This is a great public, state university. I graduated from here and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They have a huge, diverse student body and great profesors. The class sizes are big, but all the teachers I had were always readily available before or after class to help me with any issues. They offere a wide variety of classes. You can get a great education at this school and if you are a resident of Illinois, you won't have to pay all the much for it either.