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Reviews 2003 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Illinois State University is a huge school but it has a small school feel. There are a lot of opportunities available to fit each student's needs.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Many of the professors also do research, and if you perform well in their classes and are personable you can learn far more about their subject area than just what is taught in the classes.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I spent my first year at the University of Utah. It was a gorgeous campus, but the wrong choice for me. I thought I would love being away from my family and having this freedom, but after only a week on my own, I was miserable. I had been debating whether I had made the right choice the entire summer leading up to my departure for school. (I was deciding between University of Utah and Illinois State University). I wish I would have chosen Illinois State because I know that not only would I have been happier, but I would have been more successful. I have officially transferred to Illinois State University and will be starting there in Fall 2015.

One major component that affected my ability to succeed as a student at the University of Utah was my living arrangements. Because I was out of state and did not know anyone, I was going to be living with people I had never met. Things were okay in the beginning, but as time went on, I started missing my friends from home and wanted nothing to do with these new people. Two of the girls moved out before the end of the first semester, and I was left with my other roommate, Carrolyn. Carrolyn and I got along fine at first, but she slowly began changing as a person and it negatively affected me. She would come home drunk 5-6 times a week banging on my door and getting sick in my room for hours. Of course, I would be the person to stay up and take care of the nonsense and I would be too tired to go to class the next day. That's not to say that I didn't have any part in this, because I could have handled the situation differently, but I chose not to.

In the end, my experiences at Utah were not the best, but at least they are things I can learn from. I hope to bring my learned lessons with me and apply them to my new start at Illinois State.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at ISU. My favorite aspect of Illinois State is the vast options of interesting courses to complete for Gen Ed requirements. These courses cover important topics, such as history, theology, culture, etc. What makes ISU's Gen Ed program great is that their courses teach you important skills, while also educating you on the class subject manner. For example, my "History of Jesus in American Culture" course gave me an indepth study of Christianity and its role in shaping 21st century America, but this course also taught me how to find credible sources, write a college level paper, explore a new thesis or idea, prepare counter arguments, and how to analyze certain aspects of American culture from a different point of view. Simply put, a history Gen Ed at ISU does not just teach history, rather it teaches the course subject material by educating students on useful analysis and critical thinking skills that can be used not solely in the classroom, but throughout life in general. These techniques have made me a better student, while also transforming me into a much more socially aware and observant individual.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like the overall campus and there are very nice people around

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really love my school (Illinois State University). The campus is the perfect size because it it fairly big but it is all close together and easy to get around. They really care about people getting to know each other and the overall community of the student body. Here, I feel that I have the opportunity to grow and make a great career for myself.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My freshman orientation/preview was so helpful!!!

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I went to Saint Xavier University in Chicago before ISU and it was just awful. People you know don't even say hi to you when you pass by in the hallway, no one ever is hanging out on the quad, and there's no parties, like ever. When i went to transfer day at ISU I sent a picture of the quad to my ISU friends because there was just a ton of people hanging out there, it was like from a movie. Even if I don't know someone that well, they still say hi when passing by. Not that arties are important but at least if you wanted to go out on a Saturday night you'l always have a place to go.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school. There is always something going on that gets students involved. Just in the year that I had attended, there were cookouts, a circus, a silent disco, and so much more. The campus is beautiful and just the right size. We have an amazing recreational center that is rated one of the top 20 college rec centers in America. The best part about that is being able to go in for free as many times as you want just by swiping your student ID. The dorms are very safe too. Each time you want to enter your dorm building, you must swipe your student ID to unlock it, and only those who live in the building can open it with their IDs. Between 12 A.M. and 6 A.M., RAs check keys and ID to make sure that you live there and all guests must be checked in. The food is not that great and some of my teachers did not care about how I was doing in class. But for the most part, my teachers were very genuine and always offered extra help when it was needed. At first I didn't know if i Had made the right choice going to Illinois State, but after a year of meeting amazing friends, getting good grades in real college classes, and just having an overall amazing experience, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I greatly dislike that my school requires that a politics course be taken, as politics are by far my favorite subject. It also does not have pre-med as a option for majors, or language, which I feel are two very important options that should be included. Other than that I am generally satisfied. The campus is beautiful and the teachers are very kind.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Illinois State gave me to opportunity to discover myself by becoming involved in many parts of the University.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is not to far and not to close to home, challenging curriculum

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Overall Experience: the whole town feeds on negativity and the tragedies that happen there gives you awful vibes.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really enjoy attending my school! I think it is a great place to meet outgoing people. A lot of people are outgoing and willing to meet others. My first year I met a lot of amazing people. Greek life is growing and even if you don't want to go through Greek life, still rush because it's an experience you'll never forget.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is very lively, there's also fun things to do. Staff seem very helpful and the class work isn't that bad. I love it there.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Sure the building may be walking distance but it is worth it if you find a place in your price range with features you are looking for like your own room and bathroom, etc.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I haven't had much experience. But I also haven't heard much from the athletic department.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't been in Bloomington/Normal enough to make an accurate assumption.

4 College Junior

Administration: What I have seen from the administration I have been happy with.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I chose Campus Point. I've had a few bumps in the road with them. But $399 for a four bed two bath, I couldn't beat it!

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I haven't had much experience with the party scene. But Pub II seems to be active on Wednesdays.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I received financial aid and had a fantastic advisor who walked me through each step.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene is the best.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many good options from chinese to indian cuisines

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration is very strict about alcohol use on campus and drug use. They also look out for breaking up parties on the weekend.


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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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