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Normal, IL
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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Plenty of girls since there are plenty of nurses and teachers.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: A lot of men partake in partying. Many men at ISU wear sandals and I've even seen a few wear crocs. Ew much? Girls usually dress nice until after a few weeks into college. Then the sweatpants, yoga pants, and the infamous ballerina buns come out once again. Yet, for some odd reason, they have enough time and energy to plaster makeup on. People at ISU are pretty diverse in their attitudes and how welcoming they are. Some are extremely stuck up and some are the nicest people. It depends on person from person.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lot of hot girls, but a lot of tools.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I would say for the most part students at ISU value their fitness. The rec center is constantly packed. In the fall girls are usually in sweaters and boots, in the summer cut out dresses and high-waisted shorts. Guys usually dressed relaxed, unless they are in the college of business (suits). ISU has an extremely attractive campus but a lot of guys are rude. The atmosphere is segregated.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone I have met is so down to earth and supportive!


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Elizabeth Nelligan
Lake Zurich, IL
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Illinois State University is not unlike the typical college where people meet outside of class and have random relationships. Females outnumber males at ISU, but it is difficult for girls to find guys that want to have a relationship rather than a one-night stand. There is a mix of people, some of which who came to college already in a relationship and others not looking to have a serious relationship. It is very rare to see someone start a relationship with the person he or she hooked up with previously. A strategic way to meet people is through friends or classes.

Bars and nightlife are huge at ISU and that is where many guys and girls meet. Alcohol plays a role as an inhibitor and allows people to make decisions involving sex. More people go out when the weather is nice, so it is easier to meet someone during the spring and fall. It is not uncommon to see girls lounging in their bikinis on the quad or shirtless guys playing football in front of their apartments. ISU has some very attractive people, and they are not afraid to admit it, nor are they afraid to show it off.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Student Health Services provides students with various types of birth control, including different pills, patches, and shots. In order to obtain these birth control methods, students need to make an appointment with one of ISU's doctors on campus. Students are also able to purchase condoms at the Student Health Services pharmacy, the Health Stop Resource Center, and the G Spot, which is a tent located on the quad during certain days of the week.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Bars
  2. Frat parties
  3. House parties
  4. Pools at apartment complexes
  5. The quad
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Bars
  2. Frats
  3. Off-campus parties
Social Scene
ISU's social scene is one of the University's perks. No matter what social group you are a part of, there is always something to do. It is also a perk to be a guy because of the abundance of girls at ISU. It is no secret what most students like to do on the weekends, and that is party. Even though ISU is not nationally ranked as a party school, students here know how to have a good time. During the day, the quad is the place to be. Students lounge on the grass, or play football, Frisbee, or bags. You will not find many students locked up in their dorm rooms or apartments when the sun is shining.
Hookups or Relationships?
While many may be in relationships, there is also a large pool of random hookups that occur on campus. Commitment-free hookups are easy to find if that is what you're looking for. Many of these hookups are alcohol-induced and may continue for a time as commitment-free. It is widely known that incoming freshmen already in a relationship before coming to ISU will break it off before Thanksgiving break.
Dress Code
Hoodies and sweatpants are generally what is seen on the quad on the way to class. Many students do not take the time to dress up for class. At times, you may see an overzealous student trying to make an impression in class, and they generally will be wearing brands like Forever 21 or Abercrombie & Fitch. It is also common during the first few weeks of school to see freshman girls looking as if they are ready to go out on the town. However, after a few concerned looks, the going-out attire gets put back in the closet, and hoodies make their welcomed appearance.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 74 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 73 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 89 responses

  • 20% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 18% Casual dating at your school
  • 16% Long-distance relationship
  • 15% None
  • 12% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 9% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 5% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 1% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 13 responses

  • 31% House parties
  • 28% In class, if you actually talk to them
  • 17% Bars
  • 7% Frat parties
  • 7% The quad
  • 7% Dorms
  • 3% Don't
  • 0% Pools at apartment complexes

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 17 responses

  • 35% Chill
  • 24% Hardworking but fun
  • 18% Hardworking
  • 12% Bro
  • 6% Hangover
  • 6% Average

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 16 responses

  • 26% Floormates
  • 26% In class, if you actually talk to them
  • 23% Organizations
  • 14% Anywhere on weekends
  • 11% All of the above!

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 88 responses

  • 1% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 6% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 66% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 27% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.


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