The general feel of the university is that of a small liberal arts college with a state university's budget. The campus is expanding and the numbers are growing but the school as a whole is still in the building stages. The University of Illinois Springfield has the potential to become a large and vibrant university, but it is hindered by geography. Located outside of the city of Springfield, a place in which there is not much to do anyway, the school feels very isolated. This has created a suitcase school feeling as many students choose to go home during the weekends and short breaks rather than stay and participate in campus life. If you are expecting the same general feel of the University of Illinois U-C or the University of Illinois Chicago, this is not the place for you. If you want a University of Illinois degree without the cost and the bustle of the bigger schools, you could be very happy here.