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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Recent Reviews

lizette
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I wouldn't want to go anywhere else! I applied to about 15 universities and was not sure if I had found my match at Illinois ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I wouldn't want to go anywhere else! I applied to about 15 universities and was not sure if I had found my match at Illinois State University. After my first semester I was glad I had made the best choice for me. It is close to home and has great academics, It is a medium sized school growing rapidly with a small campus feel.

David
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Illinois State University does have it faults, but those are either minute and/or not the fault of the university here. For i...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Illinois State University does have it faults, but those are either minute and/or not the fault of the university here. For instance, there are a couple of Evangelical Bible thumpers who do what one would expect them to do, but that's to be expected from every campus. Another downside is the ludicrous trash on the grounds, despite the overwhelming abundance of trash cans around campus. Although this speaks more of the average student on campus rather than the staff and university itself. Overall, Illinois State University is a rather good college. The services they provide are fantastic and allow for freshmen to easily acclimate to university life. The many local shops are not only an opportunity for students to enjoy themselves, but are also primarily small businesses, which I find to be a positive thing. Finally, though I didn't get to mention it in the actual ratings, the cost is surprisingly minimal for a University. Sure, it's still expensive as all get out, but at least it doesn't get into the $50,000 per semester like some colleges.

Garrett
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Its decent. I wasn't very surprised by anything that the school has to offer. It's a really boring area not much to do around...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Its decent. I wasn't very surprised by anything that the school has to offer. It's a really boring area not much to do around the school. For the most part if you want to have fun you're going to have to make it yourself. It just really doesn't give off the college type of vibe I wanted to have.

Keyaira
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Illinois State University is a great place to grow as a person, expand your cultural horizons, meet people, and really diverg...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Illinois State University is a great place to grow as a person, expand your cultural horizons, meet people, and really diverge into academics. It has the perfect balance of providing both academic-focused and extracurricular activities for students. There are plenty of ways to get involved on campus ranging from joining a campus club or getting involved in Greek life. The campus is big, but has that tight-knit small school feel. You commonly encounter the same people who often become life long friends!

Hannah
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Illinois State University is a great school. So far, I haven't had a teacher who didn't offer their help. The campus life is ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Illinois State University is a great school. So far, I haven't had a teacher who didn't offer their help. The campus life is great and mostly everyone is super nice. There is a crowd a friends for everyone, so if you are coming here alone don't be afraid you'll find your group of people!

Ariel
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Overall, I believe Illinois State University is a fairly good school. The academics here are pretty good and most of the prof...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, I believe Illinois State University is a fairly good school. The academics here are pretty good and most of the professors make the classes as enjoyable as they can. The food could be better, but I'm sure that's how it is at most colleges! There's a few things to do on or around campus as well as a mall nearby. You don't necessarily need a car your first year because of the fact that they have a free bus system for students that basically goes all around Bloomington-Normal.

Patrick
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I love every moment I am on campus. I could not have picked a more perfect campus for myself. The academics are stellar and t...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love every moment I am on campus. I could not have picked a more perfect campus for myself. The academics are stellar and the extracurricular's are truly broad as there is something for everyone. The only downside really is the lack of good campus dining and there are not a lot of quality restaurants near the campus.

Alissa
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I am loving going to college here. Any college will have its downsides, and Illinois State University certainly does, but I c...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am loving going to college here. Any college will have its downsides, and Illinois State University certainly does, but I couldn't see myself at any other school. Many of the students at ISU are from the Chicago-land area, so if you are not, be prepared.

Olivia
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Illinois State University is one of the best university's out there because they provide the students with a healthy learning...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Illinois State University is one of the best university's out there because they provide the students with a healthy learning atmosphere. The love for the school is showcase in the students and teachers. The campus is highly safe. The RedBird teacher want to see their students excel.

Emily
What is your overall opinion of this school?

ISU is a small town that has a central downtown. It is small yet makes you feel that you are at a larger school. There is ple...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

ISU is a small town that has a central downtown. It is small yet makes you feel that you are at a larger school. There is plenty of support and friends at every turn. There are tons of university sponsored activities that are free and fun. I wouldn't go anywhere else

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

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