Classes canceled; campus still crowded

Published 03/25 2013 05:27PM

Updated 03/25 2013 05:30PM

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Classes were canceled at schools around Central Illinois, including the UI. But, campus was far from empty. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera finds out why some, who aren't even students, headed to town.

It's spring break for a lot of high schools, so some students are making college visits. Hundreds braved the winter weather to check out campus for the first time.

"I'm excited to see the campus for the first time and walk around and see where everything is and what it would look like to us."

What David Cartolano and Chris Buchta saw was a winter wonderland buried underneath all the snow; the UI campus.

"With the snow, it was kind of a while out, so you couldn't really see too much, but I'm excited to see how it's laid out."

900 prospective students planned to take a tour Monday.

"I also have an extra pair of gloves in my pocket, so if anybody gets cold and wants some gloves, I have a pair."

Of those, 256 made the trip.

"It ended up being a pretty good turnout especially with the weather and classes being canceled."

Admissions counselors say they saw a mix of students from Illinois and out-of-state.

"We made sure the departments were here, so no one really had to leave the Union to try to make it a little more friendly with the snow and the weather."

But, some say they liked it better this way.

"Probably feels a little bit more like home. If it was super warm without snow, I don't know how I'd feel about that."

Another prospective student from Texas said the snow was a very different experience for her. She says she's never seen this much snow all at once.

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