Normal, IL
Illinois State University


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Founded in 1857, Illinois State University was the first public university in the state and is one of the Midwest’s oldest institutions of higher education. It is a coeducational, residential university.

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Grecia
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love it here at Illinois State University. The campus is not too big or small, so it is easy to get around. We also get to ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love it here at Illinois State University. The campus is not too big or small, so it is easy to get around. We also get to use the public bus for free so we can get to nearby stores like Walmart or Meijer. There are also places within walking distance of campus like CVS Pharmacy or a cute little diner right across the street from my residence hall. The people I encounter here at ISU are always friendly, when I moved in the residence assistant on my floor was very nice and made sure to introduce herself. She is always there for us whenever we need it. My school provides tutoring services for those who are struggling in their classes so that no one falls behind. I have enrolled in tutoring and I have seen positive change in my grades. All in all, I think that Illinois State University is a wonderful school that provides opportunities and resources for the students.

Kayla
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Illinois State University is best described as a large school that feels like a small school. Though we have around 22,000 st...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Illinois State University is best described as a large school that feels like a small school. Though we have around 22,000 students here, I would likely never guess that high of a number. The classes are a good variety, some of mine have 30 students and others have 160. Regardless, most teachers are relatively easy to access and are more than willing to help any student when needed. I love the overall environment and homey feel that both the campus and surrounding area have. The "Uptown Normal" area has many restaurants, shops, and other smaller attractions to keep students entertained and involved. The Quad, where all of the educational buildings are located is beautiful and simple, easy to navigate. My dorm is the furthest from everything and even I can get anywhere in 15 minutes or less. Everything is very convenient, as we also have an effective bus system that is helpful when the weather outside is poor. Plus, for me, Illinois State University is the perfect distance from home as it is far enough to feel independent, but close enough to come home when I please. In the dining hall connected to my building, the food is not always the best, but typically, there is a good variety to choose from. Additionally, there are many places on campus to use "Flex Dollars" and another dining hall across campus at the other dorms that is much larger and has an even wider variety of options. Overall, Illinois State truly feels like a second home to me and I am happy with my decision to attend here.

Bridget
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, Illinois State is a fantastic place to further yourself socially and academically. After you get through the Group 1...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, Illinois State is a fantastic place to further yourself socially and academically. After you get through the Group 1 general education courses, the class size dips to around 40 students per class. The professors care about you, but express the need for you to apply yourself if you wish to be successful. Extracurricular options are vast, offering many social, academic, political, athletic, and musical groups. The housing is fine. My only regret about the dorms is that ladders are not provided if you loft. The food is good, particularly Homestyle at Watterson. I think ISU is a great fit for those seeking an affordable and quality education.

Marlena
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I love everything about Illinois State: the academics, accessibility of services, club involvement, and the beautiful campus....

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love everything about Illinois State: the academics, accessibility of services, club involvement, and the beautiful campus. No matter what kind of lifestyle you're into, ISU has something that will accomodate you and what you're looking for. The only thing without 5 starts would be dining, and that's because it gets slightly repetitive after a while. However, they have tons of delicious choices, are accomodating of allergies and gluten-free/vegan diets, and the dining hall is open all the time.

royanna
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I love ISU, I have wanted to be a student here since I was in 8th grade, now I finally get my opportunity to do so. They have...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love ISU, I have wanted to be a student here since I was in 8th grade, now I finally get my opportunity to do so. They have so many clubs and sororities you can join to be actively involved and help make friends. The campus is easy to get around and easy to understand once you get use to it. The housing and meal plans are simple, and the campus life is a wonderful experience.

Kathryn
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Incredible institution with tons of fun things to do on and off campus. The faculty and students are very welcoming. The envi...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Incredible institution with tons of fun things to do on and off campus. The faculty and students are very welcoming. The environment is well kempt and beautiful. There are many stores and shops for students and faculty to visit for snacks or just to hang out.

Raizel
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It is such a great school that has so many opprtunites. There is always an event going on and so many activites for students ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is such a great school that has so many opprtunites. There is always an event going on and so many activites for students to get involved in around campus. The people are awesome and friendly. LOve hanging out in the quad or other parts of campus. Would not want to go anywhere else but to ISU!!

Fanny
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This is a great university to attend, fun, friendly, professional. Love the people here, everyone is friendly and always help...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

This is a great university to attend, fun, friendly, professional. Love the people here, everyone is friendly and always helpful. The facilities are very picturesque since some of the buildings are old architecture. Lots of trees and flowers which makes it very relaxing and enjoyable time to spend outside, especially in the fall when the colors of the leaves begin to change.

Shelbi
What is your overall opinion of this school?

In general, I really enjoy the campus. I think it is a beautiful place to be and also offers the students a lot of activities...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

In general, I really enjoy the campus. I think it is a beautiful place to be and also offers the students a lot of activities as well as employs professors who truly know their subjects. The only major flaw is that their isn't much opportunity for off-campus students to make connections and attend these activities.

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  • Enrollment
  • 17,749
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $13,010
  • Acceptance rate
  • 74%

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