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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Kristin
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Pick the best school for your program, not where your friends are going.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Pick the best school for your program, not where your friends are going.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is academically driven.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who just wants to mess around.

Jacilyn
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Illinois State University is a diverse university with accommodations for all types of students, students generally love the ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Illinois State University is a diverse university with accommodations for all types of students, students generally love the school and the environment.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I really do recommend going to a junior college before attending a 4 year university. It was a good experience and it saved me a lot of money. At the same time, I also recommend that students get involved in activities, it will make you a more well rounded person. I recommend going to all of the colleges that you are considering and see the campus and sitting through a class and seeing all of the things that you would like to do while on campus. That way you will know exactly what you are getting into and you won't be surprised when you get there. Just enjoy it while you can!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I transferred from a junior college and I wish I had known more about the school before I transferred.

Kaylie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

We do great in acedemics, but our sprts atmosphere is growing and growing each year

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

We do great in acedemics, but our sprts atmosphere is growing and growing each year

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't take gen ed's as a joke they are serious classes and if you do bad in them they could lower your Gpa horribly.

What kind of person should attend this school?

This is a great school for future educators. It is one of the best teaching schools in the state. We also have anew business building which is great for people who want to go into business.

Emily
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are interesting, intellectual human beings.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are interesting, intellectual human beings.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

ISU is best known for their wonderful college of teaching. It started as a teaching school only in the 1800's and has grown since then. It is well known for the amazing teachers that have recieved that degrees here. As ISU has grown, it is beginning to be recognized for a good business school as well as a really good nursing school. As it continues to grow, I think each college inside ISU will expand and be recognized for each of its accomplishments.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choosing which college is right for you may be one of the most important decisions of your life. College is the place where you make your lifelong friends; the place where you learn the skills that you will use for a lifetime, whether they are your career or people skills. The actual place or campus that you land on is not the most important part of your experience. Always choose the place where you feel the most comfortable because you will be yourself in that environment and let other people see the real you. College is not about the classes that you couldn?t get into because you had a late registration date; college is about the new friends you made to complain to about not getting into that class. Making true friends is the most important part of college. They are to stay up late with you to prep you for an early exam, go out on the town with, and make the most of a crummy situation. Make the most of every situation and never waste time because you always think that you have much more of it than you really do. Four years really does fly past.

Matthew
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

There is a lot of afforadable off campus housing.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

There is a lot of afforadable off campus housing.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice I would give to parents and/or student about finding the right college and making the most of the college experience is to find a place you feel comfortable in. When you are comfortable in your environment it makes it easier to learn and make new friends.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is that I am able to learn skills that will help me to find a job in the future and still experience the college lifestlye.

Taleigha
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would say have fun let your hair done. Dont think about what others think because it is nothing like high school and that k...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would say have fun let your hair done. Dont think about what others think because it is nothing like high school and that kind of thinking will hold you back. Make sure you know what you want so that if yopu attend a school you dont like you wont try to make yourself like it and end up miserable in a place you really dont want to be. To the parents i would say let your child find themselves if they want to be an art major let them do that. You may not think there is a future in art but who knows they could become the next big thing.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

there isnt anything i wish i had known beore. i think if i had known somethings about this school i wouldnt have gone here. Coming into this not knowing was the best thing for me, it pushed me out of my comfort zone.

What kind of person should attend this school?

I think any type of person could attend ISU there are all kinds of people here. People of different racial backgrounds and different religios and genders.

Sara
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go with your choice and give it a chance - in the beginning it is very difficult to make the seperation from home but what I ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go with your choice and give it a chance - in the beginning it is very difficult to make the seperation from home but what I love the most about Illinois State is that I am far enough away from home that my family cannot just pop in but close enough to go home when I just need to get out of here and go back home.

Colleen
Describe the students at your school.

The classmate at Illinois State University are very friendly and healpful in and out of the classroom.

Describe the students at your school.

The classmate at Illinois State University are very friendly and healpful in and out of the classroom.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I love being at Illinois State University because no matter how many people are attending the school you always feel like your a part of a family. When you are walking to class people will smile at you as you pass and there are many clubs and groups in the Quad that are always trying to get you to join their team and to make more friends. I love how open the school is and friendly all the people are.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice I would give to parents and/or students about finding the right college is to apply to as many colleges as you want or can. Do not just chose one college and apply anf hope that you get into it becuase if you do not get in you have nothing to fall back on. Take the oportunity to visit these college campuses to get to feel what it is like to live there and how far the drive would be to and from home. To comment on making the most out of the college experience, I would suggest joining many clubs and activities. This will help you to make a ton of friends, some just through college and some that will remain you friend for a life time. This will also help you to keep you grades up and to find people you know if you classes and get together with them to start a study group. One last thing is to always remeber to keep you academic life first and your social life second. there is always time to socailize but papers and homeowrk have a due date!!

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