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  • 06/11/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are many student organizations and events available to students. its just being willing to come to the events, often at first not knowing many people. however the experience with other students on campus is truly like no other

    Food and Dining

    the hours that the dining halls are open can sometime be an inconvenience, and the food is not always of consistent quality. overall, the food can be tolerable to excellent. however, more variety or diversity in the food is needed.

    Dorm Life

    it is expensive for what you get, and does not necessarily seem appropriate for the older dorms on campus. however the university is building new dorms and working to improving their current dorms. as of right now, the best part of dorms is the meal plan. otherwise, dorms are nothing particularly special or specatular.

    Academic Rigor

    every student coming into uofi is smart, so expect the academics to reflect that. the teachers know this as well, and expect you to come in with a thirst for knowledge. with resources such as tutors, open hours with teachers, and other students it isn't hard to find a method of studying that helps you.

    Tips for prospective students

    balancing your time for student organizations, academics, and your own hobbies is very important when you become involved with the campus

    In three sentences

    a big school with many opportunities, university of illinois at urbana-champaign does have something for every type of person. you can expect to find a diverse student body and an equally diverse faculty. the large campus gets smaller once you learn to navigate around and create relationships with different people.

  • 06/02/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 2 of 308

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the university of illinois puts a large emphasis on the importance of student safety on campus. if a student feels unsafe to walk home at any hour of the night, even when the bus services are no longer running, students are encouraged to use the safewalks and saferides services. included in student fees, these services seem fairly self-explanatory. when calling the number conveniently located on the back of your student id, two student-athletes will walk you or a saferides bus will drive you home from your current location. near the university residence halls, security guards ensure student safety by patrolling the area all night long. there are also various free safety classes offered through the university and the local police department in order to help keep citizens safe. illini-alert is a free service through the school which will text message anyone signed up for messages, students, their families, etc., in any emergency situation whether it be weather related, robbery, or an attack. it should also be noted that the university does not promote underage drinking, but recognizes that it does happen. in order to ensure student safety, the university has a contract worked out with the local police department that if a student is to receive medical treatment for an issue related alcohol consumption, such as alcohol poisoning, they would not need to worry about getting in trouble with the law. this contract is to make sure that students do not hesitate to get the necessary help for their peers should they end up in an emergency situation. with that said, there are also many emergency telephones located around campus, indicated by a bright blue light for anyone to access in an emergency situation.

    Greek Life

    greek life is huge on campus. but, it is not unavoidable. if students are looking to get involved with greek life, they will be welcomed with open arms into one of our 60 fraternities or 37 sororities on campus. there are various types of fraternities and sororities for all types of students. the social fraternities and sororities provide the stereotypical "crazy" college experience. ranked as the #1 party school of 2015, we clearly do not mess around when we say crazy. for those involved in greek life, parties are frequent, during the week as well as over the weekends. 32% of the chapters on the university of illinois' campus are culturally based. these chapters allow students of similar cultural backgrounds, typically minority ethnicities, to connect with one another and grow a familial bond. there are also many religious based fraternities and sororities on campus - lutheran, catholic, christian, and jewish chapters. professional sororities and fraternities provide students with a resource to network and expand interest in their intended major. keep in mind that this is a university with a street commonly known to the student body as "frat row" and a recreational area commonly known as "frat park" for self-explanatory reasons. about 23% of the undergraduate population is involved in some way with greek life, but also remember that that means that 77% of the undergraduate population is not involved with greek life. if a student wants to get involved with greek life, there are plenty of opportunities here for them to do so. however, if a student chooses that they do not want to get involved, there is absolutely no pressure to do so and there are still plenty of other fun things to do on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    quad day is a day during welcome week when students from all clubs, sports, and organizations on campus join forces on the main quad to put on a career fair type event except for clubs and campus resources. this allows for students to explore the possibility of joining clubs and organizations, of which they have never heard. it is also a crucial component to welcome week for incoming freshmen students because it truly begins to integrate them into the student body and allows them to meet students with similar interests and puts them in direct contact with various campus resources. with over 1,400 registered student organizations (rso) on campus, you will be sure to find many organizations which will spark your excitement, and match your interests or hobbies. with everything from a harry potter club, to a cappella groups, and a service fraternity, you never know what you will be able to find here until you begin to explore the endless possibilities yourself. the university of illinois also provides plenty of resources for rsos to thrive, including the student organization complex on the second floor of the illini union, which houses 46 cubicles reserved as a planning and relaxation space 46 of the most prominent rsos on campus. there has been debate recently concerning the survival of this space, but it really is a crucial regular meeting spot for many organizations. it should also be noted that the school provides financial support for certain qualifying rsos through funding provided by the student organization fee (sorf) and the student cultural programming fee (scpf), which are both relatively small charges included in your student fees. this is yet another reason why the university encourages all students to get involved with an rso. besides making connections, building friendships, and utilizing resources, all students are helping fund the rsos which make our campus so special and unique.

    Great for these types of students

    even as a resident advisor, i can honestly say that i am not aware of all of the resources available on this campus. however, i am aware that this is an excellent school for any student with a physical or learning disability. the beckwith center, located in nugent hall, is a brand new, state-of-the-art facility modified to help students with disabilities. this is also a great place for international students. almost every day at the university of illinois, i have met someone from a different country. with a prominent population of international students, newly admitted international students will feel right at home on campus. from personal experience, everyone i have met on campus is extremely caring and outgoing, which helps make disabled, international, and all students on campus feel very welcomed from the start. additionally, this is a great place for students who are looking for a balance between academia and fun. that being said, it is necessary for students to have self-discipline in order to survive on this campus. unfortunately, it is all too common for students to get caught up in the party atmosphere and forget to go to classes, study, and take exams. students must remember the reason why we are all here is for one thing - an education. i would say that this school is ideal for students who are looking for a challenge because the more you are willing to challenge yourself, the more room you will have to grow. this is not a university where your professors will baby you, you must be willing to put in the work in order to be successful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are some really unique traditions on campus, including quad day, dial-a-carol, unofficial, and spring jam concert. quad day is a part of welcome week when students advertise their clubs and activities, see clubs and activities section for more details. dial-a-carol is a unique tradition, which takes place in snyder residence hall. since 1960, students have gathered to answer phone calls from around the world and sing holiday tunes to spread cheer during the stress of finals week. unofficial is a hyped up day of drinking to celebrate st. patrick's day, which the university is attempting to combat. the spring jam concert takes place in late april, when a popular artist performs on the main quad free of charge to university students. there are also some unusual locations you may hear about, like the eternal flame, red lion, and the steam tunnels. the eternal flame is something that you would hear about on a campus tour. it is said that if you kiss your love under the light of the eternal flame, your love will last forever. red lion is a sight in itself, being one of the craziest bars on campus. brace yourself if you plan on facing this jungle. something the university does not want students to know about are the underground steam tunnels connecting several university buildings. plenty of information can be found on the reddit page, as i cannot speak from experience to their validity so i suggest you look there for more information. also, something very notable about campus is the amount of public art on display. the most memorable being abraham lincoln's bust, alma mater, night train, darwin's playground, the nathan austin weston memorial fountain, diana fountain, and centennial. there are plenty more to be discovered on campus, i would suggest reading up more about the specific pieces online if interested before coming to campus in order to have a greater appreciation for the art.

    Bang for the buck

    the biggest complaint you will hear from any college student on any college campus is about their student loans. though unavoidable, the university has many payment programs, scholarships, and grants that help make an education affordable for all students. for in-state students, tuition for the whole school year is approximately $15,000-$20,000. for out-of-state students, annual tuition is roughly $30,000-$37,000. for international students, tuition is about $32,000-$42,000. given these prices, as a current student, i would definitely say that i am getting my money's worth. the office of student financial aid also works with students in order to provide access to all possible scholarship opportunities in order to make education affordable. the university provides incomparable resources to aid in a student's education. with one of the largest university library systems in the country, the university of illinois has plenty of places for students to read and study. every time i enter a new building, i am reminded of why i pay so much per year to attend such an amazing university. the engineering quad is filled with some of the newest buildings on campus. this is including the electrical and chemical engineering (ece) building, which has received a green good design award from the european centre for architecture art design and urban studies and the chicago athenaeum for its sustainable design. another notable building is the newest wassaja hall, named after the first native american graduate of the university, which is expected to receive a minimum of leed gold certification. but overall, beyond the state-of-the-art buildings and resources, the friendships and networking connections that are built on this campus are priceless.

    What to do for fun

    have you ever heard of green street? if you have not, then you are missing out! green street is one of the most popular streets on campus. located just a five-minute walk from the quad, it is the ideal place to go between classes. filled with unique restaurants, boutiques, and bars, there is plenty to do at any hour of the day. some campus town staple restaurants on green street are mia za's (pizza and pasta), sakanaya (sushi), which wich? (sandwich shop). for shopping, green street has everything from urban outfitters to ragstock, you cannnot go wrong. in case you were not aware, a fun fact is that the legal age to enter bars in urbana-champaign is 19. however, the legal drinking age is still 21, so be responsible and make smart decisions. there are various types of bars on campus that many students explore. however, if the bar scene is not really your cup of tea, you can watch a movie on the quad, catch a performance at the krannert art center, watch a sporting event, attend a concert at the canopy club, or go ice-skating, the opportunities are endless! during the warmer months, the university screens free movies on the quad and students will gather to watch together under the stars. you can find everything from ted talks, to musicals, and ballet being performed at the krannert art center. while tickets are not free to students, the shows are definitely high quality and worth the money. students rave about the fun that they have at the football, basketball, and hockey games on campus. even though we are not always the team to beat, being around your peers makes it all worth it. from excision, to b.o.b., and the chainsmokers, the canopy club invites popular artists from all genres to entertain students. although these tickets are not free to students, it is always a fun night to be had regardless. there is also a decent size mall that can be reached by bus, along with various restaurants in the downtown champaign and urbana areas.

    Food and Dining

    i am not going to lie, despite having one of the largest campus dining halls in the country, bigger does not always mean better. many of the meals are prepared by student staff workers under supervision. students are sometimes tired or lazy so the food is never perfect and you cannot count on the same dish being prepared exactly the same way every week. not all of the dining halls are of equal quality either. most students will agree that the ikenberry commons dining hall, far, and par dining halls are consistently better quality than the dining halls located in allen hall, isr, lincoln hall, and busey-evans. however, students are allowed to eat at any university housing dining hall using their university meal plan. despite these setbacks, i find that there are a lot of options for people with all types of dietary restrictions, from being vegetarian, to gluten free, to vegan, the school tries to take every dietary restriction into account. similarly, for people with allergies, the dining hall will make note of popular allergens contained in certain dishes. also, for people trying to count calories, those are also noted at each food station. something i did not know coming into college was that the dining hall works as an all-you-can-eat-per-meal system as are most university dining halls. something to mention are the specialty meals provided frequently throughout the year. for certain international special occasions, such as hanukkah, diwali, and chinese new year, the dining hall will announce that they are having themed a themed meal for the day. this is a simple way in which students are invited to explore new cultures, foods, and traditions through food and celebration.

    Dorm Life

    despite the setbacks, there are many perks to residence hall life. the people you meet on your floor will likely become some of your closest friends throughout your entire college career. programs put on by the residence hall staff are actually a lot of fun and an easy way to meet the people who are living around you - sometimes you even get free food! be sure that you actually read the informational flyers you may see posted in your hall's bathrooms, hallways, and lounges. similarly, joining hall council will help introduce you to some behind-the-scenes work that goes into programming if you're interested. whether you get lucky enough to snag a room in the coveted ikenberry commons area, or if you get stuck in far/par, know that living in the dorms is actually not terrible. decorating your room and having a space on campus to call your own can be very comforting. especially if you have a roommate, knowing that your room can be your own sanctuary is very important. if you encounter a roommate conflict at any point throughout the school year, know that your resident advisor (ra) and resident director (rd) are very useful resources who are specifically trained to help alleviate any problems and help ease your transition into college. developing a relationship with your ra can be crucial in your experience living in your residence hall. knock on their door, ask them a question, and get to know them - they're there to help you! (as a future ra, i can't wait to get to meet my residents and help make their transition into college as smooth as possible!)

    Academic Rigor

    like i said earlier, this is a school where you need to be able to apply yourself academically. courses can be challenging and the homework load may be heavier than it was in high school depending on where you went high school. there are some notably easier classes on campus - which is a majority of the classes most freshmen students take - to fulfill certain general education requirements. for students looking for an academic challenge, you will be pleasantly surprised. many classes are presented in a fashion where you must do a lot of self-teaching, which can put a lot of pressure on a student. despite this, it is still possible to succeed, as many class grades are based on a curve. a typical class grade will be composed of daily or weekly homework grades, class participation, 5-10 quizzes, 2-3 midterms, and a final exam. course syllabi are handed out at the beginning of the semester and should always be referenced for important dates and deadlines. some professors quite honestly seem to forget that students have more than one class each semester and all load up a lot of assignments right before midterms, school breaks, and finals week. it is very likely that you may have more than one midterm or final exam scheduled for the same day, in which case you may say that the university is very academically challenging. however, in the case where you have 3 exams scheduled within a 24-hour time period, the university will allow you to change the time of one of the three exams to help reduce stress.

    Tips for prospective students

    #1 - don't be afraid to ask questions! whether it means contacting someone you know who is a current student at the university or reaching out to friends of friends for advice, do not hesitate to ask anyone any question no matter how ridiculous it may seem. everyone on campus was in high school at some point in time, and they will be completely understanding and very helpful. current students are your best way of knowing exactly what it's like to live on campus and attend classes. (you know you came to the right place because i just finished my freshman year!) #2 - stay on top of your game. even though senioritis is probably kicking in, keep trying your best in school. it will definitely pay off when you get to campus because you will already be in the right mindset to succeed on this campus. the courses may be challenging for you if you're not used to applying yourself academically. however, if you do apply yourself, you will find that there is much to learn at the university of illinois and that truly anyone can succeed. #3 - as cliche as it may sound, get involved! with over 1,400 registered student organizations (rsos) on campus, there is surely something that will spark your interest and help connect you with students of similar interests on campus. the rsos are one thing that helps make a campus of over 44,000 students feel so small. get excited for quad day - a day during welcome week when all rsos set up booths on the main quad to inform the student body of their mission and offer ways for more students to get involved.

    In three sentences

    the people on campus - students, professors, counselors - are all extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful, so do not feel intimidated. despite being located in central illinois, there are plenty of things to keep you busy in campus-town and the surrounding areas - whether it be shopping at marketplace mall, getting food on green street, or exploring the nature of urbana. joining rsos and/or greek life helps make such a large campus feel much smaller, and definitely like a second home.

  • 03/17/2016

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 308

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hockey, Football, Basketball, this area has a lot to offer.

    Food and Dining

    a decent venue of edibles around.

    Dorm Life

    not bad, but I believe that with so many people, you feel small.

    Academic Rigor

    Very difficult courses in the engineering degree pathway

    Tips for prospective students

    Study from the start. It is hard to catch up from a bad beginning. Yes, college is fun, but responsibility is key for a successful four years.

    In three sentences

    Illinois is amazing; with so much to do around it, I was amazed. Though the class size may be larger than the average college/university, hard work is rewarded. Truly a great college for a great career ahead

  • 02/19/2016

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

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    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois is one of the most incredible campuses I have ever walked on. It's absolutely beautiful and have immense diversity. I was accepted and plan to attend this fall, honestly there was no other school that compared to UIUC and the recognition they receive is topping on the already perfect school

  • 02/18/2016

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 308

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe, but the campus is huge. Take the bus & the after-hours bus (SafeRides) & walk with a buddy.

    Greek Life

    So many options!

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can't find something that fits you, you're not looking hard enough. Go to quad day and sign up for everything

    Great for these types of students

    Those who like to work independently- you won't get individualized attention unless you ask for it because of the large student body. Those who want to get involved in Greek Life- we have hundreds of fraternities and sororities Those who love people- you will meet people from all over the world

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Favorite restaurants: Destihl, the Red Herring, Cracked food truck, and the Flying Machine (Pizza M). Unofficial St. Patrick's Day is huge The previous tradition of the Chief as a mascot was removed for a reason. Be respectful of that.

    Bang for the buck

    U of I is way too expensive for a public university, but I would not trade my experiences for the world. The prestige of your degree will be highly regarded and the network you'll have you couldn't get anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    Go to athletic events- even the less popular ones like softball/baseball, wheelchair basketball, and hockey. Check out events around campus- a capella concerts, comedy shows at the union, Illinites every month. & when you turn 21 you'll have plenty of fun places to celebrate :)

    Food and Dining

    Private Housing had bad food- but the rest of campus dorms have some pretty great options. Take advantage of all the great local restaurants too

    Dorm Life

    I made so many friends in the dorms- a handful of which are still my closest friends. My favorite year was freshman year, treasure this time!

    Academic Rigor

    From my experience: The business school is tough and really prepares you for a job after graduation. The social work program is challenging in ways you didn't know you could be challenged. Truly transformative.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, take naps, & get involved with as much as you can handle. Continue to search for volunteer opportunities and create relationships with your professors and other professionals- they are an important part of your network after you graduate.

    In three sentences

    U of I was an integral part of my growth into adulthood. I was pushed to think critically not only through my academic coursework, but also through clubs, community organizations, staff, and fellow students that completely transformed my worldview, passions, and identity.

  • 02/15/2016

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

    0 out of 5 people found this review useful. 6 of 308

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    I wouldn't know.

    Dorm Life

    I heard that they had pretty nice quality dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I heard that I won't be academically easy, although I am coming out of high school with straight A's.

    Tips for prospective students

    I wouldn't be credible enough to leave a tip to any student because I am one of these students myself.

    In three sentences

    I have not attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before, but when I share that I have been accepted, people get so excited. I heard it is a very diverse school and it really looks good on your resume. I can't wait to experience my time there.

  • 02/07/2016

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

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    In three sentences

    This school is one of the best schools in the country for engineering. You will be surrounded by plenty of bright, driven students along with countless opportunities for internships and undergraduate research.

  • 01/22/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 308

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Most of the pathways are pretty well lit. There are emergency telephones located around campus. There is almost always one in sight. There are also whistles ( i was given one for free) that you can get if you find yourself walking alone. Any time a crime happens, an email goes out to tell you the location and nature of the crime.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands of clubs to get involved in that range from career oriented to hobby oriented. It's actually really crazy. There is so much to do!

    Great for these types of students

    If you're from a small town, it can be a little intimidating. For everyone else, especially you social butterflies, this school would put you right in your element.

    Bang for the buck

    No question that the school is expensive. So is it worth it? For me, i have to say yes. A degree from UIUC is very valuable. Plus, there is plenty of scholarships, financial aid, and other awards that you can be eligible for.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club or volunteer! I am part of 2 clubs pertaining to my major (OpSmile and NSSLHA) and I volunteer two places off campus (Crisis Nursery and Books to Prisoners) There are plenty of ways to connect with people and most of the clubs will do things like a movie night or making friendship bracelets. If clubs aren't your style, check out the union for other things like bowling.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't eaten at a dining hall, but the Union is a good place to stop by for food (though it's a little expensive!) between classes. They have a variety of places from starbucks to qdoba.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not in a dorm, but in a university owned apartment. If something breaks, someone is immediately there to fix it. The walls are VERY thin so you can hear everything going on above and beside you. The apartments offer comfortable space and privacy.

    Academic Rigor

    There are high expectations here. Sometimes you may find that your professors can't explain in a way that is helpful. Join a study group or attend tutoring that is offered. You will get more out of the class that way.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will absolutely want to form some kind of bond with your advisor or a professor. You will need a reference from this school for things like scholarships and applications to grad school.

    In three sentences

    A degree at this school will make you a better prospective employee in the future. There are many ways to get involved during your stay and connect you with like minded people.

  • 12/31/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 308

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Apart from two recreational centers that provide a lot of services, there are over a 1000 registered student organizations for all kinds of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Morrow plot in South campus that grows corn, is of great historical importance; it's a site often used for research for agricultural sciences. Any trespassing guarantees immediate expulsion since it may ruin all the research project.

    Bang for the buck

    While the University itself is great, the school fees and textbook costs are really high. This is mainly because of major cuts in the state budget.

    Food and Dining

    If you know the right places, you can find some great food.

    Dorm Life

    Living Learning Communities promote a sense of togetherness among all the residents of the dorm. There are various activities and programs that will help one make friends with similar interests and make one aware of various opportunities on campus. The paraprofessional staff give a lot of importance to social harmony and encourage students to be expressive. They also give importance to physical and psychological well-being by having a more open dialogue about it.

    Academic Rigor

    Only after finishing the course each semester will you realize how much you have learnt about the theory and the various applications of it; many courses require group projects which in turn prepare for a workplace environment. Professors and Teaching Assistants are reasonable and willing to help. All one has to do is ask!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get Involved - no matter what you like or how silly the organization might seem, just keep yourself busy 2. Be willing to learn - getting involved might be entirely futile if you are not willing to learn from your day-to day, even mundane experiences. 3. Be proactive - always make an effort in the class to make sure you are understanding what the professor is saying, if you show just a modicum of an initiative - the professors and teaching assistants will make sure your queries are cleared. 4. Relax -never take too much stress, your physical and psychological health is very important. Go hang out with friends or watch a movie. You're in the best party school in the States!

    In three sentences

    It might be the best party school in U.S, but that's for a reason - we have enough reasons to celebrate. With various research, job and leadership opportunities for undergraduates, excellent academics that prepare you for your career and a benign inclusive environment that promotes expressing oneself, this school has given back more to the students than it has received. And that is evident from the fact that it is run entirely on donations from alumni.

  • 11/21/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 8 people found this review useful. 10 of 308

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a joke.There is constantly a mugging or sexual assaults. People have now gotten so brash to sexually assault individuals within the private and dorm housing. The campus security is so worried about being called out for doing something wrong, they hardly seem to investigate. I would worry about sending my future daughter to this school. Women's safety is taken as a joke here.

    Clubs and Activities

    The only positive thing I can say is there is a club for everyone here.

    Bang for the buck

    The standards for this university have gone down over the years and keep declining. They were once known for academics, they are now known for only taking cash in exchange for paper.

    What to do for fun

    There really is nothing much to do in this town, most people take the train to Chicago every opportunity they get.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are spoon fed, some are tough. Anything in LAS is a blow off with people that either don't want to be there teaching, or people that talk about themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a better university for your money. You will carry this debt for the rest of your lives. Having classes taught by graduate students and professors that hate what they teach is not worth your effort. Make the debt you incur worth it. If the classes aren't horrible, its the staff, its overpriced and riddled with scandal.

    In three sentences

    Horrible, overpriced experience. Terrible professors, the graduate teaching assistants are even worse for the price you pay.

  • 11/18/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 308

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    In three sentences

    Very friendly university after getting over all hudles with admissions registration etc, very expensive i have out-of-state tuition and $35,000 evey year and im screwed! other than that i can see why its one of the best in the nation.

  • 10/14/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very little to no violent crimes ever. Maybe avoid the city alone at night, but the buses are very safe and there is always an optional SafeRides or SafeWalks that you can call to ensure your safety if you ever feel you need it.

    Greek Life

    #1 Party School for a reason! As everyone says, but we do have a large greek community and partying is not the only thing the greek life has to offer.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 1,000 Student Run organizations, Everyone finds their place and feels welcome.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all students would love it here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many parks and lounges to facilitate the perfect study environment for all types of learners.

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone here is unusually nice and polite. There is also a lot of diversity across the campus which is very interesting.

    What to do for fun

    The buses run every 10-15 minutes so the possibilities are endless even if you do not have a car.

    Food and Dining

    Buffet style meals served all day, it's perfect.

    Dorm Life

    Always clean and I have had no problems with anything in the 3 months I've lived here.

    Academic Rigor

    Coursework is what you'd expect from such a prestigious university.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would at least visit the campus if you're hesitant for any reason. You will fall in love immediately.

    In three sentences

    This is a very accredited university with a great history behind it. Hundreds if not thousands of graduates go on to do amazing things in the world, in fact, the Morrow Plots here on campus was the first experimental field that discovered soil quality affected crop output significantly. Also, Ron Swanson(Nick Offerman) from the hit TV show Parks and Rec graduated here with a degree in agriculture.

  • 10/03/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 308

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    If you do not join Greek life, it will be okay. But it is also a great way to get to know people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities for every one to join. If you don't like any, you can start your own.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Learn the Alma Mater song. Also, never spin around during the songs on first downs in football games.

    Bang for the buck

    The U of I network is huge and we have some of the best professors out there.

    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting games, get to know the people on your floor, try out the places on Green Street

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall offers a wide variety of food for every one. They are very accommodating to each person's dietary needs.

    Dorm Life

    Meeting every one in the dorms is so much fun. However, make sure you room with someone you like. It makes the year difficult if you do not get along with your roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor depends on your major. As a civil engineering major, my classes are difficult and I have homework almost every day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be worried about the college being too big; you will meet people and you get used to walking. Also, learn how to use the bus systems.

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the most beautiful, diverse, and top ranked universities in the world. There are so many opportunities for every person to find their place. U of I offers everything of a big city with the college town feel.

  • 09/17/2015

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    Campus Safety

    I hear students feel quite safe walking at night.

    Greek Life

    About 26% of students go greek, s a large presence.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone- it is so diverse and large everyone can find a purpose.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a laboratory called Noyes. Apparently, students start on the first sep, and say No and Yes until they reach the final stair. If on the final stair you hit a no, you don't go to class that day!

    Bang for the buck

    VERY expensive! Even for instate students it ranges from 30k-35k! (Iowa State is less expensive for illinois students!) Out of staters can look for ~40k-50k. It is a great school and is certainly worth the money based on rankings for various different areas (student satisfaction, job readiness, mid range salary, etc).

    What to do for fun

    Green street has great food and seems to be where everyone goes. The rec centers are also great. They had a track, basketball courts, weights, pools, etc. There is much to do around here and of course the parties re very well known (ranked no.1 Party School).

    Food and Dining

    A lot of options, but not very many are very good. People say PAR (Pennsylvania Avenue Residence) has the best food on campus, but is far from other halls. Good thing is though, you can go to any dinin hall on campus as a student.

    Dorm Life

    I visited a dorm, and it was very small. We were told other halls had bigger rooms, but I have no clue how much bigger.

    Academic Rigor

    Cannot judge for I don't attend, but it is consistently ranked as a top public university for research and eduction, so do with that what you will.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good grades. The most competitive majors are Computer Science and Engineering where you Must have 30+ ACT tons of EC's and a stellar GPA to even be considered. Most other majors seem easier to get into, but high scores never hurts.

    In three sentences

    A very, very large campus. It really does not FEEL that large though. Very diverse (a lot of international asian students).

  • 08/16/2015

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

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I saw pie being thrown in someone's face, but it was for a good cause.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs!

    Food and Dining

    I don't know too much about the dining, but I came across some pretty decent restaurants. For one, I love Manolo's Pizza!

    Academic Rigor

    The studies seem really focused. I'm sure that with whatever you plan to major in, this school will take you far.

    In three sentences

    From my visit, I have perceived U of I to be a very respectable university. The campus is really peaceful to have such a great student count, and many of the students seem really enveloped in their studies. There are a lot of good majors; U of I has recently sparked my interest in nano-technology through a tour of that area, and initially, I thought there wasn't much, but when I kept exploring I found more surprises!

  • 07/08/2015

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

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    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois is very diverse. The campus is beautiful. They offer many programs that the students can benefit from.

  • 07/07/2015

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

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    Food and Dining

    Many options

    Dorm Life

    Awesome

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard it;s hard, but worth it

    In three sentences

    I visited U of I after hearing about it through a friend. Walking on campus, I immediately fell in love with it. I definitely recommend visiting!!

  • 06/27/2015

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

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    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is my dreams wrapped up into a school in the middle of cornfields. UIUC is the most beautiful campus I've ever seen, and the atmosphere is so welcoming. Visiting the campus was one of the best decisions of my life.

  • 06/21/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    U of I offers SafeWalks and SafeRides, a free service offered to students who are not comfortable traveling alone at night. All you do is call their number, tell the service your location, and someone will arrive to escort you to your destination.

    Clubs and Activities

    U of I have hundreds of wonderful clubs and activities to choose from. All of these are showcased at an activities fair held on the Quad the Sunday before classes start. At Quad Day, students can visit the booths each club sets up to find out more information. This is a great way to get involved right away!

    Food and Dining

    The main dining hall, Ikenberry Commons, has a wide selection of food for students living in the public dorms. Green Street is a few blocks of many restaurants that students can choose to eat at.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great social gathering area. Some are old, while others have been torn down and redone to showcase additional features and a more modern feel.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes will be challenging, but if you work hard at strive to achieve, you will be successful. Staff and faculty are from all over the world and bring a unique cultural outlook to their profession.

    In three sentences

    U of I is a wonderful school for students looking for a balanced social and academic life. The large campus becomes personable as you spend more time on it. It is an honor to attend such a prestigious, globally ranked university.

  • 01/14/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SafeRides might take a LONG TIME, but if its really late, trust it. Better Safe than sorry. Get familiar with the important numbers such as the safe rides and safe walks. Be friendly to the security walking around campus at night, if you don''t feel safe, they can walk you and assure your safety.

    Great for these types of students

    All and any

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The naked mile run sometimes, celebrating unofficial (although the school does not condone this)

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, tough, challenging, and will make you a tougher person.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, watch movies, go to the mall or movies (bus will take you). Go out to events, join clubs

    Food and Dining

    I LOVE making waffles in the Dining Halls. Pro-tip: have a go-to food that you will will be okay with eating if nothing on the menu suits you, i.e. waffles, salad, sandwich.

    Dorm Life

    If you wanna stay friends, do not room with your friend. If you have doubts about rooming, do not do it. it's okay to want to live alone or in a group of 20 as long as it suits you. The things you witness in the bathrooms might haunt you. Girls ARE NOT cleaner than boys.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough, but it's worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you think someones even a little messy, DO NOT room with them. You will regret it. Find a balance between fun and study/work time, and between friends/alone time. Don't let anyone guilt you into doing something your heart's not in. It's ok to take a time out and binge watch TV when you get overwhelmed.

    In three sentences

    I loved my randomly picked roommates (two years later we're still close). People on campus are fun, outgoing, and inclusive Teachers more often than not care about you and want to know how well you're understanding.- d not be afraid to go to them for help, they love questions.

  • 01/12/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is safe for the most part, but the surrounding area is a little bit scary.

    Greek Life

    Second biggest greek system in the country, enough said.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs on campus

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that are able to handle the tough academics but still want to have fun too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Someone will chant I-L-L and someone else responds with I-N-I

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive, but very good school.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of fraternities and sororities at the school.

    Food and Dining

    The facilities are very nice and the food is good for the most part.

    Dorm Life

    New dorms are constantly being built and there are many options for food too.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are really hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should get involved in the school early.

    In three sentences

    U of I is a great school. Along with the great academic reputation that the school has, it also has a beautiful campus and there are a lot of things on campus to do for fun!

  • 01/06/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 308

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    Campus Safety

    There are many police officers on campus as well as safe rides/safe walks. It is a very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    Personally I am not part of Greek Life but my roommate is. I know that she enjoys it a lot. The Greek Life really helps support the community even though they can get a bit crazy sometimes. From everyone that participates in it, I know that they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities you will find a bunch that you like. They will keep you busy but you will make so many friends and connections that it is worth it. They push you to become a better person.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like big schools with a lot of spirit this is the perfect place. This school take a lot of pride in its academics so if you don't want to work hard, then you won't have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Halloween and Unofficial are crazy fun!

    Bang for the buck

    It is worth every penny. The campus makes you feel at home and there are so many opportunities that you don't get elsewhere.

    What to do for fun

    Partying/ going to the bars is always fun. But there is so much to do besides that. Just hanging out with friends, participating in the dorm activities, seeing a movie in the Union, going to concerts and even baking cookies in the kitchen. You will never be bored. Make a lot of friends and there will be something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The nice thing about living in the dorms is that you get many places to go for meals. The food can get repetitive but its pretty good. In my dining hall, we get fresh fruits for dinner on Mondays and they are amazing! There are so many choices; you can't go hungry. Other dining halls have stirfry, milkshakes stations, omelet bars and so much more. There are also cafe credits which let you buy anything in the store/ coffee shop. Private housing has great food options as well. If you don't want to eat in the dorms there are great restaurants/ takeout places such as Chopstix, Insomnia, Jimmy Johns, Papa Johns, Antonios, and so much more. The only reason I gave this four stars is because as a vegetarian my food choices are more limited and I don't have as many choices as others.

    Dorm Life

    I love University Housing. It is such a friendly environment and it instantly makes you feel at home. The rooms are a great size, the clean the bathrooms often and the people are amazing. I've made some of my best friends in the dorms as well as participated in really fun activities (that are free!). Everyone should experience this!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult but they are doable. You really do need to work hard to get the grade that you want. Office hours are a great help as well as finding friends to work with. Do the practice exams. You will do fine if you put in the effort but you will be challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find the balance between fun and studying. You will need both. Also make time for the gym!

    In three sentences

    UIUC is in most simple terms home. The campus is so welcoming and is fun. The students are really dedicated and learning becomes fun.

  • 01/03/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has a Safe Rides program for students who don't want to walk back to their dorms alone late at night. This is a service of small busses that can pick up students and give them a ride where they need to go.

    Clubs and Activities

    About 2,000 clubs and activities to choose from and all are great.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities happening at the Union. There are movie showings, concerts, bowling, and lots more going on there and other places.

    Food and Dining

    Food is different everyday, but sometimes tends to get repetitive as weeks go by. Once every week there is a culture night where food is based on a certain Country's traditional foods.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is sociable and close with one another.

    Academic Rigor

    All classes push you to think beyond the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the campus before school starts so it will be easier to adjust and find your classes.

    In three sentences

    I would rate this school a 10/10 because it is a very big and diverse school with great academics. Lots of school spirit, clubs, sports, opportunities, and activities on campus.

  • 12/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It is quite expensive, especially for out-of-state. But the programs are so good and there are so many opportunities available that I think the price tag is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    PLENTY to do for fun. No matter what your style, Champaign/Urbana has something for you. Literally the options are almost limitless. And if you get too bored, there are large cities only a bus or train ride away if you need to take a road trip. I have never felt the need to do this and love being on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Okay food and flexible options.

    Dorm Life

    Great communities and amenities. In the process of redoing dorms to be better for future students. Great way to meet friends.

    Academic Rigor

    It is the perfect balance of challenging enough so you learn and grow, while also having resources so you can succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ambitious. This is a great school to follow your dreams.

    In three sentences

    A great school that has unlimited opportunities. The programs are great and faculty is always ready to help and guide your learning process. It has great opportunities in and out of the classroom for you to find and pursue your passion.

  • 12/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1000 clubs at this school, and if the one you want is not here, you can start your own.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Green St. and eat somewhere. One could go to the ARC to exercise if one thinks that working out is fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is barely edible. All the different places to eat are really different and cater to a certain taste. For example, LAR has good soup and fruits, but their entrees and desserts are not that great.

    Dorm Life

    Your room, unless you live in Nugent, will be very small. The temperatures of the room is not controlled by you, but you will get to meet a bunch of people who live in your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Some class will be very easy. Weed out classes will be a struggle, and some teachers will give you less than 100%s on completion grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you come to this school thinking you are the smartest person at your high school, you will be told you are average here. If you go into a class that isn't business or engineering, the teachers may tell you that you were one of the smartest people at your high school and that now you've come to a high ranking school. Those people would also be wrong.

    In three sentences

    This university is very big and in the middle of nowhere. Although it is in the middle of nowhere, within it, there are a bunch of places to go to. Depending on where you live, you can find all sorts of different things that may or may not be suited for you.

  • 12/05/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    It has a great campus and a really nice engineering program. I love this school!

