University of Illinois at Chicago Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (21)
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign offers a top-ranked program in Kinesiology. While certain courses may not be considered as rigorous, they thoroughly prepare students for a career involving the body and human nature. This is largely through an intense anatomy and physiology course that takes a full year to complete.
Because of its location in the city, the University of Illinois at Chicago ("UIC") offers a variety great programs with the possibility of applying what you learn in various communities around the city. The professors are there to help you grow both academically and personally. The school's student body is also diverse. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in social justice and who wants to make a change in his/her community.
I have two Bachelor's Degree. My Criminology, Law, and Justice degree was very informative and I feel ready to go into my field and do lots of research. My school is a research heavy school. So most of my classes were based off of research that is already done. There was not a lot of opportunity to do actual research (i.e. go out into the field, conduct your own research). One usually had to just jump on the bandwagon of the research that the professors were doing with very little room for creativity of your own. However, I did enjoy my time as a CLJ major there. It was very interesting doing the research and being able to see different ways to improve the criminal justice system. It kept me interested and I am in the process of pursing a Master's degree. My second degree, Hispanic and Italian Studies was much more difficult to actually obtain. Not because the classes were difficult. It was because at a certain time in my undergraduate career, the school was losing funding. It was obvious they do not value languages as much because many of the classes that I needed to graduate, were cut off completely from the curriculum and I almost dropped my second major. However, they offered me an alternative which was to study abroad, which I did. If you want to study any language at UIC, I suggest you do it as soon as you start your degree, whether you are pursuing a minor or a major. It will help you in the long run to be able to secure your degree just in case the funding is not there in the future. The college itself was overall not a bad campus. It has improved a lot since I graduated in May 2016. The SCE building (Main building) is more tech savvy and looks retro now. The crime rate at the school however needs to be cut down. During my time, there were two rapes in the Commons West dorms (that were reported). Since those incidents, they have "increased" security, but the security is mainly fellow students who work at the front desk, not actual security. It is also mainly a commuter school. So if you want to be involved in campus, you should join a club. That is the best way to make the most out of your experience. They offer many different clubs/groups and even though there is not a lot of school spirt, there are many different sports teams as well. All in all, I enjoyed my time at UIC and am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend this university.
UIC is a very diverse & inclusive university, which was a top factor in my choosing to attend. During my time at UIC, I developed friendships with people from all over the world and was able to learn about different backgrounds, religions, etc, which is of growing importance these days. I studied biology and was happy with the quality of the curriculum and professors. The professors truly care about helping their students succeed and helping them to have a deeper understanding of the material. Most created a challenging environment and pushed students to really think about what they were learning versus just regurgitating information.
UIC is very diverse and friendly. They offer many activities for students to join. As a creative writing major, I am comfortable with all kinds of people and enjoy meeting new people. I do not recommend UIC for people who do not like being in groups or people who struggle with big classrooms. Although a typical classroom fits many students and could be overwhelming, it is an opportunity for students to meet new people and make study groups. UIC offers a personal space where commuters can go to study, use the computers or just relax. I highly recommend using the commuter center. There is where I mostly found out about upcoming events and games. The commuter center always provides fun activities to involve students even if they do not dorm. UIC has something for everyone. Check out UIC!
The Applied Psych BA program is well worth considering! The professors are amazing and there are plenty of opportunities for networking and building relationships with your peers. The program really prepares your for the field and gives a wonderful over view of the paths you can take with your degree and offers classes that help you actually apply what you will do once you graduate
UIC was a great school with a lot of diversity and rigorous curriculum. The student body was united in creating a learning environment and the faculty was very helpful and always looked out for the students. This is a research school so there a lot of opportunities to get involved with research and dive into many fields. The administration does struggle with financial aid counseling and the Financial Aid Office does occasionally remind you of a DMV but overall UIC is a great school with many opportunities and more importantly it prepares you well.
UIC offers a lot of clubs and great academics. There is a large gap in friends as a lot of students commute. One should start undergraduate research early as we are a research university
UIC was a great choice for me because it allowed me to commute everyday while living at home with my parents. The pharmacy school is very highly rated so I got a great education for a great price (compared to other private pharmacy school tuition)
Illinois is an excellent school for undergrads with emphasis on academics, community and sports.