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| I am 22 years old, and have had a hard time searching for a school and major that fits what I am all about. I have finally found it, after roaming the halls of both DePaul and Columbia College, as well as sifting through booklets of Northwestern, Northeastern, and Dominican. I have heard the stereotypes that it is a cold place, with few teachers that speak English, but the fact is it is not high school, and it IS an URBAN campus, with diversity, and ethnicity.|
I have not been at UIC very long, but my brother graduated from here, and still keeps in touch with professors he had, as well as the countless friends he made here.
I have already found generous people in the Liberal Arts office who pointed me in the right direction about what direction to take and the basketball games at the pavilion are always fun. And after a late Wednesday class, I watched the Yankees get into the World Series (boo!) on a huge screen at the "Inner Circle" with a number of other kids.Ok, it's not an Ivy league school, so if you're looking for prestige and a hoity toity attitude, turn and take the red line up to Loyola or the purple up to Northwestern. But if you want a genuine experience, where you can talk to anyone from the Rhodes scholars to the janitors in the same manner, on the same day, then hop off the Blue line and get your a$$ into UIC!!
|Jan 06 2004|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2006 |
| School was built in the fifties, at the time maybe that was what was considered cutting edge or beautiful... but now all you see is aged, dull rotting chipped concrete. The windows in 90% of the buildings are no more than 8inches wide... and i think they were trying to make them one-way windows... or they haven't been cleaned in 50 years cuz they are black... cannot see out of them.|
Bathrooms... better feel lucky. If your toilet flushes and your feet are able to exit the stall while still in you shoes then it was a good day.
Faculty - In my 2.5 yrs at UIC I managed to find 5 professors that I could toloerate. Thats five out of 23. Its possible that this is a norm for lowerclassmen... but i certainly had higher expectations. Most of the staff is non-english speaking and you are forced to become your own teacher in the sciences (Physics, Chem, Math) which can be difficult since a lot of the profs also don't use the book that they assigned to the class. If they actualy were a english speaking teacher then they didn't care mush for teaching and instead were spending time on their research. Now it is great that there are brilliant people that are forging ahead into modern science... but shouldn't they be employed for that purpose and not be forced to teach if ther heart isn't in it?
Students - I was never accepted into a group of friends.... I think it mught be because I don't speak another language fluently. This also becomes a problem when looking for extra-curricular activities. ALL the clubs are for foreigners!!!!! (Or they are greek institutions) there is nothing for interests or hobbies etc. And if you want to attempt to start your own club of this sort... think again. You'll need over 100 signitures of students and 2 faculty advisors... also you won't get ANY startup cash.
Classes: some very interesting topics to take as electives... and that's about all you'll be able to take at this school is electives. The core courses needed for graduation or to advance to higher courses are always full. And if you beg professors to let you in they might not have a problem with that... but the school does. The porfs arent in charge of their own classes/class size the school has to approve add ins... and they won't. They make waiting lists for graduating seniors who need one or two classes to graduate (the only problem is that you'll never become a graduating senior) You will be at this school a minimum of five years no matter how many classes you take because the ones you want will never be open.
If you are forced by parents, or financial constraints, to attend this horrid school then I suggest you make sure to talk with tons of people about profs before enrolling in their classes, get others opinoins... I have noticed that there usually is a concensus on teachers, not very many mixed opinoins. I personally would highly recommend Harwood (Chem), Schejbal (Eng), Comer (Upper Bio), and Halliwell (Physics) and Ovid (Physics)
Also, try really hard to plan a schedule where you won't have a lot of time on campus... although it might seem like a good idea to have breaks to study etc. between classes you will be hard pressed to find a seat that isn't taken because the school is spending money on making new sidewalks instead of building new facilities or buying more furniture. Good luck to those who go.
|Jan 06 2004|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2008 |
| I'm am extremely disappointed with UIC. Asides for a reasonable tuition cost and location in the great city of Chicago. I can't think of one more positive remark. I have felt like nothing but a number at this school. Its next to impossible to get into your junior/senior level classes. Especially if you are a biology major or psychology major. Competition to get into classes is very high. The students and social life are the only positive thing about UIC. There is a large diversity within the student body and the faculty. I only had a problem with diversity when it comes to the faculty. Not even half of my professors (none of my science professors) have spoken clear english. This is a computer based school. Everything is done online, getting grades, homework, syllabises, registration, and communicating with faculty etc. I would not recommend this university for science majors. |
|Jan 05 2004|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2004 |