  • 11/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Tons of activities on campus, the mall and the movie theater are just a bus ride away.

    Food and Dining

    Depends on which dining hall you go to. The food choices vary on different days, but there is usually a good mix of food, many cultural dish nights.

    Dorm Life

    Facilities are kept up very nicely; routine cleaning and prompt maintenance is always ensured.

    Academic Rigor

    Many core classes are rigorous to weed out students for those majors, but there are also many classes that are relatively easy and more enjoyable for the student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus for yourself to see if you will like the vibe.

    In three sentences

    The campus is extremely beautiful. The classes are traditionally styled and up to par with other colleges' standards. The people here are very welcoming and understanding.

  • 11/10/2014

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 308

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    Food and Dining

    It was decent. I ate at some chinese place on campus and it wasn't too bad.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms seemed pretty clean. I heard from current students that most of the kids are welcoming and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't applied, but student who attend say it isn't so bad!

    In three sentences

    The University is very diverse, which I love! Students seem very friendly. The food was decent, but hey-nothing's perfect!

  • 11/07/2014

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

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    Bang for the buck

    A pretty hard school to get in, especially for science/business degrees, but very prestigious and a great place to spend your first 4 years of college.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, play sports, explore Champaign!

    Food and Dining

    Like many other colleges, SO many options!

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms for such a huge school.

    Academic Rigor

    U of I is known for being a rigorous school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the school. If you don't feel comfortable at a huge school you should really debate the pros verse cons.

    In three sentences

    My first impression of U of I was holy cow, this place is huge. The campus is nice and the school has an amazing reputation. One of the best schools in the midwest.

  • 11/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 308

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    Bang for the buck

    For an instate student, 'nuff said. For an out of state student, the tuition is on the more pricey end for a public university (17k per semester), so if U of I is not one of your only options, you could always try your other options, but U of I most definitely has the best academia for a public university of this scale. Besides, once you become an instate student next year, your tuition drastically drops to about 7~9k per semester. It is your decision.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of restaurants near the University, on Green Street. Recreation zone on the ground floor of the Illini Union (Student Center) with bowling alley, arcade-style games, and video game consoles like XBOX and Wii.

    Food and Dining

    Ikenberry and Illinois Street Dining Halls are the good ones. I haven't tried the others, but the food here is rock solid, good. Trust me on that.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in dorms, but off-campus life is just as nice. It's a 10 minute commute and life is good.

    Academic Rigor

    UIUC is one of the best public universities with an Ivy-League style education. Many esteemed professors, Nobel Laureates and academically superior graduate students call this university home. As such, the science, engineering and business curriculums here are academically superior than similar public universities and on par with private name schools, if you know what I mean. Don't worry if you don't do well the first semester, because it just gets better from there on!

    Tips for prospective students

    Getting into U of I is not overly difficult, but it is becoming so over the years (68% acceptance rate in 2010 to 60% in 2014). My suggestion for upcoming students is to do well on the ACT/SAT (30/2000) and don't try to go overboard once you've reached that limit. With extracurriculars, and a decent GPA (3.3~3.5) you should be able to get into UIUC. The college essays are also not too difficult, fairly doable.

  • 09/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Good overall, not perfect. But no area is perfect.

    Clubs and Activities

    Secretary at S.E.E.R.S active member: Pre-vet, Companion Animal, IWCC and a couple others

    What to do for fun

    Study.

    Food and Dining

    Depending where I eat.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on the dorm I am living. Last year I was at a public dorm and I didn't enjoy it as much, especially the noise and food wasn't helpful. This year living in a private dorm change my mind about dorm life and I love it.

    Academic Rigor

    For an animal Science major, we have a lot of clubs to help gain experience as well as wonderfull faculty members that are amazing at teaching and helping me to prepare me for my future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study!!!! Sleep!!!! Get experience!!! Get good grades!!! Make new friends!!!

    In three sentences

    I give a rate 5/5 stars. The reason why is because this campus is amazing for people who are animal science majors. We also have a vet school right by.

  • 08/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Just be aware at all times.

    Greek Life

    Very Big on campus. All kinds of frats and sororities that can be joined. U of I takes Greek life seriously.

    Clubs and Activities

    As aforementioned above, there's plenty of things to join and part take in.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students.. Just come and learn and have fun. Personal growth is the key.

    Bang for the buck

    Not the most expensive. Most fees are needed but sometimes it feel as if the cost should be less. Nevertheless its a beautiful campus.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do for fun. Orange Krush and Block-I are great way to get involved with the sports. There are a lot of clubs and organization that you can join to make friends and have fun. Of course there are parties and stuff which is always fun. You will never be bored unless you stay inside.

    Food and Dining

    Same as Dorm Life. It is how you value it that will make it valuable. Food is pretty good everywhere but can get expensive at time.

    Dorm Life

    Depending where you live, appreciation varies. I'm in FAR which is pretty nice. Almost all of the dorms you can get your bang for your buck.

    Academic Rigor

    I took summer classes and they were not as bad as I thought. challenging nonetheless. The Fall classes will allow flexibility but the difficulty will not change.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you really want to attend this school, you have to be on your A game. Cannot afford to get behind in High School. Its very competitive.

    In three sentences

    A very great school. Packed with resources and the opportunity to grow as a person. Campusnis big enough for a college town but small for a close knit community.

  • 08/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Free safe walks and safe rides provided by the public transportation system in the city. Text and email crime alerts.

    Greek Life

    Lots of Greek houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of RSOs on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The naked bike ride occurs each year. Sharing a kiss with the special someone at the Eternal Flame on the Quad.

    Bang for the buck

    Bars have great specials for food on certain days.

    What to do for fun

    Go out to the bars, which are 19 and up. Hang out at the Greek houses. Bowling alley, pool tables, gaming consoles and arcade games are all down in the Union. The University also hosts movies on the quad and concerts. Can't forget the tailgating during football season!!

    Food and Dining

    Special themed dinners at the residential dining halls each night, but cafeteria food is cafeteria food. Lots of restaurants and fast food places around, too. If you like to cook for yourself from time to time, you can do so at the kitchens in the dorms or the ARC.

    Dorm Life

    The Residential and Multicultural Advisers know what they are doing to make sure every freshman transitions into the college life. Besides that, you get to worry about nothing but your education, which is the most important.

    Academic Rigor

    Freshman classes are the toughest, because of the large class size and the large amount of introductory information. Class sizes get smaller as you narrow down your major, and the information is well worth knowing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go for the study aboard and research opportunities here. If you can't find your major, you can always create one. It's okay to be undeclared, because the school just wants to make you well-rounded and it's worth every penny.

    In three sentences

    It's an oasis filled with knowledge and opportunities surrounded by corn. Very fun and home-y city and campus. No one will regret their time if they visit, especially for a party.

  • 07/23/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 308

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. They have safe rides and safe walks available at all times that will take you home. They have emergency call boxes posted all over the place. They have an emergency text system to let you know when something bad happens on campus. (I still get those even though I've graduated!) They provide you with a rape whistle when you move into the dorm. The dorms are extremely secure. This is a very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    U of I has one of the biggest Greek Campuses in the country. Not just socially, though, they also have many academic and club oriented fraternities. I was not personally in one so I cannot comment much about them. It did seem that my friends who were in them enjoyed them thoroughly, but all agreed that they required a lot of time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally any kind of club you could imagine. Just attend quad day and you will understand. You will also feel overwhelmed. As for activities, if U of I doesn't have what you are looking for they will be glad to help you start it up.

    Great for these types of students

    This school has something for every kind of student as long as you are willing to put in the effort to get good grades and make friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Shouting for our long lost Chief Illiniwek is definitely a tradition that will never die. So are the raunchy chants that we do at hockey games (HIGHLY recommend attending these). You should definitely walk across the roof of Krannert at least once and pose with the Alma. Walk or run through the Arboretum.

    Bang for the buck

    The education was absolutely worth it. If you can I would take the hard math and sciences at community college during the summer. These courses are created to let the med students excel and everyone else struggle. You'll save your GPA dropping on a 5 hour course that way. Housing wise, it is much cheaper to get an apartment with about three people in the place. I found the best bang for the buck was east of Lincoln Ave in Urbana. The area is very nice, quieter than other neighborhoods, rent is cheaper, apartments seem nicer, and you are close to Urbana.

    What to do for fun

    Like I said earlier, take advantage of the free things that U of I has to offer. Join clubs on Quad Day because they always give you free stuff. You can unjoin later. Most of my close friends I gained by joining an environmental club. One of my favorite things to do as an escape from campus was to go to Kickapoo state park. You can kayak, tube, hike, and ride horses there! As a note of caution, the bars in Champaign will let you in when you turn 19, but be careful. This means it is really easy to get a drinking ticket. A cop can give you one in a bar for just being within arms reach of a drink. Being able to get in at 19 does give you access to a lot of fun venues though, like dance bars and great pubs to hang with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, I really missed dorm food once I got an apartment. There are about 10 different dining halls to choose from and they all serve different food. The food was always great tasting as well. Plus, the new dining hall in the Ikenberry is beautiful! The only downside is the the menus rotate about every two weeks, so you run out of variety.

    Dorm Life

    There are many dorms to choose from, for all walks of life. I lived in an all girls dorm. I loved the beauty of Busey-Evans and the location to the quad, dining halls, and gym. I do wish that there was a greater of variety of people in my dorm, however. Each dorm has its own personality and I would suggest that when you go to visit campus ask your tour guide about each dorm's image. They can give the most up to date details on campus life

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard, but there are many ways to get through them. The teachers and TAs are always willing to help. Chances are you have friends who don't get the material either and will go through t with you. The undergraduate library has great resources and tutoring systems. And if all else fails there are always boards posted in each building and dorm for tutors for hire.

    Tips for prospective students

    Studying is extremely important, afterall you are paying 20,000 dollars a year to go to class, but having fun is important too. Take advantage of the things U of I has to offer. Go to Allerton and the bowling alley. See a movie in Foellinger Hall. And, even though most of the teams stink, attend the sporting events. Trust me, you won't regret it.

    In three sentences

    I loved that even though this was a large university I was able to make a tight knit group of friends. My major, Kinesiology, was challenging, rewarding, interesting, small in size, and one of the best ranked in the country. The environment of the school is not something you want to miss.

  • 07/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Sometimes the dorm food is ehhh. Sometimes it is good though. The Urbana side of campus has a lot of different options for residence hall dining and some of it is very good. My favorite was brinner (breakfast dinner) at FAR. They have an omelette bar and delicious pastries. The system of using cafe credits was lame though. You would get a certain amount of cafe credits each week that you could use in convenience-like stores, but if you didn't use them all that week you would lose them. I think there should just be a set number of credits that can be used throughout the year. I already paid the money for food so I should be able to use it all. The food scene in Urbana/Champaign is yummy. Green Street has many different options for food and Downtown Champaign has some really good restaurants too.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the Living-Learning Community, Allen Hall/Unit One for 2 years and I loved it. I've heard subpar things about other dorms, but Allen was honestly a great place to be.The RAs work really hard to develop a hall community and there are soooo many things to do all the time. Allen Hall has a program called Guest-in-Residence that has people ranging from artists, activists, writers, hackers and more living in the residence hall and putting on programs related to their field. And there is so much free food all the time. RAs host a bunch of events like Tea Times, International Snackie Night, Coffee Center, and others that can give you a study break at the seemingly perfect times. Also, Unit One has a lot of artsy stuff like a ceramics lab, piano practice rooms, video editing lab, electroacoustic lab and some other things that I never explored. There is just a lot going on in Allen that made my dorm experience really great.

    Academic Rigor

    It honestly depends on your major. Of course, engineering is going to be verrry rigorous. I major in molecular biology and those classes are no joke either. The professors I've had have been very engaging (which I imagine would be hard when talking to a room of 300+), and the subject matter is challenging, but in a good way. I am also working toward an anthropology minor, and the courses I've taken in that field have been good as well. Some of the introductory courses were a bit eh, but it's to be expected of a 100 level course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't think you'll be just another face in the crowd. Even though there are a lot of students on campus there is definitely some sort of niche that you'll fit into if you give it time and explore. There are a ridiculous number of student organizations (RSOs) and you should make an effort to try out as many as you can stand during freshman year. I tried out fencing during my first few days on campus, and although it didn't become a life-long passion, it was fun and now I get to say I've fenced before!

    In three sentences

    I thought I would be overwhelmed by the number of students at the school. I was, but I realized that the large student body contributes to a diverse student culture and gives us students a lot of different opportunities. The parties are pretty good, too.

  • 06/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall, the campus safety is good in protecting the students and give every student updates when there is an alert within the campus. Keeps the students aware.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many activities to do within the campus but I personally like doing is joining intramurals based on my experience in sports. By joining a sport it is a very easy tool to communicate with others you might not know.

    What to do for fun

    Some of the activities to do for fun are joining an intramural sport team, go to the gym, join clubs, or just relax on the main quad and communicate with others.

    Food and Dining

    In the location that I was placed in it was very good quality food but sometimes you would get sick of the same food over and over. Overall, they would good food when it came to holidays or weekends.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the best. You get to room other people and will become great friends. You will diversify yourself and become more open-minded to other individuals that have different views on things.Overall, it is the best way to communicate with others.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor varies form major to major and college to college. Overall, I know that if you are on top of your work, there should be no problem in doing well in exams and homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are three tips that I can give future student. One be open minded about your college careers and options that the university offers. Second is that join clubs that you are interested in. Lastly, have fun. This university is truly the best.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been my home away from home. I am glad I came here to inspire and diversify myself a student and individual. This is one University to consider for your higher education.

  • 04/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, most students like to go out on the weekends to the local bars and just let loose. There are many bars that are 19+, so many freshmen can even go to them. Other fun activities include rock climbing, swimming pools, hot tubs, bowling, and an arcade at the Union.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining on campus is very clean and fairly diverse. The foods they offer are usually cooked correctly and they try to use the freshest ingredients. If you want something different, go to Illinois Residence Hall's Asian Night on Wednesdays for Asian food! It's absolutely delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The dormitories are convenient on campus because most of them are centered around the dining halls, which are obviously important to college students. The new dorms are fantastic and air conditioned, but the older ones are a bit more drab and don't have air conditioning. All in all, one year in the dorms is a great experience because it is a part of college that no one should miss out on.

    Academic Rigor

    To be fairly honest, college is rough. College academics are much more challenging than high school academics. I absolutely love the challenge though because it gives me a chance to push myself and push my limits to further my education and development. The professors and teaching assistants are always there to help me and I can honestly say that over the last two years of my college career, I have grown the most in my academic studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a prospective student, things to consider about UIUC is the size, diversity, and location of this university. This is a fairly large school with a wide campus, but it can truly be as small as you make it to be. The diversity is an added bonus to this campus because you get to experience different cultures you may have not been exposed to in high school. Finally, the location of the university when compared to home is always a factor because if you live too far away you can get home sick, but if you live close enough, you can always spend a weekend at home to refresh yourself.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a great school that offers students numerous opportunities to grow and further develop their education. It has a diverse group of students who all come together to represent an outstanding school. Everyday, students will meet someone new and always have new experiences because there is truly never a dull day on the University of Illinois's campus.

  • 03/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe. If there is a situation, you get an email and it's handled pretty quickly. I've never felt unsafe.

    What to do for fun

    You can hang out on the quad on a nice day, go bowling in the union, grab a bite to eat on Green St, hang with friends in someone's dorm, rent video games or movies from the library, and much more!

    Food and Dining

    The U of I has food from almost every country. You get to try different food from other cultures and it can be really good! You can also get some great American food as well!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be fun. If you communicate with your roommate and respect each other, you'll have a great experience. If you're not happy, then a switch can always be made.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes can be challenging, but they're not impossible to pass. Just manage your time well and again, seek help when needed!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always utilize your resources. There are many tutors and even upperclassmen who are there to help you. Don't be afraid to reach out and make connections. Also, get involved! It will make your experience better.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois is a great school with a diverse campus! There are a lot of resources for students to use and there's always some type of activity going on. You will definitely get your moneys worth!

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UNOFFICIAL!!!!!

    What to do for fun

    GO OUT AND HAVE FUN! Meet new people. You will never have another time in your life to do this, enjoy it while you can, but don't get carried away. That Monday exam may seem far away when there is a huge party on Friday night, but trust me, Sunday cram sessions NEVER work. Stay in and study, I promise there will be plenty more opportunities for fun next weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The food really isn't that bad. There is a lot of variety, even for gluten free and vegan diets!

    Dorm Life

    I miss the dorm setting. While I do not miss sharing 1 room with another person, I miss being able to see some of my now really great friends. I miss the open atmosphere of being able to walk down the hall and live with all of your new friends. It is a great time.

    Academic Rigor

    This is no longer high school, work hard and play hard after. No class is easy there will be a lot of work some weeks but if you stay on track, the only place to go is up. There is so many different tutoring sessions and people to help you out before a big exam or even just during the normal week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try new things. Do something you wouldn't normally do. Go out and have fun with all of your friends.

    In three sentences

    From Green Street to Block I, this campus is perfect for me. There is so much diversity and new things to see! There is no place I would rather be than UIUC.

  • 03/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have SafeRides (part of MTD)/SafeWalks (part of the University of Illinois Police), which are available until 6:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. respectively, which is great. It's pretty safe, but Urbana can be quiet and therefore creepy at night.

    Greek Life

    Super, super Greek. We have one of the biggest Greek communities in the nation. But if you're not involved in it (I'm not), you won't feel pressured/like an outsider. My RSOs have basically become my sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    So, so many clubs. On Quad Day, you can browse the 600 + RSOs. Definitely get involved in a club!

    Great for these types of students

    Enjoys chill, Midwestern life, likes to party, Engineering, hipsters

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UNOFFICIAL! (Unofficial St. Patricks Day.) Basically, everyone starts drinking at 5 a.m. and it's pick green party throughout campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, definitely. I got in-state tuition, and this was the cheapest school out all my options. Also, side note: for groceries, try carpooling with someone and go to Meijer/Walmart/Target. I don't have a car, and so I get all of mine from County Market/Walgreens, and it's so expensive!

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in RSOs (Registered Student Organizations)! I've gone on really fun trips with clubs, such as going to Curtis Orchard with the Octobers Lovers Club. Of course, there is also going to bars (you can get in if you're at least 19), but my best memories have been through hanging out with my friends I met through clubs/doing club activities.

    Food and Dining

    Good. Sometimes the food can be greasy/repetitive. Allen Hall has pretty healthy food, so I liked going there. FAR has Soul Food night, which is super good. IKE and PAR have late-night meals, which is nice when you don't have time eat until late at night/want drunk food. Plus, Penn Station and 57 North (which as basically convenient stores in PAR and IKE where you can use your I-Card credits) are great when you don't want to get a meal.

    Dorm Life

    I lived at FAR, which was far (no pun intended) from campus, but it made me familiar to Urbana, which I appreciate now. FAR is right next to the arboretum, which is so beautiful and a great place to go for a run. Overall, dorm life is what you'd expect. Nothing spectacular. I wish I had applied to live in a Living Learning Community (LLC) because then I would have made long-lasting friends in the dorms/been more involved. I made all my friends through clubs. I basically just was in my dorm to eat/sleep/do homework. Personally, I think Allen Hall is the best dorm (and has a bunch of hipsters.) LAR is attached to Allen Hall (and LAR isn't a Living Learning Community), so that would be my No. #2.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are manageable; I've always had a job throughout college and have been able to balance academics and work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with RSOs. College can be lonely when you first start out; joining a club is the best way to get involved on campus.

    In three sentences

    There are a lot of cornfields, but it adds to the Midwestern charm. People are very down-to-earth, friendly and involved in campus (through Registered Student Organizations, club sports, etc.) Students work very hard -- we are known for having a great Engineering school -- but they also take price in being Princeton Review's No. 3 Party school.

  • 03/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do here for fun. There is the Illini Union building where you can find a game room, pool tables, and bowling. There is also a skating arena, soccer fields, gym courts, tennis courts, and the list goes on.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different dining halls spread out throughout campus, as well as small grocery stores where you can buy stuff such as chips, milk, bread, etc. The dining hall food is mostly delicious, and they have a large selection of food. They also provide health nutrition facts about what they are serving.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is comfortable. There are many different types of halls, for different types of people. Everything is usually kept clean and the the RA's are helpful and nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Not only do we have a large selection of classes that students can take, but they are also well taught. If the lecture is too large, there is always discussion sections, which is a small class setting. Also, if your having trouble with your classes, many courses offer tutoring as well as some outside programs and workshops.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Quad day, you will find hundreds of RSO's that you can join. Learn the Bus schedules and routes, they are a large help when the weather is cold. Interact with people, there is 44,000 students on this campus there is no way you won't find a friend.

    In three sentences

    A large campus university with endless opportunities. Pretty diverse body of students and professors. If you like being surrounded by crops this is the place to be!

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lay on the Quad during a nice day, snow ball fights and igloo building, plenty of coffee shops and places to explore, always a party going on somewhere!

    Food and Dining

    The food choices are limited in some places, but the IKE has the most options! It is decent, but I don't particularly like it!

    Dorm Life

    Personally dorm life did not thrill me, but I really enjoy the people at my dorm! They're all weird, but you can talk to practically anyone. It is still a dorm though, so communal restrooms!

    Academic Rigor

    Even the gen-ed classes can be hard! Make sure to study hard for mid-terms and finals so you don't have to do allnighters!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't miss out on Quad Day! I found a lot of things I was interested in on this day. Also don't spend all your money on food!

    In three sentences

    This university is in a rural setting and has a large campus town. The overall atmosphere and feel of this school is actually very nice and relaxing. Something about the school and the people here make you feel comfortable.

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's is very safe and there are always people walking around and the bus system is also great.

    Greek Life

    It's huge and if you are not in one it's harder for you to go out to parties and to have fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many and they are a great way to meet people!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unofficial is crazy fun! The first week of school there are parties everywhere!!

    Bang for the buck

    it is not to expensive to go here, compared to other school.

    What to do for fun

    there are parties everywhere during the weekends and bars actually everyday! the mall is sorta far so nobody actually goes but other than that people just hangout with others. This is a huge reason why i missed the city!

    Food and Dining

    the food is pretty good and staying healthy is not hard at all. Variety is okay but after a semester it get pretty boring.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is nice! Floors are very social but some are louder than others so make sure you research their dorm before.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors all have amazing backgrounds but you don't really get to know them unless you go to their office hours and TA's are mostly foreign therefore it's hard to understand their accent.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't mind living in a college town then this school is for you. Also be prepared to work very hard on your studies, A LOT!

    In three sentences

    The academics are great and I could not have been any happier that I got to experience a REAL college experience. Everyone is super nice and outgoing. But my love for the city was greater.

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Bars on campus are 19 and up. There are also many things to do around town such as bowling, skating, ice skating, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is excellent on some parts of campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small and not very attractive but there is always construction on some parts of campus to improve these things.

    Academic Rigor

    Many courses are difficult and the work loads are normally quite extensive but it is only as simple as we make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to step outside of your comfort zones. Experiment with courses and different areas of campus.

    In three sentences

    This university is very focused on sciences and engineering. Programs outside of science and engineering tend to get much less funding. The university is also pretty segregated, although there is a wide variety of people on this campus the separation is obvious among students.

  • 02/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus, probably will get one crime alert each month

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different organizations you can join!

    What to do for fun

    There are many parties going on, either house parties or bars. you will see tons of people out at night.

    Food and Dining

    We have a very diverse student population so there are also many types of foods available in dining halls. Great taste, just be aware of freshman 15!

    Dorm Life

    Great food, the dorm that i lived in was neat.

    Academic Rigor

    Great environment to study. This is a research based university so it's also easy to find research opportunity.

    Tips for prospective students

    Very convenient, car is not necessary, the MTD bus takes you everywhere and bus comes every 10 minutes

    In three sentences

    A very diverse environment, great place to live and study. Professors and faculties are super nice. So many libraries around to study.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 46 of 308

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    Greek Life

    There is a huge presence of Greek Life on campus. And if you think that Greek life would never be your thing (like me!) there are frats and sororities full of the same type of people as you. Your stereotypical frat parties exist everywhere, especially around frat park. There are also smaller frats where you can get to know the people there and make friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of registered student organizations (RSOs) on campus! If you have an interest, there is a club for you. Your interests can range from badminton, to basket weaving, to adventuring, and there is a club for you. Check out all the RSOs on Quad Day in the fall.

    Bang for the buck

    UIUC is incredibly expensive for a state school. If you're in-state and in the engineering program, you're looking at approximately 34k per year if you live in the dorms. Most people move out after their freshman or sophomore years, and that will save them around 5k per year. It is less expensive to attend the colleges of business or art or music. Scholarships are generally not given out to freshman who aren't minorities.

    What to do for fun

    There is fun everywhere on campus! There are concerts and Illinites at the union, there is food everywhere! Greek life, parties, clubs and organizations, exploring campus, or even watching a movie in your dorm. UIUC has anything you can think of for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls here do a good job of being different from one another on different nights of the week. It is all buffet style, which provides a good bit of variety. For example, FAR has soul food night, ISR has taste of Asia, PAR has stir-fry, the IKE is huge! You probably will still come to miss your mom's home-cooked dinners however, because dorm food does get a bit tiring after eating it every day for four months. The meal plan options are a bit nonsensical in my opinion. You can have 10 meals per week and 45 credits. Credits are used to buy snack-like food and some other meal-type options that are a few steps above the variety you'd get at a gas station. You can also get 12 meals per week and 15 credits. Some people just have 49 meals per week and no credits. You can also use your credits to swipe in friends to the dining hall if they don't have a meal plan or are out of meals/credits for the week. However, this can be expensive. One dinner swipe is about 14 credits. Some dorms have better food than others. One of my favorites is PAR for dinner because of the stir fry, and personally made calzones. There are also smoothies and plenty of other drink options. All in all, dorm food isn't all that bad.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life itself has always been fun and relaxing for me. My roommate and I get along, and our floor Resident Adviser is more than helpful. She gave us candy on Halloween and little bags full of snacks during finals week! I live in a more quiet dorm, so I haven't seen too many crazy things. However if you lived in the six pack, you would likely have a different experience than me. I chose to have a random roommate. We filled out a survey online before being assigned to one another about things like cleanliness and religious preferences. I think the university did an excellent job in matching us together because we've become great friends. I also know people who came in to college and decided to live with friends from high school, and that too has worked out for them! Don't necessarily be turned off to the idea by others who have said that it's no good. If you have a great group of friends and you're all really close, you can live together in a triple or a double. Some of the dorms are far from the Main Quad, and it can take up to 20 minutes to walk there (if you're a slow walker, like me). Plan accordingly! Illinois is also very cold outside during the winter months, so be sure to dress appropriately. The only down-side to dorm life for me has been that it is expensive! It is a little over 10k to live in the dorms for a year! However, it is only required to live on campus your freshman year and then you can find an apartment to rent for anywhere between 300-500+ per month. It is likely that you'll have to get roommates to afford an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Math and science courses, and especially major courses generally have an average at approximately 60%. The amount of work you're going to need to put in to get an A is likely going to be much more than you've put forth during challenging high school courses. The difficulty of the course often depends on the professor and the design of the course, which will be outlined in the course syllabus. Generally, the amount of credit hours that you take and the number per class will define how much work per week you should be putting in outside of class to be successful. However, sometimes that is not always true. I took an advanced chemistry lab that was worth only two credit hours, however the lab itself was four hours long, and had a lecture portion that was also an hour per week. I was in class for five hours each week, and writing one ~10 page pre-lab report and one ~15-20 page lab report every week. This lab was a required class for my major, so it is not surprising that it was this much work. Despite the amount of work, if you make friends in your classes, working together can become a lot of fun and a great resource to you if you're struggling.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're applying to the College of Engineering, GPA and ACT/SAT scores are very important. UIUC is ranked #4 in engineering. I am a chemical engineering student, and my major resides in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We are basically enrolled dually in the colleges of LAS and Engineering. All engineering programs are very competitive. The average ACT score needed for acceptance is around a 30-34 total. Other non-academic activities are taken into consideration by the university. The goal is to be a well-rounded student at your time of application. If you are deferred after the first acceptance period, do not fret! Many qualified students are deferred and later accepted. You can call your academic adviser and ask for further information about how to make yourself a more competitive applicant during the second round of acceptances.

    In three sentences

    UIUC is a huge campus full of opportunities for all majors, especially if you've been accepted into a STEM major. Opportunities for internships and Co-Ops are everywhere because companies know that a student educated at UIUC is going to be a top-notch hard worker and learner. Getting your degree is never going to be easy here, but the challenge pays off in the end because of this University's fine reputation: you are employable.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is your typical dining hall food, but there is a good variety of dishes. Fish on Sundays, stir fry line at one dining hall, salad bars, fruit platters, soup served daily. Everything you can imagine will be served at some point or another. There are also plenty of vegan and vegetarian options as well. Sometimes, though, you might get tired of the food in the dining hall. No worries, Champaign's Green Street is where you can find all of your favorite restaurants and coffee shops.

    Dorm Life

    The University's housing is a little out-of-date. UIUC is doing its best right now in trying to renovate the dorms that have been built in the 1970s. You'll find that some dorms have WiFi but no AC, others have AC but no WiFi. There are also Living-Learning Communities that are great for people of similar interests to meet and make new friends. I'm currently living in the Women in Math, Science, and Engineering Living Learning Community and it's honestly been a great experience. I've made many new friends and we've bonded over similar experiences and stories. It's really been great.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes there are challenging. I came in with a lot of AP credit, so I was able to skip a year in some Engineering prerequisites. The classes that I took this last semester definitely challenged me. Professors go in-depth and in detail. They are nice and approachable, really willing to take time to explain concepts to you. Office hours with TA's helped as well as different tutoring services across campus. Definitely form study groups though. I couldn't have gotten through Honors Calc III without them.

    Tips for prospective students

    When deciding a college, I think you should go to a campus that allows you to branch out and meet new people. I know so many of my friends who go to the same in-state college and just stick with their high school friends, not branching out at all. At UIUC, I'm one of only two people going there from my high school and I am extremely blessed that I've been given the opportunity to go to school out-of-state and meet people from all over country, and even from other countries. You don't necessarily have to go out of state for this to happen, but allow yourself to be surrounded by other people that aren't from your school or your town.

    In three sentences

    When I made my college decision on April 29 (I know, quite close to the deadline), I wasn't sure if I would like University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, but now having stayed here for a semester, I love every single minute of it. The diverse campus, the breadth of curriculum, the challenging classes, all those make UIUC the perfect college experience for any freshman who may not know what they want to do yet. I've made so many friends with so many interests and have explored so many different paths that even though I may not be sure yet of what I want my life to play out as, I know there are so many opportunities out there.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Although there are many resources for campus safety such as emergency phones and illini-alert, there have been some incidents regarding safety.

    Greek Life

    Greek life may not be for everyone, but the important thing I learned is that you shouldn't be quick to judge, and you should have an open mind about Greek life. There are 46 fraternities and 23 sororities on campus, every fraternity/sorority is different and so is each individual.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than 1000 registered clubs and organizations on campus so there is more than enough opportunities for every student. From Greek life to Athletics to Adventure club, the possibilities are endless.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can fit in here, you just have to find your place within the school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have this cornfield called the Morrow Plots, whereby a student gets expelled if he/she enters. In our school Saint Patrick's Day is a big tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    Illinois is considered a little bit more expensive than the average public school, but if you take into account what illinois has to offer, it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    During the day, you can hang out with your friends at the union, there is a bowling alley, pool table, and other fun games. There is an even ice rink. During the night, if you are 19 and over you can go to the bars or go to canopy club. There are many restaurants and cafes on green street. Some of my personal favorites are Chipotle, Flat Top, and Sushi Ichiban.

    Food and Dining

    At the end of the day, the food is dining hall food, so it can only be so good. Late night at Par is supposedly the best dining hall food you can get here.

    Dorm Life

    For me dorm life was amazing. If you are more of a extrovert, living in the six pack area is ideal. If you're introverted, par, far, or allen may be more suitable for you.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on the major, but there are many classes that are academically challenging. I see many students particularly struggle with math and science.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here to pursue your dreams. When you first move into the dorms, keep your doors open as well as your mind, be social, and make friends. The friends you make in your Freshmen year will most likely be an ongoing friendship.

    In three sentences

    The academics in this school are stellar. The student body is very diverse and everyone belongs somewhere in the school community. The college campus feel is very welcoming.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The college town located basically on the corner of campus provides good dining and a bar scene. Many facilities such as the Union

    Tips for prospective students

    Like at any other college, it is recommended to start strong academically and create beneficial habits. A good work ethic is necessary to succeed in school and consequently in the working world.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois, being a very large university in the United States, does a good job of making a versatile campus for all kinds of students. The campus itself is beautiful year round and the facilities are top-notch, truly accommodating the academic spirit found among all students. Academic, social, and extracurricular activities are abundant for all.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs/frats/soro! We all know UIUC is a party school. You will see that on campus. If drinking isn't your thing, then there are tons of other things you can do: bowling in the union, watch a movie, or try different sports/activities at the ARC, and so much more. Honestly, there's just so much to do here that I never have ANY free time for my self.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are well maintained. There's just so much food you can eat AND it's actually very good. If you stay in University housing, you can eat in ANY dining hall you want. That isn't the case with private certified housing though. In private, you have to eat at the dorm you live in. However, there has never been a problem with food. Green St. is like UIUC's downtown. It's filled with so many restaurants like Noodles, Jimmy Johns,Panera Bread, Bombay Grill, Mia Za's, Pad Thai, and SO MUCH MORE. There's chinese food, thai food, american food, indian food, etc. Make sure you stop and try cookies from Insomnia...

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is AMAZING. You get to interact with SO many different people. You meet people from all around the world. Whether it's living in the same room with them or on the same floor, it's an experience to remember!

    Academic Rigor

    This school is super strict when it comes to academics. The professors here do whatever it takes to help you attain success. The classes are taught by amazing professors. You are definitely in good hands when you're here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused right from the start! First semester of Freshman year will be tough but PLEASE don't give up. Don't let ALL those WONDERFUL restaurants on Green St. let you gain those unwanted pounds. Don't be afraid to try something new! If you don't, you never know, you might be missing out on a lot!

    In three sentences

    UIUC is an AMAZING school when it comes to academics and social life. You will learn so much throughout your college career and definitely grow as an individual. Don't let the fact that it's in the middle of a cornfield change your decision!

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the Undergraduate library to rent movies, CRCE has a fun pool, ARC is good for a fun time, and the Union is always open.

    Food and Dining

    It is awesome but it still doesn't beat home cooking.

    Dorm Life

    The is a wide variety to pick one that fits your needs.

    Academic Rigor

    There is always easy help you just have to ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and have fun.

    In three sentences

    U of I is awesome and I do not regret going there. I also would enjoy students to aim for a college like this because it does open more doors then smaller colleges. One thing I would also say is the education cost is worth it in the long run so get a job to help pay for it.

  • 12/29/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    The campus already being safe provides a network of services to make students feel safe and help them make wise choices to ensure their well-being.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for all student interests as well as providing the resources for further development of these organizations. Quad day is a great way for students to learn about many of these organizations and gives them an easy transition to being involved as a new comer to campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any and all students who desire a high level of overall achievement and lifelong accomplishment. There is a potluck of opportunity to be had for those students willing to pursue these endeavors.

    Bang for the buck

    This institution has one of the highest education per dollar values in my opinion. The degrees which students can receive are of the highest quality for a very reasonable price.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is full of social events, clubs, gatherings to meet any student's interests. The nightlife is also a great scene for students to interact and foster relationships for long term friendships. Lastly, the world-renowned greek life provides students future housing and connections for sound relationships through college and in their respective professional paths.

    Food and Dining

    The food is of high quality; people can expect to be well fed as well as enjoy the food provided thoroughly. More over, the service is wonderful and provided throughout the day to meet student needs.

