Location
Normal, IL
Undergrads
17,140
Tuition (in-state)
$20,016 ($12,726)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 1819 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Senior

Facilities: It's always easy to find a place to study, get some work done, or just kick back.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: At the very least I can say the place I live is great. One flat rate that includes covered parking, internet, a 24 hour computer lab, and a 24 hour gym.

College Senior

Academics: I like my major a lot but I have no idea what to do with it or who to go to. Apparently it gives me a lot of opportunities though.

5 College Senior

Majors: I love my major. It gives me a variety of job options. I just really like biology.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I've never attended or participated in any sporting event, but I've heard good things.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Very diverse. Every group I've witnessed has an eclectic group of students.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I've never had food from the campus dining services.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Low crime, emergency phones located all over campus, a service that walks you home at night, I feel safe in the day but maybe a little skittish at night. Just stick to lit roads and don't cut through parking lots.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I don't talk to people. If I do they'll want to hang out and I don't want that.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I've never lived in campus housing.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I have to go neutral on this because I don't eat out. I have no idea. I am completely broke and can't afford to even go to McDonald's a majority of the time.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone is super nice and there to learn.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have never seen off campus housing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The main problem is that a lot of options are extremely expensive--my family of 7 once rented a 2-story house for significantly less than the apartment agencies wanted my sister and I to pay for a 2 bedroom apartment in very bad condition. The issue is made worse by the fact that any sort of affordable housing is very far away, therefore requiring the use of a vehicle, which is even more expensive.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's very expensive and, as a vegetarian who enjoys eating healthy meals including fresh vegetables and fruits, the dining options are extremely poor. For example, there is a sign that says "only 2 pieces of fruit per student" near the pitiful little fruit stand. I often eat many, many more than that in one sitting--fruit salad for breakfast or a part of lunch/dinner is amazing! Fruits and veggies are the main part of my diet, and there are not many options to choose from at all. This is unfortunate; during the summer (away from the dining center), I eat only salad for dinner and it's absolutely delicious--that's why I can eat it for months on end without tiring of it. This would be an easy option for vegetarians stuck in the precarious situation of dining centers, but the salad bar is severely lacking. It often uses slots that should be used for veggies for cheeses, leftover meats, pasta salads, and other items that are definitely not going in my salad! In fact, only a handful of veggies are even offered...the ones that are available every day? Lettuce and tomatoes. <-----I can't go about my busy college day eating that!

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's good for Greeks, but not for non-Greeks.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's a wonderful college town, with both a university and a community college!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus selections is not bad. The only thign wrong with it is that you need some way of transportation to get there. I could not walk to many of the places due to how far it is from the campus.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: We have a gorgeous campus. That is fairly up to date. However, the classrooms do need an update. Each classroom should get a smart board or an Elmo.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: ISU is located right in the center of Uptown Normal. Which makes nightlife easy to obtain. There is always something for everyone.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Unfortunately, I choose not to do Greek life my first year. Next year, however I am all for it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is super safe. That is probably the biggest Pro. On the Con side, you are required to have 2-3 other roommates. Other than that it is great.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My professors get to know your name. They are kind very thoughtful, and are always there to help.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a number of ways to get a job on campus. Dining currently is the number one student-employed area; making Admissions second.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Watterson was great because of the dining hall. During the winter or bad weather you can see the people in raincoats or snowboard, but everyone from watty can wear shorts and flip flops, take an elevator ride, and go eat.

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Elizabeth Nelligan
Hometown
Lake Zurich, IL
Major
Journalism
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Illinois State University holds a dear place in most of its students' hearts, due to the care and help the University provided them along the way. ISU wants to see all of its students succeed and does its best to make that happen. Therefore, the University equips students with learning tools so they can become their very best. ISU is home to some of the most proficient and helpful professors, and the relationship between teacher and student is one that has been praised. Students know their professors care about them, and professors know how important real-life advice is to students. The students have the will to learn, and the teachers provide the necessary tools for the real world after college. This relationship is very powerful, and one of the main reasons students would recommend ISU over any other college.

The University also helps with available internship opportunities and career advice, which is what makes ISU different from many other colleges. When students graduate, they are able to fill up their resume with corresponding professional experience they maintained while attending classes. The Career Center also provides students with real-world advice by hosting mock interviews that allow students to know what employers are looking for when they hire people. There are a number of career and internship fairs that let students hand out their resumes to potential employers and also allow students to see what kind of opportunities are out there. The University encourages each student to grow as an individual, and students flourish at the fact that they are treated like young professionals rather than children. From the outside, ISU may seem like the typical state school, but once you are here, you realize the unique character it possesses. Students are proud to say that they are from Illinois State University.

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