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| Let me start out by stating, looks truly are not everything. Yes, UIC does not look like UIUC or NIU or Harvard for that matter, UIC looks like UIC. It has its own quirky qualities that I thought were pretty charming, majority of the buildings serve as a sort of homage to the brutalist era of architecture of which it was built in. I respect history and enjoy that it is not washed over with idealized, prim "college" architecture and manicured lawns. But hey, to each his own. |
My time as an undergraduate in the college of Art has been amazing, but I will say, regardless of what college/field you're in at UIC, you will get out of this university what you put into it. Honestly, that's the protocol of any investment I believe. I know studying art would be ridiculously non pragmatic, financially, given the condition of this slow moving economy, but I knew practicing art was what I wanted to do, there was no other option. Coming to UIC allowed me to build the framework of my practice in a way no other University in Chicago (or Illinois) would have allowed me to. From the 24hr facilities, being in Chicago where contemporary art is on the rise, super supportive and in-the-field faculty, vast research resources, decent class sizes (usually no more than 20), affordability, I could go on. I am truly grateful for the education I received here, and the number of opportunities that education has since led me to. Being a UIC alumni holds some weight in the US market, and I always feel so bummed when I hear or see fellow alumni bashing a great university because a buildings wall had a crack. If you think that college is supposed to look a certain way, or somehow entitles you to a predefined experience, I believe you're approaching it from the wrong (and non existing) angle. Surely, UIC is not for you if you're basing your decision off of the aesthetics of campuses. However, if you want to take advantage of an outstanding education without breaking the bank, and can deal with a cracked wall or two, apply to UIC! There aren't too many trust fund babies around these parts.
|Nov 30 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2013 |
(This post is really for prospective/incoming freshman)|
I just finished my first semester at UIC. The course work is much harder than I thought it would be, but so far I've really liked my time here. If you can, live on campus. You'll have so many more opportunities (both academic and social). I will be commuting next year because of financial reasons, but I am glad I got to experience campus life. I've made some really great connections, found many great resources and lasting friendships.
I have 16 credit hours a semester (which is about average for pre-nursing students), I work about 20 hours a week and have a good social life. There will be a lot of course work, so don't expect to have too much free time. I give up sleep to have a social life.
I go out every Friday, Saturday and sometimes Thursdays. There is GREEK Life but you don't have to be a part of it to have a good social life...YOU HAVE A HUGE CITY TO EXPLORE. I have some friends involved in GREEK Life and it's really not a big deal. The scene gets old; it's the same people doing the same things every weekend. If you want to do something different with friends, there are countless of bars, concerts, festivals, clubs and raves.
The actual dorms are decent. JST, MRH and TBH are the nicest. MRH and TBH is mostly upper classmen and are apartment style. JST are the newest. Commons South, Commons North, Commons West and Courtyard are the oldest and pretty much where most of the freshmen are. They aren?t bad at all, it is what you would expect a typical college dorm to look like. SSR is on west campus and those dorms are also decent.
The actual campus is fairly safe. Students receive crime alert emails, there are emergency poles everywhere and also campus cops. However, UIC is not in the best area, so don't be stupid and be aware of your surroundings.
Professors are good overall. Many don't speak English very clearly but that is something that can?t really be changed. You are in Chicago and attend one of the most diverse schools in the country. If that is new to you, learn to get used to it. Once you get passed that, the professors are very knowledgeable. But just because they are knowledgeable does not mean they are all helpful. I had to learn a lot of things on my own but it was manageable.
For the most part, the school has nice facilities. The Rec Center is great. I?d compare it to a nice LifeTime Fitness. There are plenty of machines, plenty of basketball courts, there?s a rockwall, dance studio, indoor track pool, lazy river, hot tub, sauna, etc. It?s all new and pretty nice. Sporting events are fun. Basketball is most popular. I think overall, UIC is pretty great. Most people love it or hate it and I definitely love it so far.
|Jan 08 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |