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The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

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Jan 23 2015Biology
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I had a pretty negative experience at this university. Things went well for the first year or two. During those years I dealt with the typical adjustment issues coming from high school work to more challenging college level course work. There are resources available for students to get help outside of the classroom, so I utilized those and was able to maintain fairly decent grades. During the last two years things changed. I began dealing with some personal and family issues, and this is when I began to see the other face of the university faculty and staff. When I struggled in class professors were unavailable or disinterested and cold when they were available. There's an overwhelming attitude of superiority floating around this campus and professors seem to be more interested in their research than with how students are doing in their course. What I realized is that this school only caters to traditional students. If things are going well for you, you will see a positive side of the university. The moment you experience any change or adversity you will see the hoops you have to jump through to get back on a level playing field with the other students. The MCB exams are riddled with trick questions and these classes have definitely earned their infamous title of being "weed-out" classes. Every science class that I took required a ridiculous grading curve because most students in the course would fail every exam. Overall, I don't feel that this university cares about it's students. You are welcome as long as much isn't required of the faculty and staff, but when you need them for the assistance that they are being paid to give you get nothing but shrugs and eye rolls. The people who work in the career center for pre-health majors are incredibly arrogant and not helpful. I was constantly being treated as if I should feel lucky to be there when really it was them who should be showing gratitude toward the students that the school is open and running for through a positive attitude when asked for help. It sucks to feel like tens of thousands of dollars have been wasted when I could have attended more prestigious and more nurturing schools. THIS UNIVERSITY IS NOT STUDENT FOCUSED.
4th Year Female -- Class 2015
Campus Maintenance: A, Education Quality: F
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Dec 05 2014Animal Studies
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If you plan on being a working student...forget about a social life. Also, plan on making your own safety with your car. For a whole semester the parking lot I used on campus had lights out on four surrounding street lamps. they were the in the most used area and because of that my car got broken into only to have the parking permit ($660) stolen. the police did nothing, and they didn't even increase patrol in that area...not like there was one before it happened. this school doesn't care about real working students. when using the temp housing over breaks, i had to walk an hour one way in the middle of the night or winter to get to my car because they didn't provide a temp housing parking permit.
1st Year Female -- Class 2016
Scholastic Success: A, Individual Value: F
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Feb 08 2014Economics
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U of I has done very little to impress me in the brief time that I have been here. Falling through the cracks here is more of a concern than at other schools because most professors of Math and Science are more concerned with their research and their graduate students than their undergrads. The University and surrounding atmosphere has a very "party school" vibe but can get rather monotonous for people craving the variety and unique cultural experiences that don't require underage drinking.
1st Year Male -- Class 2017
Perceived Campus Safety: A-, Education Quality: F
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