University of Illinois, Urbana, Champaign (UIUC)

Champaign, IL

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University of Illinois, Urbana, Champaign

University of Illinois, Urbana, Champaign

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 14 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for University of Illinois, Urbana, Champaign

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I liked this school as soon as I saw it. It was Spring Break and everyone was on the quad. Whether seeing a group protesting or another person on a zip line I knew this was the school for me. I started participating right away when I got to school Things I wanted to do all my life I found @ U of I in registered student organizations

Academics

Some of the classes I thought would be most daunting because of the book turned out to be my most favorite classes. The professors take an active interest in you especially if you show interest by sitting towards the front and being actively engaged.

College Life

The Greek System here is one of the best in the country. I was opposed to fraternities before I got here but now am actively involved in mine as Philanthropy Chair and Vice President. Love the opportunity to serve. It is not all about getting drunk but making friends with like minded people. All of the guys in our fraternity are great whether here @ U of I or across country.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 2007

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

As a proud alumnus of the engineering school, I can't speak more highly of Illinois. The academics are rigorous, the student life is incredibly fun, and the school spirit is infectious (particularly during successful sports seasons).


Alumnus - Grad Year 2005

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

UIUC is a large schools with many major/minor options. The difficulty of the classes definitely depends on what field of study you decided to undertake. Some of the most challenging classes will definitely in the engineering and computer science departments since that's what the school is famous for. I studied mathematics and computer science and I would say that the computer science classes were definitely more challenging. A lot of the general courses are super easy, so it's easy to improve your GPA by taking a lot of GEN ED classes.

Academics

For most of the courses you will have some days in large lecture halls and some classes scheduled in small classrooms. The workload varies a lot depending on the class you take. There are some classes where you get absolutely no homework and some classes where you have to study on average 3 hours a day. I once took a math class "Graph Theory" that required that sort of time commitment.

College Life

The social life is definitely a big plus at illinois. There are a great number of bars and other nightlife activities. Campus safety is average in my experience. I know there were some thefts and rapes that occurred while I went there 2000 - 2005, but that's typical for such a large unviersity of over 30,000 students.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2007

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Illinois is the true college experience: the opportunity to be in a college town with a large and diverse student population supported by strong academics, activities, and athletics. It literally has everything a student would hope for to support their growth and eventual career decision.

Academics

All students are required to take a certain number of liberal arts courses which guarantees a diverse academic experience. These range across the spectrum from the sciences to world religion and philosophy. Because of the University's large and diverse population, an ancillary benefit to this requirement is the ability to interact with a broad range of people that can help shape a student's ultimate success. The business school has a top-tier accounting and finance focus with many leading professors in their fields of study. This provides for a challenging and competitive environment. While introductory course tend to have large 100+ student class sizes, higher level courses provide for a smaller and more intimate class experience. One of the greatest aspects of the curriculum was its focus on group activities which translate well into real world business situations. Outcomes are high as the University is a natural feeder into the large Chicago job market.

College Life

The large and diverse student body provides for a robust campus experience outside of academics. Since Urbana-Champaign is a college town, campus is conducive to all things related to student experience. Classes, restaurants, bars, etc. are all walkable and very convenient for students which provides for a safe atmosphere. Students can literally find any club, activity or organization of interest. If it doesn't exist, the University is very supportive in providing students with the proper channels to develop new organizations. The school has one of the largest Greek systems in the nation with larger fraternities and sororities having 100+ members. Athletics are strong as Illinois' football and basketball teams are very competitive and typically in the top 25 in the nation.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1982

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

A great place to attend college. A school that is rich in tradition but always on the cutting edge of reasearch and technology. I found it easy to find a niche that made a big campus small and personal-there is a place for everyone. Nothing is better than fall football days at University of Illinois!

Academics

I was in a small department within the College of Agriculture (now ACES) which is the Ornamental Horticulture department. This department was amazing since it was a hands on type of program with professors who not only studied in the program but also worked in this field. They had a way to make it personal and very engaging.

College Life

If you can't find something wonderful to do on this campus, then you are sure missing out! I was a part of the Greek system, a club within my Horticulture Department, attended sporting events (basketball!) and concerts at Krannert. There is an activity for everyone!


Alumnus - Grad Year 2008

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Illinois has a great feel. It is a huge school, so the possibilities in terms of educational goals, social life, and athletics are endless. At the same time, the layout of the school and it's walkability make it seem a lot smaller than it actually is. Changing majors is relatively simple and the administration does all that it can to help you along the way.

Academics

Undergraduate classes can be HUGE (i.e. 1,000+ people). This is great if you want to blend in to the crowd and get your general education requirements out of the way. Upper-level classes are more personal with around 20-40 people per class. Even in large classes, though, if you would like to speak to professors after the class or during office hours they are always very receptive.

College Life

Greek life is a must, in my opinion. With over 40,000 students on campus, you can get overwhelmed when you first arrive. Joining a fraternity/sorority definitely makes the campus seem a little more manageable and it is a great way to meet people who share similar interests.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1982

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Although very large, the campus offered plenty of great options for study, recreation and relaxation. There was a lot of pride in the student body and enough diversity that virtually anyone can find peers.

Academics

Classes were large and required a large amount of self-motivation and discipline to fare well. However, the professors were approachable and there were ample resources to get help when needed. The week typically afforded enough time to handle the course workload without consuming the weekends as well.

College Life

Plenty to keep anyone busy. The Greek system was large and well maintained, allowing an alternative to the dorms and apartments. The intramural athletic program is incredible, as are the options for attending performing arts and other forms of entertainment.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2004

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Overall

A large state school that makes little attempt to foster a sense of shared community amongst its students. For in-state students, Illinois is a good value for a solid education, however it lags behind other midwestern state schools. With its huge student body, however, the administration is mediocre and job placement (outside the engineering school) is unfortunately quite poor.

Academics

The engineering school is outstanding, but other programs are weaker in comparison. Unfortunately, the school focuses heavily on the engineering facilities, to the point where a new engineering campus was built while the English building was literally falling apart. Classes, especially introductory courses, are generally large and you can easily get lost in the shuffle.

College Life

As with any large school, there are a plethora of clubs and organizations available. The campus is very safe because it is in the middle of a rural area, but the downside is that there is little to do outside of campus. The college town is average and the campus is not beautiful. Transportation options are limited to walking, taking the bus or trying to grab one of the few parking spaces. The school's resident halls are old and mediocre and the athletics programs are average for the Big Ten Conference. Considering the prevalent corruption in Illinois politics, it is actually amazing that the school can still deliver a quality education for a low price.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2007

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

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