    Dorm Life

    Both the public and private housing is welcoming and as much an experience for students as the classrooms themselves. Individuals should seek to meet as many other students to make lifelong connections and friends through this system. Both the accommodations and organized events give students a great chance to succeed socially and develop these relationships.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be quite difficult depending on curriculum but students are well equipped as well as sufficiently prepared to have as great an understanding of material as any student around the world. Any engaged and willing student can expect to have as complete an education as any other across the world. The university has a wealth of knowledge and resources to give students the opportunity to pursue any level and are of academic achievement they so choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    Every student must be engaged as well as explore the wide variety of opportunities available to them during their time at the university. Limiting ones perspective can be detrimental and leave one with the thought that they have passed on potential to make connections and have influential academic moments. I cannot stress enough the importance of have a complete and well rounded academic career at this prestigious university

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois has been of the utmost importance and influence in my academic and personal growth. I have participated in a wide variety of learning opportunities and organizations to develop my interests and strived to achieve my career goals. My now completed dual technical degrees will go on to serve me through a life long professional path and my successes can directly be attributed to my experiences and development during my time at this institution.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are safety phones, safe rides, and safe walks.

    Greek Life

    There are loads of different sororities and fraternities to join.

    Food and Dining

    PAR has the latest dining times. The Ike is the biggest dining hall. FAR has soul food night every Thursday

    Dorm Life

    You are allowed to have off campus guest. The dorms are pretty much the same size. Some are still being remodeled so they don't all have WiFi and or Air

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging. Advisers and teachers are available

    Tips for prospective students

    Go out Have fun Sign up for things Don't forget to hit the gym

    In three sentences

    The school is great. The people are not that friendly. The experience is what you make it.

  • 12/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is taken very seriously here; it is the school�?�¢�??�??s priority that all the students feel safe walking around campus and even in the dormitory halls. Whenever something happens at school we always get alerts sent via text or e-mail warning us of what is going on. I personally feel very safe here.

    Clubs and Activities

    The UIUC has over 1,000 Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) that meet throughout the semester. RSOs are very diverse; you can find anything from cultural, religious, educational, or simply entertainment clubs. Meaning that there are always events going on that will keep you busy.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone willing to go outside of their comfort zone and that enjoys meeting new people. Go out and make friends and always keep in mind that networking is very important.

    Bang for the buck

    Everyones's financial package will be different and some schools are more expensive than others. As a public school the UIUC's tuition is reasonable, but the price to dorm here is quite ridiculous. However, that should not hold you back from going to the school of your dreams. I took out a loan in order to attend this university and I do not regret it because I absolutely love it here.

    What to do for fun

    At a school like the UIUC there is always something fun to do. For example, the ARC, which is a recreational center on campus, offers different types of classes like yoga, kickboxing, and cooking classes. Also, being in a micro-urban community offers many opportunities to enjoy life outside of campus. For instance, Green Street is filled with restaurants, clothing stores, and frozen yogurt locations that I am sure there will be no need to miss the city.

    Food and Dining

    Every dining hall serves different types of foods, I am sure you will find something that you like. However, options are limited and I often miss my mom�?�¢�??�??s food. Therefore, whenever I go back home I always bring food back to my dorm.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life from hall to hall is different. Having experienced a living-learning community, I can honestly say that it has been a wonderful experience. There are always activities for everyone of different interests, so no one is ever bored in their dorms. If anyone is ever facing a problem whether it is personal or academic there will always be someone here willing to help and listen. The tremendous support in a living-learning community is unbelievable and this really is your home away form home.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes will require more studying than others, but knowing the right balance will help you succeed in all your classes. Also, if you are constantly studying there is no reason why anyone should be up long hours of the night before an exam.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Studying habits in college are a lot different than those in high school. You must adjust accordingly and don't expect your old habits to work. - Although you get tempted to miss class don't do it. Every lesson is important because the professor will say certain things during lecture that are not necessarily on the notes but can end up on an exam.

    In three sentences

    The UIUC is a great place in which a lot of learning and networking happens. The people in this campus are very diverse and you get to learn about different cultures, religions, and traditions that you never would have thought would be so interesting. Although the UIUC is a relatively large school is it still possible to get the individual attention you need because most teachers are approachable and really care that you do well in their class.

  • 11/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. Haven't had any problems personally.

    Greek Life

    Pretty evident on campus, as I am a part of it as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    many to be a part of .

    Great for these types of students

    All sorts and backgrounds, especially due to the vast array of majors to choose from.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unofficial, 'nuff said

    What to do for fun

    Union building has things going on daily in the courtyard. This is one place on campus. There are greek life activities, club activities, or just the many bars on campus to explore.

    Food and Dining

    Bit pricey but great selection. Go to Cravings, and get Indonesian Fried rice, or Three Cup Chicken. Trust me.

    Dorm Life

    All right. My dorm is no longer there so can't say much. Just know socialites don't like FAR or PAR.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on major. Pre-med is hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus.

    In three sentences

    Very fun campus environment. Get involved on campus but don't become complacent. Strive for success and you'll have fun.

  • 11/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is a very safe campus with Safewalks and Saferides so you never have to worry at night.

    Greek Life

    There is a very large Greek Life on campus but if you don't want to be a part of it there is no pressure to be involved. If you would like to be involved, you will be happy to find the large opportunities provided for you here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everything you can think of. One of the kookiest clubs is the October Lovers club, which is just a club where people who love all things related to October can come together and enjoy doing October related activities.

    Great for these types of students

    All students fit in great here! There are even many international students, so literally students from all around the world come together to learn.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially good for in-state students. The university offers a lot of financial aid to help you pay for school.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities all around campus to entertain all crowds. There are parties to meet new people and relax. You can go to the recreational centers to play sports, work out, lounge in the pool, or just watch some television shows. The university also organizes events to attend and have a good time with other students on campus. You will never run out of things to do at UIUC!

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is of excellent quality, it is always made fresh, and has a great variety of options to accommodate all needs be it vegetarian, vegan, lactose-intolerant, gluten-free, and anything else you can think of. The local food stores welcome college students and often offer special deals!

    Dorm Life

    Everyone keeps their doors open and welcomes friends into the community! Living conditions are top-notch, especially for dorm-life, and you have plenty of variety in what you want to do: study or socialize.

    Academic Rigor

    You pick the classes you want to take. The university offers very challenging classes and others that are less so, but you'll only do well if you put effort into doing so.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to find the right balance between school and social events. You can have both if you manage your time well.

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an excellent school for both academics and the ideal college experience. There are social events to get to know your peers and do all of your favorite activities with friends, but the academic side is still exceedingly entertaining. The classes and professors will encourage you to stay motivated to get a great degree!

  • 11/10/2013

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    There is a lot of good food at the school, but only take what you really want or else you may find yourself overeating and gaining weight. (My cousin goes there and discovered this.)

    In three sentences

    A populer school in Illinois that is known for its difficult courses.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has lots of safety precautions in place. Of the few crimes that took place in the area this year, none of them were on campus. The university has its own police force, and there are several emergency phones located around campus. There is also an alert system called Illini Alerts, and you can sign up to receive text message and/or email updates whenever something occurs. When travelling at night, there are two programs called SafeWalks and SafeRides. SafeWalks is a program where you can call a hotline at night and someone will come to where you are and walk with you to wherever it is you need to be. SafeRides is the same concept, but with a small bus you can ride instead of a person walking with you.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge here at U of I. Over 40% of the student population is involved in some sort of Greek organization, and you see their buildings everywhere. As a result of that, it can get rowdy at certain parts around campus, but that depends greatly on where you choose to live.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots and lots and lots of clubs here at the university. During move in week you can go to Quad Day and learn about every single club you can join and sign up for as many or as little as you want. I would say that there is a club for almost everyone here. If clubs aren't your forte, there's also a lot of volunteer and charity work you can get involved in on campus. If that still isn't what you're looking for either, then there's many sororities and fraternities you could join and become a member of.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people that want to go to a stereotypical university, like the ones you see in movies or on TV. The student body is huge and involved, Greek life is equally as large, the main quad is teeming with life, classes are held in big lecture halls, varsity sports are important, etc etc. If you want to go to a typical college town, which by no means is a bad thing, this is the place for you. It's also ranked one of the best party schools in the nation, so if you enjoy that then this might be a great fit for you too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best locations on campus are the bus stops, bar none. Champaign-Urbana has a fantastic bus system called CUMTD. Buses run around campus almost every 10-15 minutes on weekdays, and there's a website and several apps which you can use to see when the next bus will arrive, or even plan an entire trip.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is an excellent university, but it is also very expensive. It has the highest in state tuition of any public university in Illinois, and one of the highest in state tuitions in the region. Although you might stretch your wallet trying to pay for school, you definitely get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    Many students party and drink at U of I, so if you're not comfortable being around people that engage in those activities I would not recommend this school. Along with parties and bars, there are many, many clubs you can join here at the university and there is almost always something for everyone. There are lectures you can attend, places you can go out and eat, movies and concerts to go to, even free food from time to time. Although drinking and partying may be the most easily identifiable form of entertainment, it's by no means the only one.

    Food and Dining

    I live in a private certified house, so I can only speak for the meals served at Armory House and Hendrick House, the two locations I can eat. The food is good at both locations, but selection is limited at the former. Although selection may be limited, there is almost always something to fulfill your appetite. As the meal times can be a bit constricting, I'd recommend checking them out before creating your schedule. As I mentioned, I have only two locations I can eat at, located at almost the furthest northeast and southwest corners of campus. Make sure you have enough time between classes to travel to each location and eat so you're not late for your next class.

    Dorm Life

    I live at Armory House, a private certified house. It doesn't have that many students living here, with about 25% being international students and about 20-30% being upperclassmen. It's a quiet dorm, but with decent social activity and events. Many room options are available, which is a definite plus. The location is a block further from the quad than Bromley Hall, but is also only a block away from the nearest bus stop where the 22 Illini stops, which can take you all around campus. There is a nice park in the building's backyard, and lots of events take place there or the park north of it. It's located near several fraternities, is right next to a sorority, and has many apartments surrounding it, so on the weekends the area tends to get loud. However as I mentioned, the dorms stay quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging, but if are definitely manageable. Time management is the biggest factor in all of this. If you can manage your time well, you're likely to succeed in almost any course. Also, if you took AP courses in high school you should be better prepared for the rigor and amount of coursework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take AP classes/tests if possible, so you can enter with more credits. With the many different housing options, make sure you really research where you'd like to live. Also, be sure to make sure if this school is a good fit for you. It has an incredibly large student body, and while it can be exciting, it can also be overwhelming for some. Champaign-Urbana is somewhat isolated (like many Midwestern towns), but has many accommodations for comfortable living (places to eat, movie theaters, a mall, etc.) This school is also a notorious party school, and many students on campus drink, so keep that in mind when deciding if you would be comfortable here or not.

    In three sentences

    Very large university with an equally large Greek life. Many students are from Illinois, but there are also a lot of international students. Classes can be tough, but you should be better prepared if you took AP classes in high school.

  • 10/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is stressed widely at UIUC. There are things in place like Safe Rides and Safe Walks which students call when they are alone and don't feel safe. Whomever is on duty for the night would come to where you are and take you to the destination that you request. There also awareness programs such as ACEIT (Alcohol Culture Explored Interactive Theatre) and FYCARE (First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education) that teach you what to do and what not to do when you are presented with certain situations.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I stated previously, there are a large number of clubs and activities at UIUC. Have you ever heard of a Squirrel Watching Club? Yes, we have a club for that. Have you ever had a long, stressful day and you wanted to relieve it by sitting in a hot tub for a couple of hours? There is a club specially for that. UIUC have many great choices and options to choose from.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things that you could do for fun. There are always events hosted on the Quad or at the Recreational Centers located on campus. There are also clubs and organizations that you could join that interests you. There's literally a club that appeals to everyone, so there's never a dull day on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Depending on the dining hall you attend, your opinion of it will vary. The most exciting dining halls are the ones that host various themes are far as food and cultures go. I will admit that the food is diverse in every aspect because there's something different to eat depending on what day of the week it is.

    Dorm Life

    I love living in a dorm. Honestly, if you and your roommate are cool, the experience you have in a dorm will be better. My roommate and I get along well, so I don't have any problems. I've also met many girls on my floor and I love them as much as I love my roommate. The only thing about living in a dorm is the community bathroom. Everyone may not have the same cleanliness attributes are you.

    Academic Rigor

    As far as academics are concerned, it could be quite challenging depending on your major and the classes in which you enrolled in. Some professors are strict and to the T, while others are lenient towards different work assignments. If you are a student that likes to procrastinate, that will not work here. You have to get your assignments done by the deadline given by the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    The only advice that I would give to a prospective student is to be ready to get lost. The campus is huge and often times buildings are hard to find. If you're not from a city where there's plenty of public transportation, this is great place to adapt to it because you'll need it to get from one side of campus to the other.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a great school to attend. I give the University a 5/5 because of the diverse population and great hospitality given here. As soon as you arrive, you feel like you belong and this is the place that you need to be.

  • 10/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Dinning food is not bad at all, very diverse

    Dorm Life

    Apply for housing early, i suggest a living learning community for your freshman year and you can learn all about it in the uiuc housing website.

    Academic Rigor

    a lot of expectations but with right time managemt everything is possible

    In three sentences

    U of I will give you that full college experience while getting a great education.

  • 10/21/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    Best college food I've had

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the hardest schools academically

    In three sentences

    UIUC has one of the best engineering schools in the nation. I would definitely recommend applying if you want to major in any engineering majors. Also, the campus is beautiful and is one of the top colleges for Greek life.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Sometimes, eating the same food over and over again gets tiring, but that is not the fault of the chefs, etc.

    Dorm Life

    The housing faculty is ama-ZING! If one is having roommate issues, they try to be as accommodating as possible. All in all, dorm life is pretty sweet.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are a very huge part of U of I! One will be dropped quicker than a cook dropping a hot potato if they cannot be on their A game with their studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for a prospective student would be that college is way different than one would think. In all reality, high school does not get one prepared at all for college life-expect the unexpected. Study hard, and take breaks! As a side note, the gym is one's best friend.

    In three sentences

    My experience so far at the University of Illinois has been a truly exceptional one. It is a fantastic school with some of the most caring faculty I have met. The academics and sports have also exceeded that of extraordinary.

  • 09/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lately there has been an increase of robberies but the police is on it. Just don't walk alone late at night.

    Greek Life

    I'm not in the greek life but it's a big deal here.

    Clubs and Activities

    The variety can be overwhelming. There is always something fun to do.

    Great for these types of students

    For those who are athletes, party people, chillax people, etc. If you want to study and be successful in your career you can also do that.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of Student Registered Organizations to join. Campus recreation centers are super fun. There is rock climbing, pools, tennis courts, ping pong, etc. Also a bunch of bars and frat parties.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the food is good and tasty. Plus, there a bunch of restaurants around campus so you'll never be hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms have little free space but the neighbors are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Quality classes.You'll learn a lot from the best teachers. Be careful when you select your teacher though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. Talk to people and they will help you.

    In three sentences

    UIUC has good academics. Good recreation centers. Is a big party school.

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Robbery, Theft, etc. But there is an emergency alert system which is great

    Clubs and Activities

    Innumerable clubs and activities to participate

    Great for these types of students

    You can have such a great and invaluable experience

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Main Quad - Student protest for any political issues

    Bang for the buck

    Reward yourself with dancing on the floor

    What to do for fun

    Play football on any ground you can find

    Food and Dining

    Just come!! You can select any food in here!!

    Dorm Life

    Diverse Activity

    Academic Rigor

    Quiet Harmony Clean Library

    Tips for prospective students

    Think different!!

    In three sentences

    UIUC is full of students with diverse ethnic groups. UIUC serves students with high levels of education. UIUC provides students with peaceful atmosphere.

  • 09/11/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    Have lunch at the Black Dog Cafe, then head to memorial stadium for one of the spirited football games. Later that evening, visit the Krannert Center for Performing Arts to see one of the numerous ballets, concerts, and art shows.

    Food and Dining

    A variety of options are available on campus, as well as the surrounding community. The Jimmy Johns located throughout the city are some of the best in the world.

    Dorm Life

    I have not visited any of the dorms but from the outside they seem like standard dormitories.

    Academic Rigor

    The U of I is known for its rigorous coursework, especially in its engineering programs.

    In three sentences

    I spent the majority of my high school years living in Urbana - Champaign, and the U of I is a wonderful, urban campus. Green street offers many restaurants, bars, and shops. The University is greatly integrated into the surrounding city, allowing students to become active members of not only the university, but the town itself.

  • 09/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greeks are everywhere. They're pretty cool.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sooooo Man to be apart of and so little time to do them all.

    What to do for fun

    Parties, study, bowling at the Union, exercising, swimming at CRCE.

    Food and Dining

    You'll get tired of it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are dorms. Socialize.

    Academic Rigor

    There are so many classes that you can take and most of them you probably will really like.

    Tips for prospective students

    Party the first week, but when classes start you need to be on top of your work. No procrastination.

    In three sentences

    U of I is an all around great school. It is not as big as it looks. There are always nice people to meet and fun things to do.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs here there are to many to count! Anything you can think of the University of Illinois has to offer.

    What to do for fun

    In my spare time me I like to hang out with friends. We go bowling, out to eat, catch a movie, or just hang out.

    Food and Dining

    Before I came to school I heard how bad college food was, but when I got here it was everything but. There are so many different choices you have to eat its great. Plus, there are different places around the campus where you can eat if you feel like going out for a bite.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! Being on your own for the first time in your life without your parents is scary. Although you will meet so many new people and experience freedom like never before.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is of course the number one thing here. Although, we are given a numerous amount of different type of courses fit for anyone. Being able to take courses that fit your interest is a great opportunity to have!

    Tips for prospective students

    For students planning on attending, my tips to them would be learn time management. Things can get a bit on a overload for students, so time management skills would be a great thing to have. That is the number one tip I would give incoming students.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois is a great place filled with many opportunities, you want it they got it! There are many people here that will help you with an accomplishments you set for yourself. Along with it being filled with opportunities and awesome people, the campus itself is breath taking.

  • 09/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's called the ivy league of public universities fro a reason. It is an amazing university for the price.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many different kinds of clubs there is really no excuse for being bored. I especially enjoyed the Zombies vs. Humans event that happened once a semester.

    Food and Dining

    There are lot of options. I am a vegetarian and I was always able to find something delicious to eat. I especially enjoyed the different events they did at each of the dinning halls. For example, Tuesday at FAR is breakfast for dinner and Friday at Busey is Oodles and Oodles of Noodles.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms themselves are slightly below average. However, if you join a Living Learning Community (WIMSE, Intersections, Etc.) the experience is still very enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    Obviously this depends on your major. However, if you are in any science major or engineering program be prepared to put in a lot of time outside of class. I was a 4.0 student in high school and got 2 B's my first semester when I was working my butt off, but once you adjust to the larger lecture style of learning it gets easier.

    In three sentences

    U of I has an amazing campus and some of the best professors, but it's up to you to make the most of it because the class sizes can get very large. However, if you are someone who doesn't mind putting in a little extra effort to get to know your teachers, I can't imagine a better school.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With safe walks and safe rides, it is possible to get anywhere on campus without being scared. Safe walks and safe rides will pick you up at night and take you were you need to go.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy working out at the ARC or CERCE. I often go swimming for a good workout and when it gets cold I spend time in the hot tub. I also, enjoy the nightlife in Champaign, there is always different things going on.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is not great, it gets old after a while. On campus there are many great restaurants and dozens of choices. It gets expensive eating at other places other than dorm but can be well worth it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a good experience. I met all my friends through my doom, and a lot fun. The food is not great but cafeteria food anywhere is never amazing. Sharing a bathroom gets gross sometimes but you get used to it. If you are concerned about cleanliness go for living in a private certified housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor really depends on your major. I personally am in Engineering and it is a tough. Classes require studying and a lot more effort than high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    At Illinois many classed are very large. Take the time to talk to your professor before and after class and don't be afraid to ask questions. It's easier to ask at that moment than to wait tell you are very behind.

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois is an amazing school. There are endless opportunities to get involved and find what you really enjoy. Every year there is a Quad day were every club is set up on the South Quad and the main quad so you can browse and see everything offered on campus.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Crime alerts are sent to your email to inform you of crime on campus. There are also safe rides and safe walks available. For immediate assistance, there are campus police that may reach you quickly.

    Greek Life

    We have neighborhoods where all of the houses are for Greek letter organizations. Statistics have proven that the university has more Greek letter organizations that any other campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1,000 RSO's or (registered student organizations) on the campus of University of Illinois.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who can handle large environments. The campus is big and classrooms are big. It is also great for those who love to exercise. We have two recreational facilities on campus, the ARC and CRCE are the names. Both have pools, and one has and outdoor pool. Some dorms have smaller scale workout facilities. Of course it is great for students who enjoy research and learning as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition on our campus is unofficial Saint Patrick's Day. This is a day where students love to where green and go out to bars. Since you only have to be 19 to enter bars on our campus, many of the Universities students participate in this day.

    Bang for the buck

    College is what you make of it. There are endless opportunities available, whether you love taking art in community service, studying abroad, exercising, attending concerts, eating, studying out on the quad lawn, etc., there are endless possibilities available at the University of Illinois.

    What to do for fun

    Attend a sporting event. U of I features a great environment at our football and basketball games.

    Food and Dining

    The dining experience is great. With a meal plan, you can access all of the dining halls on campus and eat at the snack stations which are like mini stores.

    Dorm Life

    The University is renovating many dorms on campus to make them more spacious and accessible. Dorms are being reconstructed to beautify the campus and give student's what they are paying for. Our campus is very accessible for student who may have disabilities. The newest dorm is equipped with suite-style living where students can live in a unit shared by four people for more of a homy feel. A new feature of dorms on campus is that students can reserve blocks so that they can live near there friends. We have Leed certified dorms and buildings on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at U of I can be tough. General education classes are thorough and will get you through the basic knowledge you need for your major classes. Once you reach classes pertaining to your major, you may find many more hands on opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    My number one tip for prospective students is to attend quad day at the University of Illinois so that you can learn about all of the registered student organization and pick up tons of freebies. As a first year student it is great to be social, but I suggest spending more time on studying during your first year so that you can build a high GPA. Lastly, apply for as many scholarships as possible, they are there so why accrue massive debt.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois has an amazing atmosphere with over 1,000 registered student organizations on campus. The University also is a great place to come if you are interested in Greek letter organizations, because our campus has the most Greek life. If you are looking for a great education, excellent potential in the workforce, and an exciting college environment come to Illinois.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is subpar

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm life is crowded

    Academic Rigor

    Very competitive!

    In three sentences

    I love the school. It is a great atmosphere. The students are very motivated

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Greek life, sporting events, playing on the quad, clubs, intramural/club sports, bars, and house parties are fun things available on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm cafeterias serve quality food with many options.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman are required to live in the dorms. There are around ten dorms. Everyone can find somewhere they feel comfortable living!

    Academic Rigor

    Work Hard, Play Hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Keep in mind that while UIUC may seem more expensive than the other public schools in Illinois, the actual cost of attendance is very manageable.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois is a prestigious academic institution. In my personal opinion, the best public university in the state. UIUC is a place to earn a great education while enjoying classic college experience.

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There haven't been major cases on campus recently. There are the usual few robberies/attacks late at night that happen in any other town. The university have a text alert that students can sign up for so that they know what area to stay away from when something happens.

    Greek Life

    UIUC has the largest Greek system in the country and around 25% of the students are part of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus that people are bound to find something to join. From academic to quirky...there are many options

    Great for these types of students

    UIUC is great for students who are open-minded and curious. No matter what major you are, there is room for students to explore classes from some other field. Being a state university, the population is diverse and so being accepting is a must.

    Bang for the buck

    The in-state tuition is pretty good for the quality of education and the reputation of the degree you'll get. But what pushes up the cost is the room and board and student fees. If you're taking loans, call the financial aid office to find out about what do you absolutely need to pay for and what are the fringe charges.

    What to do for fun

    There is not much to do on the campus. Green Street has several restaurants and bars that people from the campus go to and there are a couple movie theaters is the 10 mile vicinity. That is pretty much it for social life.

    Food and Dining

    The University tries to diversify the meals by introducing international cuisine but it seems as if the people in the kitchen never bothered to read a single recipe. The meals are not worth the huge room and board fee, which is probably why many people choose to leave the dorms after one or two years,

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are spread out all over the campus so that the students can pick the one that is closest to their classes. The dorms are generally clean and well maintained. The University has been recently building new residence halls with AC and even better facilities. The Six-Pack have a reputation of being a party dorm due to it's proximity to Green Street (main restaurant/bar area). ISR is closer to the Engineering Quad, so many engineering majors live there. Allen Hall is the friendliest and most liberal (key word) of the dorms. It has a strong community atmosphere and many events/guests. Lincoln Ave. has the biggest rooms on campus and an involved community atmosphere as well. Busey-Evan is the only all girls dormitory on campus. It has a reputation of being not as friendly, but the building is quite nice. FAR/PAR are the farthest from campus and have a large international student population. Generally speaking, most students stay in dorms for the first 2 years of schooling before moving to the apartments because they are cheaper.

    Academic Rigor

    This varies from field to field. The basic STEM classes are taught in large auditoriums with barely any teacher attention. This can make it tougher for those more used to a small classroom environment. As you keep advancing up to the higher classes the classroom gets smaller and there is much more competition. This doesn't mean that this place is very cutthroat. The toughness of humanities classes depends on the instructor. Sometimes you can pass a class by just showing up, and other times the instructor expects an English major-level paper in an introductory class. Fortunately, there are tutoring options available.

    Tips for prospective students

    UIUC is an excellent university for studying upper level sciences and engineering. They have many state of the art facilities and research opportunities available for the students. However, due to its focus on the STEM fields, the humanities departments end up receiving less funds. If you want to go to a school where there is social life outside of campus (and nearby bars) then this is not the place for you. But if you want a respectable degree and perhaps even a chance to study abroad, then come here.

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world class research university, with a strong study abroad program. It is diverse and has many classes that students would enjoy. While there are a few negatives, the experience of learning at UIUC makes up for it.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a system called Safe Rides (picks you up on campus to drive you home late at night) as well as Safe Walks (people who accompany you and walk you home). Incidents do happen, but it happens on every campus. In addition, sign up for Illini Alerts to get info on incidents ASAP!

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of Greek Organizations on campus. However, no one is pressured to join one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are THOUSANDS of organizations on campus. Feel free to start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Any type. We have thousands of organizations on campus as well as a large variety of majors/minors. However, we are particularly known for Engineering, Science, Business, and Advertising. If you don't find what you want, there's also the option to make your own major!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unofficial Alma Mater Meat Science Laboratory Joe's

    Bang for the buck

    Although a bit on the pricey side when considering Public Universities, this school definitely will give you your money worth. I have many friends from places such as ISU, EIU, AU, and etc. who are spending their summers working at Grocery Stores and Outlet Malls. What am I doing? I'm currently working as a Research Assistant as well as a Lab Assistant; earning experience in my future occupation.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Bars with friends, go to parties, bowling, swimming, movies, shopping, go out to eat, plan trips, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do decide to attend UIUC, expect to challenge yourself as well as pushing yourself. In addition, I'd highly advise taking and earning those AP/IB credits offered in High School as well as taking 4 years of a certain language in High School. In addition, expect a lot more time outside the classroom but also a lot more time to study as well as being involved in extra curricular activities.

    In three sentences

    UIUC was not the school I originally wanted when I applied; in fact, it was a back-up school. Before, I thought it was just the default place to go if a Senior in high school didn't know where to go. Now, I know that I completely under estimated the level of experience I've gained so far in my field as a Molecular and Cellular Biology major and have never regretted my choice to come here.

  • 06/28/2013

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    What to do for fun

    Illinois has one of the largest Greek systems in the world. These are basically social clubs that you can join. There are a ton of things to do there, clubs, sports, and many more! You pick.

    Food and Dining

    Illinois has one of the nicest dining compared to many schools. Many choices, and there is even an app for what is available.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are kind of small, but they can be really homie. Depending on what you make of it.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are ranked very high nationally. Illinois has a really good research program also, even available for freshman.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare questions before heading there, to get as much information as possible. Do the walking tour of the place, they give good information regarding tuition and campus life.

    In three sentences

    Welcoming environment for prospective students. Close athletic team spirit. Nice advisers that help you out.

  • 06/26/2013

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

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    Bang for the buck

    World class education that costs $20,000 less than most privates -- top 50 school nationally overall

    What to do for fun

    Foot ball A million clubs Huge Greek system

    Food and Dining

    Great variety. Healthy and vegetarian choices abound!

    Dorm Life

    Choices for every personality, living style

    Academic Rigor

    World class education -- top 50 school nationally overall

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet your colleges academic advisor. Take classes outside of your major/college that interest you. Ask questions! Take advantage of huge study abroad and internship programs!

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a very large world class institution with seemingly infinite fascinating choices of classes -- even for incoming freshmen! UIUC has the feel of a small liberal arts college with great personal attention to detail from admissions and especially the awesome academic advisors. Great place if you love a beautful campus with the perfect quad and want to stretch your brain with fun, interesting, challenging and varied classes!

  • 06/23/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    The university sends out e-mails called Illini alerts that warn you if anything unsafe happens on campus. Also, the campus is away from the city so the crime rate is low.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge on campus with many different sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for engineering and business students that want to go to a great school, but also want to have fun!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a great school and has a good reputation for its employers.

    What to do for fun

    The bars are a really big scene on campus and Unofficial is a really big event. Other than that, the greeks are always having events as well as the MANY clubs.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different places to eat on campus, buffet style! There are also these things called cafe credits which are great for quick foods.

    Dorm Life

    There are several different dorms and the option for private housing. But there are community bathrooms and dorms without wifi or air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    All the teachers are helpful but they also give a lot of work. There are not a lot of easy A classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're not planning to go into engineering or business, I wouldn't attend this school.

    In three sentences

    UIUC has a great student body that is always happy to answer all of your questions. They have a very organized system for all the resources you need. It has a large student body and it's easy to fit in!

  • 06/20/2013

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

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Orange Krush is very famous for representing the cheer squad.

    What to do for fun

    There is school gym that includes pool and water slides! Many restaurants and cafes are available just outside of campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of dining halls and cafes around the campus, with places that offer vegetarian food. Many options are offered for dining.

    Dorm Life

    With options to choose from, I chose a suite-style housing and the housing seemed to be very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    I heard that the academic level was very rigorous but bearable.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am one of the freshmen students and I will be ready to grab each and every opportunity I see.

    In three sentences

    UIUC is a top-tier university where students with intelligence, leadership, and talents wish to be part of. It is a college with long, remarkable history. Many opportunities are given for students to explore and experience.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Just like any other big school, crime does happen. You just have to be smart about everything and you should be fine.

    Greek Life

    Greek is huge on campus, but if you choose to not go Greek there are still tons to do!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Diversity is huge on campus that everyone will be sure to find their groups. Look into the rep of every dorm because choosing housing to make sure you find people like you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campus is so big that there are tons of places to explore (something I wish I did).

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state tuition it is a bit expensive, but I absolutely fell in love with the school that I believe that it is worth it. The education, the people, the environment - everything is amazing.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on. The bars are always fun, but there's something for everyone! There are tons of clubs, activities, and recreation centers available for whatever you're looking to do.

    Food and Dining

    The variety is great, and there is always back up food available if you don't like the main meals. The Ike has the best food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not in the best conditions, but they are very social. I met my best friends in my dorm and do not regret it at all. I love the dorms so much that I will be living there for my second year. I highly recommend the six pack! Definitely get to know the people in your hall.

    Academic Rigor

    It definitely requires a lot more work that in high school. Make sure to not leave anything to last minute and study whenever you have time. Stay on top of your assignments and ask for help when needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely get involved right away to make the campus smaller. Don't go home the first weekends on campus to not lose opportunities to meet people. Get to know the people in your dorm.

    In three sentences

    U of I is an amazing school with amazing opportunities. It offers something for everyone with so many people and such great diversity. It has been my home for only one year (now going on two), but it already has won me over.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Parties, bars, clubs, picnic near the lake, cycling, movies, films, taste of champaign, outdoor concerts.

    Food and Dining

    Not the best. If you are a foodie person, live at Hendrick House.

    Dorm Life

    Food sucks but you get to know a lot of people living at a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering is tough, but I learn a great deal

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a big school but if you join the right club and get involved in extra curricular activities you will make great friends!

    In three sentences

    It has a great computer science program. The weather sucks but the campus can be very beautiful at times. Its a great school!

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not come to this school, since the tuitions are outrageous.

    In three sentences

    It is a fantastic school where students can thrive academically and spiritually.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Decent, there are a lot of armed robberies but police are making a big effort to crack down.

    Greek Life

    Very active, over 20 frats and 20 sororities. People not in sororities are called GDIs (God Damn Independents) not hard to have a social life if not in a house, greeks and GDIs are sometimes friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    Really great, TONS of options, there will be a club for you!

    Great for these types of students

    students interested in greek life, students who like to midwest, students from the suburbs of Chicago who want to be just far enough away from home but not too far, students who want the best engineering education in the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Alma Mater statue is a big pride of ours and we like to take picture with it (especially on graduation.) Unofficial St. Patrick's Day is our huge drinking holiday where pretty much everyone is drunk all day long.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state, compared to other states in-state tuition, it's expensive, but for the awesome education you're getting it's worth it. For out of state, I don't know if it's that great of a deal unless you're doing engineering. I definitely wouldn't go to U of I out of state for like a education or HDFS degree, there's just nothing that sets it apart to pay that much. The nice thing is that it's a flat rate tuition so you can take 14 or 18 hours and you're bill will be the same. Also for in-state students your tuition is locked for 4 years so it won't go up every year like a private school.

    What to do for fun

    There are many intramural sports and RSO's to join (registered student organizations) where people can meet others with similar interests. Going to games like football, basketball and volleyball are also really big here. And of course the main entertainment is drinking at all the bars on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Green St. is U of I's main drag, on which there are many restaurants and bars, everything from gyros to italian food, to chinese food to jimmy johns. There are many options for dine-in or take-out. There are also a couple restaurants unique to U of I like Coco Mero (frozen yogurt) and Papa Dell's (deep dish pizza.)

    Dorm Life

    There are many different dorms and they are all very different, it kind of segments people right off the bat but in a way it also helps them find friends who they have things in common with. For example Allen Hall is where a lot of artsy people and music majors live.

    Academic Rigor

    U of I is a hard school to get into and is pretty difficult academically as expected. The math and science majors are typically the hardest, especially engineering. However, you can always find an easy A class to help balance your schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors, you never know when you'll need a letter or rec or want to do research. Get to know everyone on your dorm floor right away, if you wait too long everyone will already have friends and it will be awkward. Finally, study hard, it's easy to get caught up in the great social atmosphere and get behind!

    In three sentences

    U of I will provide you with a world-class education and the opportunity to meet many different kinds of people and access many great resources. This school is very large, but it's easy to find your niche. U of I offers both great academics and social outlets.

  • 06/17/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    There's an ice rink, a famous concert hall, and many restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    Food's great!

    Dorm Life

    There is room for everyone, some dorms don't have AC though. And there are lots of community styled dorms

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard, definitely not easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in clubs and find your social niche

    In three sentences

    The campus is huge and I love the diversity. It is an academically challenging school but there is so much recreation at the same time. I am looking forward to this school year!

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unofficial = fake holiday that students use to get belligerently drunk & act a fool. I don't drink so I didn't enjoy this day at all, but it is a tradition unfortunately.

