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Reviews 2456 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My professors are all so warm and welcoming and are passionate for what they are teaching. The school is a great place to go, but they could use some updates.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Illinois State is a very safe campus with many resources to help prevent sexual assault.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The resident halls are good, but not spectacular. I think they need to build a new one to draw students in, and they need more space because the freshman classes are growing.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports are amazing here! Red Alert is such an amazing opportunity for students to be a part of!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Illinois State University has been very welcoming. I immediately felt at home when I came here.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm a shy person so I haven't really meet any new people.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: The Greek Life is good for those involved, but for those not involved it is also great. There is little inferiority between Greek and Non-Greek.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Illinois State University (ISU) is an incredible school. My first couple weeks I struggled with a bad roommate and feeling like I wouldn't be able to find a major. In all honesty, it took me about a semester to feel confident and feel pride attending ISU. I was apart of the Office of Politics and Government which was one of the greatest departments on campus. The professors are incredibly intelligent and passionate.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Being a part of Greek life was absolutely amazing. It has taught me so much and given me the opportunity to take on leadership positions that I would have not otherwise had the opportunity to do. It seems like the college students in Greek life work together and for each other, while the people who are higher up and are part of the University work to break down Greek life.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I am not highly involved in the sports life at Illinois State University, but from what I understand and see, it is a great environment and program.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: During freshman and sophomore year, I simply coasted through and was able to keep a 4.0 without much effort. As I have moved to my junior and senior year, I have been more challenged, but in a good way. As I take more major classes, my professors have become more invested in my education and it has given me an insane amount of confidence in my future teaching experiences. The teachers and individuals in my classes have become family and I look forward to going to classes.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not part of greek life so I am indifferent.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football team almost won the title so that was pretty exciting!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love the school and the atmosphere is great.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've had bad professors and good professors- it truly depends on the class. One professor might not get along with you but another student might love them, so it's all subjective. All the professors know what they're doing and it's easy to learn if you pay attention.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I don't feel unsafe walking around ISU's campus. Every so often, you'll hear about crime committed in the area but it's rare and usually off-campus. There are alert buttons around campus that you can press if you feel you are in danger and campus police will arrive immediately. We also have Safe Walk, which you can call and someone will walk you home if you don't feel safe doing it alone.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: ISU dorms are nothing fancy, but they're not bad! I lived in Watterson as a freshman and my room was pretty spacious. Tri-Towers is a bit of a walk from campus, but the other two are very close to all the academic buildings. I actually kinda miss living in them!

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not a part of Greek life, but there are many opportunities for students to get involved in Greek life if they are interested. There are social sororities and fraternities, service sororities, professional fraternities- there are a lot to pick from. I don't personally feel pressure to join, but it looks like they have a lot of fun!

5 College Junior

Athletics: There is a ton of school spirit at ISU- everyone attends the football and basketball games and wears red to show their pride. The recreation center is very nice and was recently renovated. There are a lot of fun fitness classes that you are able to take and the gym is state of the art. There's even a rock climbing wall.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: You get out of Illinois State University what you put into it. I have had the best time at ISU, because I became involved on campus and put myself out there. I have formed amazing relationships and learned fascinating information. School at ISU is not just about the academics- it is about the experience.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Some professors are more invested or organized than others, but I have learned something from each

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I feel like after I leave that I will have a strong footing in the next steps to pursuing my career

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: I think housing security could be tighter, and sexual assault needs to be treated more seriously. This often is related to Greek life.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It took a long time to get a shower the was broken to be fixed, leaving 12 girls with one shower. But the closeness to classes, food and the quad made it a great place to be. My floor was very close to one another

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't like Greek life personally, as the presence doesn't enhance the experience of the school, but hinders it


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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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