Normal, IL
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$20,016 ($12,726)
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Reviews 1709 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: ISU has a lot of TEC classes to offer and I feel like I'm getting a great variety of classes and using programs that will really benefit me in the future. I don't think my workload is anything out the ordinary and I'm notified of the many internship opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: It's a clean campus; once the weather gets nice, there are many opportunities in the "Quad" outside to socialize. Lots to get involved in and attend with sports events and plays etc, if you like those things.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know much about the Greek-life because I am not a part of a sorority. I feel they consume a lot of one's time and I'm not necessarily for that. However, I think they're great for incoming students not from the area wanting to make friends in their major. I'm sure it can be a lot of fun.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I lived in town homes near that are near campus and I paid a lot less than an "on campus" apartment. I had a lot more space than most apartments too! There was a lot of variety of people in the complexes, the cost was split between 4 people, but the units range from 2-4 bedroom. The landlords were never created problems and had convenient locations to pay rent and were a phone call away to report problems; extremely understanding.

3 College Junior

Transportation: I usually just walk around to any place I need to go.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I am a COM Studies- Organizational and Leadership major. The program is good and the workload is manageable. The faculty I have experienced has been great.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is good when the weather is nice. There are lots of things to do.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There is not great diversity, but there is some. There is however, more acceptance than not.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never been in danger. They offer programs to walk you home at night if you need to.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is a lot to do. Lots of bars and free public transportation for students.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I just fill out FAFSA.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have no experienced many drug scenes.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I have never attended any events.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It is not too strict.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is good variety, and many different shops.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are not the greatest. The best option would probably be Hewitt/Manchester dorms. The social atmosphere is good, there are a lot of friendly people. The cost is high like many universities, but fun.

3 College Junior

Weather: I live in Illinois so it has been a rough winter, but it is nice in the Spring and Fall.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: we have a great diversity here at ISU and you can see it when you walk on the quad or attend the games. You can even see it in all the events we have and clubs that are available

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football and basketball games are huge and usually have a very high attendance rate!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have smelled weed before but you don't see it often. alcohol is always around, especially on the weekends but the police are pretty good at enforcing it.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's always windy which sucks especially in the winter, but when the sun is out, its gorgeous. Sitting on the quad is a very relaxing way to spend your time on a nice sunny day.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wouldn't change my decision in going to this school for a million dollars. It's been the best experience ever especially because we have such a great school spirit and the education program here is one of the best.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime is pretty limited but there have been several occasions that have occurred due to drunk driving or excessive alcohol. I love that there are people to escort you, DD's and emergency boxes around campus.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors here are great! the curriculum is great especially for Education majors! The registration process is pretty easy, the only problem is having enough seats in the classes you want to take. The workload is pretty steady but some weeks are harder than others. We have the best study abroad programs!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus is super convenient and free for students but many places are within walking distance!


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Elizabeth Nelligan
Lake Zurich, IL
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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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