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The University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityD+ Faculty AccessibilityC-
Useful SchoolworkD- Excess CompetitionF
Academic SuccessF Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueF University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB FriendlinessC
Campus MaintenanceC Social LifeD
Surrounding CityD Extra CurricularsD
Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Arrogant, Condescending, Self Absorbed

Not so bright
Lowest Rating
Excess Competition
Highest Rating
Creativity/ Innovation
She cares more about Academic Success than the average student.
Date: Dec 08 2004
Major: Education (This Major's Salary over time)
Note: I am an English/secondary education major. I am a senior going into my final semester.

Here is why I would never go to U of I if given the chance again, knowing what i know now:

1. The university is so big. You are nothing more than a number to them. A tuition bill. You are skipped on through, sans advisors, help, encouragement, everything. The administration has succeeded in making me feel worthless.

2. The faculty and staff only care about their own work. They care about getting published and getting recognized for research. They're couldn't care LESS about undergraduate students. Grading papers and spending class time is like a distraction from their real work.

3. The students here are snotty, rude, hostile, racist . . .what more can I say? EVERYONE here is from Chicagoland. The question "where are you from?" is REALLY asking you "what Chicago suburb are you from?" When people find out you're not from a chicago suburb, it's as if the rest of the world doesn't exist. They can't read maps and they don't know of life beyond chicago. They all hope to graduate and flee back to Chicago working their perfect little job, marrying their college sweetheart, and dying in the hellhole that is the chicago suburbs. Hopefully, they can live somewhere POSH like hinsdale, naperville, or arlington heights! Oh! Cross your fingers!

4. If you're an alcoholic, this is the place for you. Otherwise, you will be bored. There is nothing to do here except go to bars, and that's pretty much all that people do. Most people go out 4 nights a week and spend their days skipping class and recovering from hangovers. If you aspire to do more with your free time than toxify your liver, don't go here.

5. Students are not academic. People are doing what they have to do to get by.

6. We have no funding. They've tried to cut every program possible and blame everything on "budget cuts." Classroom wall paper is peeling, buildings are literally crumbling, we even have test booklets modified sans staplers and pencils have to be returned to save on supplies. But of course the tuition increases steadily every year. Where that money goes, who knows.

Meanwhile, they've spent millions of dollars rebuilding a workout facility. We are breaking our legs going to class because they won't de-ice the sidewalks, but don't worry, you'll be able to jump on a new treadmill when your leg heals.

7. DO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO RANKINGS. U of I is ranked so high because of their research, NOT THEIR ABILITY TO TEACH UNDERGRADUATES. You will have some of the worst teachers you have ever had here. For explanation, read number 2.

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