    Bang for the buck

    UIUC is an expensive school, but I think overall it's worth it. You get a very typical college experience, but also get the chance to meet some of the most interesting people that you ever will right on campus. Take advantage of every opportunity given to you & you'll feel like you're getting your money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    This is hard for me just because I have spent more than one friday night wondering what to do for fun & wound up staying in doing homework. If you are the party type, you will always be able to find a frat/sorority party going on somewhere on campus on the weekends. If you're not into the party scene I suggest getting involved with RSO' s or clubs because alot of them host activities for their members, like barndances, formals, etc. There is also the Illini Union for bowling, Pool, and arcade games, and I have heard that there is a skating rink off campus, but I'm not sure where it is exactly.

    Food and Dining

    Overall the food on campus is not bad by any means, but it definitely isn't 5 star cuisine so don't expect too much. Green Street has alot of food options to choose from like: Pizza Hut, Chipotle, Noodles & Co., Subway, Mia Za's, Dunkin Donuts, Wendy's, Panera Bread, Starbucks, etc... There are also bigger chain restaurants (Chili's, Red Lobster, Buffalo Wild Wings (BDUBS), Fridays, etc) off campus that you can catch the bus to, or drive to within a decent amount of time.

    Dorm Life

    ISR is the best dorm ever, but I'm biased because I lived there the first 2 years of my college career. ISR doesn't have the best food and you will get tired of dorm food in general so just be prepared. Some of the dorms' AC & heating systems are long overdue for an update so that caused frustration at times (particularly in the winter when I was freezing my butt off everynight). Bring blankets!

    Academic Rigor

    If you do not know how to study and you're coming to UIUC, you need to learn how to ASAP. The classes here are no joke and although there are some blow-off classes, the majority of them do require a rigorous amount of work to keep up with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up and get involved with activities you like early on in your high school career. Also, try to really get a gage on what it is you want to do once you are at college, UIUC kind of makes it hard for students who are undeclared to truly explore & take classes in their various interests.

    In three sentences

    Overall, the university is a really good school. Definitely skewed in terms of where the focus is put (cough, engineering), but there are still plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved with.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although there have been minor incidences (the sorts of things that happen on any campus) it's a safe town - no big city or ghetto near by - and you can call Safe Rides or Safe Walk and have someone drive or escort you home if it's too dark and you're by yourself!

    Greek Life

    Dominates the campus for sure - but there really is a house appropriate for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are HUNDREDS of clubs on campus and it's a fairly easy process to start up your own!

    Bang for the buck

    Going to the University of Illinois you'll be have a lot more opportunities after school, whether that be continuing your education further or seeking employment. You really get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    College bar entrance age is only 19 so most people spend weekends there, but there are also a vast amount of clubs and alternatives if you don't want to be a part of the bar scene!

    Food and Dining

    Good variety - lots of different dining hall options as well.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of the dorms are fairly old and worn down. Many don't let you use the elevators while moving in so you have to lug furniture up 2 flights of stairs or more!

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the science and math classes are VERY tough, but if you are dedicated and take the professors advice, you should do well!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try rushing for either a fraternity or sorority and take a variety of classes your freshman year. I came in determined to do one thing and once I opened my mind to other classes I took as electives I quickly changed my major! Figure it out sooner than later by taking advantage of the course offerings.

    In three sentences

    Perfect college town setting! The professors all have experience in the fields they teach and are very knowledgeable on the given topics. Sometimes, however, it's hard to get away from the Greek system.

  • 06/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend truly thinking about your major before you declare one.

    In three sentences

    I think the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a great school that offers a lot of opportunities for all majors. As an aspiring architect, I have found the architecture program to be extremely helpful. I would recommend this university to anyone who is willing to see past the party school exterior of UIUC.

  • 05/31/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Quality food, and you can eat in any dorm you want, assuming you live in university housing.

    Dorm Life

    Amazing social atmosphere. I highly recommend an LLC because you're with people a lot like you.

    Academic Rigor

    Offers a very quality education no matter what field you're going into, but especially engineering, which is what I am going into.

  • 05/30/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Got an alert of a threat on campus and he was captured within fifteen minutes.

    Greek Life

    Not doing.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you want.

    Food and Dining

    Various choices.

    Dorm Life

    Got into Saunders Hall with Global Crossroads so it's a bit more exclusive. Only 120 students; 60 female/male and about 50% international/US students. Dorms are small though.

    Academic Rigor

    I think it will be difficult but definitely do-able.

    Tips for prospective students

    At first I thought it was an easy school to get in to, but two of my friends were rejected. I am seventh in my class and they fell below the top 10% so I suppose not.

    In three sentences

    Full of opportunities with various clubs and organizations one can join.

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are quite a bit of crime alerts, but it's easy to be safe if you're smart about it (like don't walk alone at night). There safe walks, safe rides, night buses, and taxis available.

    Greek Life

    Not a part of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everyone. There's plenty of sports as well as academic clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, business majors, bio majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Morrow plots. It's a small plot of land for experimental crops and it's actually a historic landmark because it is the oldest experimental crop field. Trespassing results in expoltion.

    Bang for the buck

    Earning my degree here will be well worth it, connections will be available. Facilities are nice as well.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, go to sporting events, bars if you're 19

    Food and Dining

    Decent, but any kind of dorm food gets old after a while. Healthy alternatives are usually an option.

    Dorm Life

    I was in FAR and couldn't stand it, it is on the edge of campus. Luckily you can depend on buses as they come regularly and frequently.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm majoring in civil engineering and the workload is demanding and classes are competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join as many clubs that interest you, you'll be surprised at how many people you can meet.

    In three sentences

    I am very proud to go to this school, it is challenging but earning my degree here will be well worth it. The social life and atmosphere is amazing, anyone can fit in here! Night life is fun and there's so many clubs and organizations to be a part of.

  • 05/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Friendly and have exciting events all the time.

    Clubs and Activities

    All types of clubs to join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unofficial Weekend

    What to do for fun

    Go to different types of parties and explore the campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will enjoy it!

    In three sentences

    Fun, Huge and Exciting

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The social life is very vibrant, with numerous events taking place daily all over campus. With over 40,000 students, it is impossible to avoid meeting new people!

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans at U of I, especially for first year students are flexible and cover the dining needs of most students, including vegetarians.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at UIUC is a very valuable experience, definitely for first year students. The living learning communities especially stand out, as they give students the opportunities to meet students with similar interests and personalities.

    Academic Rigor

    Attending office hours allows you to have a unique relationship with professors and TAs to better understand material. Always make sure to attend lecture and stay updated with the current information.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to have a general idea of a major or some classes that you feel an interest for, so that you do not spend too much time trying to find out what to major in.

    In three sentences

    UIUC is a community of not only 30,000 undergrads, but also 10,000 graduate students and the greater Champaign-Urbana area. This contributes to its diversity and rich culture, giving students opportunities in almost any interest they could wish to pursue. Courses are challenging, yet though-provoking, and some of the best interactions are found in the classroom.

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Its a big school so there is some concern but there really isn't much to be worried about it because they do take a lot of safety measures. So just be smart and there shouldn't be a problem.

    Greek Life

    Pretty big compared to most other schools. I've never joined one so I can't say much except that they do a lot of bar crawls.

    Clubs and Activities

    It is called a big ten school for a reason. There is pretty much a club for everything so I'll just leave it at that.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who like a good challenge.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the Japanese house on campus which is very pretty building and decorated nicely. Unfortunately that's all I can say as I can never find time to go inside and look around.

    Bang for the buck

    So far it has been a satisfactory experience it is just feels like they could do more, research wise. It is very expensive too. Very very expensive and financial aid isn't to wonderful for students from middle class families like me.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities to do in the union such as bowling and arcades. There are usually some plays or comedy routines on Friday nights and bands play in the Canopy club. All that and their famous football games.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of restaurants on green street and a couple more scattered around the university. It isn't the best but you have burger places, subs, sit down dining, Chinese, and a lot more so you do have a selection.

    Dorm Life

    I can't really speak for dorm life empirically because I have never lived in one but based on what my friends say I think it is just like every other dorm life. The food from what I've heard isn't the best in most and unfortunately it is mandatory for freshmen to dorm (not transfer students).

    Academic Rigor

    I can only speak for the math, physics and CS courses and they are tough. You always have something due and the graders are not lenient. This does not mean that it is unfairly hard or just too much work, it means that you should do your best all the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're transferring do not take a lot of courses the first semester. Take it easy the first semester no matter how smart you think you are or it will be a painful first semester. An important thing to master is discipline, know when you need to study and when you need a break, find you balance.

    In three sentences

    Relative to my experience as a transfer student the school does an excellent job at providing assistance and the advisers will do their best to make sure you have an easy transition. The classes are always serious there is no room for slacking here its big change from community college were you are always reminded of the fact that you are in a university. It's campus is nice and well maintained as well so overall it is a nice place to study and good environment.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. U of I has Saferides, which is a service that will pick you up where ever you are so you do not have to walk home alone at night. All the students also receive texts and e-mails alerting us of any crime in the nearby area.

    Greek Life

    U of I is the largest Greek campus in the US, but that doesn't mean that everyone is Greek. I joined a sorority my second semester and I've met a lot of great people through sisterhood, philanthropy and social event. It's also good for networking. There are also many professional fraternities on campus which are not as time consuming as social fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1,000 clubs on campus, so there is something for everyone. I'm very involved in my advertising club which has given me so many opportunities such as internships and networking opportunities. I've also met some awesome people in all of the clubs I'm involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Open minded students that do not mind a large campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At football block, the section of the stadium blocked off for students, there are many chants and dances that the students do for plays and calls throughout the game which makes it a fun experience, even if you're not into sports.

    Bang for the buck

    I love U of I and I do not regret my decision coming here. Academically and socially it provides many opportunities for future careers. There are endless opportunities at U of I. I had an internship on campus during my freshman year because U of I provided me with resources.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events (Go Illini!), hanging out on the quad, swimming/tanning at the outdoor pool, rock climbing, going out to eat at restaurants on Green Street, shopping, intramural sports, etc. At night, the legal age for bars are 19 so many students go to bars or fraternity parties.

    Food and Dining

    At U of I, you can eat at any dining hall on campus which is nice for variety. There are also specialty nights that serve Asian, Mexican, breakfast, vegetarian, Soul food, etc. The food is served in buffet style so there are always many options. At every meal, cereal, sandwiches and waffles are available.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really fun because you meet so many new people. Keep your doors open, so you can meet more people and make an effort to introduce yourself to people on your floor. These people may be your future best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I've learned a lot of new skills and have been exposed to many different issues that are relevant to my life. The work can be challenging, but the professors are very open and hold office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded! Join clubs and go to every event you can to get more opportunities and meet new people. Be busy, but also manage your time well so you can balance your academics.

    In three sentences

    This may sound dramatic, but I've never been happier in my life than my time at the University of Illinois. There are so many opportunities and amazing people here. U of I is the right school for you if you want a big school with a small campus feel.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can call safe walks (two built people will walk you anywhere) or safe rides (a mini bus will take you around) after dark.

    Greek Life

    A large portion of students are part of Greek but they're generally down to earth.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who know how to work hard and play hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Check out the coffee shops around campus!

    Bang for the buck

    If you're in accounting or engineering you are definitely getting your money's worth because of the great programs.

    What to do for fun

    There's always activities and events on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of variety in the Ike dining hall

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the 6 pack and loved it. The people there were mostly underclassmen and freshmen so there was no age gap.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard but not impossible. Make sure to join the easy classes FB group to pick easier classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy both a mattress pad an a foam pad.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. There are so many opportunities and activities. People are pretty friendly.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    it is decent. Sometime you get emails constantly about the crimes that happened, but it is not too much, and definitely avoidable

    Greek Life

    Not very familiar with it, but it has a lot of options to choose from if you are interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    have anything and everything you can think of and if they don't you can create one

    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded, liberal, adventuruos and outgoing need to be able to make friends and talk to everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Check out: Eternal Flame and Alma Mater

    Bang for the buck

    It is okay, I personally don't think it is worth what I am paying.

    What to do for fun

    There are normal things such as bowling, partying, walking around the campus, playing at the arc, or just chillin' in the dorm with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    I'm a vegetarian so the options are less. I ate pizza and salad for most of my meals.

    Dorm Life

    It is different depending on which dorm, but they are all decent and the life is fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on what your major is but it is a lot more difficult than high school. Especially for engineers, make sure to stay on track.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to have everything planned out, don't delay picking classes or taking to your advisor.

    In three sentences

    UofI is a great school and gives people the opportunity to live how they would like. You can find your small niche and spend time with those people or you can be a part of many organizations. Overall a school for people who like to explore and experience many new things.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I usually meet up with some friends and head over to the Quad, which is where people go in the nice whether.

    Food and Dining

    The food was okay. It was a lot of unhealthy junk food but it was still well prepared.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are newer then others, some are a lot nicer. My dorm was pretty nice, but the people can be really rowdy even during the night.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses can be tough but overall if one puts in the time and effort, they can succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If one isn't looking for a big school then U of I isn't for you. The classes are very big, but the the professors are well educated.

    In three sentences

    Overall, U of I is a great school. It is very big and diverse. A large campus allows one to meet many people and have a lot of opportunities.

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go out with friends, attends multiple Registered Student Organizations, and join in on activities at the ARC.

    Food and Dining

    The food starts off great, but eventually gets repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    Very social and loads of fun where ever you go.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers can be hard pressed on you at times, but still put forth an effort to help you learn all you can.

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois is great school, well diversified in its student body. I have enjoyed myself over the 3 years I have spent here thus far.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Clubs and organizations offer many fun and exciting projects to take part in. You are sure to find something new to do when boredom strikes.

    Food and Dining

    Green street on campus offers a wide array of restaurants with almost every type of food that you can imagine. Everyone is sure to find at least one restaurant that they can't get enough of.

    Dorm Life

    Being in a dorm is a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    You should expect to work hard in order to receive the A that you want. Although it may seem challenging at times, there are many resources for you to get help. Don't be afraid to go to office hours or tutoring if you have a question. Take advantage of the resources you have on campus and you will find yourself on the road to success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should be prepared to study hard to earn the grade and recognition that they want. It's a new environment and may feel scary or difficult at times but you will find yourself transitioning into college life quickly.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois challenges you to become the successful individual that you are meant to be. It prepares you for your career not just in the classroom but there are many opportunities to join academic clubs that relate to your major as well as interning and job opportunities. Expect to be faced with challenges that will allow you to learn and grow at the University of Illinois.

  • 04/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    University of Illinois is considered a party school.

    Food and Dining

    Well staffed, buffet style.

    Dorm Life

    Enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors do not comment on work turned in, so there is no opportunity to improve yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before choosing this university, ensure you are not an interactive learner.

    In three sentences

    Large classes with very little opportunity for student participation. Professors offer office hours but rarely attend them themselves. There is no regulation or organization of the students resulting in many distractions.

  • 04/04/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The dining is good but if you don't want to dine in the campus cafeteria you can go around the campus town to got to different dining establishments.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great despite the small size of the room

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is very extreme but I encourage people to still apply

  • 04/03/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    This campus is soo nice! The people are friendly, the eateries are abundant and the bus rides are free! Just make sure you score well on your ACT to get in.

  • 04/02/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Tutition was ok; however, the Presidental Scholarship is only $5000.

    What to do for fun

    Lots to do around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food seemed to be pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms were kinda old and not air conditioned. I would like to see all dorms with a.c. Otherwise, the dorms were nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really talk with students

    In three sentences

    Good school. I've always liked the school after taking a field trip there.

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    103 of 308

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Small town Illinois with plenty of police. Saferides, Safewalks, and safety lights come in handy!

    Greek Life

    Really big here, but it isn't a big deal if you are not into it. I'm not, and I still have a lot of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have any club you can think of. Period.

    Great for these types of students

    Love to learn, open, and not shy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unofficial St. Patrick's Day and Alma Mater!

    Bang for the buck

    A little pricey for a public school, but then again UIUC is a good school to get a job after graduation, which is the goal.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of shows and free activities. You will not be bored.

    Food and Dining

    Big buffets, but it gets old after a while. Not bad food though!

    Dorm Life

    Allen Hall. Best dorm ever! The people are great, and I for sure make life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of classes are tough, but there is a lot of help offered and you really just need to stay on top of your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a party school, but you still need to study hard to get good grades.

    In three sentences

    UIUC is a big school with lots of opportunity. I love it here because of the vast things they have to offer. It is not for everyone, but if you are looking for a challenging school with endless possibilities, this school is for you.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The recreation center is only a few years old and includes: a massive weight room, 8 basketball courts, an indoor soccer court, 8 raquetball courts, 2 Olympic-sized pools, a track, a sauna, a rock-climbing wall, and so much more. In addition the main recreation center there is an additional recreation center with similar facilities. Intramurals is always a fun way to meet new friends and stay in shape. There is a club called Orange Krush that guarantees courtside sides to every basketball game if you make a donation and show up early enough. Another big attraction that most don't know about is that you only need to be 19 to go to the bars. Don't plan on getting drinks whenever you want them, but it is a lot more lackadaisical than you would think. Members of fraternities and sororities will usually rent out a bar for the entire house and have an event all night at that reserved bar.

    Food and Dining

    Freshman are now spoiled when it comes to dorm food. Whether you are in private housing or public you are going to get top-notch food. The only dorms that were struggling were the dorms that have just been renovated and now upper-classmen are buying meal plans at freshman dorms. If you are not going to eat dorm food, there is one main street with over 20 restaurants and a grocery store close by.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the public housing dorms are located in the same general area or even neighbors to each other. This creates a perfect freshman environment where it is easy to make new friends and truly assimilate into the college culture. In addition to the public housing, the private certified housing is extremely nice apartment style units with all of the basic commodities located in the same building.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum is tough, but at the same time you will quickly find out which electives can be great GPA boosters. Illinois is unique in that students who plan there semesters carefully will have very rigorous and insightful major courses, with one or two easy elective courses. Illinois is still a very respectable school, so one should not plan on cruising through their undergraduate studies without putting in the time and effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    The freshman dorms (6-pack) have just been renovated and everything is brand new. There really is no point in spending the extra money on private certified housing for this sole reason. If you are planning on going into business, engineering, or agriculture then Illinois needs to be on your radar. The school is a leading institution for these big majors as well as many others. Aside from academics, if you plan on joining a fraternity or sorority Illinois has the biggest and most involved Greek life in the country.

    In three sentences

    The Univerity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is an excellent institution with extraordinary academics, but the school also has numerous extra curricular events and hundreds of clubs suiting any interest a student might have. The campus is gigantic and beautiful; the campus has 3 massive quadrangles and new buildings are being erected every year. With so many respected programs, the University of Illinois should undoubtedly be a school of interest for prospective students.

  • 03/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Speaking mainly to guys, a lot of the guys who come to U of I are pretty big gamers. I play a bunch of computer games with my dorm mates and we made a DOTA 2 team, and watch The Walking Dead together on Sunday nights. Going to campus events like football and basketball games are alot of fun as well. Assembly Hall, which is UIUC's arena gets some pretty goods events like comedy acts, music performances, and WWE. There is stuff to do for just about everyone.

    Food and Dining

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

    Dorm Life

    I enjoy dorm life as a whole, it like living with friends for neighbors and it's a ton of fun. The only negatives would be public bathrooms which tend to get dirty, small dorm rooms, and no kitchen or bathroom for yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor here all depends on who we are talking about. There are students that have frat parties and hit the bars often, but there are also very astute students who study constantly. I'd give it about an average rating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and apply during the earliest application period in Nov. This will give you the best chance to get into the University. Don't worry if you don't know what you want to do for a major, many students are undecided when they come. Also, get to know the people who live on your dorm floor, because they may turn into your best friends at college. Join some student groups or college clubs, this will help you meet people when you get here.

    In three sentences

    It seems to have pretty good professors, it has a large international student program, and it is really cool to go here. The tuition is somewhat expensive, but it is really not as bad as many other large schools. Overall, I'm glad that I choose to attend this university.

  • 03/12/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are quite a few that they tell on the general tour.

    Bang for the buck

    Out-of-state tuition is a bit high, so the bang is much more debatable than in-state.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't real eat anything on the actual campus...

    Dorm Life

    Dorms were really nice and clean, and there was a good system set up for duties shared on floors. Only hard-wired internet in dorms is allowed, though, which is really not awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    I didn't see any classes, but the school is highly-ranked. From what I was told from a student there, classes are mostly taught using projectors and lectures.

    In three sentences

    I thought this campus was really pretty, and I found a friend that showed me around because I couldn't make the Engineering tour - met a lot of very friendly people there. This school has very highly-ranked programs and seemed really awesome for the couple hours I was there.

  • 03/05/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    UIUC is a great college! I have a sister who goes here and she really likes it. I hope that i one day will be able to attend this prestigious school.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for pretty much anything you're into, whether you are into watching squirrels for fun or you like to skydive, its all here.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school overall.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There use to be some good traditions here on campus, like hash wednesday. Now we have Unofficial, where you take a normal friday night and times that by 10.

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly if you receive multiple scholarships and have to take out a small loan then it's well worth the buck. This is one of the top schools for engineering and a great party school, it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    What to do for fun? Well, there's the gym for after classes, rock climbing for saturday afternoons, bowling for after friday classes, movie viewings and social events during the week, and then there's friday and saturday nights, enough said.

    Food and Dining

    The food here starts off great. Eventually it starts to get boring to the point where it sucks.

    Dorm Life

    The worst part of the dorm life is laundry, period.

    Academic Rigor

    You can either find yourself with tons of free time or with barely enough time to sleep, it all depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and become familiar with the campus and bus routes. Also bring quarters, tons of quarters, to do your laundry on tuesday nights.

    In three sentences

    It's a huge campus with tons of people from all around the world. Everyone here is friendly and nice to each other. Night life is amazing and yet very safe because of the late night bus system.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I get crime alerts very often and it scares me. I have friends that have been mugged in the middle of the day. The Champaign Police do not do a good job keeping students safe. However, the university does have safe rides, which I take all the time to go places after 6pm. The people are nice and willing to help.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at U of I. A lot of students choose to get involved. I am in a sorority and love it. All of the girls are nice as can be and a lot of fun. It is a great way to be involved. Last year, however, I was not Greek and still had a great year. I did not feel a large division between those who were Greek and those who weren't.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs on campus--so many that picking one is hard! However, there is an office in the Illini Union to help you find a club that is right for you. U of I has a club for everything from triathlons to chemistry to October Lovers.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are dedicated enough to go to office hours and find the opportunities they want. Everything you could possibly want in a college is here, you just need to find it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    U of I has an alma mater statue, that students dress up in honor of whatever they choose. Sometimes she will be dressed for game day, while other times she will be supporting an upcoming band. It is located at the top of the quad.

    Bang for the buck

    My in-state tuition is a good price, and I have a lot of opportunities available to me. My only complaint is that getting know professors is difficult. (But not impossible.) Office hours can be hard to attend because of other classes, but professors are normally willing to find time to help you if you ask.

    What to do for fun

    U of I is a large Greek community. A lot of people get involved with Greek life to have fun. U of I also has a large drinking community and tons of bars that are accessible to those 19 and older. That said, I do have a friend that chooses not to drink and still has a good time attending sporting events and relaxing with friends around campus. Though U of I's drinking population is large, the university makes a strong effort to provide non-drinking events for any who are interested.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is amazing! The meals plans allow you to pick up food from university convenience stores as well as eat in all of the dining halls. The dining halls had tons of options, lots of healthy variety, and plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and kosher meals. I wish I still had access to the amazing food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at U of I are great. I opted to live in private certified housing, an expensive but nicer place to live than the dorms, and I totally regret it. The dorms provide a great opportunity to meet people, all of my friends dorms were spacious enough and well kept, and the dorm food is amazing! Best of all, the dorms are all located by buses and near work out facilities.

    Academic Rigor

    U of I classes are very doable. I have straight A's as a Chem major, yet have plenty of time to exercise, hang out with my boyfriend, and go out with my sorority. I do this by taking advantage of office hours and attending my classes, so that I have less work to catch up on later. As long as you stay on top of your classes, your grades will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    When deciding if U of I is the place for you, ask yourself how proactive you are. In order to succeed, you can't be afraid to ask for what you need. If you need help in a class, go to office hours or email your professor or TA to set up an appointment. If you want to get involved in research, then email a professor whose research interests you. College will not be rewarding if you don't make it rewarding.

    In three sentences

    The U of I has tons of opportunities for its students, but they require work to find them. In order to get a true college experience at this university, students have to be proactive enough to attend office hours, search for research opportunities, and even just meet with advisers. Overall, the college has everything you need to succeed, you just have to be brave enough to look for resources yourself.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus, and there are many times that I have to walk from work at 2am back home. Although not recommended there are plenty of options at that time such as Safe Rides, Safe Walks, etc. The key to being safe on Campus is simply being smart.

    What to do for fun

    What is there to do for fun? I don't think I can fit all the options into this little box. The activities available to you are endless. From swimming, rock climbing, working out, to shopping, going out, dancing, seeing a movie, bowling, billiards, the list can go on. Green street- the hub of the social life here on campus- is almost at the center of campus. Champaign-Urbana is truly a campus town.

    Food and Dining

    The dining options are great on campus and there are plenty of options to choose from. Your I-Card will get you into almost every dining hall on campus and they have everything from American, to Chinese, to Mexican, to whatever you could be craving. The one thing I miss about dorm living is the food.

    Dorm Life

    I lived at ISR last year and those dorms are considered to be weaker on the social life scale. However, I know the 6-pack (Ikenberry commons) are great and I have not heard of anyone who has had a bad experience there. There are also private certified housing options that are really nice and would get 5 stars, however I did not live in them because they were a little to expensive for me.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but as long as you stay on top of your work and don't save off studying till the last minute, there shouldn't be a class that you couldn't handle. There is a fair combination of easy and hard classes, you just have to make sure that you even that out each semester e.g. you don't take all hard classes one semester, and all easy the other.

    Tips for prospective students

    Open yourself up to new opportunities, challenges, and new people the very first day. Take steps out of your comfort zone the very first week, and continue to do so throughout your college career. Every step you take out of that comfort zone will pay off. Although grades are extremely important, the connections that you make through your social life will be just as important in the future.

    In three sentences

    I love the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Although classes are challenging, the opportunities here, the connections you make, and the social life that the campus provides is immeasurable in its value. I'm am currently a sophomore but all that I have done, been able to be a part of, and what I have accomplished I wouldn't have even considered for myself before actually attending the University.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe at all times.

    Greek Life

    Check it out for yourself. It's great, but not for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Illini Pride.

    Great for these types of students

    Independent. You are not coddled here like you might have been in high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Alma Mater statue.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, the cost is high.

    What to do for fun

    Go to as many athletic events as you can. Join the official fan section.

    Food and Dining

    Soul Ingredient rocks.

    Dorm Life

    I have lived in two dorms. Both are more than adequate.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but if you go to class and do the homework you will be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the buses. They are very convenient. Try all the different dining hall options. Each place is a little different. Soul Ingredient is the best.

    In three sentences

    So much to do here. I attend as many different sporting events as time allows. Illini Pride (Orange Crush, Spike Squad, etc.) is the best.

  • 02/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many safety procedures that campus has put in place to keep their students as safe as possible. You have to be smart to keep yourself safe as well.

    Greek Life

    UIUC is one of the biggest Greek schools. That being said, give it a chance, but if you decide it isn't for you, don't worry about it at all because a lot of people aren't in a sorority or fraternity either.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are sports club, fan clubs, professional clubs, everything. The first week of school there is a day called Quad Day where all the clubs on campus set up a booth on the quad and you can sign up for any club you want! It is a great way to get involved!

    Bang for the buck

    For the amount of money you pay, you will get a great education in return. You will also have a connection for life.

    What to do for fun

    The ARC is awesome. The ARC is the recreation/gym for students. There are so many things to do there like rock climbing, basketball, and soccer. It's huge, so you gotta check it out.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty much the same everywhere. There are a lot of varieties and you will usually not have trouble finding something that you want to eat.

    Dorm Life

    It depends what dorm you live in. They are all decently good, but the private ones seem to be more popular because they are nicer and cleaner, and they tend to have better food.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a top school. You are going to get the best education here, but that includes hard work. The work is doable though. If you got into this school, you have what it takes to get through if you apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved right away! You will make so many friends by putting yourself out there and experiencing new things. Make connections and keep them. You never know when they could help you or when you could help them. Find out what you want to do with your life and what makes you happy. You may not know exactly what you want until your second or third year in, and that is ok.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign is a very prestigious school. Here, you will get the best experiences possible and truly have the time of your life. This is the place where you can find out who you are and challenge yourself at the same time.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus town is very safe! I wouldn't go outside of campus alone at 1 am but other than that there are many ways you can get around without feeling unsafe!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge here on campus! Almost everyone rushes, but don't feel left out if going Greek isn't for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities I cant even name you a tenth, but if you want to make one, go for it! You just need 2 people to register it.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for international students and students who like to have fun on the weekends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Quad Day for orientation is the biggest day on campus! You get free t-shirts and you get an idea of how diverse and occupied this campus stays.

    What to do for fun

    You may be living in the middle of no where, but Chabana has a lot to do for free time! You can go to the ARC and work out, take a free bus to the mall or the movies, as well as ice-skating, or just joining thousands of student organizations.

    Food and Dining

    Depending on where you live, food could be awful or amazing! Living near the new dining halls is very convenient and you are prone to a variety of foods everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very social and safe. You meet a variety of people here and they seem to do a good job pairing roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Time management is crucial to your academic performance. Academics here are taken very serious.

    Tips for prospective students

    Academically and socially, you will have the best experience here. You have so many resources here that help you with classes and fit in as a freshman!

    In three sentences

    I am in love with U of I. I always new I wanted to come here. The campus is fits the college setting, the academics are well-known and you meet people from all over the world, making campus very diverse!

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe Walks and Safe Rides present students with the option of calling for escorts to either walk or transport them to their location if they feel anxious or scared to reach their destination alone - especially late at night after a long night of studying at the Undergrad library.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life dominates campus. There are so many sororities and fraternities that it is very unlikely that students don't find a house that they love.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before an exam, students visit Lincoln Hall and rub the nose of the Abraham Lincoln bust for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Get season tickets to football and basketball games. This is a Big Ten university, and sporting events do not disappoint - some of the most anticipated events on campus. Season tickets can get pricey, but it is worth it one hundred times over. If something comes up and you can't make it to the game or match, selling your ticket on the Student Ticket Exchange Facebook page is usually very easy.

    Food and Dining

    Green Street has everything you can want and more when it comes to food. From Sushi Rox, to Potbelly's, to Chipotle, you'll never go hungry here. Also, each dining hall is accessible to those with a meal plan, and all dining halls have a wide variety of types of food, ranging from Italian, to make-your-own-pizza, to vegetarian only stations.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is awesome. Plain and simple. Living in an LLC (Living-Learning Community) is beneficial to all who have done it. LLC's and other dorms alike provide a friendly environment and frequently have programs for students to learn about new cultures or traditions, as well as meeting new people. The size of the dorms aren't awful either - just make sure to bring a rug!

    Academic Rigor

    General education classes keep a managable balance to the work load, and teachers are almost always willing to provide extra help with extensive office hours and eagerness to help students succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tip number one concerns safety - stay out of the bike lanes! Learn the bus schedule before the first week of classes and always know where the nearest coffee shop is. Never walk around in a Michigan, Ohio State, and especially not Indiana merchandise: people will give you dirty looks. Last but not least, stay true to the orange and blue.

    In three sentences

    Adjusting to life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is smooth and enthralling. The Illini pride is evident eveywhere on campus - a sea of orange and blue every which way you look. Clean and easy to navigate, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an excellent home away from home.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Take advantage of the bus systems! You can get to the mall, movies, Target, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There are several dining halls, so venturing out to the other ones will keep things fresh and new for you.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, the dorms can be loud at night. Overall a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Study study study! But relax too.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in a big sports school, but you also like to work hard, U of I is a perfect choice.

    In three sentences

    Highly-ranked, yet super fun school. It is so diverse because there are a lot of international students, different majors, overall so many people.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police around all the time (but they arent invasive) and at night you can get escorts back home. There are always a few incidents but its usually pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    Illinois has the largest Greek system in the world. If you're interested in joining one there will be one that suits you. Overall the Greek culture is great and joining a fraternity was a great choice, personally.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for anything you can think of and Fraternities and Sororities at a whole new experience to the college life.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to grow as a person and have a great experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Certain clubs or groups may have there traditions but nothing unusual.

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is a good deal, especially if you can get a good scholarship to go with it.

    What to do for fun

    There of course are all the parties and joining fraternities and sororities are fun as well. The bars are 19 entrance so there are a lot of undergraduate students there as well. There are also intramural sports and 2 huge gyms to play different sports in or workout in.

    Food and Dining

    Pennsylvania avenue residence halls have the best food and that happens to be where I live. In university housing you can eat at any of their dining halls so people in different dorms can eat with each other or take trips to other cafeterias.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life depends on your floor mates. Me and my guys get along great and it has made dorm life awesome but if you dont like the people on your floor it might not be the best experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends mostly on your major but every class has some difficulty because it is a world class university.

    Tips for prospective students

    When looking at schools, try to come during the year to see what student life is like and once you start school do what you enjoy.

    In three sentences

    Illinois is a world class university and on campus it is apparent. The school is very large and this its pros and cons but overall the size is in its benefit. There is a great balance of cultures and the whole university community is great.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs (from sports to video games to larping) Bars (I don't drink but if you're into that thing... watching drunk people can also be fun) Events at the Union (varies, but some are free) Union rec center (pool, bowling, video games) Workout (CRCE or ARC) Parties

    Food and Dining

    Like dorm life, food quality differs. You may have to look up the acronyms (because I'm lazy), but in my experience, PAR and SDRP have the best food. You can always choose to eat fast food if none of the dining halls float your boat.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on the residence hall you live in, the social scene differs. The dorm I'm in is known as the engineering dorm, so it is assumed to be quieter than others. At times, that is true, but when I go to other dorms with friends they are much quieter than mine.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm an engineering major, so I have a lot of math and science classes. They have a pretty fast pace, but not so fast that I am completely lost.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out clubs or other things to get involved in. Balance work, play, and sleep. Take your vitamins (getting sick sucks!). Leave your dorm room once in a while. Go exploring in your free time. Talk to people. Eat a fruit or vegetable. Go to office hours or tutoring.

    In three sentences

    The student body is very diverse. There are many opportunities to get involved with clubs, research, etc. Everyone will find something that interests them.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's a big campus. With that being said, it must be difficult to control so much crime. There's probably something that happens almost every night.

    Greek Life

    Biggest in the nation! There's something for everybody.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything. Literally thousands.

    Great for these types of students

    adventurous, determined, social, students who can balance and handle stress

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite tradition is sitting in the student section at football games and participating in all the chants and card flips and dances. It is definitely a good time :]

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it's expensive, a little more expensive than I think a public university should be. But realistically, if you take advantage of all we have to offer, you will get the most of your money.

    What to do for fun

    Everything. The advantage of such a big campus like this is that there is literally everything offered. Greek life, bars, ice skating, rock climbing, dances, movie theaters, art theaters... you Google search it and I guarantee this campus has it.

    Food and Dining

    Again, I live in private housing and therefore can only eat at Bromley Hall. It's dorm food. You really can't come in expecting the healthiest and most delicious of choices, but they do make the effort at least.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life varies. RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH to find the dorm you think will suit you. (ie. six pack is generally loud and diverse, Bromley [where I live] is big into greek, Allen is artsy, ect)

    Academic Rigor

    There's a reason why many employers value a degree from the University of Illinois

    Tips for prospective students

    Be flexible. You need to know how to adjust to this new and exciting environment. No matter how big or small your high school was, college is a whole new ball game. What you did won't work, and what you didn't do will kill you. Take your first semester to explore and take chances; don't have specific expectations and prepare to to grow and chance.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois is a fairly diverse university with 40,000 students. It definitely has the big school feel, both in scale and opportunity. It may be a top party school, but the work load and course vigor is generally challenging.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had a problem with safety. Of course it is good to travel in groups at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many to choose from! Get involved with your major. I am biased towards Cru and Dance 2XS. I love those clubs!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The chief has been banned but will never be forgotten. At sports events we always remember the chief and take time for the 3-in-1 song. It is awesome!

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events are really fun! There is always something going on and it is a blast to get in the Illini spirit and cheer on your team.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. It tends to be repetitive, but there is always something to choose from. Dining is a great time to unwind with your friends and hang out after a long day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are the best way to meet people right off the bat. The rooms may feel small, but every school is like that. It is a blast to have friends on your floor that you can hang out in each others rooms whenever you want. For the girls, it's like having a bunch of closets to choose from!

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are a lot tougher than high school, but are worth it. They challenge you to learn new things and push yourself outside of the box.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the size of the school scare you. It can be as big or small as you want. Get involved in something that you love to make the school feel like your new home.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois is the best school I could have chosen, and I am so thankful that I did. I would rate this university at a 10 out of 10. There are so many great professors, opportunities, and people here.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Excellent. The dining and food is all buffet style with given food plans, as well as small convenience stores that students can use. Hours the dining halls are open are not always perfect for students with a tough workload. A few of them offer late night options for food and the food there is tasty and filling, even if it is not extremely healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Life in the dorms is what most would expect; the food is actually really good, and its very easy to be social with those living with you in the dorms. RA's are friendly and helpful for incoming freshman. Some dorms are a bit cramped, but for the most part they are fairly comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the most rigorous, and appropriate schools for any and all majors. The difficulty of the academics reflect the adeptness of the pertaining major in the field after college. Professors and assistants are respected individuals in the real world and know what they're doing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get too bogged down with what major you are in during the first couple semesters at college. Taking different classes and joining clubs are the best ways to see what you want to do both in college and afterwards. Networking is also one of the more useful things that a student can do in college.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois I would say is in the top schools in the nation, not only for its academics, but also because of the copious amounts of opportunities there are to expand career objectives and networking connections. Clubs, classes and other extracurriculars help students broaden their horizons, as well as giving them the experiences necessary to make intelligent career and life choices. I give it an A+

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every so often robberies do occur. The campus does its best to try to prevent it from happening. Cops are everywhere on campus to watch anything that might look suspicious. At night is when things usually occur.

    Clubs and Activities

    The University has over 200 clubs and activities for students to join. They are very diverse and their goal is to have students join at least one of these clubs because they are very fun and it makes their college experience so much better.

    Great for these types of students

    There are many places students can go to have fun. There are bowling alleys, clubs, movies, gyms, arcades and many other fun activities for students around campus. There are also many restaurants around the campus that would satisfy any college student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Morrow plots is the oldest crop field in the United States and it is located in the middle of campus for everyone to see. Also every year there is a bike marathon for students that can wear little to no clothes during the race.

    What to do for fun

    I usually go to the gym and work out with my friends and play basketball. I also play football with friends in my dorm. When I have spare time I play videogames jog every once in awhile.

    Food and Dining

    I used to think that dorm food was the greatest thing ever because I can eat as much as I want. However, eventually you get tired of looking at the same food every three weeks and you will want something different. I go out to eat a lot more often now because I don't like dorm food as much as I used to.

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorms. It is very easy to build friendly relationships in dorms while also helping each other out with work. I enjoyed living in the dorms so much freshman year that I wanted to live there my sophomore year as well. I made many friends living in my dorm and I encourage students to stay in the dorms at least two years in college.

    Academic Rigor

    The work can be difficult. However, if you put in the time to work hard then you won't have any problems. The professors are more than happy to help you and there are also plenty of tutors that are available around campus to help as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should know that the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign takes academics very seriously and the number one priority should be your grades. It is very easy to be distracted in college so students should learn how to balance their academic and social life.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Urbana champaign is an outstanding University that helps students prepare for the real world. The professors are very well educated and love to see their students perform at their highest level. UIUC is a fantastic college and I am that I attend there.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus at the university is very safe. There are many resources available in order to make campus a safer place as well. You can call safe walk and two people will arrive at your location and will proceed to walk you to your destination, free of charge. There is also safe ride that can be called, where a police officer will pick you up and drive you to your destination, no questions asked and also free of charge. Bus services run all day and all night, and there are blue emergency light poles located throughout campus as well. Dormitory access is limited to those with an identification card that will grant entry into that dormitory alone. You must swipe in at the door and also at the stairs or elevator entrance to gain access to any of the floors as well. As long as you make good decisions and do not walk alone late at night, safety will not be an issue.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very big on campus. There are many fraternities or sororities to choose from, covering a wide range of academics or causes. If you are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a large Greek life spread throughout campus. The Greek life here provides an enriching college experience whether or not you have joined a fraternity or sorority by providing fundraising opportunities, advertising on the quad, or just being seen throughout campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The University has something to offer everyone. There are so many clubs, organizations, and activities to choose from, it is unbelievable. There are sports clubs, dance clubs, volunteer organizations, religious groups, virtually anything you can think of! Medical research groups, science groups, an inventing club, there is even a medieval sword fighting club. Clubs and activities at this university are unbeatable in quality and extremely versatile as well.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is great for students that are willing to work hard for what they want, not only in school but in life as well. It has something to interest everyone on campus, and if the university does not have it, you can make it. This university is great for students that dream big and are willing to work to make anything happen. It is also great for anyone that is adventurous and willing to try new things, because that is what the college experience is all about.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Legend has it that if you go to Lincoln Hall and rub the nose on the Abraham Lincoln bust before an exam, that you will have good luck on that test. During finals week of the first semester, Snyder Hall hosts Dial-a-Tune where you can call and request a Christmas song to hear or to send to anyone in the 217 area code. There are many unusual locations on campus, for example the Krannert Art Building has a little garden behind it with statues and figurines; it is a comfortable, quiet place to sit and relax or even to study with friends or by yourself. The arboretum is also an unusual but beautiful place to go. It is very beautiful and really lets you keep in touch with nature. It is serene and a lovely place to see, especially in the spring.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is very expensive, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an absolutely wonderful school. You will graduate with a higher level problem solving ability, be more able to think critically, and more likely to succeed in the workforce by graduating from this university. The professors are so intelligent and at the same time so willing to help you accomplish your academic and personal goals. They are amazing people that truly care about the futures of their students. Attending this university will make you more able to succeed by pushing you to new levels. The quality of education that you receive here is beyond great, and attending here will reap an abundant reward.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun, it is unbelievable! For starters, joining a club or student organization is a great way to meet people and have fun. With some, you can even volunteer and raise money for good causes. Then there are the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and the Campus Recreation Center-East (CRCE). These have many physical fitness related activities to offer. At the ARC, you can take fitness classes for fun or just go there to play basketball or lift weights. It even has a rock climbing wall. CRCE has a great indoor pool, and they have a hot tub too. The Student Union has many places to grab lunch with friends and has bowling lanes in the lower level. There is a great shopping mall a short bus ride away, and downtown Champaign is a great place to look at the little shops and boutiques with friends. Sports games are on the cheaper side for students and are always an exciting way to show school pride while having fun and watching your favorite sport. (Some events students can get in for free!) There are also many places to go to eat, especially down and off of Green Street. Campus is full of so many things to do, you will never find yourself bored or without anything to do.

    Food and Dining

    All university dining halls are nice. The Ikenberry is rather large, but has many options to choose from and will have something for everyone. Busey- Evans is very small but has great food and their Beanery is delicious! Illinois Street Residence has great Mexican food and a ton of seating. Pennsylvania Avenue Residence has an absolutely wonderful stir-fry station, and Lincoln Avenue Residence has awesome breakfast-for-dinner. The chefs usually try to come up with new dishes so you are not eating the same thing every meal, but sometimes it gets a little redundant. If that happens, just go to a different dining hall for that night! Also, the salt content is a tad bit high in the food but it is not terrible. There is plenty of seating in all of the dining halls mentioned above, and each has its own flavor to it. Overall, the food and dining experience is great.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! The Ikenberry Commons (also known as the six pack) is amazing. You are given so many opportunities to meet so many new people. Many lasting friendships will be formed because of the dorm experiences given here. Residence Assistants are very nice and will help with anything you need. Common areas in the dorms are usually very quiet and great to study in. There are also activities hosted by the Resident Assistants or by the dorm itself that are very fun and a great way to meet more people.

    Academic Rigor

    To be completely truthful, this university is very difficult. The curriculum is extremely rigorous and always keeps you on your toes. In order to succeed, you need to study. Good studying reaps great academic benefits. The more you put into your homework and studying, the more you will get out of the material and the better you will do on exams. Exams are extremely important and are a high percentage of your final grade. Work hard and it will definitely pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work and study hard for the grades you want. The more effort you put in, the more reward, knowledge, and experience you will get out. Take advantage of all the opportunities given, because you may not ever get these opportunities again. The university is large, but has so many organizations and activities available to students that it makes the school seem smaller. It has something for everyone and you will never be bored. Get out and be active and involved in campus life. Join those clubs, go to the ARC, volunteer, play club sports or do intramurals. Never be afraid to ask or get help; the professors are there to help you in any way they can; it is their job to do so. Asking for help can never hurt, it can only benefit. Academically, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is tough. However, it is well worth the hard work, because the university is â??ranked as a top pick for graduates best prepared and most able to succeedâ?? by a Wall Street Journal study. You will not only get a great educational experience here, but you will get an amazing college experience. You have the resources here to make and accomplish goals in life, learn and be successful, and fulfill your dreams. Do not be afraid to reach for the moon, because you can do anything when you put your mind to it.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an absolutely amazing university to attend. It has provided an amazing collegiate experience so far, and the academics are of the highest degree. Professors really want the students to learn and expand their knowledge and experiences here, and it truly shows.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Partying.

    Food and Dining

    You get tired of it pretty quickly.

    Dorm Life

    Some halls are better than others.

    Academic Rigor

    Not very tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    School for engineering majors.

    In three sentences

    It's big. It's not very diverse. It's rural.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    School gives out good money, yet I recommend applying for scholarships yearly!

    What to do for fun

    There is never anything to do on campus. Whether it be cheering for the football team, bowling in the Union Station, or relaxing on the main quad! The campus has numerous of clubs and sports available for students to join or the student him or herself can create one !

    Food and Dining

    There are many cafeterias throughout campus in which the student can go and eat. Food is decent but as always it does get tiring of eating just cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing! All the friends you meet on your floor besides your roommates. Some buildings have its ups and downs but overall all buildings have activities for the students or even the floor itself has competitions for best decorated door.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are no jokes on campus. Students spend majority of the days and many hours at the libraries when its mid terms and finals week. It is a top fifty national ranked university so be prepared to study!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend visiting campus and picturing yourself spending the next four years there. Take a walk around campus during passing periods and talk a walk around the Kirby/ Florida avenues and check out all the sport fields and football stadium! Don't hesitate to ask a student about his or her life on campus!

    In three sentences

    First year and I absolutely LOVE the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. It is a Big Ten Campus so campus has so much blue and orange school spirit, which is amazing to be part of! However, it is also a top fifty ranked campus so academics are challenging yet worth it in the end.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Illinois has, by far, one of the safest campuses in Illinois. Between the bus system, safe walks, and safe rides you are guaranteed to never be out alone past night fall. There are also Illini Alerts to let you know where robberies or other mishaps have occured.

    Greek Life

    If you're looking to go Greek, pledging will be no problem for you. Fraternities and sororities are plentiful at the University of Illinois. There so many different types all dependent on what you want from your college experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs at the University of Illinois, it's hard to know where to start. There are clubs that revolve around majors and look good on resumes such as an engineering club. Or there are also clubs just for fun, such as the movie-watchers club.

    Great for these types of students

    Illinois is a large enough campus that anyone could find where they fit in. It's obviously not for those that are looking for a small campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of my favorite places on campus is unique to the University of Illinois. Our undergraduate library. It was built underground in order not to block the sun from our famous Morrow Plots (the oldest experimental soil in the United States).

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Illinois is expensive! Although, the university is known for its excellent academic and research programs. A little extra money is no match to the degree with the reference of Illinois.

    What to do for fun

    Illinois has a the good talent of keeping people busy. There is no boring day between our recreation centers, bowling at the union, concerts at Assembly Hall, even gazing at the stars in our observatory. It's harder to be bored than find something to do!

    Food and Dining

    There is always something to eat on campus that you will enjoy. There are at least ten different dining halls on campus that each have there own menu, as well as many specialty restaurants for those that are vegetarian or vegan. The university has made eating easier by putting up menus online also.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great way to meet people at the University of Illinois. There is a Resident Adviser (RA) for each floor that makes sure things are running smoothly. The RA's will usually hold open door contests or other floor activities to promote each student's social life.

    Academic Rigor

    Illinois consists of both hard and easy classes. The difficulty of the class is dependent on the class taken and the professor the class is being taken with. The university is greatly known for its sciences. Therefore, science classes are typically harder than a math or English class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students can't be afraid to meet professors! Even if they are not yet enrolled, meeting professors and advisers can give you the heads up on what classes can be like. Come on a campus visit and sit in on a lecture while you're at it.

    In three sentences

    I love the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! The large campus ensures friends and there are an infinite number of clubs to join. Classes are tough, but there are tutoring labs in nearly any building.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am in greek life and I absolutely love it! It provides many social opportunities and great friendships.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can think of any club, U of I has it.

    Great for these types of students

    Determined, Organized

    Bang for the buck

    It is certainly a very good school but I believe they over charge. Especially for being a public school.

    What to do for fun

    For fun most people just go out to frat parties or the bars.

    Food and Dining

    The food is about average. Some days it's really good and others I decided to just eat the cereal because I know it's safe.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love the dorms. Many of my good friends live in my hallway. It is especially nice living in the dorms when you need academic help. Generally someone else is in your class and can help you.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is very challenging. Especially the classes in the science departments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Write determined essays that show you want to be part of this University. Once you get here, don't be shy. Show everyone who you are, and join as many things as you can handle.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an excellent University. They provide many opportunities for students to research and publish their work. This University truly looks to help its' students.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is usually the same every week.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very social and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a difficult school but worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your studies and do not party too much.

    In three sentences

    It is a really good time. The school is based on TAs and Professors so you have to get used to large classes. You gain a quality education.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is infrequent violent crime that is immediately addressed by Campus, Urbana, and Champaign police. Theft is very common especially in the fitness centers. The University also provides students with SafeRides and SafeWalks.

    Greek Life

    There is a VERY big Greek system here, but it can be easily avoided if you're not into partying. Peer pressure can be a very strong influence, so choose your friends wisely and don't be afraid to say no and make your own choices.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 1,000 to choose from, there are clubs for everyone! Sky diving, volunteering, sports, October lovers, squirrel chasers, theater fans, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many opportunities open to students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From study abroad, to volunteering, and career exploration, UIUC helps guide students through college.

    What to do for fun

    Volunteer, go to sporting events, go see concerts and plays at The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, get involved in Registered Student Organizations, hang with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Wide variety of decent buffet-style food.

    Dorm Life

    Wide variety of places to live at throughout the campus. Some dorms also have Living Learning Communities (LLC) that focus on a certain topic such as environmental sustainability, women in math and science, and maintaining a small-college feel.

    Academic Rigor

    Many general education classes are easy, but it is imperative that students stay on top of their homework and projects, as many classes have very few assignments (some only have 2-3 tests the entire semester) and each assignment can really affect your grade. There are, however, a number of places like The Writer's Workshop and the career center that provide tutoring and homework help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Maintain good grades in high school and do your best on the ACT and SAT. Don't stress out about application essays, but be sure to devote adequate time to developing a thorough answer to the prompt and enough time to edit them. The application essays will be used by the university to help determine scholarship and honors distributions to incoming freshman.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois gives students the resources to explore many career paths, so that they can find the one that suits them best. There is a definite sense of community throughout the campus that helps students connect to one another. The opportunities to volunteer and get involved in organizations are phenomenal.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many to join that it may be overwhelming at first. Do not be afraid to join as many as you can though because clubs are a great resume builder and networking opportunity! After a semester or two, you may realize that you like some more than others and from there, you may be able to narrow down your list of clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This year was my first semester here at UIUC and I was able to attend Quad Day at the beginning of the semester. Quad Day is a day in which hundreds of RSO's (Registered Student Organizations) set up tables to discuss what their club is about and you have the option to sign up if you would like to join. On the same day, the Taste of Nevada takes place in which you get to sample a bunch of free food!

    Bang for the buck

    UIUC is very expensive if you look at the tuition statement alone. HOWEVER, scholarships are always available for just about anything you can imagine! I received 3 scholarships so far (only 1 of which I had to write an essay, other 2 were given to me because of high GPA), multiple grants, and even more financial aid!

    What to do for fun

    There is a place for everyone at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The amount of clubs, activities (most are free), presentations, research and job opportunities, classes, and parties are endless! I am currently in 3 clubs (hold a position in 2 of the 3), volunteer, and hold a job here at UIUC and I love every single one of them!

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus and all around campus is very diverse and is available to a wide variety of taste buds! There are American, Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Italian, and many other types of restaurants here in the Urbana-Champaign area. There are always coupons that a student can obtain online or through mobile applications too so price is never an issue in most restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot say whether or not the dorm life is exceptional because I am a transfer student and I moved in to a house off campus to save money. There is construction going on in what's known as The Six-Pack which is a cluster of dormitories in a small area. It should be completed by Spring of 2013 and it looks fantastic so far!

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the Animal Sciences program (Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and Medicine) and it is very demanding and rigorous. I believe that UIUC wants serious medical students that are willing to put in the time and effort to save lives. I recommend any of the science programs offered at UIUC for any person that is willing to work!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend studying more, networking, getting a campus job, volunteering, and joining clubs. It sounds like a lot to do at once, but it is worth it! By participating in all of these opportunities, you will be able to create a stronger resume and have stronger letters of reference than your future competitors in the job market.

    In three sentences

    I transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from a community college in Chicago. Let me tell you, it was definitely a tough transition academically because UIUC demands the best of it's students and does not accept anything less. I have learned that I can expand my knowledge, time, and research and that you are the only one that can limit yourself.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out, watch a movie, sleep, hang with friends

    Food and Dining

    A lot of options of where to go, so pick your favorite or try something new. There is something for everyone and the food is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nicely furnished and have good accommodations. I would recommend trying to get into a dorm with AC because it can get pretty hot at the beginning and the end of the year.

    Academic Rigor

    The Chemical Engineering program is quite rigorous, but the general education classes are definitely doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make your essay stand out. Grades and extra-curricular activities can only take you so far. Look into other opportunities like studying abroad or undergraduate research..

    In three sentences

    The engineering program is very highly rated (for a good reason) and there are lots of opportunities to get involved with professional organizations. The social scene is also fun, with a large Greek system and many things to do around campus. Don't write off UIUC just because everyone goes there, because you could be missing out on a great college education and an ideal place to spend 4 amazing years.

  • 11/28/2012

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

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    What to do for fun

    Marching Illini!

    Food and Dining

    I personally haven't had the food here, but I've heard good things about it. If you live in University housing, you can eat in any of the dining halls. All the dining halls offer specials on certain days.

    Dorm Life

    I like the Learning Living Communities. It seems like a fun way to start college and make friends who share similar interests.

    Academic Rigor

    It offers most any course you can think of. I liked the variety of classes available. I know even if I want to change my major, they will have whatever else I'm looking for.

    In three sentences

    It has a great campus and a college feel. There are countless opportunities and has a great community of students.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The parkour club and tricking club are great ways to stay active while meeting awesome people and doing awesome stuff.

    What to do for fun

    Anything that you want; the opportunities are endless.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first thing to do is get involved with a club or two. It is a great way to meet like-minded friends.

    In three sentences

    It is a fantastic university with huge diversity of students, schooling, and things to do. Though it is a large school, everyone can find his/her niche.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 133 of 308

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    Campus Safety

    For security you have the Champaign police, the University police walking around all the time and you have the Illinois state police and the cook county Sheriff department, and a security firm. A lot of protection.

    Clubs and Activities

    You have fraternities and sororities. In addition to, having the young Democrats and the young Republicans. There is even a political science club and many other different types of clubs to join.

    Bang for the buck

    The University has many libraries some of which offer twenty four service to students and even in the dorms they have twenty four hour computer lab service for studying.

    What to do for fun

    There is bowling, game rooms available, and a gym to workout in or you can play basketball.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options when it comes to dining, all you have to do is just pick. It ranges from Burgers to sandwiches to chicken to Pizza anything a college student would love to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a transfer student from the city college of Chicago,IL so I do not live in the dorm

    Academic Rigor

    You must put your time and afford towards your academic studies so that you don't get on academic probation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind and willing to learn new things from new people. Come willing to work in a group setting. And take advantage of this great opportunity by attending such a prestigious university

    In three sentences

    It's a very big campus with many options to chose a major. The professor here are very friendly and there is a great opportunity to make new friends from different ethnic backgrounds to learn different cultures and experience new and exciting things.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 134 of 308

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    What to do for fun

    Go for a walk around the campus or around town, go bicycling, go shopping at Marketplace Mall, go for a road trip.

    Food and Dining

    It's all-you-can-eat dining, but the cheese does get too much. Sometimes I feel like all I eat here are basically cheese stuff, even though there are a lot of salads and vegies to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life if you're willing to mingle with others. Go out of your comfort zone but be yourself. The people here are open to others, and you'll learn all sorts of things from them, and scour valuable information from the seniors or anyone holding any kinds of positions.

    Academic Rigor

    So far economics is okay, but not that strong. For majors like engineering, it is REALLY rigorous, from what I heard from my ECE major friend, but I haven't heard that much from other majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here with the spirit to to better than what you've given in high school. Learn time management skills before coming here and know that you will really, really need to know how to prioritize your life.

    In three sentences

    It's a great university if you're finding one that is good at pretty much every single subject. It is a tough school, but the atmosphere here would make you want to study harder and give more on your assignments and homework. But choose Illinois for the majors that is best here: engineering, psychology, and the sciences, and the undeclared.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    go out on the quad!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't cram! Make sure to study a little everyday and join an organization!

    In three sentences

    It is one of the funkiest schools ever! With awesome students and professors, you're bound to love it! No matter what type of person you are, you will make a whole lot of friends that will be with you for life.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Whatever the hell you want to do. Seriously.

    Food and Dining

    Occasionally there will be something decent and there are usually several choices, but the dining hall food is generally pretty bland, the meat is almost always dry, and, even when extremely hungry, there is no appeal to going to the dining hall past eating to stay alive or using the full meal plan you have payed for.

    Dorm Life

    Being in one of the worst dorm halls on campus my opinion may be skewed here, but Forbes Hall, while it doesn't have any horrible issues, is not the best place to live. After this year it is actually being torn down, though, so anyone looking to apply for the 2013-2014 school year or after can ignore this.

    Academic Rigor

    This varies by major, but if you're in an engineering major expect to do some work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn where your classes are and have a basic idea of the bus routes before your first day of class. The campus is big enough that you may not find where your classes are, though being able to check a map of the campus on your phone makes it easier.

    In three sentences

    UIUC has a big campus, and a ton of people. There is definitely no shortage of things to do here at any time, regardless of your personal taste in entertainment. While you'll have to check on your own for your particular major of choice, many of the programs at U of I are among the best in the nation, which in the case of US universities also means the world.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There is a dining hall at just about every residence hall on campus. Each is different, so make sure you try each one while you live at the dorms. It's a great way to mix up your meals so they don't get repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    Make your dorm into a home. Turn your friends into your family. This is where you will be living, so make sure you love it.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are fair. Every major has it's ups and it's downs, it is just a matter of how much time you plan to put in. If you don't make the effort you will fail. If you do all of your work you will get great results.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to attend here, be ready to put yourself out there and join an organization that you will fully commit to. I recommend being especially friendly the first couple of weeks since that is when most people find the people they hang out with most. Also, make sur you find a balance between school and play because once the semester starts, it will not stop.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois is a huge school with great traditions. There is always something to do, whether it is academic or social. Illinois will have a place for you.

  • 11/06/2012

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

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    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a value school

    What to do for fun

    The sky is the limit.

    Food and Dining

    I had great food on campus and there are a lot of nice places around the campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    I have not yet experience it.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe it is a top-notch academic community based university

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't hesitate to apply.

    In three sentences

    I think it's a fantastic school. By far, one of the top ranked in the region.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 139 of 308

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    Campus Safety

    The university does put in the effort to make sure that parents feel safe about their children attending the university and that students feel safe about attending.

    Greek Life

    Based on what I'm told from friends, the Greek life here is difficult, as it is everywhere, I'm sure, but they're glad they chose to rush/pledge.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm personally not involved in too many clubs, but the ones I am involved in are a ton of fun. More than just looking impressive on a resume, they are actually a nice way to meet people.

    Great for these types of students

    I'm not saying that this college isn't a good fit if you don't like to work hard, but you definitely have to be willing to put in the extra effort and be proactive in your college course load.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Squirrel watching.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, I have to pay a high tuition, but I know it'll be worth it at the end of the four years.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus, even on a Wednesday night. Even if you don't like to go out and party on the weekends because you're not about that kind of lifestyle, then that's okay because there will be other people like you. Or if you do like to go out and party every day, there will also be people like you.

    Food and Dining

    You have to be careful about where you go to get food, and even at that, dorm food does get really boring after a while. Luckily there are a ton of food places located on Green Street. Just remember that eating out does get expensive!

    Dorm Life

    Although the dorms are relatively small, I love the feeling of dorm life because there are always people around. People here are really friendly, so it's easy to make friends, especially living in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineering student, I do have to take one of the most difficult and most demanding course loads offered by the university. Going to office hours has definitely helped me, whether the office hours are held by my professor or a TA.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is nothing like high school, so be prepared to have a shocking awakening when you get a low exam score or if you feel like you can't handle all your work. However, there are so many sources of academic help, so should you feel like you're struggling, you will be able to pick yourself up. Just be prepared.

    In three sentences

    I am extremely glad I came half way across the country for college, because it has been such a great experience so far. The fact that the university has such a great atmosphere makes the experience so much better, as well.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The are sports activities for athletic students like a tennis court, basketball, ice skating, and hockey. There is a arcade for students to play with friends in co-op video games. The student can go to recreation center to excersies with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the campus have familiar place that students are used to eating at. Around the campus are other dining that offer discounts to students. The food is based on cultural cuisine for the adventurous eater.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms have a variety of people to meet and greet. The dorms have different specialty restaurants for students to eat at. The dorms have a libraries, computer labs, and laundry rooms open 24 hours.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at the university can be hard from the transition from high school work to college level work and study habits. To succeed with the academic at the university is time management. Use all of the professor office hours and tutor session to keep grades up.

    Tips for prospective students

    My first tip is to get the teacher syllabus to see what books you need for the class but wait for two to three weeks to avoid long lines and the out of stock bookstore. If you want to save money buy your textbook used or rent the text for that semester. Always applied to scholarships to help your parents pay off the tuition.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the top quality university for updates with the students through personal email. The university have concern for the students safety. The university has a variety of resource for student to get the help they need tutors for the class they are taking.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 141 of 308

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    Greek Life

    Huge part of campus. Many options. All very into partying, but also very serious about their studies.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 1,000 options! Anything you can possibly think of, you can find here.

    What to do for fun

    Anything! Get involved in activities, walk down green street, lay on the quad, go swimming or ice skating, go to the mall, go to parties.

    Food and Dining

    Offer a large variety of foods at various dining halls, including many vegetarian and vegan options. Very nice that students can eat at any dining hall on campus. Not many healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small, just like on any campus. Resident Advisors strive to offer fun opportunities for residents and to meet other people on their floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult, but definitely manageable, as long as you choose classes that you know you can handle. Get a good deal of homework (often optional). Largest part of grades is test, so you have to make sure you are prepared.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the big size! You can make it much smaller by taking time to get to know the professors and forming your niche in the college community by getting involved on campus.

    In three sentences

    Great school academically, not only for engineering and business, which it is more well known for, but also for lesser known programs such as kinesiology and pre-vet. Has countless opportunities for getting involved on campus - almost too many for someone that is interested in virtually everything! If in a smaller major (such as mine, Materials Science and Engineering), you are able to get the small-school feel as well as the big-school.

  • 10/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very eÃ?Â?Ã?Â?icient. If anything ever goes down, I always get a text and an email very soon after. It isn't a dangerous campus though. Just follow your common sense.

    Greek Life

    Pretty strong here. They give pretty awesome parties too.

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't think you want an extensive list, it would be pretty long. Just go to quad day and you will know what I mean.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, party animals, cowboys, and tree huggers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Red Herring! The best vegan place I have ever been to. It is a total hidden gem right next to the quad in the basement oÃ?Â? a building. The Ã?Â?ood is great by any standards and the atmosphere is very Ã?Â?un. DeÃ?Â?inately check out one oÃ?Â? their dinner nights, they always have neat perÃ?Â?ormances going on.

    Bang for the buck

    Its still pretty pricey. I recommend getting some gen eds out of the way at a community college before you come.

    What to do for fun

    Party, duh.

    Food and Dining

    Has gotten sooooo much better these past few years. You will not be disappointed!

    Dorm Life

    Pretty fun. Cramped, but definitely a worthy experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Its pretty demanding in the science fields, but with hard work, it can be done.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ã?Â?ind a good preÃ?Â?essor to advise you and do not rely on an actual advisor! The school is so big and there are so Ã?Â?ew advisors that they cannot give you the attention you need or deserve

    In three sentences

    The University is very diverse in its culture, its studies, and its populations. Truly it is a hub oÃ?Â? learning, and the campus is beautiÃ?Â?ul no matter the season. Just don't sit next to the bushes in the Ã?Â?all months, there are these little flies that are alive that time of year that love to nibble at people's Ã?Â?lesh!

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Quad day is the big day where you see all of the clubs and activities. The main quad, or area, on this day is filled with the booths for nearly all of the clubs and activities on campus. There is a whole variety, which allows all the students to pursue their desires to participate in all levels.

    Food and Dining

    Food can be a hit or miss, there are times where the food is amazing and it leaves you wanting more. Then there are times where you decide that cereal may seem to be the better option for the night. Some dining halls have the same meals every day, yet the meals are a large variety. But the downside is that eating becomes habit and eventually boring. Other dining halls have different meals every day, which is where the idea of hit or miss comes in.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are in good shape, the rooms are not too small and it fits enough for two college students. They provide a desk, a sturdy but still comfortable bed, a closet, and a drawer; the basic necessities to live. There are new events every week, that the dorm hosts in order to meet new people, which always give the opportunity of a fun experience. Dorm life is fun and different, to say the least.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your schedule, but the more classes you add the more academically challenging the classes are. Each class requires time and effort, it is difficult but you know that you are getting an education.

    Tips for prospective students

    This university provides you with a new kind of independence where it is all on you. You do your homework and you balance your schedule, so remember to keep a balance and your head on straight. Do not put too much stress on yourself but at the same time remember that too much relaxation will not get you anywhere either.

    In three sentences

    A school that is constantly providing new opportunities to build an individual in the way that they choose; good or bad. There are many opportunities to learn and grow through a great education. Yet, in turn, there are chances to have too much fun and go too far; thus building yourself in the wrong way.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The university if huge on safety. One item they have is safe rides, which is open to university students if they need to be picked up late at night and have no way home. They send emails immediately if something occurred and the entire university needs to be notified. They make all freshman, international and transfer students attend seminars and workshops dedicated to drinking, smoking and raping.

    Greek Life

    There over 10 fraternities and sororities. A majority of both host parties or events that may charge a fee in order to raise money to support a charity or another organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many. Here are a few: LGTBQ (lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer), Knitting Illini, Illini Late Nighter, Majors and Minors Fair, Girls next Door (singing), Hypnotic (dance crew) and Miss/ Mr. U of I.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition is Wear a hijab Day. It happens in October where women are given a Hijab to wear all day, no matter the ethnicity, to see how they are treated by others. At the end of the day, you can attend a meeting that discusses what happen and possibly be interviewed.

    What to do for fun

    If there is not something fun in the dorm you live, there are a plethora of activities to do outside. One event that occurs monthly is called Illini late Nighter. It last from 9 pm to 3 am of over 30 activities that occur simultaneously and even open to the public. Everything is free.

    Food and Dining

    The building I live in, has an attached dining hall which everyone loves. There are students who travel to our dorm area just to eat there. Because the school attends to the needs of students, there was an event called late night that last from 8 pm to midnight to students can have a late night snack if needed.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is fun. I personally live in a building that is connected to three other buildings. In my building, it is all females and there is always something to do. Once a week, there is an activity that can reach out to one sex or both and can be fun and advising.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses range from easy to extremely hard whether it is a an honors program or an 8-week course. As the student, you have to be the one to take initiative.

    Tips for prospective students

    Seek assistance quickly when you notice your grades are not up to its highest standards. Do not wait for the professor to approach you, because he or she may not; be the first to help yourself and others around you. Do not be afraid to ask questions; there is always someone wondering the same question or idea but does not have enough courage to do so.

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a largely populated community where students succeed. As a big 10 school, students are both academically prepared while also providing assistance to others. There are numerous opportunities to attending this university beginning with internships to community service projects.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There always seemed to be someone walking around on campus regardless of the hour, and there are plenty of resources for those traveling alone at night such as Safe Walks or Safe Rides. Though the campus isn't immune to crime, the campus police always seemed to be on top of things. There are security cameras all around campus, and while that may seem a little too much like Big Brother, I always felt pretty safe. Like anywhere you go, you just need to be smart and aware of your surroundings.

    Greek Life

    University of Illinois has the largest Greek population in the nation. There is definitely a wide range of choices for anyone interested in that sort of thing, and being a part of a fraternity or sorority will definitely give you a jump start your social life. These organizations are constantly putting on parties, barn dances, and doing a lot of charity work. The Greek houses on campus are gorgeous, so at the very least, they're nice to look at.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities one can participate in, and there is just about something for everyone so that no one is without a niche. The school makes an effort to reach out to its students at the beginning of every year during Quad Day, and that's where a person can find out about academic clubs, fraternities, and activities that they may never have had the opportunity to participate in before such as fencing or kayaking. You can find professional clubs that can give you the edge you need when looking for internships, or you can take part in clubs that are simply in it for the fun of it such as the October Lovers club, or better yet, do both!

    Great for these types of students

    University of Illinois is great for any student looking for a big school with a lot of school pride. There are endless amounts of academic and social opportunities, and so it's definitely for the student who wants to take full advantage of such great resources and really grow as a student and an individual.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you want to get a taste of the school's traditions, go to an Illini football game. We have a lot of school pride and are loyal to our late mascot, Chief Illiniwek. There are a few unique locations around campus that have a little bit of folklore tied to it such as the Morrow Plots, the Eternal Flame, and the ghost in the English Building. Just about every building has some fun and interesting history behind it. For instance, it is said that the Alma Mater will finally take her seat when a virgin graduates from the University of Illinois!

    Bang for the buck

    I will admit that the price is a little steep for being a public school, but University of Illinois is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system. It's been unofficially deemed a Public Ivy school, so you can rest easy knowing that you're getting an excellent education for a decent price. The networking benefit you receive from attending such a school is also invaluable.

    What to do for fun

    The environment at the University of Illinois caters to a wide range of interests. Illinites, a student-run group, puts on a large-scale, late night program once a month at the Union. Usually there's a new theme each month, and it gives students the chance to see live comedy shows, try new types of food, and take part in fun activities. If that's not your style, then there are plenty of sports teams to watch throughout the year, and if that still isn't your thing, there are plenty of bars to go to on campus. While the drinking age is still 21, you only have to be 19 to get into a lot of the campus bars. There are also two beautiful recreational facilities on campus, so working out or playing some pick-up game of basketball or badminton is never out of the question.

