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Reviews 919 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have these stations all over campus where you can call for help, so I never feel unsafe. Late at nights, I often walk back and forth between my dorm and libraries and gyms, and never have I felt like I was in any kind of danger.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I try to eat at Rendezvous most of the time because Turner often does not have that great of food. The Shack always has nice food, and the workers are awesome and friendly.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Being a minority, I would be lying if I said it was easy going to ISU. As much as I love it, most people you meet are going to come from places that have close to no diversity at all. They're going to assume things about you and fit you into stereotypes, but that's part of life. It's not their fault for not being exposed to such things before. ISU is also largely Republican, so those with Democrat views are often hard to find. Although there are many Mormons, they all are very friendly and respect me for my own religion. I don't see people often judging others for their sexual orientation. They may believe a certain thing about them, but they are generally very open to them.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's hard when there aren't a ton of students at the school. You pretty much see the same people walking to class everyday.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our school spirit is lacking. Even though our sports are not amazing, it still is disappointing to see that not many students go to support our teams.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I personally believe that the Greek system at ISU is great but could use some work. Although no housing is available, we've come to believe that a house is not necessary to appreciate the bonds between brothers/sisters. There are pros and cons to how the Greek system is small. The good thing is that it makes all of us closer, but the bad thing is that we are limited in our events. Non-greeks tend to have negative view on Greeks, but many non-Greeks are able to see the great things that the Greeks are able to do on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The career center is a great tool for students to take advantage of, but I have had some negative experiences with this place. I had an internship in which I only worked a couple times, and next year I might not get paid even though I was told I would be last year.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors here are very friendly and don't mind when students come confused. I constantly email my professors with questions, and they're always happy to help out. In larger classes, it can be difficult to get the attention you need, but approaching the professor for help before and after class is not difficult to do. There are a large variety of classes offered that can fit the interests of any student. The only reason I rated this one less than perfect is because I had a bad experience with a particular teacher for general biology. She was new and couldn't quite help the students in a way that was beneficial, so it was extremely difficult in the end. Other than that, I have nothing but positive remarks for the classes and professors at ISU!

5 College Freshman

Facilities: We have tons of campus events every year--reaching over 8000! Between the movie theater and bowling alley on campus and all of the student events they hold every week...there is no way to be bored!! They are a ton of fun and a great way to spend your free time. One of my favorite traditions here is Bengal Wednesday! Happens every Wednesday (obviously) and you wear your bengal gear or colors and you can get free stuff!! Water bottles, pop/energy drinks, candy, more bengal gear....it's awesome!!!

4 College Senior

Facilities: We have a rendezvous center that contains classes and study areas and dorm rooms. It also has a food court area.

4 College Senior

Facilities: We have many activities such as concerts, game nights, clubs, or sport games.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The school does a lot of activities such as plays, games, clubs, or concerts. I would choose my school because of the programs and the location that it is in.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There are not many attractions here but there are some. There are many other cities close by that people can drive to to meet their needs. The shopping is not that great, but everyone here seems to be really nice.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Our campus has many clubs to make everyone feel accepted. There are lesbian and gay groups to make them feel apart of something, there are game clubs, and ethnic clubs. Everyone is nice to each other.

4 College Senior

Academics: The academics are good. The professors are pretty great and we have some really good programs. I found it very easy to register and get enrolled. There are many popular study areas such as the SUB or the rendezvous.

5 College Senior

Academics: My healthcare administration program is great. We are required to do an internship that can potentially help with job opportunities. The classes prepare you for the real world. The curriculum is good and can be completed in 4 years. It also gives you a major in health care and a minor in business administration.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is alright. There are very many rental houses near campus and they vary in rooms and prices. They are close to grocery stores and other attractions. The landlords are okay but some are operated by rental companies so that can make it difficult. Some places require a city parking permit and some do not.

3 College Senior

Athletics: They put a lot into the football team and they hardly ever do good. We have other sports like women's basketball that wins more and they don't recognize them very well. The first games of the season always have quite a bit of student involvement then they go down from there if the teams are not winning.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life is almost non-existent. There are two for girls and one for guys. They don't do anything for ISU except act a bit snobby.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great. There is a great sense of community. You feel right at home. I live in the Rendezvous complex which I think is the best. The worst might have to be Owan just because I've never heard anything good about it. ISU's off-campus complexes like the Bengal Apartments has bad reviews as well. The cost is a little high but the perks, such as a washer and dryer, and full refrigerator in the rooms, are worth it.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is fairly nice and there are a lot of good looking people on campus. Both guys and girls are a little self-involved but it's all about who you meet.

3 College Junior

Diversity: ISU is very diverse. I have met students from Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria to name a few. It is great that we have the chance to learn about different cultures but they also come as a slap in the face. Their school is completely paid for and they get allowances, enough to buy some of the fanciest cars on campus. I have been an American since birth and I don't get a dime yet someone from a different country gets all the federal aid they could ask for. It is insulting really.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off-campus as of yet. ISU provides some off-campus housing but I haven't heard very good things about them.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Idaho State University has a few good sports teams but the worst is by far the football team. There is little to no support for them. Rugby is also unpopular but I think it's because we don't know much about it. More exposure to it would be helpful in that respect. Our facilities are good but the seats could be more comfortable.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Idaho State University is a dry campus and it expects us to adhere to the rules. Anyone caught with alcohol or drugs is immediately confronted. Noise is also strictly enforced for the comfort of everyone on campus.


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Eryn Lowe
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ISU is what someone might call "one of a kind." It has the city setting without actually being in a huge city. It is an institution with diverse programs, qualified professors, and a field of interest for any student. And although it is an Idaho university with an Idaho environment, out-of-state and international students are welcome and included. There is a club or student organization for everybody, and if that isn't your cup of tea, there is always the great Idaho outdoors to enjoy.

ISU has a wonderful hometown feel with multiple opportunities available. The student experience at ISU, and probably any college or university, really comes down to what the student wants out of it. Pocatello can be viewed as an amazingly boring town, or it can be a fun, chill place to just lay back and enjoy life. That is definitely the word for Pocatello and ISU life in general—chill. For the most part, students and professors are laid-back and easy-going. The ISU experience is what students make of it, but most likely that experience will be one of great memories and good times in good ol' Idaho.

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