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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Brittany
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Illinois State University. There is something for everyone here, whether it be athletics, greek life, honors program, ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Illinois State University. There is something for everyone here, whether it be athletics, greek life, honors program, music programs, and much much more. It is a small but powerful university and it has a very homey feel. I love it here and could not image myself somewhere else.

Daria
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My overall opinion of Illinois State University is that it is a good school. The social atmosphere is something to get used t...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My overall opinion of Illinois State University is that it is a good school. The social atmosphere is something to get used to but you can adjust. The RSO's at the university is welcoming. It is all about how you make it works. Remember college is about how you make it and not what others make it.

Rachel
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I think it is a quality college that you are able to have fun and enjoy your experience while also getting an education and l...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think it is a quality college that you are able to have fun and enjoy your experience while also getting an education and leading towards your degree and future career. This college has taught me how to break out of my shell and look for new and improved ideas to get help, enjoy my time and also work to pay for college.

Katie
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In my opinion, Illinois State University is a very diverse university. Even though the school is known for education, I am pe...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

In my opinion, Illinois State University is a very diverse university. Even though the school is known for education, I am personally a criminal justice major and find that I still fit right in. Campus is diverse in terms of students, academics, activities, clubs, jobs, teachers, and more. The teachers I have come to know go above and beyond to provide the assistance that students need when they are willing to ask for help. Outside of classes, there is always something going on and it is so easy to get involved with campus activities and meeting other people. I couldn't be more happy with my decision to attend Illinois State University.

Joi
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Illinois State University located in Normal, Illinois, is a overall great school. The campus is smaller than most campuses b...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Illinois State University located in Normal, Illinois, is a overall great school. The campus is smaller than most campuses but I enjoy the short distances. Everything is walking distance. There are also Buses that go around campus that are free of charge for all students. The atmosphere is really nice. There is never an excuse as to not having a place to study. The library, even hallways of the dorms are quiet. There is always a place to do homework. The Professors all have office hours where you can get help on assignments. There is also a tutoring office where you can get help with any class. Illinois State is a really good school. Go Red Birds!

Cassidy
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I really love Illinois State, like any college you have to be willing to put yourself out there to really gain new experience...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really love Illinois State, like any college you have to be willing to put yourself out there to really gain new experiences! The professors are really nice and most are willing to work with you as long as you communicate. There are always events going whether they are on campus or local town events so there is always something to do!

Garrett
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I don't like it. There isn't a lot to do here it's a very small boring town. There needs to be more things around to go and d...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I don't like it. There isn't a lot to do here it's a very small boring town. There needs to be more things around to go and do. I feel like if there where more stores added, or places to go and play sports that the campus would be more active, and more fun. It just doesn't have a whole lot to offer as far as keeping you busy. Also the food is bad. The dining center really needs to get an upgrade to it.

Grecia
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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.

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

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