    Food and Dining

    Students can obtain just about any kind of food they're craving as long as they're willing to get it. Many of the dining opportunities can be found on Green Street, a hot spot on campus, and there's a range of franchises as well as unique places to eat. The campus bus system will get you to just about anywhere you need to go, even off campus, but delivery certainly is never out of the question either. There's a grocery store on campus, too, so making your own meal is always a possibility.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make of it. It's a humbling experience for anyone, but it will no doubt provide you with lasting memories. The campus is currently building up new dorms to replace the ancient ones found in what used to be referred to as the six pack, so prospective students will no doubt be living it up in nice, spacious dorm rooms for too long, and even if you don't wind up in a new building, you can still appreciate the charm of the old ones. The dining halls offer a wide range of food, so it's hard to ever go hungry, and special themed nights at the different dining halls give some students the variety they're craving. Living in the dorms is a great way to establish yourself in a small community as you really get to know the big community of U of I that you're a part of. The RAs reach out to the dorm inhabitants, making the transition to college life even easier. Living in such close quarters isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it almost seems like a right of passage at the U of I.

    Academic Rigor

    Some students who have grown accustomed to being a big fish in a small pond will definitely get a wake up call at this school. The students at U of I are highly intelligent, but everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. Many of the courses can be quite demanding, but like any school, there are a couple of blow-off classes. Whether you love the class you're taking or hate it, you'll realize that you've learned something from it all by at least the end of the semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whether you're a college freshman or a transfer student, I highly recommend venturing out of your comfort zone early on. The school puts on a lot of social gathering opportunities both on a large-scale, full campus event and as a small-scale event such as in the small communities of the dorms. Making connections and taking new interests early on will definitely enrich your experience at such a big school and can lead to lasting friendships.

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the big, prestigious school you were looking for with a small campus feel. It offers a fun, thriving, college town feel while providing its students with some of the best education in the state. If you don't fall in love with its beautiful, movie-eque campus, you'll certainly fall for the endless amounts of opportunities it offers its students both academically and socially.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Whatever you are into you will find it here. Intramural sports, gaming, partying, academic clubs, etc. You will find people with similar interests.

    Food and Dining

    Public Dining is great, and stay away from Illini Tower food.

    Dorm Life

    Apply for your dorm early to ensure you get your top choice.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be challenged in most of your classes, however there are always those classes that are very simple.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get an understanding of the campus early. Get a bike if you dont like walking long distances.

    In three sentences

    A great place to be with tons of great people. There is always something going on. You will find something that you have in common with other people here.

  • 09/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun here! Concerts, Football games, Shopping at the mall, Going out to the Movie Theater, Parties, Talent shows, Events hosted by various Organizations...

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great!

    Academic Rigor

    As a transfer student, I would say that academically the classes at UIUC are more demanding and challenging than some other schools.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school! The campus is huge, and beautiful and creates an environment in which students are motivated to excel academically. Everyone is friendly, and there are plenty of organizations to get involved with here.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    It is one of the best engineering colleges in USA. i can say that the staff and faculty of the CS department is amazing. I cant really comment on anything other then the CS department

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    IT IS VERY SAFE! If you're ever walking alone late at night, there are numbers to call so people can come and walk with you. The buses run until about 5AM, there are numbers you can call to have you picked up from locations for days the bus stops running.

    What to do for fun

    There are multiple clubs you cant sign up for, or you can even come up with a group of friends to create a group on your own. This is a college town, meaning there are all types of activities. There is never a moment when you should be bored. There are things such as a bowling alley and an ice skating rink on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is a LARGE variety of food from various cultures. There are also different places to eat on campus which becomes very convenient for those who get out of class later than others.

    Dorm Life

    Singles, doubles, and triples are all nice here at U of I. There are multiple dorms, some being co-ed and others are not.

    Academic Rigor

    The school wants all students to be the best they can be. There are office hours for students that need that extra help, but if the student can't make the scheduled office hours all they have to do is contact their teacher to make a personal appointment.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Apply EARLY. -Answer the last optional essay on the application, it really does help. -Don't be shy to contact the school, or contact someone via Facebook or Twitter if you have any questions in regards to anything. The whole campus is friendly.

    In three sentences

    UIUC is great school to come to for those who are serious about furthering their education in ANY area. We have some of the top ranked majors in the country as a whole. There are also a large amount of people that are opening to assisting you with anything you need help with whether it's school related or not.

  • 08/28/2012

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

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    In three sentences

    I actually go to the University of Minnesota right now but U of I is very similar-both great schools!!

  • 08/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They send alerts out to the college email accounts as soon as something happens on campus. It's a good system. Hey, there's a fire over here. Stay away. However, there are just as many sleazy drunk rapist types as there are on any campus. Everyone should protect themselves at night and be extra careful when walking or biking while inebriated. This isn't Pleasantville.

    Greek Life

    It's crazy. Huge Greek scene on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious and responsible students who also like to have a good time.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a decent priced public institution and it's highly regarded. Considered a public ivy. Plus, cost of living is a lot cheaper than going to school in a metro area.

    What to do for fun

    Bars, school events (there is literally a club for everything), plays and performances, fine dining, pool parties, you name it. Just your average Midwestern town with a funky college kid feel. Oh! The Ebert film festival, Sweet corn festival, and Blues Festival. Farmer's market in Urbana is every Saturday with live music and awesome produce!

    Food and Dining

    There's a little something for everyone on and off campus. Enjoy!

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms. I can imagine it's awful.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not Yale or Harvard, but there are times of the year it sure feels like it. You were approved for a 500 level class? Good. Prepare for you soul to slowly be sucked out of you by the end of the semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's big. It's sprawling. Get a bike. Chances are if you are doing Gen-Eds you will be all over the place. Oh, and parking is RIDICULOUS. Just take the bus and bike.

    In three sentences

    This school is great, hipster and hopping enough to be fun but also all the resources you need to be studious. I really like it here. There are a lot of opportunities and a lot of different kinds of people.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are constantly police alerts, but there is SafeWalks and SafeRides to help you get around at night, just don't walk around alone at night.

    Greek Life

    The biggest in the country.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from, it's impossible to not find one you want.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing and willing to go out on a limb and enjoy themselves. This place is also good for people who are more independent.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I think it's not talked about enough, but the arboretum is a beautiful place on campus, albeit extremely out of the way unless you live at FAR or PAR. As for unusual traditions, it's said that anyone who steps on Morrow Plots (the oldest agricultural experiment) will be instantly expelled. It is also said that a ghost lives in the english building

    Bang for the buck

    Obviously this school is more affordable than many others, and if you want to be part of Greek life, this is where to do it. We claim to have the biggest Greek system in the country, so if you want to join a fraternity or sorority, it's fairly simple.

    What to do for fun

    Besides the normal college stuff, the student union (Illini Union) has bowling, a mini arcade, and pool. With a car, it's easy to go to more fun places, like corn mazes in the fall. The mall is near by, 10 minutes by car, 45 by bus. There's also lots of clubs to keep your time occupied.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't gain the freshman 15 at all, in fact, I lost weight, since I wasn't a fan of the food. It's very uniform food, everything probably started out frozen. It's easy to get your daily nutrition, but not taste isn't something to strive for.

    Dorm Life

    I found it pretty easy to make friends in my dorm, and I liked how clean the rooms were. I lived in a Living Learning Community, which makes making friends a lot easier. The showers are cleaned daily, which was nice, and there's plenty to do inside the dorms, like having a workout room and a pool table.

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineer, the program is extremely time consuming and requires constant work. The other schools are much less difficult, however you'll never do well academically if you don't apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the big school environment. Attention isn't individual, so it's easy to get lost in the crowd, but there is always opportunity to seek out help, whether it's academic or emotional. Also, getting along with your roommate is important, you don't have to be best friends, but it's nice to not be on bad terms.

    In three sentences

    UIUC is an amazing school full of wonderful opportunities. Since it's such a big school, there are so many activities available, including sky diving club. With all the students, it's easy to find your niche and people you can get along with.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a lot of safety programs here on campus. At night there is Safe rides and Walks. These services pick you up from your location and make sure you get home safely. I prefer safe walks personally. There is also safety seminars hosted, and campus alerts you can sign up for.

    Greek Life

    The University of Illinois has one of the largest Greek systems in the world. I am a member of Greek life, and love it!! It makes the campus much smalled, and really provides you with your best friends. It is also great for leadership, service, and philanthropic opportunities. It also is a lot of fun. You get a chance to take part in events where you socialize with other chapters, and have chapter events such as going to sporting events together. Highly recommend!!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 1,000 clubs for the students here on campus. These range from october lovers, to Pre law. Each club hosts events and really tries to get members involved. Before the first day of class there is quad day where all the clubs attend, and new and old students get the chance to explore all clubs provided.

    Great for these types of students

    Any!! There is a hige mix of diffent individuals on campus. The school provides great education for almost any major, and with 1,000 clubs and organizations you will never feel left out!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual tradition that sticks out to me, is in Lincoln hall one of the buildings on campus. In the entrance there is a Lincoln statue, and students rub his nose for good luck before exams and tests. They are also a ton of different locations on campus. One of my favorites is the Japanese garden. It is gorgeous and open to all students.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is a bit expensive, but it allows you to have access to a TON of resources. There is a great bus system, gyms, amazing libraries, and even safety services if you are out late. Students even get large discounts on all the sporting events, which are really fun to attend. The professors and building are also amazing. The money you are paying gets handed back by all the accommodations this campus has.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is huge, and as a result there are hundreds of different things students can do for fun. I personally became part of Greek life, which provides fun through a lot of philanthropic and service opportunities. There is also the arcade and bowling at the student union. Movie theaters and malls that you can get to easily with the buses. There are also over 1,000 clubs on campus. Each have there own events ranging from barn dance to pumpkin carving.

    Food and Dining

    I am pretty picky so the food was not anything fantastic for me, but compared to most college dorm dining this was pretty good. They have a large varity of food to chooses from anything from bbq to tofu. There is even a small grocery store there that is included in some meal plans. Trust me when I say you will never go hungry here!

    Dorm Life

    I was in the ikenberry common dorms, six pack it is the main area all the freshman dorms are in. Personally I was in Weston. The dorms may not be the fanciest, but it is a lot of fun. The cafeteria is amazing. It is also nice that you are located around a large majority of your friends. I met a lot of my good friends in the dorms, and it really provides a comfort zone.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a top University for a reason. The academics can be a bit challenging, but it is never impossible. I have never felt left behind in a class, but I always feel that I have walked away from the class knowing a lot more.

    Tips for prospective students

    They do an amazing job preparing the freshman for life on campus. Orientation day they provided information on pretty much everything, and they even provided tours. By the time I started attending the University I felt comfortable with the campus and my advisers.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Over 1,000 clubs!!

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, Psychologists, its a large campus with a lot of students so be social!

    What to do for fun

    Parties are great, alot of things go around campus town.!

    Food and Dining

    FOOD IS AWESOME!!

    Dorm Life

    As with any college freshman encouraged to live on campus the first year, here it's mandatory, and for good reason. The dorms are perfect, but there is an option to get private certified housing for more alone time.

    In three sentences

    This university is a high quality institution, with a large cast of dedicated undergraduate students. Along with it's professional faculty and cultural expansion, this experience is one of great valor. I highly recommend The University of Illinois to any aspiring student.

  • 08/11/2012

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

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends

    Food and Dining

    Different dorms have different stuff to eat

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are old without A/C

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major but if you keep up with your work it should be manageable. Unless you're a biochem major. Ohh boy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the campus before committing. The large campus can be overwhelming.

    In three sentences

    It's has a large student population. Greek system is also very popular. It's not as diverse as some other schools even though there are lots of people attending.

  • 08/07/2012

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

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    What to do for fun

    Great for these types of students Tips for prospective students Bang for the buck Am enjoying being here Am learning a lot

    Food and Dining

    I've learned things so far in every course I've taken and have met really great professors and instructors. You learn a lot from the people as well. They're from all over the world.

    Dorm Life

    It's not really urban or rural. It's a campus town. You kind of just have to experience it for yourself to see whether or not you will like it.

    Academic Rigor

    The costs of tuition, room and board can be really expensive or inexpensive depending on how you go about financing them and finding the right deals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research about the school and the community. Visit the campus and sit in on a class or check out Green Street and other attractions around town.

    In three sentences

    Great for students looking for the big campus experience and who are very sociable, motivated and intelligent.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never personally be assaulted by anyone but we always get these email alerts saying that someone got sexually assaulted, or mugged, or beat up by random people that come to the campus and want money or other things. This is the one bad thing about the campus I would say.

    Greek Life

    Since the Greek community is so huge, there is a chapter for everyone to fit into. Like the university, the chapters are very diverse also. Along with meeting a lot of new people and making friends, being in a chapter is good for getting involved in the community with philanthropy and gaining a leadership position in an organization because they have so many positions.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school makes sure that there is so much for students to do. There are hundreds of clubs that have a lot to offer for any interests, the union holds a lot of events, and there are also sports people can sign up for for fun. If someone goes to U of I and is bored, they are not maximizing their experience and opportunities at the school.

    Great for these types of students

    If you study a lot, it's the place for you. If you're very social and want to have fun, it's the place for you. If you are a Christian, it's the place for you. Basically, it has everything and so much diversity that anyone would fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone always goes to Second Story pizza and loves it. It's not even called second story, I think it's called Stone Baked Pizza or something like that but people all know it by the same given name.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a good school so when people graduate they know that they received a good education, but it's also a lot of fun. There are also so many organizations to join no matter what your interests are. I like that there is a Greek presence but people aren't outsiders if they decide not to join a chapter.

    Food and Dining

    I'm not a picky eater so my rating might be skewed on this, but I really loved the food. I feel like there is something for everyone and everything is always cooked well. I never had a problem with it.

    Dorm Life

    Overall, dorm life is pretty enjoyable. The dorms are clean and the school is starting to build new ones so in the next few years incoming students will be able to live in brand new buildings with air conditioning. That was the only downfall; my dorm didn't have air conditioning so it was a little unbearable at times.

    Academic Rigor

    I have definitely felt challenged in a lot of my classes, so I would give this 4 stars. I like to be challenged because that is a good indicator that I am attending a good school. It might be because of my interests, but there are definitely classes that I find more interesting and because of that they are easier to grasp.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus, it's a beautiful place. Although it's a big campus I feel like we live inside our own little bubble and I always look forward to coming back to school.

  • 08/02/2012

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

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    Campus Safety

    Feel very safe.

    Greek Life

    Not active.

    Clubs and Activities

    Swing Dance

    Great for these types of students

    Foreign.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Chief, but he's gone now.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Play in the band for football and basketball games.

    Dorm Life

    Terrific

    Academic Rigor

    Tough, but fair. Very fast paced.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early!

    In three sentences

    It is an exciting and historic school. It is busy all times of the day. It is full of great people.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are cops always circling the campus. we also have emergency call buttons located throughout the campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is awesome. During rush you see everyone traveling to different fraternity and sorority houses and its just exciting.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are well over 100 clubs and activities available for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone who has great work ethic and also knows how to enjoy themselves.

    Bang for the buck

    When you think college it's just how University of Illinois is. There are awesome people around, great buildings, and lots of Greek life. The campus is huge, so expect to get lost at least once.

    What to do for fun

    There's everything to do for fun. We have a bowling ally in our union and we also have shows that take place in the union. A lot of people play certain games on the quad. There's also two awesome rec's, where you can workout or take yoga classes and group training classes.

    Food and Dining

    We have a lot of options for eating. There are numerous dinning halls where we can eat, if you chose to have a meal plan. If you don't have a meal plan there are also great places to in the area.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you stay dorm life can be awesome. It also depends on your roommate, if you have one or not, they can make it very fun or just the opposite.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your choice of study the work can be tough. However, U of I is one the best schools in Illinois. With that being stated don't be surprised when you don't do good on your first exam, just study hard and learn how your professor grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're planning to attend U of I apply early and apply for a lot of scholarships. There's no feeling like not having to worry about being able to afford your education. I you do get accepted take a trip down there and explore the different buildings on the campus.

    In three sentences

    This school is very diverse, with activities for all cultures and different ethnicity. There is always something exciting going on at the union, which is by the most beautiful quad. Thankfully this school is located in an urban area, therefor we have everything we need, malls, movies, restaurants, and plenty more.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The number of clubs and activities at the U of I is unbelievable, so if you're worried about finding one you might enjoy, don't be. However, because there are so many and the school is so big, it can take some time to find one that truly suits you.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Illinois is, I believe, a school for just about any student. Providing they are willing and able to meet the academic standard, U of I is the perfect place to learn how to stand out in a crowd. The atmosphere is not necessarily one of pure academics, nor is it one of all fun, and the result is a place where you can explore who you are freely and take with you what you will.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some things that come to mind are climbing the Alma Mater Statue, kissing under the eternal flame, and staying out of the Morrow Plots. They may not quite be traditions, but more so rituals of the thousands who claim Illinois as their alma mater. They are actions that can only occur at the university, and they are part of what make it the school that it is.

    Bang for the buck

    For a Big Ten school, tuition is reasonably priced. Room and board though, especially if you live in the dorms, can be a little pricey. However, you can not put a price on opportunity, nor on experience, and in those regards the U of I is well worth the cost.

    What to do for fun

    The university itself offers a wide variety of activities for your enjoyment. As a Big Ten school, there is almost always a sporting event to attend. Most have discounted or even free student prices, as well as student cheering sections. Between it's two main recreation centers, it offers a water slide, a rock wall, numerous basketball courts, tennis courts, hot tubs, and more. The School of Music and Performing Arts is also home to the Krannert Center, which is a great place to catch a play or concert. Student organizations and LLCs are almost always putting on some kind of adventure or event, and of course there are the ever-popular Murphy's Pub, Canopy Club, or CocoMero frozen Yogurt. If you want to get a little ways off campus, there is always the Arboretum, one of Champaign's many bars, or one of the numerous parks in Champaign-Urbana. No matter what kind of entertainment you're looking for, U of I will provide.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining are 5-star in terms of possibilities, but usually only 3-star in terms of taste and quality. The dining halls cater to practically every dietary need, including vegans, vegetarians, celiacs, and more. However, it is still school food, wether it tastes better than what one may be used to or not, and as such it hasn't much luck of being a home-coocked meal.

    Dorm Life

    One simple visit to the campus is often enough for a student to know where they want to live on campus. The dorms at the U of I each seem to have their own personality, and once one finds a dorm that they fit with, they are typically only left with the usual dorm complaints like My roommate snores too loud or I wish this place was just a little (a lot!) bigger.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here push their students towards academic excellence, the how-so of such is seen as easily as most course syllabi. However, in terms of how well a student does, it is often left entirely to the students themselves. At a school the size of the U of I, it is near impossible for faculty and staff to personally monitor student progress and to adjust course speed or direction, but if a student is prepared, the academic system works well.

    Tips for prospective students

    In general, I fell everyone should learn to communicate effectively in person and through email. Not only will this help you get along with your roommate(s), but it will also be key to communicate with your advisors, professors, TAs, and peers. While applying, try to show as much of your own personality as you can. They want to know who you are and what you're about. Finally, its never too early to start looking for scholarships. While tuition isn't too high for a Big Ten school, the cost of living can be another story.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois is a wonderful place to explore who you are and who you want to be. Academically it is high ranking, but it also ranks highly in it's number of participants in greek life, living-learning communities (LLCs), registered student organizations (RSOs), and more. Never before has going to school amidst cornfields ever had so much to explore!

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you stay on campus it's pretty good, though there are always a few robberies throughout the year.

    Greek Life

    Can't really say as I didn't get involved but it's very prevalent.

    Clubs and Activities

    EVERYTHING. Even underwater hockey to synchronized swimming, student government, equestrians, you name it you'll find it!

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All you young'uns look up Chief Illini. He was the greatest mascot ever! ILL-INI

    Bang for the buck

    Try Fat Sandwich. It's newish and amazing. Don't let the descriptions scare you off.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything- it's a true college town!

    Food and Dining

    Like all dorm food it could be better, but when you move out you really start to miss those all you can eat buffets. PAR has a new wok section and fresh made pizzas!

    Dorm Life

    Depends on the dorm I guess. Go ISR!

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging, but still time to have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out Green St.

    In three sentences

    Great friendly campus in the middle of cornfield, USA. Classes are theoretical and challenging in the engineering dept. However, it's easy to take a variety of other classes (art, history, dance, etc), regardless of your major.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    HUGE

    Clubs and Activities

    RUGBY! (womens and mens) both are club teams All the sports teams

    What to do for fun

    RSO has what ever you could possibly want to do.

    Dorm Life

    6-pack is great! The school is rebuilding all of the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go on campus before you commit to any school. U of I is great but might not be the right fit for some people.

    In three sentences

    U of I is a large school that you can really make your own. There is a huge greek life and tons of school pride from football, to basket ball, and of course volley ball, illini pride is all over.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police, but it would be a much safer place if they were more evident by walking around campus and stopping the fights or attacks.

    Greek Life

    I love it! I have been a a member for 4 years and have made friends that I know will last a lifetime. It also helped make the campus seem smaller.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am the internal chair for the Occupational Therapy club and really enjoy it. There are so many different clubs and activities that students can take part in. There is literally something for everyone, just go to Quad Day and find out!

    Great for these types of students

    There is something for everyone on this campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is so many unique places and history that is behind the University. All the monuments and buildings are beautiful. The Quad never fails to show its beauty to the passerby.

    What to do for fun

    Go out with friends, walk around the quad, bowl at the union, go shopping, see movies, the list is endless.

    Food and Dining

    There was always a lot of choices to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorm and I enjoyed it for the year that I did. It helped me meet new people. It is small but nothing that I could not handle.

    Academic Rigor

    Studying really does pay off. What you put into it, you will get out of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become active in something!!! This is such a huge campus that you will be able to find some club, group, organization, etc that you can join in order to meet people with similar interests.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love U of I!! I am now a senior and have gotten so much out of attending this University. I have made some great friends, learned so much involving my major, and have had the time of my life on this campus.

  • 07/25/2012

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

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    Greek Life

    I hear they have the largest greek scene in the US

    Great for these types of students

    Any type..legit

    Bang for the buck

    If youre in state and into any one of their science/engineering programs, your getting a bargain.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, meet friends...idk dude, im not even in college yet!

    Food and Dining

    Not that picky when it comes to things like pizza and fries so i'd say its pretty good. Just dont expect any fine dining from your cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    Heard they suck, they look like they do too :(

    Academic Rigor

    Well Im going to be taking a lot of math and science courses here and I hear they are quite difficult. So you better prepare for a rough time no matter how smart you are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Im just an accepted student but don't stress out about not getting in. I was a pretty decent student in high school and i got in. All it takes is a decent ACT (Id say 27 or above), a decent GPA (if you have lots of APs you can get by with almost anything above a 3.0), and a few extracurriculars.

    In three sentences

    UIUC is one of the most well rounded colleges your going to find in the world. Whether your into academics, research, art, entrepreneurship, or a lively social scene, this is the place to be. With that being said, nobody can go wrong with UIUC

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It has been not so safe in the past few years but we all have to be careful and practice common sense at night and as always.

    Greek Life

    The school has literally largest Greek Life in the nation.

    Clubs and Activities

    Be a part of it if you can. It is where you will meet your life time friends and family.

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious and hard-working students who like to have options in social life and likes to party.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Urbana downtown is pretty neat.

    Bang for the buck

    In cultural Houses there is this thing called Food for thought from noon to 1. This is where they have guest speaker and some forum and offer free delicious food. If you don't have class during that time, take advantage of it.

    What to do for fun

    Participate and give your input in student organization. I highly recommend Floor Lovers Illinois, UC Hip Hop Congress, Amnesty International and Engineers Without Borders. Take advantage of Krannert Center where you can get world-class performing arts for generous student price. You will be thankful.

    Food and Dining

    I could not really complain about the dining. There is impressive choices for vegetarian and some for vegan too. If you are not happy with your dorm's dining, you can visit other dorms during their specialty nights.

    Dorm Life

    Food is great. Resources are abundant. There is always some activity going on welcoming your participation. If you cannot find something that interests you, you can voice your opinion and affect change through RA, RD or Multicultural Associate.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as one keeps up with assignment and show necessary effort in class, the classes should not be that hard, as for humanities courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend classes. Go talk to TAs often. Go to sleep at night. Stay healthy and keep regular routine. Find your balance. Seek out intellectually and professional enticing people. Try at least 5 things you have never done before.

    In three sentences

    University of Illinois offers literally 1000s of RSOs and is sure to meet your need to find your niche. Academic wise, the school offers limitless resources and excellent step-stone to your dream career.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party, go out, hang out, go to the gym, social events, attend different organizations and clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Food in the dining hall is not always the best.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you stay the dorm life is cool!

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is the key to success here. This is a research institution.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to attend this university you got to remember why you came here in the first place. If you keep that in mind you should be good to go here. Attend offices hours and tutoring for help.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school to attend academic wise and social wise. You really learn how to balance school, work and being social here. This school has a many majors you can choose from.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are police patrolling the ground in the dorms late at night, an extensive bus system, and a service that picks you up and drop you off where you need to be for FREE after dark.

    Greek Life

    Illinois has one of the largest greek systems. But the great thing is that there aren't only Social fraternities and sororities, there are also professional ones too!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of RSOs (registered student organizations) on campus. Whatever you're looking for, its likely theres a group for it. And in the case that there isn't, you can just start your own RSO!

    Great for these types of students

    Students with a work hard, play hard mentality. Students at Illinois work extremely hard to get an education but are rewarded with so many great social activities and fun with clubs!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tight roping on the quad, watching the piano man cover popular songs every tuesday, and Ikenberry Commons hosting a free midnight breakfast during finals week. Also, you can ring the bells at Altgeld Hall to any tune if you request it!

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Illinois is expensive, but the quality of education and the prestige of the school is worth it!

    What to do for fun

    The University always has great concerts and events at Assembly Hall. Last year, we even hosted the Victoria Secret Pink Party. Sporting events are also big since U of I is in the Big Ten. No matter what day of the week it is, there is never a shortage of social activities at Illinois.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are new and beautiful, the food can be a little repetitive but it is pretty good. There are also great University dining days like Mexican food on fridays and Soul food on thursdays at certain dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    In the dorms, you meet people that you would never have imagined meeting before. People from halfway across the country suddenly become your closest friends. Dorming is a great experience!

    Academic Rigor

    This is not an easy school. If you want to be an Illini, be prepared to spend long hours studying and working hard to get the fine education that Illinois has to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind to all the different kinds of people you'll meet, Illinois has every kind of student - and with over 40,000 students that's no surprise. You will always be meeting new people and always have support emotionally and academically.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois is a big campus that can definitely have a small campus feel. Everyone who goes here finds a sense of belonging and oneness with the ideals that Illinois stands for. No matter who you are, you can find a place at this university.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is pretty good. I never really had a problem, but sometimes it does get repetitive. When that happens, you can go to one of the restaurants on campus, they're fantastic.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoyed my stay in the dorms, you meet a lot of cool people, you just have to be somewhat outgoing.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a difficult school, but it's worth it. You definitely learn a lot.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do for fun! You can hang out in the Quad, join a fraternity or a sorority, go to the movies or the mall, hang out with your dorm friends, go to Green Street to get food, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The Ikenberry Dining Hall is very nice and very new. However, the types of foods get repetitive sometimes.

    Dorm Life

    I love it! You're surrounded by all of your friends. You get to hang out with them every day and it's a great atmosphere to be in.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors really love what they teach so they expect you to learn from them. That is why the classes are harder sometimes.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Make sure you have good walking shoes because classes are pretty far away! 2. Always go to class! It's very beneficial. 3. Pay attention in class.

    In three sentences

    This school is everything I had hoped for in a university. I love the big size of the school and how many people from Illinois are involved in its community. Also, I always feel like I'm being challenged (in a good way). :)

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always events on campus, there are plenty of concerts/movies/parties

    Food and Dining

    Food is great, probably best cafeteria food ever

    Dorm Life

    Depends where you end up living, the food isn't as bad.

    Academic Rigor

    There are easy classes and then there are some hard ones, find the one that interests you and work your butt off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are prepared for class everyday.

    In three sentences

    The campus is huge, but you will always find students with similar interests. There are many organizations to become a part of. It will become your home.

  • 07/17/2012

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

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    Food and Dining

    Huge variety of food for all types of people.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life. Lots of options and meet lots of friends. Great food.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major especially engineering and business but class schedules are up to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about it. Get used to the transition into a huge school and make new friends

    In three sentences

    UIUC is a great school for anyone whose looking to study hard and play hard. The professors here are very caring about how much the students learn and athletics are very competitive around here, but at the same time fun and enjoyable. What UIUC preaches is letting its students gain leadership experience.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Do to some recent problems campus safety has been tripled and crime is down lower then ever.

    Greek Life

    By far one of the best in the country this is defiantly the campus for you in the Midwest.

    Clubs and Activities

    Well over 100 clubs make their home on campus and Champaign/Urbana boasts the most Greek Houses of any campus in the country.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering students will love having nearly half the main campus to themselves and we also have a strong Asian population on campus as well. Socialites will again refer to the greek organizations and many of the campuses student groups.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rush week (the first week on campus) every Fraternity opens its doors to freshman and sophomores which can be a really neat experience. To be honest there is a tradition for nearly every location on campus and half the fun is discovering or making some up yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    The school seems worth it for your experience here and there is always something new to discover but it is rather expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Everything from parties to movies and performances are scattered everywhere around Champaign and Urbana.

    Food and Dining

    Recently U of I has upped their menus and built one of the largest dinning halls in the country that offers numerous food selections throughout the week. Also many students find their favorite meal on Green Street only a short 2 minute walk from the main quad.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are rather small and most students move out after their freshman year. This doesn't mean that they aren't fun though and good friendships are easy to develop.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major you can have a very intense and rigorous class load or you can have 4 days of class a week and almost no homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Defiantly go Greek and rush fraternities and sororities as this campus has one of the largest greek organizations in the country. Studying should also never take a back seat but it is not hard to balance a good education and social life.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois mixes deep academic research with a strong student body. This is a place to develop deep friendships, hard won knowledge, and enjoy the challenges and rewards of college life. The experience ranges from in-depth studies to weekend retreats with a big campus that you can make into whatever you want.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The botanical gardens at U of I are really pretty and I like to go running through them.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do because it is such a big campus, so basically depending on your interests you will find something to do. Although there is a large party scene, there are plenty of restaurants and clubs that do things on the weekends. I occasionally went to the mall or movie theater as well.

    Food and Dining

    I personally think the food at U of I is exceptionally good. I had visited at least 10 other schools and I personally think that the U of I food offers healthier foods and a lot of variety.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my dorm and the friends I made were amazing. I was lucky to never have any problems with floor mates. Everybody respected each other and it became everybody's home.

    Academic Rigor

    Your gen ed classes should be easy, but some of your major classes will require you to put effort in; however, it is your major so you should find it interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is very large; however, after you come to campus it really is not that big anymore. There are buses that are convenient and most classes are on the quad. Basically half the quad is dedicated to the engineering quad.

    In three sentences

    An amazing school that has taught me more than I ever expected. A town that I have fallen in love with. Most of all I have met some amazing people from all over the country, which has been very interesting and has taught me to be thankful for what I have.

  • 07/13/2012

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

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    Food and Dining

    The food, in my opinion, is really good. The pizza is excellent!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great! There is a lot to do in each dorm facility.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor so far seems fair. It will require you to study and work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the school, it will most likely be a great fit. Schedule a visit too. You won't know what there is until you visit.

    In three sentences

    I love it here. The atmosphere is great. And the college has a lot to offer.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Illini alerts, sign up and you're good to go!

    Greek Life

    Didn't join, but seems okay. I think the idea of paying for friends fights greek life here

    Clubs and Activities

    I was on a sport here, and let me say they hook you up!

    Great for these types of students

    Those who was a great education and don't mind working hard

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UNOFFICIAL. If I need to explain what this is, you obviously know nothing about UIUC.

    Bang for the buck

    For paying for college all by myself, I'd definitely say it's worth it

    What to do for fun

    DRINK. With the countless bars at UIUC complete with entry for 19 year olds, it's basically the only fun thing to do.

    Food and Dining

    Eh, it keeps you going.

    Dorm Life

    I lived at a private dorm my freshman year. The rooms were phenomenal, complete with my very own bathroom. I did random roommate and she turned out to be my best friend. However I did feel like the social aspect of my floor wasn't exactly where it should have been. Much room for improvement.

    Academic Rigor

    I can only speak from the perspective of a biology/premed major, but the chemistry, math, and science classes will DEFINITELY give you a run for your money

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not bring every possession you own, trust me, I was there and about 50% of what I brought to school came right back home.

    In three sentences

    The easiest way to describe UIUC is in one word; BIG. Despite being one of the largest campuses in the state, the university does an excellent job in creating an atmosphere that allows its students to excel in the community. This university provides an excellent place to develop academic, social, and life skills that leads its students to success.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Sucks.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of university sponsored activities, a lively bar and frat scene, as well as a constantly buzzing community calender from both the Champaign and Urbana areas.

    Food and Dining

    The food in my private residence hall was awful. However the university housing has a great selection of dining hall food that actually tastes good and is healthy for the most part.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a private dorm and loved it. It was perfectly social if you wanted it to be, but if you wanted your privacy you could get that too. The experience is really what you make of it.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of UIUC is stimulating and challenging, to be here you have to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come onto campus during a typical school day and sit on the quad for a while or walk through a campus building. That will give you a good idea of a typical day in the life of a UIUC student.

    In three sentences

    This university is an outstanding academic institution that offers a wide variety of paths for its students to venture on to. There is a large variety in extra curricular activities as well ranging from clubs to the Greek system. There is something for everyone at UIUC

  • 07/10/2012

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

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    In three sentences

    I love the vastness of this school. You can meet some one new everyday and there are never-ending supply of stuff to do. It's a truly awesome school.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    80% of the campus is Greek. UIUC has one of the largest Greek communities out of any other university in the US.

    Bang for the buck

    Every dollar was worth it...

    What to do for fun

    The list is endless...

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. With a vast array of clubs, activities, and groups, UIUC provides a little something for everyone.

    In three sentences

    UIUC provides a personal academic experience on a large university scale. Students will not feel overwhelmed by the 40,000+ community, therefore allowing a chance for a successful college experience. With a diverse environment, the university takes into consideration each individual with care.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, social, outgoing, smart.

    Bang for the buck

    UIUC is getting ever more expensive and as an instate school for me, its incredibly expensive. Do I wish it was cheaper to attend? I do. But with all the resources and the education I'm getting I think it's worth it in the long run.

    What to do for fun

    I love going to the ARC or CRSE to play volleyball with my friends. There are also a bunch of other events going on campus, you just have to find them.

    Food and Dining

    We get spoiled with food here.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a all girls floor so it was pretty quiet and clique-y.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of the first year classes are massive, so you'll have to work hard to establish yourself within them. However, that doesn't mean that it is impossible to well in the classes or that the professors are trying to give you a hard time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep a schedule, you'll have lots of assignments and deadlines, events, club meetings. It's a great way to stay on top of things and keep your stress levels low.

    In three sentences

    I think the University of Illinois is a great place to learn and meet people from multiple backgrounds. The professors there are devoted to your learning and always willing to help. There are also abundant amount of resources for students to take advantage of.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is good for the most part, but the school meal plan can get a little repetitive after a whole year.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty good at U of I. Some dorms are known for being noisier, but there's a sense of community in the dorms that allows you to make friends with others pretty easily.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what college you're in and what classes you take, you'll have varying degrees of difficulty in academics. Mostly, classes are pretty easy to understand, and teachers as well as TAs are around to help you quite a bit. With the extra support and help, it's much easier to do well in classes, but the classes do still require you to put in a large amount of effort yourself to excel.

  • 07/06/2012

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    Bang for the buck

    Although the cost is a little high, UIUC does offer a lot to do and also will help yo in the future.

    Food and Dining

    I was really surprised at how good the Ikenbery dining food was.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Snyder and it is a great dorm. Everyone is friendly and there are always doors open and groups to go with for meals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on school and write good essays. Don't forget to make it personal and do some extra circular activities.

    In three sentences

    UIUC is a great school that offers something for everyone. Whether you want to focus on school or party you will definitely fit in. UIUC was a great choice for me.

  • 07/05/2012

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

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    Greek Life

    Awesome

    What to do for fun

    Chess.

    Tips for prospective students

    Goodluck.

    In three sentences

    Its a great school. Great,enviorment. Also, awesome campuses.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UIUC campus police is pretty good with being responsive. There are emergency phones as well as emergency numbers to call if you need assistance. But that wont really be needed because they patrol everywhere on campus. They are pretty cool about drinking and parties. Unless it has the potential to become the next Project X party , you'll have nothing to intimidating to worry about.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is abundant on the UIUC campus. Pick wisely otherwise consider yourself and outcast.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and so many activities. Too many to list. Check out the cool RSO's on the University's Student Affairs website

    Great for these types of students

    If you are an exercise junkie there are two Top of the Line recreation centers named CRCE and the ARC. For the cafe lovers, there's a Starbucks and an Espresso Royale in 4-5 different locations on campus. Students can study and grab good food from here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fat Sandwich Company serves the best drunken food. Def a must go after the bars. Another post-bar stop would be Insomnia Cookies. They deliver the warmest fresh baked cookies 6pm-2am. Both places have the friendliest staff.

    Bang for the buck

    It costs about $7 to go to the movies. Sometimes its cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    Clybournes, Fire Haus, and Joes are the hot spots to go party on campus. If you are into Greek life, Red Lion has a lot of that scene there. Also the Illinois Union has its own Arcade/Billiards/ and Bowling Alley.

    Food and Dining

    We have DELICIOUS dorm food. The best cafeterias are Ikenberry Commons, Florida Avenue Residency (FAR), and Pennsylvania Avenue Residency(PAR).

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms but I was told it is awesome. The dorms is where you will meet most of your friends, and establish organizational skills (due to room space constraints).

    Academic Rigor

    If you do all your homework you will pass. If you do all your homework and study minimally, you pass with an above average grade. If you study rigorously, do all your homework, and go to study hours/office hours with your instructors, you will get an A maybe even an A+

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus!!! Its the most efficient way to meet new people and network. Also, get a job working either for the school or the mall. These establishments are more understanding about school obligations.

    In three sentences

    UIUC is great for networking and career fairs. There are so many resources available to students for every cause. Every student can find their place in the UIUC population.

  • 07/01/2012

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

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    What to do for fun

    Illini Union Station - It has bowling and other activities

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's very safe at night, but you should still be aware of your surroundings at night regardless.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs to join.

    What to do for fun

    There are often a lot of Frat parties to go to, but you'd have to be one that enjoys having a few drinks there.

    Food and Dining

    It's institutional food, you can't really expect anything more.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms may offer social events, but a lot of the people staying there aren't very social. They also tend to be rather cliquish.

    Academic Rigor

    It requires a lot of studying. Keep up with everything and you'll be able to handle it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up, always.

    In three sentences

    It is a school where the environment is very encouraging of studying hard and preparing yourself for the future. It's a pricey school, but if you get in and work hard, it will pay off in the end when you find a full-time job. There are also a lot of extra-curricular to choose from to join.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The only problem is stolen bikes, but there are always night patrols and none of my friends have issues if they travel in packs. You're always safe.

    Greek Life

    We have the largest Greek populace in the nation; need I say more?

    Clubs and Activities

    See Fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers and Sciencey folk; if you're interested in liberal arts you'll find yourself partying and if you like the arts you'll feel as though you're not challenged a tad. But it's also great for social types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SOs all have their own stuff, but the Illini Union always has Improv every week and Alma Mater gets decorated FOR EVERY EVENT.

    Bang for the buck

    It's good for public ivy and definitely worth your money if you're passionate about the sciences.

    What to do for fun

    Dude, if you need fun go to quad day and sign up for a SO as SOON AS POSSIBLE they will go into hiding and you won't get another chance. So take the time to get involved as soon as you can. If you do you won't have a problem finding something to do.

    Food and Dining

    For how much we pay the food is lack luster, but it has variety.

    Dorm Life

    It's awesome in Allen; outside of that most people don't know each other. You're really better off after the first year getting an apartment because that's exactly how it feels in the dorm anyways. Plus, food is cheaper with a Link Card (you're eligible if you're in college and have a job).

    Academic Rigor

    If you don't like your major you will know, but I find that in Fine Arts we have to make the best of our education by pushing ourselves inside and outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you need help ask for it; don't rely on yourself there is tons of study groups. What's more is that if you want to be an RA work hard as soon as you get in join a couple of SO (Student organizations) and don't stop working; they love that stuff.

    In three sentences

    It's rad. I'm away for the summer and I already want to come back. Love the place.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    It's ok

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than 5000 organization on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unofficial is when student celebrate St. Patrick's Day by getting drunk since early in the morning. It tends to get crazy!

    What to do for fun

    For fun I party, socialize, join clubs, and get involved

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't Procrastinate Socialize with everyone and have fun!

    In three sentences

    It is a huge school and there are always something going on. The lectures tend to be very big but you still learn.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The gyms are very nice and basketball is always an option when going to the gym.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't the best and the variety isn't great but there are food you will come to enjoy during your time at school.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very quaint and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework is very tough and falling behind is the last thing you would like to do in a course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and pursue everything you are willing to pursue and the university will help you get to your goal.

    In three sentences

    The university provides many opportunities for students to look for and apply for many internships and jobs. The university truly opens the door for all students in what they are willing to pursue. The diversity of the university helps you to meet people from all over the world.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The university has patrol all around campus and programs such as safe rides and safe walks at night. Watch out for thieves and there has been a case where there was a shooting.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is HUGE! The University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign has the largest Greek system in the nation. It is hard to escape the Greek life at UofI. The students make it a huge deal.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1000 clubs and activities to join on campus. If there isn't anything you like you are given the opportunity to start the club your self!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a great education but want to have fun and meet a wide variety of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unoffical Saint Patricks Day. It is a huge deal on our campus. Students buy shirts and plan events months ahead of time.

    Bang for the buck

    The University can be a bit expensive especially for Business and Engineer students. If you apply for scholarships and budget your money you should be fine.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and activities on campus to join. Many people join a Fraternity or Sorority and it can take up a lot of time, but everyone has fun. The University is a huge party school but there are always alternative activities for those who do not like to party. They have a bowling alley right ton campus and two movie theaters and a mall very close by.

    Food and Dining

    Although the cafeteria can get old they have multiple dining halls to choose from. Also there are many restaurants on campus so there is always something delicious to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you are placed can make or break your dorm life experience. Some are very social but of course less clean. In the more social dorms it's harder to get work done. In the less social dorms it might be harder to make friends because people tend to keep to themselves but it is quiet and a nice to study in your room.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are extremely tough where the class average is a 50 other classes are so easy you do not have to show up to class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to try new things and get involved. On a huge campus the best way to meet people is to join clubs and activities.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign is a huge campus town. Although it is a huge campus there is always a familiar face and someone to talk to. There is always something to do on campus.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    You would find a lot of choices on quad day. I've joined October lovers and a new one that started recently Holly Jollies (for those who love the winter & the holidays). I participate with the Office of Volunteer Program. You can find many volunteer work with them.

    What to do for fun

    Go bowling at the Union, run around campus, work out at the gyms, check out some clubs, go to concerts, IUB makes some cool, fun events, join a RSO

    Food and Dining

    There are some good food and nights, but you do get tired of eating in the dining hall. You miss home cook meals. Take advantage of going out with friends to different restaurants and if you know people with an apartment have some meals with them or offer to cook.

    Dorm Life

    I love my RA and all my floormates I made my first year. I lived at ISR, a great quiet place, near campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say you have classes that will always keep you busy or you might have blow off classes (easy electives/gen eds)

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study. Join RSO, it will help you gain friends. Stay involved. Do volunteer work.

    In three sentences

    I love the big campus and beautiful buildings. The campus life is big here with many RSO to join.

  • 06/20/2012

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

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    Academic Rigor

    U of I has a great program called LLC-Living Learning Communities. They put people together in specific dorms that share a common interest such as creativity and leadership. IN the housing application there is a short essay to apply.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go visit campus. It was a major aspect in choosing U of I.

    In three sentences

    I look forward to starting college here in the fall. Every time I visit I get the feeling that everyone talks about. I know I made the right decision.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe Walks and Safe Rides are available, and there are emergency telephone booths dispersed throughout campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    All of my clubs gave me many opportunities to get involved in the community.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers!!!! They have their own quad.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, the Alma Mater statue is adorned in various garments for major events such as the start of basketball season and graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Go out to eat, join clubs, and meet amazing people in the laundry room.

    Food and Dining

    The University has specialty nights each week, including Soul Food and Taste of Asia.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year, my RA was amazing and everyone respected the bathroom space. Sophomore year, the new RA was a bit awkward and people were vandalizing the bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are very challenging, but you'll be OK if you stay on top of school work .

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Study at least a week or two in advance for exams 2. Do NOT walk alone at night, even if you think you'll be fine. It's better to be safe than sorry! 3. ALWAYS lock the door when you leave your dorm room. 4. Join a lot of clubs! You get to meet really great people and you also get amazing experiences

    In three sentences

    The University has a wonderful bus system to travel on and off campus. The class locations for each major are generally localized. There are always excellent research opportunities.

  • 06/16/2012

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

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    Food and Dining

    Typical school....

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely more on the average side for very bright students, but an excellent choice for the average student.

    In three sentences

    Appears to be an amazing school for the money, for the academics and activities, alike.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are buses that run around campus at night. There is a Safe Ride and Safe Walk program where you call a number and a bus or person can pick you up and get you home.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is fantastic here. If you can afford the time and money to join a fraternity or sorority, do it!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are organizations that have to do with your major but plenty of them that have to do with your interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, friendly, ambitious, and smart.

    What to do for fun

    Dining on Green Street. College parties.

    Food and Dining

    There are bad days once in a while, but for the most part I really love the food. The dining halls are usually clean. There is good variety in the menus at the different locations.

    Dorm Life

    Living learning communities are great ways to make friends with similar interests. Also, it is easy to make friends in the dorm you live in.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes require plenty of study, memorization, and homework. The professors I've had so far are decent but don't expect to learn everything in lecture, individual time must be spent to learn material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about the campus being too big. There are plenty of people to be friends with and lots of activities to be involved in. Don't think about your peers being your competition, you have to cooperate with each other!

    In three sentences

    I am extremely happy and satisfied with this university. I love the academics, the people, and the environment. I can't imagine being anywhere else.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For a university that has dealt with major mascot issues, it has not taken away the spirit that the students have for Chief Illiniwek. Along with the ILL-INI chant, you always see students, staff and alumni yelling CHIEF The Alma Mater also has a special place in every past, present and future student's heart. Standing in line for hours waiting to get a picture with the Alma Mater on graduating is as normal as it gets. Being an Illini: it's just the way of life.

    What to do for fun

    The university provides many opportunities for students as well as alumni to get involved. One of the most exciting things that occur on campus is quad day, which is an event that allows students to roam around and sign up for student organizations that interest them. It�¢??s a great way to get involved and see what each organization has to offer. Football and basketball season is also a big deal for the entire town. Fans from all over come to support the Fighting Illini in their fight for victory against opposing teams. Sports bring together the staff, students and surrounding communities and honestly, how can you not get excited when all you see is a stadium full of orange? Campus night life is also a must-do. Not every student likes to party but experiencing the many parties that occur across campus is a must before you graduate.

    Food and Dining

    Eating in a residence hall is nowhere near compared to eating a home-cooked meal from mom and dad. You quickly learn what you like, what you don�¢??t like and what you tend to eat on a daily basis. In addition to residence hall dining, there are numerous restaurants located on campus ranging from Subway, Chipotle, Sbarro, Jimmy Johns, etc. The campus bars also provide delicious meals that many students enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at the University of Illinois offers a variety of living arrangements and activities. The students can choose to live in a single, double or triple room in a number of different residence halls dispersed across the campus. Each residence hall provides a similar experience but with its own added touch. It allows the incoming students to feel as comfortable and safe as possible, while still experiencing the college life.

    Academic Rigor

    The staff and students take pride in the academics offered at the university and it is especially seen in the level of difficulty within the classes. It may so seem that one major is easier or more difficult than the other, however, it can all be mastered with self-motivation and outside assistance. The professors want their students to be capable of taking the material taught and applying it in the outside world. Just remember, you can accomplish anything. Never give up.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a prospective student it is important to establish a set of behaviors that will help make the next four years as simple as possible. Create a schedule that is visible to the eye everyday and within it, allot certain times to your specific needs such as class times, food, gym, study time, etc. By doing so, it allows for a more organized way of life especially when classes become more demanding. In correlation with establishing behaviors, if you want to play hard make sure you work just as hard. The college atmosphere tends to lure students into its party scene the moment of arriving on campus. Understand that in order to enjoy the college years, you must be successful in the classroom as well. Learn to control your behaviors before they take control of you. In addition, take the time to experience what the university has to offer. This may take many forms such as participating in a registered student organization, joining a club sport team or even just spending time on the quad or in the union. Appreciate the time spent on the campus because it will be over sooner than you realize.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois provides current and prospective students with the proper education needed to become successful individuals in the future. Due to the competitive nature of the academics, the professors strive on teaching students the necessary knowledge in order for them to excel not only inside, but outside the classroom as well. In addition, the university provides many opportunities for students to get involved and continue to form and build the tight-knit community that already exists in Urbana-Champaign.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is always filled with people, and it is very safe. If it is late at night, you call Saferides for a ride, and a small bus will pick you up from wherever you are and bring you to wherever you wish to go. The regular buses run until 3AM, so that is always an option too.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is huge at the University of Illinois. Even if you are not sure if you want to go Greek, you should still rush or go through recruitment because it is an excellent experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    Be sure to go to Quad Day to check out all the various clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Illinois is good for students who would enjoy being on a large campus. There are opportunities for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Be sure to see the alum mater! Also, the undergraduate library is underground, which is interesting. Never enter the Morrow Plots, or else students are expelled instantly.

    Bang for the buck

    The education and opportunities that students receive, make the cost of the University of Illinois definitely worth it!

    What to do for fun

    There is a mall not too far from campus. There are also two movie theaters close by. The Krannert Center also offers show tickets for a discounted student price. The Union also offers various free programs.

    Food and Dining

    The dorms have a large selection of food, and students can chose to go to any dining hall that they chose, which leads to many options. There are also a large variety of restaurants on campus mostly on Green Street. Most restaurants also deliver, which is very convenient.

    Dorm Life

    There are many different dorms at the University of Illinois. Some are louder than others, some are co-ed, while others are all boys or all female dorms. Students can request which dorm they would prefer on their housing contracts. The university is also rebuilding the older dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Illinois is a tough school to get into, so the academic course load is rigorous as well. There are many opportunities to receive help though. There are tutors, professors have office hours as well, and of course students can also form study groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should join sports, clubs, or organizations because they will make friends that will help the campus to become a little bit smaller.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois is an excellent school that offers many wonderful opportunities. There are hundreds of sports, clubs, and organizations to join on campus, which is beneficial because students can meet other students who are interested in similar areas. Since the University of Illinois is so large, it is easy to meet many people which will be good for networking in the future.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Visit the alma mater for some great pictures and memories with your friends.

    What to do for fun

    As any college campus, you will find a variety of different activities, regardless of your involvement in clubs. If you are an athletic individual, there are multiple gyms on campus as well as tennis courts, indoor and out door pools, and dance studios. For more social events, the campus is equipped with bowling allies, restaurants of different ethnic groups, and a large shopping center within a few miles.

    Food and Dining

    Every dorm on campus offers specialties unique to the dorm dining hall. They are conveniently located around campus, providing you with a place to eat within walking distance from any location on campus. Food tends to never pose a problem because the meals are all-you-can-eat and the meals tend to be delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Depending upon your choice, you may decide to live in an extremely social dorm where you will experience the real college life, or at least that is what they call it. You may decide that you prefer accommodations where the students residing keep noise levels down. Such dorms also exist, allowing you to study in your room while making life-lasting friends with students living next door.

    Academic Rigor

    As one of the top state universities, UIUC offers classes which increase in difficulty as a student progresses in his/her major. General education classes encourage students to explore new ideas and think outside the box, tending to defy the typical stigma easy A classes. Not to say that such general classes are beyond a student's scope of understanding, but each class challenges its students in different ways.

    Tips for prospective students

    The major advice I would give a perspective student: SEARCH for what you like/want to achieve. College usually proves overwhelming, especially a large university as UIUC. The amount of possibilities is beyond anything you can imagine, but the key part to remember is that you must take responsibility and personal initiative to search for those possibilities. I guarantee that you will find a vast selection of options; remember, do not be scared off by the shear amount of possibilities. Think positively and remain confident about your abilities. Most importantly, remember to take initiative at anything you choose to dedicate time into; opportunities do not search for you. They are available, waiting for you, but you must discover them on your own.

    In three sentences

    UIUC provides an extraordinary environment for both social development and knowledge expansion opportunities. As a young adult, I am proud to attend the UIUC because of its endless educational opportunities as well as its vast variety of extracurricular and professional involvement and religious options. Academically, the professors commit their time to sharing their knowledge and experience with each student, during lecture or by appointment, providing guidance both academically and in other realms.

  • 06/05/2012

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

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are always alert.

    Greek Life

    Unsure.

    Clubs and Activities

    Here is a squirrel watching club.

    Great for these types of students

    Want to have fun, but serious about learning.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None

    Bang for the buck

    For in school tuition, definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Sometimes good, sometimes bad.

    Dorm Life

    Decent.

    Academic Rigor

    Recognizably harder than most colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to apply before the priority deadline!

    In three sentences

    The small town setting is very welcoming. The teachers and students are always willing to help you to get to where you need to go. The campus is very widespread.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the fitness centers, take walks around campus, attend parties on campus or go bowl at the union.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious and the campus has several locations where students can eat, and on some meal plans extra credits are included so items can be bought at a cafe or market like store.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is alright. Not all of the dorms have A/C and I know many don't like that but the one I stayed in did indeed have air conditioning. The rooms are a reasonable size and many people were very social. Bathrooms and halls were always clean and the staff was always friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Every class I have had thus far is intuitive and gives you a great insight because most professors, even the teaching assistants have experienced what they teach first hand. They offer great challenge at times, but it all works out if you study the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come here expecting to party all of the time. It is a challenging school that will open many doors if you do what you're supposed to do. Not saying you wont have fun, but make sure your main focus is on school.

    In three sentences

    Whatever the highest rating is, this school gets it. It has challenging curriculum, a vast and captivating campus, and a great greek system for those interested.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a bit high, especially for the sciences, but it is cheap compared to other schools, especially for engineering! Very worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Green Street is where all the fun activities are! It will never be boring there.

    Food and Dining

    I love their many dining halls you can choose from and their late night dining options as well!

    Dorm Life

    Very social environment and you meet many new people freshmen year, it's great!

    Academic Rigor

    Great school but very difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not plan on having an easy college major here, everything you major in will be tricky. But with the right effort and time management skills, anything is possible!

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love the university! It is so diverse with many different nationalities including many international students. It is also a challenge and prepares everyone well.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of police around, but don't worry, they're very respectful and will only go after the crazies :P

    Greek Life

    Biggest and Best Greek School in the nation. It is unsurpassed. I suggest you get involved, you will not regret it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Unmatched.

    Great for these types of students

    Partiers, nerds, and everywhere inbetween.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Burrito King and Geo's are the common places to eat after a fun night of partying. And don't forget about second story pizza! Most people have a 'bucket-list' of things they'll do before they graduate. A common thing is to climb the bell tower and play the bells!

    Bang for the buck

    I may be biased, but this is the greatest school on the face of the Earth. It is it's own little world. You will have more than enough time for academics and still receive the greatest education. Will cornfield all around, the actual campus is a kingdom in a desert.

    What to do for fun

    Fun? The fun will start when you click 'yes', I want to go to the University of Illinois. At the campus there are a million of things to do. With of 1000 RSO (registered student organizations), it is near impossible to not find a group of people will similar interests. Whether you want to play underwater hockey, paintball, write music, form a study group, or simply go bowling, you will easily get involved. This is easy to get accompanied with at quad day. Joining Greek Like is also something I highly suggest. This is the biggest greek college in the nation, it is almost sacrilegious to not become involved. Greek life will involve you in many inter-murals, philanthropy events, service projects, and intense parties. There are tons of fields for soccer, beach volleyball, football, basketball, tennis, badminton, racquetball, boxing, and dancing setup across campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food looks nice and tastes great, but you know it's fake when you compare it to good old home cooked foods.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is good for your first, and as such it is required. After your first year, I suggest you move on to the greek houses or get an apartment with friends. This will help you wholly mature.

    Academic Rigor

    The level of academics at the University of Illinois is unparalleled. It is beautiful to see so many people all trying hard. In high school you may notice the people who don't care, or do not get involved in group projects. This University is full of students who care, so you will be involved in a good environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    The next four years or more of your life are going to be the best of your life. As such, approach them as such. At the University of Illinois you will be surrounded by constant opportunities to get involved with intermurals, business organizations, small group discussions, the party scene, and much more. Involvement and the balancing of time for actual academics is where you were learn the true value of responsibility. Once you have achieved that balance, you will then see why the next four years of your life at this campus will be the greatest in your life. Live as if you only life once, this campus will provide you with what you need to survive, thrive, and have a blast doing so.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana is the dream school that anyone could ever hope to attend. The various Greek life opportunities, vast array of classes, beautiful sights, and the overall atmosphere of the campus goes unchallenged by any other school. The experience gained socially, mentally, and physically cannot be matched by any other school; choose the University of Illinois at Champaign.

  • 05/31/2012

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

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    Food and Dining

    There are multiple payment plans for food. You get to choose from eating a lot or a little. The best part is that if you fun out of food credits you can always add more if need be.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are awesome. They feel like home if you let them. Most dorms have everything a person needs and wants, even some stuff one wouldn't think of.

    Academic Rigor

    The university's academics are vastly superior and are not for everyone. U of I has about a 70% graduation rate so make sure you're prepared.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with every step you have to take in order to become a college student. You don't just accept and then move into your dorm. The University of Illinois website has an admitted student checklist. Be sure to check that out.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the best state school in Illinois in multiple aspects. The academics at this university are fairly superior to other universities in Illinois. Lastly, the campus and opportunities are seemingly endless and extraordinary.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    #1 Greek school in the country. So if you want to go greek, go here! If not, there are still tons of other ways to make friends and get involved. I personally chose not to rush and still have tons of friends and a great social life.

    What to do for fun

    U of I is in Champaign, which is a true college town. Step outside your door and everyone you see is between 18 and 25. Within a very small area are tons of restaurants, stores, bars, and other activities.

    Food and Dining

    They recently built the Ike dining hall and it has AMAZING food.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in private certified housing my freshman year, which was super nice. But even the dorms are in really great condition. They recently remodelled the dining hall and it is so fancy and has awesome food!

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering classes - VERY rigorous, other classes and gen-eds - it depends.

    In three sentences

    This is a top-notch school if you're considering engineering or business. I love the fact that I get to go to a Big 10 school, have such a huge community, yet am still surrounded with my academic peers in my engineering classes. This is a great school if you're looking to have it all!

  • 05/30/2012

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

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    Campus Safety

    They have all the standard college safety such as Saferide (a shuttle bus for late night trips), Safewalk (similar to Saferide only with a couple of people coming to walk you home), a text system to inform students of detrimental events, and the emergency buttons on posts every couple of blocks on campus.

    Greek Life

    It seems to be a HUGE part of campus life. If you're looking for it, it'll be easy to find, but if you're not it's also easy enough to avoid.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1,000 clubs and included in your tuition is access to the pools and workout rooms.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to a lot of Private Universities you're paying a lot less because it is a State school. I highly recommend going here if you're in-state. If you're out of state I recommend exploring other in-state options to keep your financial budget in check.

    What to do for fun

    Everything. The university is huge. There's over a thousand clubs, there's always tons of people to meet, and new restaurants to explore. You'd be shocked how many things there are to do.

    Food and Dining

    Not to over-exaggerate, but U of I has the best college on-campus dining I've had... And I've visited a variety of colleges! There's a ton of options and some of the best Fro-yo (frozen yogurt) in the country.

    Dorm Life

    It's college. You're not going to get an incredibly huge room all to yourself your first year unless you're paying for the largest single you can find. Either way, you're going to love all the options that are available to you.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that the school offers ample opportunities to challenge yourself. Even outside the classroom many students participate in internships provided by the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the campus before deciding. Get a real feel for the school and make as many visits as possible. It may be different than what you expected.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Illinois is a very safe campus. There is resources called SafeWalks and SafeRides available to anyone. They are exactly what they sound like. SafeWalks is a group who will escort you to your destination if you so desire to make sure you do not go alone. SafeRides is the same concept, except it is a mini bus that escorts you. The campus police also patrol around making sure there is nothing bad going on, keeping everyone safe and comfortable on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is awesome. There are many different fraternities and sororities available to choose from. If you choose to join, all of the organizations are very active. There are tons of events that are hosted and it is a great way to develop a networking base for college life and beyond.

    What to do for fun

    There are endless opportunities to have fun and stay active. There are many different clubs to join, gyms to go work out at, indoor and outdoor courts for sports, sports teams to join, and almost anything else imaginable. There are Greek events all the time because the Greek society on campus is huge! It is very easy to find things to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. The dorm food is not the best, but for dorm food it is good. The dorm food can get old pretty quick. But at least it is edible. The best part about the dorm food is the themed nights. From la cocina to soul food night, the food is great and is a way to change it up if you find yourself eating fries and pizza everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so much fun. The dorms are the perfect way to get acclimated to college life and to introduce yourself to many different people. It is the most convenient and ideal place to start making friends, especially with the people in your own dorm. These are the people you will see the most, so you might as well get to know them. The dorms are in groups, so it is also an option to meet other people in different dorms. The dorms just add to the crazy college life, but it is definitely a positive experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Illinois is one of the best in the nation academic-wise, which clearly explains the academic rigor. The key to tackling the task of academic rigor is prioritizing. The earlier you finish your studying, homework, and online quizzes, the easier your life will be. Procrastination is your worst enemy in college, especially at this university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are prepared for a large campus. There are countless buildings and it is very easy to get lost, but there are maps everywhere to reduce this risk. Academics must be taken seriously and set priorities right away, but there are many ways to also have fun. From joining clubs to going to the rec center, there are a plethora of ways to stay active.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois is a wonderful campus. It has the true campus-town feel to it. It is a big campus, but it is very easy to become comfortable with.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Incredibly lenient with AP's, and you can take other exams on campus for credit, moreover, it costs nothing to go overhours.

    What to do for fun

    Either find a student organization to hang out with or go to the (mostly disgusting) bars and frat houses; there's not much else in this place, surrounded by corn. Occasionally Krannert or one of the theatre troops will put on something interesting, but if you like having a bunch of theatre, music, art, and other entertainment venues available, chose a college in a larger city.

    Food and Dining

    There are all sorts of places to eat in Champaign-Urbana, you won't have to worry about food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are always getting nicer, and the certified private housing can provide nearly any housing experience you want. Be sure to check out the community of the dorms though - some are very social, but in others (like my freshman dorm) no one talks to each other.

    Academic Rigor

    The university is huge and you can find all sorts of intersting and challenging classes if you want them. However, the humanities does not get the attention that it deserves, if your conception of college involves a more classical conception of intellectual life, I would encourage looking a better liberal arts school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know thyself! There is so much to do here that it will swallow you up unless you know what you want. Socializing, partying, pre-professional networking, and other activities are in no short supply; if that's how you conceive of college, then this is the place for you. If you have dreams of being more of an intellectual, then you might want to try a bit more of an elite college.

    In three sentences

    UIUC is a large, diverse college which can provide a number of different college experiences. People looking to party can find plenty of parties; those looking to study can find a large number of classes; etc. The school is so huge that you can make it be almost anything (although the almost is important).

  • 05/25/2012

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

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    Food and Dining

    haven't eaten here.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are cool

    Academic Rigor

    I've been told it has relatively hard courses but most people make it through them and learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am a prospective student. I wish I could give myself tips.

    In three sentences

    It is a school i would love to go to. It has a nice campus and the type of programs I am interested in.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Though there were some incidences, I have never felt unsafe walking by myself on campus. There are also things like safe walk or safe rides, where you can have someone either walk you to your destination, or drive you there. The buses also run until 2am, and you can take them anywhere on campus (it just might be longer than if you had walked)

    Greek Life

    I personally didn't join a sorority, and I'm so glad I didn't. It definitely wasn't my thing at all. If you think that you need to join a sorority to stay involved in campus, you're so wrong-- there's so many other ways to spend your time. But if you do decide to rush, you're required to live in the house for at least one year, and it's pretty expensive.

    Clubs and Activities

    Despite all the clubs and activities, I only joined one. It was a great experience, and a lot of fun, and I wish I would have been more involved. Quad day is a great way to see EVERY club U of I has to offer, and get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    The cool thing about U of I is that there are so many different types of people that there really isn't one type of student. There are all kinds, so even if you find yourself growing and changing the type of student you are, there will always be people to study with, or hang out with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of strange traditions. At football games, you ALWAYS wear orange. There are a lot of dances and cheers to learn, but they're so much fun. It's well known that Geo's has the best chicken strips, Murphy's has the best irish nachos, and the Beef Stand's cheesy fries are to die for. Coco mero is a must go to during the warm weather for frozen yogurt.

    Bang for the buck

    Prices aren't bad, but they're not the greatest. Housing is also a lot more expensive then living in an apartment. Of course, it really depends on how much money you're willing to spend. All-in-all, what you get for what you pay for (education wise) is a little over-priced, but I wouldn't change going to U of I for the world. It was the best decision I've ever made.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do! Whether you want to chill with your friends on the quad, or go out to the bars at night, there are events for everyone. Assembly Hall holds a lot of concerts. In the past, artists such as Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, T-Pain, and Kelly Clarkson have performed. It's also fun to go to football, basketball, or hockey games. There's a movie theater not too far off of campus, and a mall to go shopping at as well.

    Food and Dining

    It's not horrible food, but it's nothing special either. The nice thing about it is that there's multiple options, and you don't have to cook a thing! Plus Late Night is AWESOME (they have pizza, mozzarella sticks, etc) though it definitely contributes to the Freshman 15!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life, especially freshman year, is a blast. It was like living in the show Friends-- there's always someone to hang out with, and all your friends live merely doors away! Don't over stay your welcome though. One year in the dorms is good enough-- I lived there for two years, and I regret doing so that second year.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are more intense than others. As a student in LAS, most of my classes were challenging, while at the same time manageable. I never felt like I was sacrificing a social life in order to maintain a high GPA, though there were definitely semesters in which most of my time was spent in the library.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Make an effort to make friends, join a fun class (ice-skating, dancing, flower arranging, etc.), and get to know your Professors. The connections you make during your years in college are essential, whether you plan on getting a job after graduating, or continuing your education.

    In three sentences

    I would definitely give the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign a 10/10. Even though it is a big school, there are multiple opportunities to get involved via the numerous amount of clubs and sports. The Professors are also amazing and most are well known in their perspective fields; they are also all eager to help their students succeed.

  • 05/23/2012

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

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    Bang for the buck

    It's worth the money, and compared to the cost of many other schools within Illinois, this school is much more affordable.

    What to do for fun

    There are many fun restaurants and gatherings throughout the year. There are also many events, including concerts.

    Food and Dining

    I have not attended yet.

    Dorm Life

    I have not attended yet.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not attended yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Applying is incredibly easy! They list everything step by step, with links included to all of the forms you need to fill out. Even if you don't really wish to go here, it is worth applying to because of how easy it is. They don't even require teacher recommendations.

    In three sentences

    The campus, its faculty, and its students are all very helpful. There is a real sense of community and general friendliness here. Despite being in the middle of nowhere, it is lively and wonderful.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The University of Illinois has the largest Greek system in the country with 18 sororities and 56 fraternities. There is a place for everyone to fit in and the support from alumnae around the world is incredible. The majority of leadership experience I've had in college has come through my sorority and the connections I have made through it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 3,000 registered student organizations including groups like the Squirrel Watching Club, Cigar Club, and October Lovers Club.

    Great for these types of students

    Personable, intelligent students who are ready for a challenge and willing to work with others.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Alma Mater greets students as they walk into campus. It is a statue with Alma herself wishing the best of luck to students that are leaving and promising to take care of the students there. All students must climb her and take a picture of her before they graduate otherwise it is bad luck.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Illinois puts a lot of emphasis on learning both in and out of the the classroom. Students come out incredibly well rounded and are known to have higher starting salaries than the average starting salary.

    What to do for fun

    Go bowling in the Union, sample one of tons of restaurants on Green Street, see a Broadway Musical at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, ring the bells at Altgeld Tower, or simply throw a frisbee around on the quad.

    Food and Dining

    New dining center was just built and features stations from food around the world!

    Dorm Life

    New dorms for freshmen are being built and to be finished in Fall 2012. Students are required to live in the dorms for one year.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging and make you gain new perspectives, but you will not be spending all your time in the library.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in whatever you are passionate about right away! It will make the big campus seem much smaller.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois is a world class institution with top faculty and staff, incredible research opportunities, Big Ten sports, and students with a work hard-play hard mentality. With the largest alumni base in the world, the pride for the Fighting Illini can take you to anywhere you want to go making this one of the best universities to attend.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe. Safe rides at night can give you a ride anywhere on campus for free. Also, safe walks are available if you feel uncomfortable walking alone.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge and really fun. The is no pressure to join the Greek life, but it is an excellent opportunity to meet a bunch of great people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of student run organizations and it is really easy to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for outgoing students. Excellent engineering and business programs (highly-ranked). A great school for every major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The undergraduate library was built underground so that it would not block the neighboring experimental plots from the sun!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a little expensive, but definitely worth attending.

    What to do for fun

    The recreation center (ARC) has a huge outdoor pool great for the summertime. The ARC also offers a variety of activities including video games and rock climbing. Campus bars are also really fun and cheap (if old enough).

    Food and Dining

    New dining hall in the six-pack with a lot of good food and choices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are not in the best shape, but everyone is really friendly. The dorms were an awesome way to meet a lot of great people and make a lot of good friends. New dorms are currently being built; they look awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are rigorous, but definitely manageable. Good time management goes a long way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind, ready to meet awesome people have a great learning experience. I highly recommend this university.

    In three sentences

    Well-known professors and knowledgeable teaching assistants. Excellent resources and opportunities that extend beyond basic college education. A great student body that is well rounded and very involved.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am only on campus during the day. However, as a student I receive emails regarding campus safety tips or any concerns from the Public Safety Department.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved with this.

    Clubs and Activities

    Please keep in mind that I am a senior citizen. I volunteer for my church's food pantry once a week. I am also a volunteer for Restoration Urban Ministries--a ministry which serves the homeless. I also volunteer for the Hope Center--a church ministry which serves low income citizens with household items, food, car care, haircuts, and providing information about agencies in the area which can serve them.

    Great for these types of students

    What information are you looking for in this box?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am not aware of any.

    Bang for the buck

    I have been working on my degree sporadically throughout my adult life. I would now like to finish. I am a writer and would like to procure a job at home. I am interested in U.S. History, especially oral history. I have completed 53 hours; I have 67 more hours to complete.

