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I just finished up at UIC and in

Jul 24 2013Other
I just finished up at UIC and in the end really dislike this school. It took me too long to figure out how inferior UIC is to UIUC or even MSU or Iowa State. First, the campus is really ugly, concrete dominated and cramped. There are times during changing classes in which the sidewalks are crammed to capacity with students and the mass of students move slowly like lambs to the slaughter. Too many of the buildings are very confusing to navigate and are even more ugly on the inside. The worst part is that no one cares about the substandard facilities and buildings, even when Profs. complain about it. I constantly get lost in BSB and SES because the signade is so poor or does not exist; it is just super frustrating and no one cares. Going to UIC is like entering a maze literally and too often one is lost and reaches dead ends. You have to really work for human treatment by finding and talking with TAs and Profs. I have met too many Profs. that are worn down by the horrible buildings, clueless administration and antiquated teaching facilties. UIC is part of the racial educational disparity in Chicago, with UIC clearly inferior to UIUC, with the majority of white suburban kids, whereas UIC is full of poor, first-time college students of color. It is very upsetting to realize how ones economic status has relegated too many students to a lesser education. I am ashamed of UIC and the stupid PR machine that proclaims excellence above all else, when the campus is so poorly maintained. If you want a quality education and humane treatment DO NOT GO TO UIC.
4th Year Female -- Class 2013
Scholastic Success: A, Innovation: F

UIC is a substandard school compared to UIUC,

Apr 30 2013Unknown
UIC is a substandard school compared to UIUC, MSU, NIU and Iowa. The places for studying are cramped and often depressing. The campus is very ugly with prison-like buildings that are dirty and in disrepair. UH has a covered boardwalk around the building so chunks of concrete do notbean students. SES is the most ugliest and confusing building on campus. There are water leaks in the central part of the building with falling plaster. People scurry about avoiding the downfall and trying to ignore the horrid conditions. I tried to find a Profs office but the signade is so poor I got lost. This is a sink or swim place with many students sinking, like 50% with no degree after 6 years. People vacate UIC at night because of safety issues and because there a few places to meet. UIC does not offer a quality College experience and should be avoided by all. What a waste of years and money!
4th Year Male -- Class 2012
Collaboration/Competitive: B+, Innovation: F

This is an awful place

Apr 01 2013Anthropology
This is an awful place. The coursework is not challenging and there is zero sense of community. Plus, the campus is aesthetically wretched. Extracurricular activities are actually few as most have to do with religious/cultural activities. The only worthwhile ones are health related or student government. Student publications, even Honors College ones, are crap. No one speaks to anyone here. There are so many Middle Eastern/South Asians here who all have family connections outside the University. If you can afford somewhere else, go there. DO NOT COME HERE IF YOU WANT A HAPPY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE.
Male -- Class 2000
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