Ask Questions about Illinois

Making a decision about attending the University of Illinois is a big deal. Coming to this prestigious university has many perks and opportunities for development and growth. The more you know about the University of Illinois, the better your transition will be. When I was in my senior year of high school, I was admitted into the University of Illinois, and I accepted my offer thinking that was all there was to it. Until I actually got to the university, I didn’t realize how big of a transition it was going to be. I could have benefited from asking more questions and taking the time to fully understand the process of becoming a UIUC student, the rigor of the work load, and how to navigate campus successfully.

Even though I held my own at UIUC my freshman year, I could have benefited from asking more questions. Because I didn’t ask questions, I ended up taking classes I did not have to take, and I did not know about the numerous resources available to students. I look back on those days and laugh at myself because of all the things I didn’t know. But then, I realized that it is okay to not know everything. Going forward, I will force myself to reach out and ask more questions. In order to maximize your college experience, start asking questions and gathering information now. This can be done in a number of ways, including the following:

  1. Taking an tour of campus
  2. Meeting with the advisor of your department
  3. Asking questions on the blog posts
  4. Asking friends who already attend UIUC whats it’s like to be a student here
  5. Looking at course requirements and 8 semester plans
  6. Attending on campus events your college is hosting


I also would like to name a few on-campus resources and facilities that you may want to check out when you visit UIUC:

  1. Illinois Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  2. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
  3. Illini Union
  4. The ARC and CRCE
  5. The Undergraduate Library, ACES library, Grainger Engineering Library, Main Library etc. (our library system is pretty outstanding!)
  6. Student Dining and Residential Programs building (They have great food, especially at Don’s chophouse!)
  7. McKinley Health Center (for when you get the sniffles!)
  8. Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) (I found a mentor here!)

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These are just a few of the dozens of places and resources you can visit and take advantage of at UIUC. I’m grateful to be attending this university. I have grown and learned so much since being here!



Class of 2019
I am majoring in Agricultural and Consumer Economics within the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. I am from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I chose the University of Illinois because of everything it can offer its students.