College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:49:25Z
I am currently Undecided, but on an Engineering track. Engineering is internationally recognized at U of I. It has a large workload, but if one loves the subject matter and is willing to put in the time, it is definitely worth it.
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:49:25Z
Professors are experts in the fields they are teaching. TA's are present, but they do not teach lectures, only discussion sections, and they are generally very helpful. It is a heavy workload in almost any major, but especially in the Colleges of Engineering and Business.
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:46:07Z
The Ike (main dining hall) has a good variety of options. Late night is offered at PAR, which is really good food. The private housing (Illini Tower and Bromley) is known to have pretty bad dining halls. There is not much flexibility in where you credits can be used outside the dining hall.
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:44:32Z
There are plenty of typical places, like Chipotle and Taco Bell, but also some restaurants original to U of I, like Papa Del's and Firehaus, and also some fun late night stuff, like Insomnia Cookies and Fat Sandwich.
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:42:31Z
Drinking is a huge part of the culture. The IFC and police can be pretty strict though, so bars are dangerous for underage drinkers. It's pretty easy to not get caught at settings like frat parties, but there you have to watch what goes in your drink.
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:40:33Z
It's blazing hot for a couple months, freezing cold for the majority, with a small slice of comfortable weather, but what else is to be expected in the area?
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:39:18Z
South of the school is completely cornfields. East of the school is Urbana, which is a cute town, and definitely the best option for living in the area. North of the school is Champaign, which can get kind of dangerous. And West of the school is some suburbs, some corn, who knows. I probably wouldn't choose to live there.
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:36:13Z
The dorms have an extremely social atmosphere. Most are pretty small and expensive though. You are not guaranteed to get your first choice in dorm, but they are all pretty similar and you will most likely be happy wherever you end up.
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:34:34Z
Guys & Girls:
There are plenty of attractive and interesting people in Greek life and not in Greek life. There are also plenty of nerdy engineers too. The school is so large, you will be able to find all types of guys, from artsy and hipster to athletic and fratty.
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:32:04Z
I did not receive any financial aid, but between the in-state tuition and a couple, small academic scholarships, the tuition was doable for me. I know few people that receive financial aid. Most scholarships go to athletes.
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:30:38Z
If you want to party every night of the week, you can. Frats tend to hold parties only on weekends, but lots of people are at the bars every night and there are occasional apartment parties on weeknights too. If you want organized options of going out to a variety of things all the time, get involved in the Greek life.
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:28:26Z
It was not my first choice originally, and I ended up going for the in-state tuition, but upon attending the school, I realize it has some of the most prestigious academics combined with most diverse and social students.
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:26:59Z
The school has the biggest Greek life of any school in the country. This makes it difficult for non-Greek guys to get into parties because lots of them are at frats. Sorority rush is a very difficult and pretty superficial experience, but girls who stick with it usually end up loving their sorority. It is for people who like to go out multiple nights every week though. Greek houses are wherever you look on campus. The majority are pretty nice, with a few at the end of the spectrum (very nice or very gross).
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:23:52Z
If you search hard enough, you should almost always be able to find a computer. It is best and most convenient to have your own, though, and probably best to get your own wifi as well.
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:22:19Z
It is one of the few schools that is ranked nationally as both one of the best schools academically and one of the best party schools. This leads to an overall exhausting experience, going hard on homework during the week and hard at parties on the weekends, but it is definitely worth it.
College Freshman 2013-11-30T06:22:19Z
The school offers a variety of libraries with different environments, so anyone can find the perfect place to study. Between different lectures, movie showings, and events from the hundreds of RSO's, there is something different to do every single day.
College Junior 2013-11-27T23:37:44Z
I don't use the dining hall, but there are a ton of restaurants and fast food places on campus - there are places open until 3AM that are reasonably cheap. You won't go hungry here.
College Junior 2013-11-27T23:35:50Z
If you've lived in Illinois your whole life, you don't expect good weather.
College Junior 2013-11-27T23:35:27Z
There isn't much to do except hit the bars - it's a college town.
College Junior 2013-11-27T23:34:43Z
There are quite a few choices depending on whether you want to live in an apartment (cheapest), in a fraternity/sorority, in a dorm, or private certified housing (ranges between being like an apartment to more of a dorm).
College Junior 2013-11-27T23:32:44Z
We have a drug and safety program that everyone goes through as a freshman that at least makes you aware.
College Freshman 2013-11-25T22:10:13Z
One of the main reasons I decided to come down to Urbana-Champaign was because of their awesome business school. Their business curriculum is very demanding and also very challenging. It requires a lot of work and interactive thinking, but in the end, as a student you learn a whole lot and I am grateful for it. It is very interesting, and I am planning on graduating with a bachelor of science in acountancy. So far everything has gone great, I love all my classes and my professors are really nice people. It is practically 99% guaranteed for me to get a job with that degree coming from urbana champaign. The other 1% is for the people that do not want a job, that is the only way you won't get one honestly.
College Freshman 2013-11-25T22:04:56Z
If I was back in senior year and looking down at my 6 school options in which I was admitted to, I would no doubt hands-down choose Urbana Champaign over and over again. I love this school, and it all started in a senior college field trip. I fell in love with it as soon as I stepped foot onto its campus. I love how it far from home so it gave me the opportunity to be independent, and I also love the food and how it is so close to my dorm and how the gym isn't so far either! I love the girls here, and the party scene is just unbelievable. It is really a good time and there is always something to do. From dancing, to bowling, to concerts, to video gaming, to sports, I just love the whole atmosphere here. A city full of 20 year olds all having fun. It is truly a blast and I feel blessed and proud to be part of such a community.
College Freshman 2013-11-25T22:01:15Z
Our greek life is top of the notch. I think that the greeks are very nice people and throw the best of parties. In the public opinion, everybody like a greek, but again it all depends on the person themselves and everyone should be careful into jumping into generalization. But generally, everybody gets along, even though there is a lot of greek influence, nobody really feels it is a must to join a fraternity or sorority. Most people join them for their social events and to live in their nice house honestly.
College Freshman 2013-11-25T21:22:02Z
We are upholded for our excellent dining services!! I am proud to be a student member of this wonderful experience that we deliver to our students! I love the job it is not too hard, but it is enjoyable and pays well. There are dining halls located throughout all of campus that each have amazing dining options for whatever your taste. Mexican, Italian, Greek, American, Chinese, whatever you like! We also offer a variety of options for our vegetarians and lactose-free or gluten-free products. Our menus are changed up every week and our meal plans have credits that we can use to our own free will to get snacks, sodas, sandwiches, ice cream, whatever you please. We also offer an App on your smartphone that lets you look up your meal credits and meals and where each location is located to go eat and the times they are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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