and foremost...if you are an engineer this is an excellent
school to go to. The whole school revolves around that.
Same for business. If you are a science major than
the course load is no joke and if you feel
like you can be happy here than its not a
bad choice. If you are anything else MAKE SURE you
ABSOLUTELY want to go here because the school really does
not care about other majors.
So now for the
types of students. Most people are in state. The school
is very diverse. There are also a lot of internationals,
asians in particular and they tend to stick together. Most
come to study in our renowned engineering school. I'd say
greek life is HUGE here and its how most people
make friends if they are into partying and stuff. If
you aren't super outgoing or planning on going greek, making
friends might be tough at first (unless you luckily get
a good floor). I lived in ISR which is more
of an antisocial dorm and I had a terrible freshman
year experience because of that, but even then I still
ended up finding my niche in that dorm and made
a tight group of friends. I love it here now,
although because i'm not outgoing I still find it difficult
to find research/club opportunities. If you dont want to go
greek I HIGHLY recommend any living learning community because people
tend to bond with their floors. If you are hipster/intellectual/liberal/artistic/musical/theater
type I HIGHLY recommend living in Allen. With making
friend here in general just put yourself out there and
eventually you will find something that works. There are a
lot of them there but you have to be a
The thing about clubs is that there
are literally thousands, but not many are run well. You
really have to search to find a well run club,
and eventually through classes you will hear of stuff. Personally
for me, it was hard to jump in like I
wanted to, which goes back to the making friends thing
too since being in clubs is how you make friends.
The administration is terrible. Lack of communication, organization, accommodations. No
way to appeal professors, financial aid, grades. its a bureaucracy,
essentially. If you want to turn a form in you
have to go to 20 different offices, people, etc its
horrible:/ You have to learn to not trust the administration
I've had good and bad experiences with professors.
My MCB professors and TAs were all amazing and understanding.
They were all TOUGH though. My classes are big but
I'm still an underclassman so maybe it will get smaller.
Some classes though, especially in chem for non majors, i've
had terrible professors. Chem has been a constant nightmare for
me having to teach difficult material to myself...i've only had
one good chem teacher so try and go by rate
my professors, although sometimes for that you have no choice.
Gen eds and stuff..I went by rate my professors and
some were good some were bad. In general they are
strict though so pay attention to the course policy.
and deans depends on the college, but my experience with
them has been that if you reach out to them,
you will find one good one you connect with. In
my college I met with several terrible counselors before found
an amazing one that has inspired me so much.
know it sounds like i'm bashing U of I but
I love it here despite having a terrible freshman year.
I think what makes it so rough is you get
thrown right into things and no one really explains how
things work. I highly recommend this school for certain majors,
but only if you do your research first. Figure out
what you want out of college and BEFORE going there
make sure to plan ahead and you should avoid some
of the pitfalls I fell into and love it there
from the get go.