of streets that are a mile apart. Lectures are also big but you have discussion sessions that are much smaller, usually 15 to 20 students. In overall it is a great school to go to.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe when you're on campus, but there has been many robberies outside of campus. Suggestion: never go alone at night, walk with groups, never have your phone out, and have pepper spray with you at all times.

    Greek Life

    Many Greek organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    UIC offers many clubs and organizations. They also let you create your own club as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Any, but highly recommended to las majors or health science or anything in science/med.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many places to go out to eat, and great views!

    Bang for the buck

    Great education! You'll definitely learn a lot.

    What to do for fun

    There's many clubs and organizations to join and there's always upcoming events and movie nights

    Food and Dining

    The food here is decent. They try to serve ethnically diverse food, but you do get bored of the food pretty quickly.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on which dorm you're living in and which side of campus. East campus is mostly for undergrads. If you plan to dorm, I recommend Commons South since it's close to your classes and easier to navigate. The facilities aren't that great(laundry room, bathroom), but you make the most out of it. Single rooms are smaller and more expensive than traditional doubles where you have a roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    UIC is pretty rigorous in my opinion. The professors here definitely want you to know and to learn the material, instead of just memorizing facts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never slack off!! Learn to manage your time. Attend lectures, take good notes, and if you need help go to a tutor or ask your PM/RA. Email your professors if you have any questions as well.

    In three sentences

    Out of all the universities that I've visited, UIC is bar far the most ethnically diverse college that I've seen. It's hard to find your classes the first week since there's so many buildings, but you get the hang of it.

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are Sororities/Fraternities, sport clubs, volunteer groups and endless, fun student life clubs/activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Those students who would like to get the feeling of living in the city and want to be away from home and become independent.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are hidden labs or rooms for those students who want to take a nap, study, do homework, print etc. It's all about exploring and learning the campus like the back of your palms.

    What to do for fun

    There's hanging out at The Quad, Inner Circle, exploring the city for those non-Chicagoans, sports, clubs, gym, and other miscellaneous.

    Food and Dining

    UIC is surrounded by food! There's food everywhere: on campus and around the campus. There are options like Subway, Sbarro, Wendy's, Bravo Burrito, Dunkin' Donuts, or students have the option of warming homemade lunches on accessible microwaves.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm, but UIC students who dorm have flexible dorming options. There are on-campus dorms and dorms just a few minutes (max: 5min) away from the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    If you survived senior year of high school, first year at UIC will be manageable!

    In three sentences

    When I was first applying to colleges in my senior year in high school, I always wanted to apply to UIC. I got accepted! UIC was my last college choice because I wanted to go away. I ended up going, and I love it! The campus, class, activities, sports, everything!

  • 10/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UIC has their very own campus police which are also Illinois state police officers. There are hundreds of safety polls around campus to deter crime and have officers be able to pin- point exact locations though out the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    - Hardworking - Interested in research - Love being close to the city - Enjoy a vast diversity of people and cultures

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay in the cafeterias. Many of the on- campus dining options are no different from high school cafeterias but there are quite a few other dining options on campus that are not affiliated with the university.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean, inviting and fun. There are the ordinary communal dorms or the newer apartment- style dorms to suite each students needs.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be easy and boring at times but there are many higher- level courses and a plethora of different types of classes which can interest anyone.

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The city is a very short distance away, and there are plenty of dorm programs you could participate in during the week and on weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food tends to get pretty repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    I would definitely recommend living on campus during the school year. West campus is a lot quieter than East campus if you enjoy sleeping and studying in peace

    Academic Rigor

    As a freshman, it is very likely that your homework load will be relatively light, but studying for exams will be much more important than it was in high school. A low grade on an exam can drag you down and could potentially force you to take the class again if your grade is low enough at the end of the semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your economic standing allow for it, I would thoroughly recommend living on campus in a dorm. The social opportunities provided through living on campus are infinitely more available than if you were to commute from home. For Freshman, I would also recommend researching your professors before registration. I have been in classes with teachers that I picked at random based on my availability, and a few of them have been rather disappointing.

    In three sentences

    Having such easy access to the city is an incredible privilege and a lot of fun. There is always something going on throughout the week, and dorm life is a fantastic experience. I feel very safe walking around on campus.

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Food and dining looks amazing. I was drooling when I went and say all the food choices. Plus you're in Chicago, so there are plenty of places to go out and eat.

    Dorm Life

    I did not get to go to any dorms because I had to leave the tour, but from the picture they look good.

