University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.09 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 306 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC, + 4 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 46,951 (33,932 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 24% part-time, 76% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $18,224 in-state; $31,811 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Aerospace Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

Difficult for international students to find a job.
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Neuropsychology
Graduation Year: 2017

This program does a great job of supporting our development as independent researchers. However, there are some problems with support that come from our unique position as not-a-department. For example, the program cannot control TA appointments or whether certain core classes are being taught. Fortunately, the associated departments, Psychology and Molecular and Cellular Biology, frequently pick up the slack, ensuring that we have classes to TA and that at least some classes are available for us to take. But the situation isn't perfect, it would be better if we had more security. The faculty are the highlight of the program. Many of the professors go above and beyond to ensure that we develop as critical thinkers and independent scientists. I feel that the graduate students get a lot of attention from the faculty and have ample opportunity to present their science in various meetings.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros: generally good people, cost of living is low The cons: nothing major
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2015

The University of Illinois has a great highly-ranked graduate program in mathematics. There is a lot to do in the town with an active night life away from the areas frequented by undergraduates.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2016

Extremely brilliant professors and excellent access to research. Nonetheless, it seems that most professors put research first and teaching second. This is understandable, but it must be kept in mind and this is responsible for professors that are hard to understand (thick accents) and are very busy. Social life is excellent. The school is huge, diverse, and incredibly fun. There is a place for nearly every personality at UIUC. The Computer Science program is extremely challenging and competitive, you will be expected to do your homework!
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2016

Overall, quality of graduate program is so good, but I do not know how the future will be.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2018

The faculty and other students in this Philosophy program are spectacular. They are incredibly open to different views and respectful of different types and ages of students. I'm a female and Christian and feel zero animosity or trouble on either of those factors. The bus system could be better, but the campus is large, so they have a lot of ground to cover--and they do get you out to shopping etc. as well. Plus as a student, the bus is free. I'm just getting started, but I feel very accepted and welcomed here. There is great camaraderie among students, and the faculty are always willing to give kind, constructive guidance. I wish the Leiter report took PhD student opinions under consideration because then UIUC would be #1. The area is nice & relaxed, people are friendly, and campus is beautiful.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2015

This is an excellent program for English Literature education. There are many professors who are very challenging and will work closely with you in your writing and intellectual development. This is also a large department, which allows for a significant degree of diversity in research interests and possibilities. This school also has the second largest university library in the country. The downside that many students mention is the heavy teaching load that teachers have to maintain for funding, although this is also positive in the teaching experience that most students leave with.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2020

Pro - amazing faculty Con - horrible, racist and exploitative university administration
2.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Aerospace Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

The courses are very good providing good knowledge.
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