Illinois State University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Normal, IL
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Small city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
74 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Not Reported
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • The bar scene/Pub II
  • Being an education major
  • The campus has a comfortable atmosphere-small school environment in a big-school town.
  • Hanging out on the quad

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Excess amount of cornfields
  • Finding a parking spot and the amount of ongoing construction on campus
  • Football stadium
  • The guy/girl ratio

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Illinois State Student Reviews

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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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