    Academic Rigor

    When I went to the Admission sessions and from what I've seem and heard the programs here seem very good. I talked to a student that led us on a tour and he was majoring in Accounting which I want to major in. He told me about all the classes and the workload and he was very helpful because I had no idea how the workload was going to be like.

    In three sentences

    Very active school from what i've seen. Atmosphere of the campus seems really fun. Research and Business program seems very useful.

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is security you can call at any time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many options to choose from!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You can always go study at the library or you can go to Student Center East. There are many computer labs!

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! Join sports, organizations, clubs, everyone will welcome you!

    Food and Dining

    Many places to choose from, the cafeteria to subway or wendys. The inner circle is where everyone goes to hang out and work on homework while being able to eat.

    Dorm Life

    There are different buildings from which you can choose from, the dorm life is the college life. You meet different people everyday. The buildings are clean and everyone welcomes you.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are great, they are all nice. They care about the student's education they want the best for all students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid, you can be yourself. Everyone is very open and caring.

    In three sentences

    the University is very diverse, it allows students to meet others with different backgrounds. There are an unlimited amount of resources where you can get help for anything you need. When you are on campus, you feel you are at home and feel very comfortable.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Everywhere you go there are rough places. Be vigilant and stay with friends...

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is self initiating type and wants to do something with themselves.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Graffiti is acceptable in the art and design hall stairwell. beautiful exploration of art upon art, generation after generation.

    Bang for the buck

    Comprable to Houston but so much better. Great places to eat, drink, and get married.. its a fun place to be.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city. Go to different neighborhoods to see how diverse Chicago is..

    Food and Dining

    cafeteria out, wendy's, subway, sbarros, all kinds of good stuff available...

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus. sorry.

    Academic Rigor

    Some really good challenges if you want to take them. Good studies in a lot of fields.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't freak out! The campus is easy to learn and people are friendly. Just say hello and people will send you in the right direction.

    In three sentences

    Nice to be in a progressive art program. The student community is awesome! Great commuter school.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's always people around and if not, at mostly every corner is a button you can press for the police which is usually roaming around on the outside parts of UIC.

    Greek Life

    There are multiple ones to choose from! There are ones for service, ones regarding nationality, and ones for a certain career or profession.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many, from environmental groups to groups of profession to groups of nationalities. The only problem: you have to search or keep an eye out, sometimes they don't advertise their organization

    Bang for the buck

    Uic had an amazing recreational center and sometimes they offer free back massages! They also have a pool, a hot tub, rock climbing wall, and offer classes such as yoga or Zumba or instructional courses.

    What to do for fun

    It's Chicago! There are many sites near uic to have fun, using the cta students can go into Chicago and visit museums, Willis tower, navy pier, the magnificent mile or go to the beach!

    Food and Dining

    As a vegetarian, I felt that I was repetitive in my meals but sometimes we would get lucky and have different foods than we normally do. The food isn't bad but you mostly want to get there when they restock the trays since that's when they taste the best. They also have a sandwich bar where a worker makes sandwiches for you. The dining halls are usually clean and the workers are nice and love to interact with students.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on campus my first year and I think it was one of the best decisions I could make. The RA's always had activities planned do that we could meet new people. We went over issues that we have in our current life and if we had academic problems, they were usually there to help us out! The best part was that all of this was optional so if you decided not to participate, there were no consequences. The dorms and showers were also pretty nice, the only problem was that the housing took a while to fix issues you sent to them a while ago.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on the classes you decide to take. The harder courses would be the math and science related classes. Most are fairly easy although a problem why most students find it hard is because the professors aren't the best teachers. But the school offers many places to learn from tutors for no additional costs and the professors usually work with you.

    In three sentences

    Uic has a lot to offer and it's diversity is one of the things I appreciate the most. I've gotten to meet students from many countries and states. I've made friends that will last a lifetime and have so much to learn from the professors and the great TAs.

  • 01/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a big concern, as UIC is located in downtown Chicago. However, I see city police cars on the street multiple times a day, every day, in addition to knowing that our campus is also watched my our own campus police. Our college has the blue lights located all across campus, and have emergency numbers to call at any time. Typically the only crime seen on campus happens a few streets away from our university, however the campus still sends everyone at the university an official warning and tips on how to stay safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek Life present at the university, however they do not have their own housing, and are definitely not known for giving parties. They typically devote themselves to higher standards of academics, student service, and volunteer opportunities. People I know involved with the Greek Life on campus love their brothers/ sisters in their fraternities/ sororities, and would have joined all over again if given the choice.

    Clubs and Activities

    UIC offers just about every club you could think of. Every year at the beginning of the Fall semester UIC sponsors a student Fun Fair, where all of the different clubs and organizations advertise their clubs to incoming Freshman and other continuing undergraduate students.

