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Illinois State University


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Recent Reviews

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

A big school that has a small school feel in the classroom.

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

A big school that has a small school feel in the classroom.

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

When you to visit a campus ask to look in on classes and talk with some of the students there to see how they really feel about he school they are attending.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone who is very academically driven but enjoys a good social life.

Stephanie
Describe the students at your school.

In the more career specific classes, my classmates are more engaged in the class, but the general education classes seem to h...

Describe the students at your school.

In the more career specific classes, my classmates are more engaged in the class, but the general education classes seem to have more slackers.

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

Do not look into schools solely for the familiarity of their name (i.e., Ivy Leage schools, or places like University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign). Take a look at what the schools are well known for, as well as what they have to offer outside of classes. It is not absolutely necessary to go to an east coast or west coast school, and there is no need to go to a school hundreds of miles away when there is a school that is just as decent within your state. If you are intimidated by big cities, it would be better to skip schools like DePaul or University of Chicago in Chicago. This also goes for students who like urban/populated areas. Attending a school located somewhere in the middle of miles of cornfields may not be a good choice. When you do find the right college, make sure you join something. There are many clubs, music ensembles and sports to choose from. You will find people who have the same interests as you, and it will give you something to do besides classes and school work, and have something fun to look forward to every day.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

How I lucked out in going to Illinois State University because it is one of the better schools for future teachers, which i plan on becoming.

Anna
Describe the students at your school.

I would describe my classmates as hardworking and friendly.

Describe the students at your school.

I would describe my classmates as hardworking and friendly.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Illinois State University is a teaching school, most of the student here will be teachers of some sort.

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

I would say to new students remember to try new things but dont forget who you are and where you came from.

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

Definitely go visit! Students need to go with their gut as to where they want to go, forcing your children to go somewhere th...

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

Definitely go visit! Students need to go with their gut as to where they want to go, forcing your children to go somewhere they don't want to will end up in both of you being unhappy.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The academic advisors don't really talk to one another, so I get conflicting answers about a lot of things.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

This school is based on academics, so if you aren't willing to put forth the effort to get the grades you need/want, don't bother coming here.

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

I believe parents should encourage thought of careers once their son or daughter reaches high school. Some kids don't feel i...

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

I believe parents should encourage thought of careers once their son or daughter reaches high school. Some kids don't feel it is necessary to think about a life career and put it to the back of their mind. I think this is why many more students are taking longer to complete college and therefore are in more debt. Based on their career choice, this will be helpful in narrowing down what college to go to. There are so many colleges out there that are better choices for a specific career. Another thought to have before applying to colleges, is what size would they feel most comfortable and confident in? The size of the college is important for the student, because this could ruin their experience if it wasn't appropriate. If too large, students may fall behind and if too small some students may not flourish as they could in a big university.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It seemed that there were not as many academic advisors for the education department. They seemed to be overworked and it was always difficult to schedule an appointment with them.

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

I got a lot of information at "preview". This helped me as an incoming freshman.

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

The professors generally do care about their students, even though it is a large school.

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

The professors generally do care about their students, even though it is a large school.

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

Find a college with your personal interests in mind. While searching for something that fits, make sure to talk to people who already attend to get their input. It is best to go somewhere you are 100% sure about so you are spending money on something that is going to be worth your while. If you go somewhere you do not really like, your experience will not be satisfying in the long run. Be prepared, also, to work for your degree. It is a long, hard trip, but in the end, it really does matter.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who is not ready to work for their degree should not attend Illinois State University.

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

I really like how close campus is to the residence halls and how close the campus is to each other. It is nice to be able to...

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

I really like how close campus is to the residence halls and how close the campus is to each other. It is nice to be able to scheduel classes 10 minutes with in each other and ake to all on time.

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

I suggest visiting colleges. This is a great way to see if you like the college and how well it will fit yourlifestyle. While visiting a college stop by some of the academic buildings and the residents halls. You will never know if you like something if you do not look at it. I would also suggest looking at many schools, that way you will have a variety to choose from!! Once you get accepted to a college, I suggest you get involved as uch as you can. These experiences you have in college will stick with you for the rest of your life and you can meet people who could be a part of your life even after graduation. I also suggest getting involved in your floor if you live in a Resident Hall. This is a great place to meet people and make new friends. You will make wonderful friends in the Residents Halls. Above all, I suggest that you be yourself!! You will have a great time if you stay true to your self and do things you feel comfortable with. Don't feel pressured to do anything you don't want to do; just be you!!! : )

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I do not find anything fruserating about my school. I love it here and wish I could be here all the time, even over summer breaks!

Katie
Describe the students at your school.

My classment are nice and for the most part helpful.

Describe the students at your school.

My classment are nice and for the most part helpful.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best know for their teaching program.

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

Find a college that suits you, and one with your major. Make sure you feel comfortable, do not hold back and try new things.

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

Make sure that the college is focused more on academics then social life. ISU has great professors but students seem more co...

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

Make sure that the college is focused more on academics then social life. ISU has great professors but students seem more concerned with trying to get into a fraternity or soriety. Although social life is important and clubs are important it needs to be t more academically oriented. I would suggest going to a smaller school that provides smaller classrooms. Sometimes at larger schools it is harder to get lost in the shuffle and get to know people. College is definiately a great time in someones life and the memories will last forever, so it is important to choose a school that you feel apart of and catters to your needs as a student. Also, it is important to take different classes your first 2 years. I think that there is too much focus on trying to find a major right away but I think it is important to look at all kinds of fields of study. That is what college is about afterall. Trying to find yourself.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Classroom are too large. Soreity and faternities are very influential on campus. Campus is not very diverse.

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

The large amounts of soriorities and franternities

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

I would talk to people that go there. Stop random people on the quad and see how friendly they are. Spend a weekend there an...

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

I would talk to people that go there. Stop random people on the quad and see how friendly they are. Spend a weekend there and try to walk to get groceries and have fun. That is one of the most important things, because living on and off campus you don't always have a car. Try to find parking in a bunch of different places. Take the bus around and see where it can get you, and how long it takes. Eat in the cafeterias all over campus to see where you would like to live. Talk to counselors in a few different departments that you are interested in. Sometimes the counselor almost makes more of a difference than the major. Try riding your bike around to see how easy it is. Really think about your biggest concerns and then try them out. Sit in on a class if you are allowed. Really kick the tires of the school! Don't feel like you are being pushy or nosy; you are going to spend a lot of time and money wherever you choose to go.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I think the most frustrating thing about my school is the lack of music. I always had to drive to Champaign (40 minutes away) to see any good bands. I really would have enjoyed more culture at my school.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Everyone seems to have problems with counselors and classes. Either they can't get the class they need, counselors aren't available, counselors not listening, counselors just having you plug along rather than individualizing your education... I could go on. I have heard too too many stories about requirements being missed due to counselors.

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