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| I was for the most part satisfied with my experience at UIC, especially in my Chemical Engineering major. The department is one of the smallest engineering departments but also the only one to have it's own building to itself and a dedicated lab. The professors in that department were usually easy to approach and had their offices right across the hall from the classrooms. The smaller size of the classes also helps the professors get to know you individually, but you have to actually interact with them if you want to stand out. Only a couple of them spoke less than perfect English. the senior design professor had his own consulting firm and brought a lot of much needed real-world perspective to our mostly theory-based coursework.|
As for the rest of the school the experience was not as good. Many of the courses outside my major were in massive lecture halls where the professor doesn't know and doesn't care who any of his students are. I ran into more TAs there who didn't speak decent English but none of the professors had anything worse than a heavy accent.Yes, it is a commuter school and that is one of the reasons I and many of my classmates chose it. A lot of us were older students with jobs who couldn't spend all day on campus even if we wanted to, but that still didn't stop us from organizing social events. There is also so much to do in downtown Chicago, that if you cannot find something to entertain yourself then you're not really trying. Same thing with friends, you can't just expect to sit in the same class with a bunch of people and get to know them by osmosis, you need to introduce yourself and talk to people!
|Oct 17 2010|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| There are a lot of rumors that UIC is a commuter school, and unfortunately, those rumors are justified. Only about 30% of the student body lives on campus, and most of that 30% spends their weekends at home. Unlike the other schools in this City (Depaul, UChicago, Columbia, etc) UIC is a state school, meaning many people, myself included have chosen to study here because the price is right and it's close to home. That being said, it's hard to have the same kind of "do everything together" friendships you had in High School. It can be difficult to find people you have things in common with, and when you do, it's not likely that your routines will match up enough for you to spend much time together. People are really friendly though, so as long as you make a little effort, you won't be alone. It's extremely easy for me to get to Union Station and go home as well, and I've maintained relationships with friends back home, many who did not go away to school. |
I'm a freshman, living on East Campus, and I don't regret choosing to stay here rather than commute. It's literally less than a ten minute walk to any of my classes. Everything's nice and compact. The blue line (for the L train) is seriously right across the street, and having the freedom to simply hop on and explore the city is incredible.
The lectures can get a little boring, but the smaller classes are really productive and engaging. I haven't asked myself once, "Why are we learning this". All the work is very to-the-point, and the professors and TAs really know what they're talking about. UIC's a nice place to start off, and I don't regret coming here, but I don't think I'll stay here four years. It has really good programs for science and engineering, but I'm not sure about anything else. The only thing special about it is the surrounding city, but everything else is disappointingly replacable. It's comfortable, though, and I'd reccomend it to anyone in the Chicagoland area who wants to be near home, but still wants the college experience. You get a little independance, but you don't have to worry about getting homesick.
|Oct 17 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| Hello prospective reader|
I came all the way from Kuwait to experience the Chicago precived in the movies or its credible reputation online. I think the people in Chicago are retarded( Similar to Tony Blairs wife).
Well upon my arrival at Ohare International life seemed great. Well it is if you own a car and have a life in the city before you arrive.
However since we are talking about the university and not the city it is in, it was the worst experience of my life.
My college of business adminstration was so pathetic that people changed to majors outside of it.Internal college transfers at the college were limited and refraine.
A list came along and rined my life towards the end of fall towards Christmas which was all about missing persons in the Chicago land area and the semester of 2009-2010 must have been the worst because I got a list of 381 students. Why me?Why me? Privacy laws must be fecal in Chicago.
The campus was near the city but the city is useless after 5, Useful to skip classes which was cleverly put by one reviewer. Well this is when all the posers and gangbangers line up all the streets specially two blocks from the Sears(Willis) Tower.
I had cousins in the city who are all married so I had the gruesome task of making friends in this dump of a university which has a decent campus(Better than SIU) but has the organizational skills of a public school(Not to forget its funding is preety bad too). I made most of my friends over at Malcolm X college because this place is that bad. A community college has a capabilities of distributing a life...lol. It is a commuter college. Do not be fooled. Then again who is so please be selfish with your decision!! I thought I was the biggest commuter there coming from the Middle East but I was overwelmed by the people who topped me.T he professors are hobo's who live in thier cardboard houses and have a day job at this place. For them life is for the lack of a better word,good and the sylabus..............WELL EXTENSIVE(You will be teaching yourself). The best professors are those who understand the hatred towards this place and have joined it out of self pity, or a large amount of change given to them by the largest recruiting black hole of a university in Illinois which sucks the life out of its resident students and creates unemployed state burdens(This place loves rallies and marches for rights they want but do not need). The African American and other connection to the outside world, like the connection to Ohare is what keeps this place alive for me and many others who get on home by bus or train. UIC was not serious with my education or aims in life so I left for Madrid in this fall.Plan ahead if you go to this place or join it to learn life the hardest Way Please visit this placefor yourself and for those who rely on pictures.........I thank you for visiting this site.FINALLY TO THOSE IVE CONVINCED BUT NEED TO ENTERTAIN,PLEASE AVOID THIS SCHOOL(IT IS A GLORIFIED UNIVERSITY) AND AVOID THE MENTAL ANARCHY OF JOINING THIS INSTITUTION.
|Oct 05 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |