LAS Insider blog for prospective students

Students and alumni in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences write about their personal experiences and insights throughout the academic year at the University of Illinois. They offer an inside look at the College of LAS and University of Illinois.

If you’re willing to put in the work during the beginning of your time on campus by being involved in some RSOs or other activities, you have the potential to be a leader at Illinois.
Nearly 100 students spent their weekend at the 2018 Synchrony Financial Datathon during the spring semester networking with some of the top minds in data science.
Now that you’ve had enough time to consider your offer of admission and you have hopefully accepted, here are a few things you can do to prepare.
As a high school student, coming to a large school like the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seemed intimidating to me. I worried about finding my way around the campus, what my classes would be like, and what sort of extracurricular activities I would join. My first year has been great so far, and I could not be more thankful!
When it comes to choosing a university, average class sizes are a point of anxiety for many prospective students. With an 18:1 student to faculty ratio, majority of classes within the College of LAS aren’t lecture style, but rather small class settings where students can engage with their peers and world-renowned instructors.
As you choose classes to fit your schedule and consider your general education and major/minor requirements, it can be easy to miss some of the other fun classes that are out there.
Jonathan Elugbadebo, the College of LAS' associate director of recruitment and admissions, shares answers to questions he frequently hears from admitted students and their parents.
In my semester abroad, I’ve lived as a resident of Spain, rather than a visitor. I’ve seen some good, bad, and ugly. I’ve seen beautiful landscapes and beaches, yes, but I’ve also seen a country struggling with political and economic uncertainty akin to what we have in the United States.
One thing I’ve learned while being on campus is that trying different things can be extremely beneficial. Depending on what area you want to major in, there can be room for you to try things that don’t necessarily fit within the frame of your major.
I know that someday, when I’m itching for something different outside of my current interests, I could go to law school, get my MBA, work in politics, start a nonprofit, be a teacher, or do something completely different. I am a sum of both my education and my experiences.