University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (26)
Mostly a waste of time. Their crowned Engineering program is nothing but a piece of paper at the end of a long trail of convoluted course work. Yes, there are many outstanding engineers, but for the unsuspecting American, jumping hoops will get you picked up into companies that apply the same hopelessly inefficient industry practices that render your education useless.
Looking back at my experiences at Urbana Champaign, I can truly say that I enjoyed it pretty well and that it was a great experience for me. The people that I met there were pretty friendly, but I have noticed that a vast majority of the students in recent years have been either from the Chicago metropolitan area or international students so there will be noticeable cliques that tend to form if you're a shy person like I was and didn't really feel up to talking to people. But a way to negate this is just to join any club or activity on campus early on to make friends and socialize. I've had some really amazing professors and then there were some that were just okay, but you'll find that to be the case in every university. As long as you choose your courses wisely, the workload although challenging, will be manageable.
UIUC has a wonderful campus. Despite being seemingly in the middle of nowhere, there is ample cultural diversity. As far as the university itself is concerned, it provides excellent student resources, from high tech research laboratories to mental health services.
U of I is awesome. Great social life but also a great place to learn. The professors are awesome, the people are fun, and the greek life is like no other. It is a big school though, so gen ed classes will have hundreds of students in them. I didn't mind though
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I transferred to UIUC after my freshman year at Miami University of Ohio. I personally liked my social life at MU better - don't discount the friendships you make your freshman year! I made a tight-knit group of friends quickly my freshman year and they didn't focus as much on drinking as trying new things on campus, going on road trips in the area, and just having a good time. Once I transferred to UIUC, I definitely missed that. Don't get me wrong - I made great friends. But there is something different about a campus with 40K students and a penchant for drinking. That and the location of UIUC, which is admittedly in the middle of a fairly unattractive landscape, are my two biggest complaints. I would have done much better transferring to Wisconsin-Madison as far as having fun things to do outdoors (which I love). On to the good things. You can't really go wrong picking a major at UIUC. I would have felt 100% comfortable picking any major knowing that I was getting my money's worth. There are countless resources at students' disposal - from recreational activities to academic endeavors. And, because of the size and scope of campus, you definitely will have a hard time feeling like you've already experienced everything before, which is good because you'll be spending 4+ years there! Also, my friends from UIUC are some of the most successful friends I have. The school definitely tries to set you up for success, but you will need to put in your own effort to get the fullest advantage from that. For example, I ended up having some amazing professors who I consider to also be my friends, but that required effort on my part to go above and beyond that typical standoffish student-professor relationship. I'm very happy I did! From an alumni's perspective, I think UIUC is unfortunately experiencing a lot of political / social / diversity turmoil right now. While I didn't necessarily feel the effects of this as a student, I wonder what it's like now that things seem to be coming more to a head (at least from what I read in the news).
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an incredible institution for students looking to grow academically, socially and professionally. The experiences in the classroom, in the dorm and around campus helped me to not only learn relevant content to my professional goals but also helped me to grow as a person. I see success in my everyday work life attributed to the thing I learned at U of I.
U of I is a ton of fun. Most people are really smart and know how to study hard. The bar scene is great too and I loved being in a sorority! There are so many 'perks' to this school!
UIUC is overall a very good school. I am happy that I chose it to get my degree. In general, the faculty is excellent, with many intelligent, personable professors doing good research and teaching good classes. There are a lot of opportunities for students to participate in research as well, if desired. A couple of potentially negative aspects are that there is a huge drinking/partying culture there, with a ton of fraternities and sororities, and house parties going on all the time, so if someone is not interested in that, it might not be the best option in terms of social environment. Also, some classes/programs are too large for their own good, resulting in a somewhat sub-par classroom environment and experience. It's hard to genuinely learn when you are in a lecture of 150 people and the grade for the semester consists of four multiple choice tests. But overall you get a good education and there are a lot of opportunities to get involved in any extracurricular activity you can think of.
Higher Education is the key; more specifically a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math. A background in STEM is a solid footing to be competitive in the job market. Also, do not discount trade schools by any means. Mechanics, Welders, Carpenters, Electricians are the people who make this world around us happen and readily find jobs almost anywhere and at any time.