    Great for these types of students

    UIC is great for students who are coming on the PAPH full-ride scholarship, students accepted into the GPPA programs, those interested in research, and their music and theatre programs. UIC is a very diverse university, if diversity is major factor in your college consideration.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This year on the 5th of November, a student painted the V for Vendetta symbol on a stone wall near the university's Quad.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get your money's worth for what you spend to attend UIC. Most of the professors are very good, and the cost to attend this university is less than most. If you have to buy a meal plan, I would recommend not buying anything beyond a 5-day meal plan so that you can venture out and explore different restaurants in Chicago.

    What to do for fun

    A lot of students partake in the multitude of clubs and organizations on campus. There is Greek life, however the Greek life on campus do not have their own housing. Usually students like to venture out and explore the city of Chicago with the UPASS's the university supplies them (cards that allow for free public transportation, CTA subways and buses). Students can do anything from visiting Greektown, Chinatown, and Little Italy that surrounds the campus, or can catch a bus to visit Navy Pier.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeterias at Student Center East and James Stukel Towers are typically adequate throughout Monday morning-Friday morning, however due to UIC being a major commuter college, the food service tends to take a sharp decline on the weekends. This typically just probes students to find food from anywhere else in Chicago, which is nice for students to experience new things, and not be forced to always eat the cafeteria food. There are several places to eat right around or within UIC's campus.

    Dorm Life

    I would highly recommend the dorm life, especially if you apply to the Honor's College and choose the special interest Honor's College Housing. The nicest Freshman dorms on campus is located at James Stukel Halls, and they are arranged in a cluster-suite style, which means you will have your own bathroom in your cluster with at most 5 other people. However, if you are placed in a dorm on East Campus, the close proximity to all of the universities buildings/ your classes is a major advantage. Upperclassmen who dorm typically go apartment style, and are not required to sign up for a meal plan, unlike those who live in JST or East Campus dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Take classes that challenge you, but don't overwhelm yourself your first semester of college. The assignments are typically very doable, however you have to stay on top of your assignments in order to not fall behind. Work on projects throughout the entire span of time you have to work on them instead of procrastinating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, and be sure to stay on top of the deadlines as you apply to the university (especially housing). If you are interested at all in the graduate colleges of UIC, I would highly recommend that Freshman apply to the multitude of GPPA programs the university applies; it can guarantee your admission to graduate school at UIC, which is a great alternative option even if you believe you will transfer universities after you complete your undergraduate studies.

    In three sentences

    Located in downtown Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago is one of the most diverse universities you could attend. UIC has a unique, top-of-line $335 million dollar research initiative- making it very easy to become involved with something impactful with virtually any subject during your time at UIC. If you are an in-state resident, the price that you pay for both undergraduate and graduate studies is a bargain compared to the incredible faculty and student life you receive in return.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never had a problem with safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can think of

    Great for these types of students

    Pre-meds and other Pre Health Professional students

    Bang for the buck

    The standard of education considering the low tuition is amazing.

    What to do for fun

    It's in Chicago..what does one do in Chicago for fun?

    Food and Dining

    Don't dorm but it seems pretty decent according to other friends who do dorm.

    Dorm Life

    Don't dorm but it seems pretty decent according to other friends who do dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a bio-engineering/pre-med student so I can only speak about courses related to these disciplines. The rigor is strong. Classes are not easy by any means. However, if a student is dedicated then they can excel and get As because many courses have generous curves. The key is to do better than the average.

    Tips for prospective students

    One drawback of the school is that most of the science courses are large (200-400 students) and so the student to teacher ratio is terrible. One positive aspect is that the campus is very diverse. So regardless of what ethnic,racial,religious etc. group a student identifies with, they'll fit in.

    In three sentences

    It's great in terms of diversity and opportunity. The quality of education in my opinion is standard, not excellent but not terrible either. This institution is best suited for students interested in pursuing the hard core sciences.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although many complain about the campus safety at UIC, I disagree. The reason why we hear about all the crimes is because we have awesome security premises. Many schools in the nation have safety issues, but since they lack enough resources, the students are kept quiet. At UIC, we have the campus security's CELL phone number in our phones in case of an emergency. The red cars that are available to students from 7 pm till the morning are also awesome tools for students who decide to pull all-nighters during the finals week!

    Clubs and Activities

    UIC is very rich in its clubs and activities for students. Not only do we already have many clubs, but the faculty encourages students to come up with new ones to show our diversity (in our unity) to the nation. All one has to do in order to start a new club is to come up with two officers and that's it!

