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Social life: My social life was fine

Jun 14 2014Biology
Social life: My social life was fine. I was commuting but I did manage to make 2-3 close friends who I will probably keep in life.

-classes are all curved; impossible exams make this possible. Only 10% of the class will get an A (that's 10/100 students). 20% will get B's and the rest (majority) will get C's.-expect to compete against a lot of Asian pre-medical students, who will often go to great lengths to steal the A's awarded to the 10% of the class- that is cheating by obtaining and often stealing previous exams

3rd Year Female -- Class 2012
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: F

There are great professors here, but they are

Jul 28 2014Chemical Engineering
There are great professors here, but they are very few. The majority are unhelpful, arrogant, one-minded, and take a single approach to teaching the material. If you are more receptive to a different style of teaching then you are on your own (unless you have access to one of the rare, aforementioned great professors). Strong feeling that professors and the department do not care at all about its students or its duty to teach while conducting research. Instead, teaching seems like an annoyance to most of the faculty from a variety of departments.The university's administration is largely incompetent and unprofessional. Expect unanswered emails and voicemails, and absent personnel when attempting in-person help. Again, when you find the rare professional employee who is enthusiastic to help you they always go above and beyond, but this is not the standard. The focus of the administration strongly feels like it is on their image and how they want the public to view the school and the students, when in practice they do not seem to care about students at all except to the extent that they can be used for the school's PR. I sincerely recommend an alternative school even if it costs a bit more, if you can work out the financials.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2015
Surrounding City: A, Education Quality: F

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
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