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Aug 05 2014Engineering Department
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Engineering at Illinois is a rigorous yet fruitful experience. The thing I like best about UIUC is that you can get an amazing education, and also become a very well-rounded individual. With so much to do on campus, you can never be bored.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2015
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Social Life: A+, Perceived Campus Safety: B
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Jul 31 2014Public Policy
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UIUC is honestly the best place on the planet to me right now. By day classes are challenging, and based on getting the grade and doing busywork, but in some classes you do learn some cool things and get ideas for your future. By night Campus is amazing. I always have a place to go whether its a frat party (Not fun if you are a boy and not in Greek life) Apartment parties, or go on a barcrawl. the people you meet here aren't all rich or Chinese, many are from different walks of life and totally amazing people. DO NOT live in private certified unless you wanna go Greek and be with the rich spoiled and close minded kids, university housing is honestly wayyy better and you meet way more people. This place is honestly amazing, the people the school the town, you will learn so much more than school stuff, you learn about the real world and life.
1st Year Male -- Class 2017
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Campus Aesthetics: A, Useful Schoolwork: D
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Jul 12 2014PreVet and Veterinary
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As an Animal Science major with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, this definitely was a good choice of school for me as the program for it is a good one. Something to keep in mind with the U of I is that it is a big research institution. This has positives and negatives that come along with it. There are friendly professors and students, loads of networking opportunities, clubs to get involved in, and friends to make. However it also means, extremely large lectures, sometimes professors that are too involved in their research to care about you as the student, late nights studying for an exam that the curve will be thrown off anyway, and the possibility of getting treated more like a number than a real person. As a student you have the chance of running into all of those things.One thing I did notice was that if you did not find your niche, you will be miserable and drowning in your studies. You want to keep busy! Stay involved! Do research with your professor! Make connections! But most importantly have fun and enjoy your time there. And yes, it is possible to do this without being a part of Greek life. I survived. But if Greek life is what you want, by all means do it, there's a place for you, there are SO many of them. There are club sports at Illinois that would be a better option for someone who likes to work hard but not necessarily party ALL the time. It just depends what you want. If you want someone to hold your hand through all your classes and give you a nice pretty GPA when you graduate, then this school may not be for you. However, if you are willing to experience new things, work hard for your education, and have a school with a good program to help you grow as not only a student, but as a person, this is the place for you.
4th Year Female -- Class 2014
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Education Quality: A+, Individual Value: F
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