    Great for these types of students

    Researchers, party freaks, academics en route, diversity lovers, town boys/girls, city guys/girls...EVERYONE!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Like I indicated earlier, the Quad is full of surprises. One time, the Arab student organization held a party there during classes! They presented their culture with traditional food and dances. It was quite an amazing experience!

    What to do for fun

    Just walk around the campus if you want to have fun. The quad is always full of surprises. The coffee house in the UH is also a nice place with a good ambiance to have some rest. Lastly, library's 4th floor is perfect for chatting!

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. I typically choose to eat the vegan options even though I am not vegan. I heard the meat does not taste good, if not terrible.

    Dorm Life

    FANTASTIC! I love my life in the dorms. I've never had a problem with a roommate because the school reps are kind enough to offer about me surveys whenever a student wants to change his/her room.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors push you to your finest ability and it's worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    -Know the abbreviations on your course schedule referring to the buildings that your classes are in; it gets really confusing otherwise. -Don't be afraid to ask an older student about where your classes are; nobody is going to laugh at you! We have all been through it. ;) -Sit in the front in all of your classes! Get to know your professors personally! These really do matter when it comes to your final grades- you can always get that grade boost from an 89 to a 90 for that A! -GO TO ORIENTATION! It's there for a reason!

    In three sentences

    UIC is a place for everyone from an international student to a rural town boy who has never been to the city in his life before. Once one enters the campus, s/he automatically falls in love with the diversity and the happiness shining through the eyes of all the students. It offers various majors and research options with the remarkable faculty for students of all backgrounds.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel pretty safe about the campus, especially when I'm not alone. On the other hand, students get e-mails of robberies, muggings, and etc., usually threatened with a weapon of some sort weekly. So, I suggest not being alone especially during nighttime when strangers may approach with the intent to rob/hurt somebody.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to volunteer and join. Clubs ranging from video games to debates can be held during the week. Everyone is free to join.

    Bang for the buck

    This campus is very close to many restaurants and stores including Greek Town and the South Loop, which has the Sears Tower and many more sights. Although attractions and such are close to the campus's perimeter, I feel many students don't wander off as much as we should into the close city to explore industrialism at its finest.

    What to do for fun

    UIC is surrounded by a boatload of stores/restaurants to explore your taste buds from Mediterranean to Indian to Greek to Asian. There are also many attractions near the South Loop for people to observe.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is one downfall to this University. The cafeteria for the Commons and Courtyard is a buffet of food that does not use the freshest produce. Their meats are processed and fake, and usually their food is cold. Having an option between burgers and various unappetizing foods is not an option I want to pay $2,000-$3,000 a semester/year for.

    Dorm Life

    Courtyard and the Commons all have small-sized dorms compared to the price of the new dorms like JST and TBH. If I had known or was given a clear option between living on campus on the Commons or new buildings, I would choose the new buildings in a heartbeat. The atmosphere is much nicer in general, it is cleaner, and another advantage is that the cafeterias food is much more fresh.

    Academic Rigor

    To my surprise, UIC is much more work than my previous course load of work. To some extent, I appreciate this because it challenges students to perform at their highest academic level.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on commuting, this is a very good school. Many students at this university are commuters.

    In three sentences

    UIC is a great school intended to push yourself to your maximum based on their curriculums. It's a great way to meet new people, volunteer, and learn about what you want to do in the future. I've got a long ways to go, but UIC is keeping me on the right track to a knowledge-filled future.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food at the Caf or the West Campus Dining Hall is tasty and appropriate for the setting. You have a big salad bar, you make have someone make you a sandwich/wrap, choose from many yummy warm options that vary throughout the week. And if you don't dorm or want to eat something different, UIC is located in the heart of Chicago and you will not have a problem finding a great restaurant to relax and fill your belly up.

    Dorm Life

    Personally , I don't dorm. That said, I was very curious about dorm life the first half of my first semester. Towards the end of my first semester I made friends and experienced dorm life. I have to say, its not too shabby. The people are respectful, friendly, and the RA's and student workers are very helpful. The pipes could use a little maintenance but UIC is always working on making it a better living experience.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are worried about being swamped with work your first couples semesters...don't be. Almost all 100 level classes that I have taken or have heard about have been remarkably interesting as well as perfectly paced for a learning freshman. The professors are innovative and considerate. The work load is more than manageable.

    In three sentences

    The sheer diversity of students that attend UIC is incredible. It seems like you encounter cultures and people from all over the world while at this university campus in Chicago's Loop. I love the positive vibes, friendly students, good food, and buzzing city life.

  • 02/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Your in the city anything and everything to do around the campus is fun!

    Food and Dining

    In the cafeteria the food just doesn't look like food. But off campus you get greek town and little Italy food for dayyyys.

    Dorm Life

    Keep in mind UIC is a commuter school! The dorm life on my end is not so great. I feel like i don't have the privacy each student should be provided. The walls are too thin and your roommates are too loud which makes it really hard to focus.

    Academic Rigor

    All the professors I have had so far they really help you learn and challenge. With the challenges you face it really shows your improvement at the end of each semester. If you are really looking for a great english course professor Dr. Corey is the best. I felt by at the end of his course I really grew with how to write papers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Since you are in the city you have to be careful of your surroundings if your not from the city.You have to be willing to talk to people because chances are they won't talk to you first. Have to be open to trying new things and being able to put your self out there to make friends.

    In three sentences

    It is a pretty big campus and like all other campuses, they all have problems. UIC's internet access its a bit sketchy and they seemed to have a lot of pipe problems too this year. Over all it it a great school and you get a good bang for your buck which draws the students in so its a great education for the fraction of the price.

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Talk to people!! If you live in the dorms, there's a high chance that someone near you has experience and knows where the fun stuff is. If you commute, talk to people when you eat or when you're in class. There's always something going on near or within campus.

    Food and Dining

    I'm not picky, so I like most of the food. They always have certain things as a last resort if there's nothing appetizing, including a cereal station, hamburgers (and veggie burgers), and people who make sandwiches upon request. I just get a sandwich whenever everything else looks weird (and yes, that does happen).

    Dorm Life

    No matter whether you're the type to party all week, or you're the type that never parties at all, there is definitely room for you in the dorms. There is something for everyone in the dorms, be it a fun place to hang out or a quiet room to yourself, you can make it what you want.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes are easier than others, but all of them need to be taken seriously. My first semester was full of shared notes and dorm floor study sessions, and even the easier classes I've taken needed adequate attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to live on campus if you can. There are a ton of great experiences and privileges that come with living here. There is some stuff that goes on that you won't ever know about simply because it's for residents.

    In three sentences

    This school can give good and bad impressions at the same time. There are a lot of wonderful people and places on campus. You really just have to think about yourself and g for what you want and need.

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Right on Halsted there's this Chinese food place called Joy-Yees. I definitely recommend going there. They have the best smoothies and their pineapple chicken fried rice actually comes served in a pineapple.

    Academic Rigor

    I transferred to UIC from a community college and I immediately could tell the increase in difficulty in my courses. The teachers at UIC are a lot more passionate and prepared for the courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take full advantage of all the resources provided by the university. They have hundreds of clubs to join so it is easy to become involved.

    In three sentences

    I just transferred to UIC and my favorite thing so far is that the classes I am enrolled in have lecture-capture. Lecture-capture records the lecture and allows you to go back and listen to the lecture again in case you were confused about a certain topic.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Chicago does not play, as simple as that. The campus police does however do a great job at protecting us, the students.

    Greek Life

    Greek like is there; however, it is not as big as other schools make them to be.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not everyone is aware of this options.

    Great for these types of students

    Math and Science lovers and students who want to see different perspectives of the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The bars and the night life on Taylor street are one of the most popular for students.

    Bang for the buck

    You get to live right next to Chicago, one of the most amazing cities in the world. Not having high standing sport teams does not mean that that sense of love for atheltics can be lost when you get top notch professional teams down the street.

    What to do for fun

    Be part of a club, community, fraternity, and programs offered at UIC. Defintely, check out the city on a daily basis.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria at the dorms could defintely be better. Quite often, the students themselves complain about the availability of food and the menus. Besides this issue, UIC is located in Chicago, therefore, there is plenty of restaurants and food chains to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Only certain dorms are worth the money, such as JST, MRH, and TBH. The other dorms being offered are quite old and not as spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    Very strong in the science and math departments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Vistit the school to get a feel of the campus. Review professors on the online websites before picking classes. Get active with clubs, associations, fraternities, and programs offered by the school.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Chicago is located in the center of a world class city, which makes it a high caliber school. The diversity found at this institution allows creativity and open minded individuals to grow as students in a professional way.

  • 03/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is decent. There are better places on campus to get food like Tropical Smoothie. They could have more options for people with gluten intolerance in the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. They are a much better alternative to commuting - which is what most students do. They provide a safe environment that encourages social and academic growth.

    Academic Rigor

    The school does a great job at challenging students in every major. There are some professors that challenge students more than others, but that can be found everywhere. The school overall pushes students to achieve their fullest potential.