University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (39)
The teachers and courses at the University of Illinois were great but my major did not help in securing my job. It was a pre-health major that only gave me the option to apply to graduate school right away. Luckily I work my way up from an entry level position after graduation.
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.
The University of Illinois is an excellent school but to get the most out of it it requires you to be motivated and take advantage of the great and abundant opportunities that it provides. I always felt pretty safe physically and I felt safe voicing my opinions and asking questions in my classes as the faculty was very receptive of that. I felt that they worked to create and cultivate students like myself to think critically instead of taking things at face value. Particularly in my degree studying politics, it was important to challenge the ideas we were learning and I felt this as well received by the faculty at my university. Furthermore, there were ample opportunities provided by the university to get involved in student leadership, different activities like volunteering, sports clubs, cultural clubs and more. This types of things, rather than just attending class, really helped me develop as a human and contributor to my community rather than just acting as a student. I would highly recommend the University of Illinois to students.
The University of Illinois prepared me for all of my future endeavours in the best way they could. Graduating with a bachelors' in speech and hearing sciences gave me the credentials needed to continue my journey towards becoming a speech-language pathologist which you ultimately need a masters degree for. Between the beautiful clinic on campus and wonderful professors, I could not ask for a better undergraduate experience.
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.