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University of Illinois, Spring Field is a Public University established in 1969 and was incorporated into the University of Illinois system in 1995. The college is in fact popular for its liberal arts courses while a couple of specialized master’s programmes are offered too.
*Average tuition fee is only an indicator of the estimate annual cost for Arts courses at UIS. Course specific tuition fee may vary and it's best to refer to the university's [official website]. An estimate of the average tuition fee at University of Illinois at Springfield in Indian Rupees is INR 15,55,000 as of 15 Oct 2019.
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UIS is located in Springfield and spread over 740 acres of lush green land near Lake Springfield in Illinois. Springfield by itself is a small city capital of Illinois and has to offer only as much makes up for your needs. It is nothing extravagant but it is not the country side too. The area has a lot of historical importance with a lot of public attractions inspired by Abraham Lincoln. Chicago is a 4 hour drive from UIS and is the nearest American city that is fancied.
Infrastructure in UIS is really good. All facilities are up to date and liked by students. There are several of community interaction centers that students become beneficiaries of. There is a lot of greenery in and around the campus which makes it really beautiful. The only concern is the fact that there isn’t much of engineering infrastructure. The university provides for only few specialized engineering courses which make it less favourable for the engineering students.
In campus residing is as good as you see it meaning that it is very average. You get rooms that have to be shared with a roommate. There are issues of cleanliness and disorder in the halls sometimes but most of the times, it is fine. Overall, campus housing in UIS is not bad for the cost that you get it for.Off campus housing near UIS can be expensive compared to on campus stay unless you find roommates to move in with. There are plenty of options though, near the campus or in the city proper. Safety is not a big issue in Springfield and you can actually stay wherever with a little care.
Come spring and Springfield becomes so beautiful that you will fall in love with the campus. The winter months are bitter cold and gets a little unbearable. But the other months are very pleasant and just amazingly beautiful. Temperatures remain lower than 28 degree Celsius during summers and apart the 3-4 months that snow, the weather is really nice. But yes, in this part of the country intraday changes in weather are frequent.
With the Faculty to student ratio being 1:14, the students find the class sizes bearable. The faculty is known to be knowledgeable from across various fields. The most popular majors are Computer Science, Business Administration and Management and Computer Systems Analyst. Interestingly the online courses provided by the university (especially Computer Science) is valued greatly and is highly appreciated. Students take these online courses to even get a leap in their careers. Popular professors in the university are Anne Strahle (Communication), David Bertania (History), Elham Khorasani (Computer Science), etc.
One of the plus points at University of Illinois is the low tuition fees. The tuition fees for residents is $9405 and for non-residents, it $18000. Official reports mention that the average need based scholarship given is $10,000. Nearly 70% of the students receive financial aid of one or other form Apart from this, there are various jobs on campus like working as a teaching assistant or at various places on campus graduate Assistantships are available for an average of $ 8 per hour pay.
The career center helps students with various levels of guidance during job searches. However, the median starting salary is low at $42600 which is one of the downsides of the university. The mid career salary may go to about $80,000. Some of the biggest companies/organizations recruit from the campus, like Walt Disney, Frazier Industrial, State of Illinois, State Farm Insurance Company, Accenture, Deloitte, General Electric, etc.
It is a university which has a potential of becoming a vibrant campus but gets hindered by its location, more commuters, no parking and small budgets. Located in a midsize city, U of Illinois gives you a tolerable temperature and good classes at a lower tuition fee, although the lower median salary is definitely a deterrent. The highest salaries would surely be significant and if you are in the MS in CS program, you have nothing to worry about. It may not be the best (compared to some of the other public universities in Illinois) but being a big fish in a small pond may have merits too.
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