It's a good school, but not a public ivy.
Trizkutt is a flame/idiot.I kind of regret not applying to UIllinois. I'm instate and want to work in Chicago. When applying, I just couldn't imagine living in Champaign. Don't get me wrong, I love visiting friends and getting drunk/hitting on 19 year old girls at Kam's and Station, but I don't think I could handle it for 3 years. My current UG is in a bad enough town.
Champaign is a nice Big-10 college town, anyone who argues otherwise knows nothing. As much as I'm forced as a UIowa student to troll against UI-UC, it's an awesome school with intelligent undergrads and grads and a beautiful campus.
I disagree with the above. I'm graduating in a week from here, and I think this campus is totally what you make of it. You're right in saying it's not the best campus, but there is so many positive aspects that many forget to mention. On one board someone talked about the downtown life, and contrary to popular belief, there is more to do than go to the bars! There are always shows at Assembly Hall or Krannert, and different things to do in the surrounding areas. Also, Bloomington is only an hour away, and Chicago close enough for a weekend trip. I don't know how much free time you'll have as a 1L anyway! I like it here, and am considering staying next year!