    What to do for fun

    Since I am a senior citizen, I am not familiar with social activities on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I am a senior citizen and live in my own home. I do not have meals on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I am a senior citizen and live in my own home.

    Academic Rigor

    Students will get as much out of their education as they put in. The learning environment is great--especially the library which has the largest collection of books outside of the Library of Congress and very helpful librarians.

    Tips for prospective students

    Maintain good communication with your adviser, dean, and instructor. If you are having trouble while in school, contact your adviser or dean immediately so a solution can be found.

    In three sentences

    The deans, my adviser, and other departments are very helpful. I am a senior citizen and have been treated with respect. The instructors are great.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel pretty safe walking around at night if I have a group with me. There are safe rides and safe walks so there is no need to be walking home alone!

    Greek Life

    We have the biggest greek system in USA. Rush can be a little stressful but it is worth it in the end. It is not for everyone though, and it is okay to not be in a frat/sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than 1100 RSOs on campus, there is something for everyone!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Willing to work hard and play hard

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Be aware of Unofficial, it gets crazy on Green street. Avoid the bathrooms of the English Building unless you like hanging with ghosts. You can go on the roofs and find secret hallways of about any building on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Every major employer you want to work for is going to be here at the job fairs. They love to recruit U of I majors because they know we will be up to their challenge after taking the hard classes here.

    What to do for fun

    Sign up for anything that looks interesting on quad day! There are things always going on at the quad. I love playing frisbee, being part of the American Marketing Association, and going to comedy shows at the Union.

    Food and Dining

    I love the dorm dorm and I even miss it when I am home. It is buffet style so be careful to not eat every delicious desert you see. Being a vegetarian, they are very good about labeling the nutrition information along with labels of foods that are vegetarian and vegan.

    Dorm Life

    If you keep your doors open and talk to your neighbors, you will have a nice group of friends by the end of the year. The dorms are small but it all depends on how spacious you make it. Avoid living at FAR or PAR because they are fairly FAR away!

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes for your majors will be tough once you get to the second year. Therefore, balance the gen-eds with your major classes and remember to explore the first year to figure out your niche. If you work hard, you will get the grades you want!

    Tips for prospective students

    Because it is a party school, make sure you are keeping up with your studies from the beginning of school. You are among the smartest kids in the state so you need to be working hard. Try to mingle with your hall mates and talk to the person next to you in the lecture hall because they might become your best friend for the rest of your life.

    In three sentences

    It is a perfect environment for both studying and having a great college experience. The versatility of your schedule will help you decide what you want to do with life. The options are vast and there are always things to do on campus.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although there are some robberies on campus, campus security does an excellent job of notifying all of the students about any possible danger.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at the school. There are many sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club and activity for just about everything. Quad Day is an event during he first week of school where all of the different clubs and organizations have posters and pamphlets available for students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unofficial is the event known for a great consumption of alcohol that takes place the week before spring break.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, the campus offers many different options for the students. The academics, dining, clubs, Greek life all contribute to making a well-rounded school.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and groups to meet people with similar interests.

    Food and Dining

    The dorms have different foods, and all of their menus are available online. Students living in a dorm can eat at any of the other dorms, so checking menus is always helpful. There are also many other restaurants on campus, all which have a bus that will take you there.

    Dorm Life

    There are a variety of dorms to choose from on campus. Each dorm has its advantages and disadvantages--it would be a good idea to research and talk to current students or graduates about choosing a dorm. Dorms do make living much easier because food and cleaning services are all available.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the specific major or college, the academic rigor may vary. Because this university is well-known for engineering, future engineering students should be ready for difficult classes. However, as long as students are willing to put in the time and effort, they should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should visit the school campus to see how they feel about it. They should also prepare to be more independent and studious while meeting new people.

    In three sentences

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a big campus with a variety of majors, dormitories, clubs, and people. While the academics are tough, they are manageable as long as effort is put into studying and homework. With all of the different possibilities options given by the school, there is something for everyone.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you like to be challenges academically but also have a good time, this is the perfect university for you.

    What to do for fun

    The bars are the number one fun here. But there are also arcades, movie theaters, and a mall to visit as well. The communities surrounding the university are very friendly.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good. At the end of the day it's dorm food so you might get tired of it but it definitely does the body good after a long day of classes. There are a LOT of food places on Green st. though, which is a quick bus ride away.

    Dorm Life

    There is always something going on in the dorms, especially FAR/PAR. Great communities to meet new friends and people with the same interests as yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging but you didn't get to UIUC by being lazy. If you are having trouble in a class, professors and T.A. are usually happy to help you understand the material better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the academic help resources being offered to you!! That is the best tip I could ever give anyone.

    In three sentences

    UIUC is a university buzzing with activities and life. It's a school where the professors are all excited to help you learn as well. I wouldn't trade schools for anything in the world

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Student orgs, intramural sports

    What to do for fun

    Play sport and go to clubs is my best suggestions for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The Dinning hall food is great, however, the food choices around campus aren't the best.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is amazing so take advantage of it.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic work here is very rigorous but the diploma is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    The transition from high school to college is challenging for everyone, so don't get discouraged if the work is overwhelming. Keep the effort high and use local tutors and eventually you will become accustomed to the work load.

    In three sentences

    This University is one of top prestigious schools in the Midwest. The education you receive is worth the cost and will ultimately pay off in the future. I have enjoyed every year here and I recommend this school to all.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At a huge school, there will be creeps. Don't walk home alone. Campus and Champaign/Urbana police do the best they can, but you have to have some common sense.

    Greek Life

    This is one of the biggest Greek schools in the country. You will be surrounded by it whether you choose to participate or not.

    What to do for fun

    Bars are literally across the street from classrooms.. this is a BIG party school. Champaign attracts more of the greek-life, Urbana more of the coffee-shop/hipster crowd. Otherwise, there's a ton of intramural sports all year round and a great gym so it's easy to stay active.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't horrible, there's at least a salad bar and some standard options (cereal, soup, sandwiches) all the time. There's good days and bad days.

    Dorm Life

    You're not getting anything fancy, but the rooms aren't as prison-like as some of the other schools I visited. The six-pack dorms are more of a party atmosphere, if you're looking for something quieter, don't choose those dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    There's the occasional blow-off class, but for the most part, you have to put some substantial time in to your classes. Once you figure out how you study best (in a group vs. alone, little bit at a time between classes vs blocks of time in morning/night, at home vs library vs coffee shop), you'll find things are way easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as much as you can. You will get a way better idea of the types of things that you really want to pursue after school if you test the waters while you're there. There are a million opportunities to get involved, you'll meet a ton of people and really get the most out of your time in school.

    In three sentences

    Great school- incredible academic opportunities and social life. Be prepared for the big school environment though.. I absolutely loved that, other people I know felt lost in the crowd at such a big school. Look at schools of different sizes so you know what you prefer.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    U of I offers 24 hour safe walks and rides. There are also emergency phones located on almost every corner. Over all, i'd say our campus is generally a safe one.

    Greek Life

    The greek life here is very huge and lively. I am friends with people from all different houses and can consider them very good friends. I know I will keep in touch with them.

    Clubs and Activities

    On quad day, the entire quad is filled with tables of all of the several greek houses, clubs, and organizations that our campus offers.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are willing to work for their future and actually want to accomplish anything. Our university is very diverse and there is always somebody wiling to give you a hand on anything.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The alma mater is a statue worth visiting. Also, make sure you try the food at all of the dining halls freshman year. They're all different and good in their own ways.

    What to do for fun

    Join a sorority or a club!

    Food and Dining

    The food at PAR and FAR is definitely better than that of the food at Ikenberry. However, I must say that, the dining halls are very updated and are always clean.

    Dorm Life

    Through living in the dorms, I met several people who I will be friends with for the rest of my life. Living in the dorms also allowed me to find independence and to manage my time.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on the teachers and the help that is available. Free tutoring is offered for almost any class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for a tough transition to a big 10 University.

    In three sentences

    This university is a very competitive institution and allows for students to understand real world competition. U of I's curriculum is that of a challenging one. The Greek system on campus, is one of the largest and well known around the country.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    although there are some crimes here and there, whenever there is even a suspicion of crime about to take place, you'll get alerted through text and email to take caution and will notify you immediately of any information.

    Greek Life

    many many students join greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    there are tons and tons of clubs on campus. go to quad day in the beginning weeks of school and sign up for any clubs you are interested in! plus, you get a lot of free stuff on quad day

    Great for these types of students

    students who want to make friends, students who are serious about learning. being a big school, there is something for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    have sex on the alma mater.

    Bang for the buck

    Considering it is not a private school, the school is not too expensive. And even though it is in the cornfields, there are still a lot to do here.

    What to do for fun

    Go play at the pool in the ARC. Go study out on the quad. Go play pool or bowling at the union. And of course, go out to parties and bars.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good. IKE has the most variety and so probably has the best food. Foods tend to be high in carbs and fat so it is up to you to get in the veggies in your diet. Menu tends to be repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    You will make lots of friends if you want it for yourself. Especially in Six Pack dorms, everyone will be friendly and excited to meet everyone. Other dorms such as LAR, FAR, and PAR will still be very social, unlike what is stereotyped of them.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what courses you are taking and which professor is teaching it. Many science-related courses such as engineering, computer science. and biology will be difficult. Gen-ed's will be easy to handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Yes, it's college. And yes, it's U of I. Have fun, but still work hard freshman year. Do well in freshman year. Really put yourself out there during the beginning weeks of school to socialize and make as many friends as possible. Work hard, play hard!

    In three sentences

    I love U of I. I love the diversity, education, fun, and the endless stream of opportunities available. I wouldn't have chosen anywhere else.

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not only is there Campus police right in the center of campus, but Champaign and Urbana police departments are 5 minutes away. University police also provides Safe Walks, a student escort system. The bus system provides Safe Rides, as well, which will transport students safely to areas where the buses do not run after dark.

    Greek Life

    If Greek life is for you, you are in luck! This school has a huge Greek population.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1000 registered clubs and activities at this school!!!

    Bang for the buck

    The education is great!!! It is on the expensive though. I'm not sure how easy it is to transfer into this school, but if possible, do your gen eds at community college and then transfer in.

    What to do for fun

    There are over a thousand clubs on campus! Outside of that, there is a recreation area in the student union, an ice arena for skating, 2 museums, 2 large gyms/recreation centers, and much more!

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent, although sometimes they serve the same things too many times. The good thing is that you can eat at any of the other dorms and there are also specialty places in each dorm where you can buy other things.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are a pretty good size. There are community bathrooms , but the custodial staff cleans daily. I'm not sure how they do roommate matching, but I've had 3 great roomies!

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor of this school varies from program to program, some more rigorous than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    If I can give any advice, it is this: 1. Apply undecided. You will change your mind. 2. Have an open mind. You will gain so much insight and meet so many amazing people. 3. No matter what policies are in place, ask if there are exceptions.

    In three sentences

    I have had some of the most amazing experiences at this school. Had I not come here, I would not have found my two passions to which I plan to devote the rest of my life, Latin dance and teaching. This school is so diverse and has so much to offer that finding yourself and what you are truly passionate about is inevitable.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have campus police, Champaign and Urbana police, and emergency blue light phones all around campus. However, there have still been many crime alert emails in my time here informing us of many late-night attacks. That being said, I have never felt endangered on campus or feared for my safety. Most of the crime alerts have occurred when an individual is alone late at night, so I do not put myself in this type of situation. There are services called SafeRides and SafeWalks where either a bus or two students will come pick you up from your location and drive/walk you home.

    Greek Life

    U of I has the largest Greek system of any college by number of students; but, the size of our student population is something to consider as well. It's not the largest by percentage, but rather by number of members of Greek Life. For those who choose to join, Greek life can be a great way to make a big school feel smaller. It's a good way to meet lots of people freshman year. For those who don't join-- you're not a minority. There are a ton of people who aren't in frats or sororities and there are plenty of other ways to get to know people, if it's not your thing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 600 RSOs (clubs) on campus. There's a club for nearly everything and it's very easy to find out about and join these groups on Quad Day.

    Great for these types of students

    U of I is great for engineers, business majors, and students who aren't sure of what they want to study before coming to college. There are a ton of majors for every type of student here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unofficial is definitely a strong campus tradition. It's short for Unofficial St Patrick's Day, since the official holiday often falls over spring break. It's a day where students skip class, drink green beer since dawn, and don't stop for hours on end. The University hates it, but it's a great time and a good excuse to kick back, skip class, and enjoy life! There are several restaurants in the area that you can't graduate U of I without having frequented on several occasions. One of these is Jarling's Custard Cup (located off campus-- find a buddy with a car!) which sells phenomenal custard. If you visit campus, pay a visit to Jarling's. Another favorite is Mia Za's, and Italian restaurant located on Green St (the street with all of the restaurants, shops, and bars on campus). Za's offers quick, tasty food at a reasonable price. Parents love it too!

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is phenomenal for the quality of education. I don't think you can beat this value. Out of state is a bit pricy, but still a great education.

    What to do for fun

    A big part of the student population here parties on the weekends. There are specific party dorms and others that tend to stray farther away from drinking. Since it's such a big school, there is a large population on either end of the spectrum. There are hundreds and hundreds of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) on campus that often have night and weekend events, too. There are a number of club sports on campus that allow you to keep fit while meeting some really great people.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls and the selection available is impressive. Certain dining halls have a large selection of Kosher food Monday through Friday and there are lots of specialty restaurants-- for instance, one dining hall has one day a week where they serve all pasta related dishes (it's called Oodles of Noodles) and another has a night dedicated to vegan and vegetarian food (Leafy). Each dining hall also has a fridge that has gluten-free and dairy-free food for those with allergies.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fantastic! They're the typical tiny college dorm rooms, but each dorm has a different atmosphere and a different vibe to it. There's a great fit for everyone-- just be sure to talk to students to figure out what the best dorm would be for you.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging; professors are great. It's a rigorous academic environment here, but luckily the competition (in most majors) isn't too terrible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus to see if right to you. If it does, check out the dorms. You're required to live-in freshman year and each dorm on campus has a different personality-- make sure that you're going to be living in an environment that will suit you.

    In three sentences

    U of I is a great school where you can have a healthy balance of academic rigor and having time to for other activities outside of class. You will be challenged in the courses for your degree, but professors are always around to help and want you to succeed. While many professors conduct research, they take their roles as educators very seriously.

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has been getting safer but there still is room for improvement.

    Greek Life

    Is huge at U of I. Fraternities and Sororities are definitely popular and have serious influence on some bars on campus and with other vendors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UnOfficial is an awesome tradition. Similar to green beer day at other schools, UnOfficial is the first Friday of March and is an Unofficial celebration of St. Patrick's day 2 weeks early. It consists of everyone getting dressed up in their finest green and parading through the streets all day.

    What to do for fun

    There is always a great times to be found in the bars on Green Street. It ranges from the crazy dance floors of Red Lion and Joes to the chill atmosphere of Murphy's and Brother's. Everyone can have a good time on Green.

    Food and Dining

    On Green Street (the main street on Campus) there are many options for food like tacos, pizza, noodles, sushi, chinese etc. In downtown Champaign you can find nicer dining options but for a little more $$.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms could be a really good experience or a really poor one, depending on where you end up living.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very difficult, or very easy, depending on your commitment as well as your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like big city life, Champaign may not be for you. The pace here is much slower but thats not to say that you can't find a fabulous time on campus.

    In three sentences

    It has a great atmosphere in the classroom as well as at night. It's not unheard of to stay in on weekends to study and people won't give you a hard time about it. Its the perfect balance.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Plenty of activities, concerts, performances, restaraunts, pubs, movie theaters, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live in Illinois, consider UIUC as a school. High level of education for in-state prices!

    In three sentences

    Great campus atmosphere. High level of Education. Many opportunities for all interests.

  • 04/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Its so very safe on campus

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is overwhelmingly popular on campus

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers, and hard party-goers

    What to do for fun

    Parties! Also, clubs and sports and academic groups

    Food and Dining

    The food is always edible, and more often than not, it tastes pretty good. Better than I can say for other colleges

    Dorm Life

    The RAs and other people in charge are very organized and supportive. They also care a lot about their residents. I always feel safe in the dorms and its always a very social setting.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are rough. You should expect your grade to reflect the amount of studying and reviewing you actually put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Appreciate high school, but look forward to what U of I has to offer. Its truly a great school.

    In three sentences

    U of I is a beautiful and large school, which can be a little intimidating. But with a large campus, come many resources, hundreds of potential friends, and many great opportunities. I believe U of I has the whole package, giving you a fun school while providing a quality education.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are people you can call to walk you home at night. This school puts an emphasis on safety. You'll see, as you'll have to attend a one-day class about safety on campus and everything you can do to be at ease.

    Greek Life

    The people in frats and sororities are nice and fun. Sure, there will be a week or so where you'll think there are clones all over the school (seeing as they all wear the same thing when they are rushing), but it usually won't affect your day. If you are planning on rushing, you will find friends for life and definitely have a fun time.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have anything you could ever want. Seriously. And if a club you want actually isn't here, you can make it yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to have fun and learn in a comfortable atmosphere will fit right in. Are you shy and hoping to blossom in college? This college is perfect for you. People genuinely want to know you and make sure you have a great college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If someone yells I-L-L, you have to yell back I-N-I. This is a school where everyone really IS proud to be here. Friday nights are especially fun. The Union hosts big parties for the whole night.

    What to do for fun

    The Illini Union always has something going on. You can join any of the clubs or just walk around campus. You'll always find something. There are concerts, games and more. The campus has rock-climbing walls, pools, tennis courts and sand volleyball courts, ice-skating rinks and, sometimes, you may find random games on the quad. Practically every student was given a Frisbee on their first day, so play some catch in the sun. At night, you can listen to good music, bowl, watch movies or anything else that the Union offers.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls almost always have something for everyone. If your particular dining hall doesn't have what you want on a certain day, you can go to any of the other dining halls. There are also great, cheap eating places around the campus.

    Dorm Life

    While some floors may be loud, the residence halls are clean and enjoyable. The RA's are here to help should you ever have a problem or just need someone to talk to. The rooms are spacious enough, especially the three person rooms. The halls are very good at placing you with someone you'll like. All of my floor mates are interesting, fun and smart.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is all about getting a good education. While some classes are taught by graduate students, they are usually helpful and knowledgeable. Professors and TA's set aside hours to help you and encourage you to see them if you ever have a problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    The buses are your friends! Learn the schedules. You'll never be late to class. Don't be afraid to ask people for help and definitely don't be afraid to talk to new people. The people at this campus are some of the kindest I've ever met. If you make eye contact, they will smile and say hello. Sometimes they may be so nice, you'll think you already know them! You will have more than one adviser, so go to them all! Something is always happening on campus, from barbeques to flash dances, so go out to the quad if you're bored.

    In three sentences

    While this university is incredibly large, it manages to feel like home. The academics and social events are handled in such a way that everybody can feel welcome. This campus is perfect for those who are transitioning into a whole new life.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safewalks and saferides are always provided after hours to ensure students can travel safely.

    Greek Life

    The biggest greek life in the nation! That's right, #1! With over 100 different fraternities and sororities on campus you are bound to find something that suits you.

    Clubs and Activities

    100's of clubs. From sword fighting to movie watching, you are bound to find something that suits you.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody looking for a good education and to have fun at the same time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The 1st friday in March marks unofficial St. Patrick's Day here at U of I. Everyone walks the streets wearing green and drinks til they can't stand no more.

    Bang for the buck

    Fairly expensive to attend the school but financial aid, scholarships, and loans should help with that.

    What to do for fun

    Night life is great! 4 bars located on campus and if your not into drinking the university has many events at the rec room every friday. Also the gym on campus is beautiful. With several basketball, racquetball, and a combat room, there is never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of variety but you can only have dorm food so many times before you get sick of it. Food is too expensive, you end up paying a lot for your meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Rooms are small but some places are located conveniently close to campus. Dining halls are located in the building. If you get a random roommate that could be bad since the school has a lot of international students attend the university and your lifestyles could clash.

    Academic Rigor

    Is constantly ranked one of the top ten schools in Engineering for a reason. Many classes are weed out classes. Graduating from here give you an advantage over most other colleges in the state.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry if you go in undecided. With so many courses the university as to offer, you are bound to find something you love doing throughout the years.

    In three sentences

    The biggest, best college campus in Illinois, where the schooling is rigorous, the classes are fun, and a night life that makes you wish you were in college forever! Sure we party a lot but we keep it classy. After all, we are paying this big tuition for an education, and a good one at that.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is something the University has been improving as the years go by.

    Greek Life

    Largest greek life in the country. Accepts all!

    Clubs and Activities

    Alpha Phi Omega Service fraternity is the largest in the country, yet I felt very close to every member.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student would love it here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are lots of unusual traditions. Pick up a student planner (for free at IUB) and learn all about the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth the money!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Union and bowl. Hang out in the quad. Join Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. Corn maze.

    Food and Dining

    As good as dorm food could get. But the surrounding restaurants are top notch!

    Dorm Life

    The University is re-doing all of it's dorms. They are fantastic regardless.

    Academic Rigor

    There is no space to slack off. This University expects a lot from it's students

    Tips for prospective students

    Read, read, read! And do your homework!

    In three sentences

    Great college town! Academic standards and integrity are set high. Diverse and lots of electives to pick from.

  • 03/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is generally a safe campus and I've never felt threatened, but as with all large campuses, it's not perfect.

    Greek Life

    Massive. The largest Greek community at any public university in the US.

    Clubs and Activities

    1000 registered clubs and probably more. There's something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious, bright, focused on a future in engineering, business, medicine or science and technology. Also good for students interested in study abroad and learning foreign languages.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wear orange on Friday. Unofficial St. Patrick's Day is a giant party in March. Some students who still support Chief Illiniwek as a symbol of the university wear Chief shirts and participate in The Chief's Last Dance during homecoming week.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is getting a little pricier, but UIUC ranks highly in national lists and among recruiters looking to hire students out of college.

    What to do for fun

    Concerts around campus, student plays, student organizations, hang out on the Quad, find a book and hide in the massive library.

    Food and Dining

    All kinds of food and dining options. Lots of good stuff all around campus.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a school for people who are serious about their academic achievement. Not too many slackers will make it here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy. Come in and rock this place. Participate in school activities and get out around campus to see what's going on at this big place -- there's something for everybody.

    In three sentences

    A large university with exciting programs, lots of opportunities, and mediocre sports teams. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the nation's most prestigious and well-known public universities. The internet was practically invented here.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    bowling, ice skating, frisbee on the quad.

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard in all your classes, even those easy a courses. get into the practice of visiting your professors and ta's for assistance. find ways to get involved through joining extracurricular activities and taking on leadership roles.

    In three sentences

    uofi encompasses a wide range of groups of race, ethnicity, religion, majors, minors, greek life, etc. there is always something for students to do and get involved in on campus. it is a welcoming and accepting community for all students.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    overall it is pretty safe on campus, but it could use a little more structure.

    Greek Life

    there are so many fraternity and sororities on campus, so if it's something you want to do there is definitely one available for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    any club you can think of is available here, if it's not you can get a group of people and start it. all you need is a faculty member to sponsor it and register it.

    Great for these types of students

    students who value academics, but also enjoy hanging out and just having a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    if you are here you have to go to flat top grill (possibly the best restaurant on campus), also merry anne's diner is really good. definitely have to take a picture with the alma mater. if you are in a crowded area shout out i-l-l and students will respond i-n-i.. spelling illini.

    Bang for the buck

    i feel its definitely worth what i am paying

    What to do for fun

    play catch or just hang out on the main quad, go to one of the two gyms on campus (they offer weight lifting, basketball, soccer, swimming, rock climbing, badminton, ping pong, volleyball, dance studios, etc.) intramural sports

    Food and Dining

    depending where you go the food can be very good.

    Dorm Life

    you meet a lot of people, very easy to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    courses are challenging but very manageable. also professors are always willing to help you out if you have any questions. a lot of tutoring available if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    schedule a visit, talk to students on campus and ask for their opinion about the school or things to do on campus, do your research on the school and the department you would consider getting into, you may find very interesting statistics, (e.g. u of i is ranked 45th overall in the nation)

    In three sentences

    academically the u of i is top notch, i am in the kinesiology program here which is ranked 2nd overall nationally. there are over 1000 registered student organizations so there is definitely always something to get involved in. the university overall in my opinion is a great place to pursue further education.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    you don't have to fear for you life every time you step outside but bad people are everywhere so you just have to be careful everywhere you go.

    Greek Life

    we have the biggest greek life of all higher education locations. enough said.

    Great for these types of students

    the student body here is so big that anyone can find their place to fit.

    Bang for the buck

    it is very convenient to get more than one degree while studying here (it will take more time and work) but if you can spend 4 years getting two degrees that will stay with you for life, you might as well go for it.

    Food and Dining

    we are in the middle of corn fields, but there are a lot of businesses that cater to the student body here.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on your program and degree, you will have different work. but as a senior, i have never heard of an easy major.

    Tips for prospective students

    visit the campus and sit on the quad on a nice day. you will want to come here.

    In three sentences

    diverse student body. many activities available over campus. anything is possible.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    didn't like the food in the dining halls but elsewhere its great with much diversity.

    Dorm Life

    didn't like living in the dorms, roommates were very dirty and you have to tolerate alot from unreasonable people.

    Academic Rigor

    try your hardest and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't get misguided by drinking or wasting your time being a fool.

    In three sentences

    you will learn alot... about yourself, others and the world if you have an open mind. it will not be easy.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    i am on 2 different dance teams, in a sorority and i am in a medical fraternity. get as involved as possible, it'll make the campus seem much smaller and more manageable.

    Food and Dining

    the ike is the best thing ever. its not home cooked food but they have a lot of variety and you can find something you like. and having i-57 right next to the dining hall is amazing. i-57 is like a mini grocery store and great for studying snacks or microwaveable meals.

    Dorm Life

    the first week of classes the ras do a great job of getting the floor together and having meetings that help get you accustomed to college life. since then my entire floor has been really close.

    Academic Rigor

    you make it as difficult as you want. there are some tricky classes and some easy ones, but it all depends on your major and how hard you work at academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    try and actually stay with a friend a take a class or too. going on the tour is helpful to get to know the campus, but in order to get a feel of what a lecture hall is like and how classes are run i recommend that you actually attend a class.

    In three sentences

    the university of illinois does a great job at welcoming students, being a freshman i found the ras and professors extremely helpful for the transition to college. also, the university has great advisors that genuinely care about your success and your path to your future career. lastly, the professors here are very approachable and helpful during office hours and meetings upon request.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    overall, campus safety is pretty intact. although there might be crimes every now and then, the officials are trying their best to improve safety whenever they can. it can be seen that student's safety is top priority.

    Greek Life

    there are two types of fraternities in the school. one is the professional fraternities that follows it's purpose. the other is the type that likes to party.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs and activities in the university. it can range from dancing, playing pool, solving puzzles, or gaming to almost anything people are interested in. there are even clubs for international students as well.

    Great for these types of students

    the school is great for engineers, athletes, business majors, and any students that can have pride in their school. most importantly, it fits the people who would like to work hard in school. it's also great for people who like to have a fun time during the weekends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    some unusual locations are the quad and the north quad. the main quad is unusual, even though it's always populated, because people tend to have a desire to take a picture there. the north quad is unusual because it's an entire area that people don't usually go to.

    Bang for the buck

    even for in-state students, the tuition for the school is quite expensive. many students worry about financial problems occasionally. it's not easy to pay of loans.

    What to do for fun

    there's always something to do in the university. students can go to illini union too shoot the pool or simply to bowl. there are great site seeing places to visit.

    Food and Dining

    similar to the dorm life, the dining hall is also another part of the school where you can easily mingle with people and meet new people. there is a variety of food in each dining hall, and there are even events when the dining hall serves special food to students. the food are actually not that bad either.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is actually a very social part of the school. since the first day living in a dorm, there will always be new people to meet and stronger bonds to create between friends. dorm life is exciting when you have nothing to do on the weekend.

    Academic Rigor

    as one of the top schools in engineering, the academic rigor matches it reputation. although people struggle to keep their grades up, these students are always looking for tutoring or study sessions. it's really a matter of working hard and understanding the new concepts in each subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students should search for careers they like to do before choosing a major. the school gives the students many opportunities to find what they are interested. prospective students should also try make many good friends because these are the people they will be working with for awhile.

    In three sentences

    the university of illinois is a prestigious school in academics and it also has a high rate of diversity. people can fit in easily without trouble. it's a school where students work hard as they chase after their career goals.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    urbana is safer than champaign but over all everybody has good behavior but sometimes just obnoxious when they're drunk. plus there is always safe rides and safe walks.

    Greek Life

    this is very big.

    Clubs and Activities

    u of i offers so many different clubs. try them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    unofficial! or unofficial st. patrick's day is when the whole campus drinks from morning til the weekend is over and it gets crazy. there are a lot of cops and you have to be 21 or older to go to bars during this time.

    What to do for fun

    join different organizations, hit up green street, go off campus to the mall or kareoke.

    Food and Dining

    not bad but again you get sick of it.

    Dorm Life

    food is okay but you get sick of it. i personally don't like living with a bunch of people because you can get sick easily which i did. plus i need my own kitchen and bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    engineering will be extremely hard. business majors will be okay but it may be challenging and anything other than that is relatively do-able.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't stay in your comfort zone and get to know more people by reaching out and trying things you haven't done. the bus system and safe rides are awesome.

    In three sentences

    u of i is a big campus in the cornfields with classic, old buildings that make you really feel like you're in a college campus. greek life is enormous. over a quarter of the student population is asian.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    the union has a bowling ally ice skating lots of pubs and bars

    Food and Dining

    the food has its good days and not so good days offer a variety of foods for people with special dietary needs great service

    Dorm Life

    typical life in the dorms is standard of a traditional college dorm the dorms are usually clean and staff is friendly very convenient locations

    Academic Rigor

    the work is challenging the classes require a lot of work you will actually learn something new

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you're grades are up and you create good study habits. do not be intimidated by the amount of work it isn't as bad as it looks once you get organized. stay focused and prioritize!

    In three sentences

    the university of illinois is a challenging source of academic excellence. the university of illinois ensures that their students receive the greatest quality of education. the university of illinois provides excellent resources for students to succeed

  • 02/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus has various ways of keeping students safe. for example, we have campus security and the whistle system to allow us to call for help when we feel endangered. there are also signs and reminders all over campus on how to be safe and numbers to call to remain safe, such as safe rides.

    Greek Life

    there are tons of greek oraganizations on campus. i love the greeks on campus because they host various social events for students to attend and know how to have a great time. they also host charity events and informationals to help students find their resources.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many intremural sports that one can join or student organizations. there is an activity for every type of personality. you will be able to find what activity you want to join on quad day.

    Great for these types of students

    the university is great for any individual student. the resources and activites on campus can accustom any individual's interests. all the different departments of study have been rated has top schools and will supply advanced education to all who attend this university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    an unusual tradition in my opinion is reading day. all day students prepare for their exams and study. you will find almost every student at the libraies or various places studying.

    What to do for fun

    if you want to have fun on campus, just take a step outside your dorm. there are always student organizations around that hosts events or fundraisers, where people go to socialize. there is also green street that has a variety of stores and eaateries to accomadate your entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    the food and dining has a large variety. there are several different dining halls that you can visit when you want to switch it up. the most notorious one is the ikenberry where they have foods that are international.

    Dorm Life

    living in the dorms will allow you to make friends and meet people easily. when you first get on campus majority of the people are out going and friendly.there are also events put on by the different dorm halls, which will allow you to learn about the campus and get involved.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic regor here at university of illinois is a competitive one. i have never been around a group of students who excelled so much at what they do and still continue to strive towards excellence. here at the university it is wise to study to better understand your subjects when they start to become harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    for incoming students it is important for them to take advantage of their resources. i would suggest talking with your academic advisor often to make sure you are on the right track to earning the degree you want. it is also best to become acquainted with advisors in your department of study to help you with career choices and internships.

  • 02/06/2012

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    if you're a minority interested in engineering, then check out nsbe's high school visitation. it's free and you stay at u of i for a weekend.

  • 02/01/2012

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

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    Campus Safety

    very safe! blue light phones at convenient locations, and the campus works really well the the urbana and champagne police.

    Food and Dining

    with the numerous dining options offered around campus and all the different cuisines you can try; this is a guy's dream school. great food no matter what your taste buds crave.

    Dorm Life

    outstanding! from what i've both heard and seen, the dorm life at u of i is fun and friendly. all around very inviting.

    Academic Rigor

    i've applied to the school of engineering and i know that they have a very rigorous course load. but it is totally worth it for the out standing education that you get out of it.

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    this school has the biggest greek life scene in the united states.

    Food and Dining

    if you dorm at one of the university dorms, you can use your meal plan to eat at many different dorms, not just he one you live in. the food changes everyday and it's pretty good, considering the fact that it's dorm food. they have specialty food on different nights, such as soul food nigh, asian night, mexican night and ect.

    Dorm Life

    i live at lar and i met so many great friends on my floor. i always try to leave my door open when i'm in the room, so people can stop by and say hi.

    Academic Rigor

    some classes you take will be fun and easy, and some will be challenging, either way, i learned a lot from my professors. i definitely recommend making a few friends in all the classes you take, so you can create study buddies/groups and help each other study during exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    be ready to have fun! when you get here, you'll realize you're in the middle of nowhere, bu there so much to do! malls and nice restaurants are only a bus ride away!

    In three sentences

    i'm an out of state student and i really love it here! this school and the people who go here, are different. you'll make lots of new friends and meet great professors who'll help you succeed.

  • 01/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many clubs and organizations. Sporting events, concerts and sports centers. Bars and restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    Some dining halls are better and provide more variety food then other. But nothing bets home made cooking.

    Dorm Life

    Living in dorms is great. I love it. It is a great way of meeting new people. Sometimes it might get loud but when the examination time comes everyone understand and tries to provide good learning environment.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easier then others, some professors are more strict then other. It is not high school anymore and you have to be in charge of your own studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't hesitate to join clubs it is great way to meet new people. Don't buy all books before classes start some professors do not require books. Choose to live in dorms and you will not regret it. Have fun but don't forget about studying.

    In three sentences

    U of I is a great school for everyone. Everyone can find a major that fits them and a group of people they can relate to. If you are looking for a full college experience of excellent education and a little bit of fun University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign is for you.

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Away from campus there are areas which seem very rundown which makes me nervous. Students here are pretty good on safety, but outsiders can be scary.

    Greek Life

    About a quarter to one-third of the student body is involved in some fraternity/ sorority making U of I with the largest Greek system in the world.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many but it is overwhelming to find the one with the right niche/ objectives.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love studying at places other than dorm/ library have many other places to study at. The campus town is huge with shops and coffee houses which are great study spots. Also be prepared to be social because this school sometimes don't sleep, but it's nice and fun/ exciting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Apparently their is this park called Illini Grove that is very unsafe and creepy at night for some reasons. Inside Lincoln Hall is the statue of Lincoln, and students would rub his nose for luck on finals. Also located the south of the main quad lies Marrow Plots which is the oldest experimental crop field in the world and is any student set a foot in it, they will face expulsion.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 1000 clubs and organizations to become involved in. This school is huge with sports (division I) so there are many sport facilities and courts to play on. There are 2 huge gyms which is a great de-stressor with many open courts to play on. There are also talent shows and other shows performed every where on campus, but plays and musicals are performed in the Krannert Art Center.

    Food and Dining

    The best part about U of I's dining is that each dorm has a dining hall which students from all over campus can eat at. Some dorms though serve the same food over and over again which tends to get boring.

    Dorm Life

    Living Learning Communities offered here are the best way to make new friends of similar inter