Carbondale, IL
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale


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Recent Reviews

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

When I came here I was a transfer student, and came in the spring as a Junior. The experience, I must say is a LOT different than someone coming in as a Freshman and staying for 4 years. You will make more friends, stay in groups longer, and build different relationships. I will spend one full year here, and will not have the same 4 year experience as others. When picking colleges think about if you will have to transfer or not. It was cheaper and better academicly for me, but in a social sense it is a totally different experience.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

nothing that is the school's fault. I am just taking too many classes.

Bradley
Describe the students at your school.

Most classmates are pretty laid back and work but don't over do.

Describe the students at your school.

Most classmates are pretty laid back and work but don't over do.

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

Get involved in something you really care about and make friends with the people in that group. They usually have something special in common with you. Don't sit around in the dorm and wait for friends to find you. Make friends even if you feel shy about it because they will be there for you when you need them the most.

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

How warm it can be here and how much rain can fall in a day.

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

Look not only into the students choosen majors area but into the campus and its surroundings as a whole. Theres a lot more to...

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

Look not only into the students choosen majors area but into the campus and its surroundings as a whole. Theres a lot more to experience than just classes. Look into their hobbies and interests as well.

What's unique about your campus?

I've always been involved in the outdoors and thats how SIU is situated in the state. It has a wildlife and outdoors oriented campus.

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

Make sure the schools have your exact major and the different sports and programs that you would be interested in taking. Pa...

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

Make sure the schools have your exact major and the different sports and programs that you would be interested in taking. Parents, don't buy your child's books prior to school starting. Always wait until after the first class to get the books because even the teachers might tell your child that the some of the books required for the class will not be used. Students, make sure that you take in every experience that you go through and learn from it. Going to college is an experience that many would like to endure but some don't have the option. And ALWAYS, ALWAYS try your best.

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

Before I came to Southern Illinois University, I wish I would have known that there wasn't a Pre-Medicine major here. Fortunately after some thought, I decided that going into medicine might not work for me considering that it takes 11 years before I would be able to get certified.

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

The worst thing at Southern Illinois University is the limited numbers of on-campus apartments.There are only one bundle of on-campus housing apartments and they are only a few years old, no more than 5 years, so I am expecting the campus to have more on-campus apartments in the near future.

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

When making your college choice, make sure you visit as many schools as you can before deciding where you want to go. A pict...

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

When making your college choice, make sure you visit as many schools as you can before deciding where you want to go. A picture is worth a thousands words, but you won't really know what a school is like until you step onto its grounds and meet some of its students. There's a feeling you get when you step onto the campus of the school where you belong. Once you get that feeling, you'll know that this is the place you belong. And don't be surprised if you get to school and it's not as wonderful as you want it to be. There's a lot of adjustment involved in your first semseter of college. You'll be lonesome, overwhelmed, and homesick. But one day, everything will click into place and you'll have a great time and an exceptional college experience.

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

The beautiful campus, my intensive programme, and how friendly the faculty, staff, and students are.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If you don't like bugs or fuzzy woodland creatures, don't come here. If you can't live anywhere but a big city, don't come here. If you have a pathological fear of deer, definitely don't come here.

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

make sure its the right price and the right place for your child

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

make sure its the right price and the right place for your child

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

there are too many hippies and bugs!!!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

someone who really likes natures and would appreciate being in the middle of no where

Joshua
Describe the students at your school.

Students at Southern Illinois University are a great, accepting, diverse bunch of people. They are from all walks of life, a...

Describe the students at your school.

Students at Southern Illinois University are a great, accepting, diverse bunch of people. They are from all walks of life, and very diffferent but accepting of others.

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

My advice would be to reasearch, visit, explore your interests for a possible vocation, and then follow your heart. Do NOT choose your school because your friends are going there, or because it's got a big name. If you rely on those things you are likely to be disappointed. Do the best you can to find what inspires you, and then look for schools that offer a quality program to give you knowledge in that area. Next consider WHERE you feel comfortable and relaxed. Perhaps it's in the city with lots of action, perhaps it's in a more rural setting. To be AT your best, you should be in an environment where you FEEL the best. Make sure the distance you travel TO your school is right for you as well. If you will be returning home often for commitments or family -- then factor that in when you choose your school. WHEN you go to college be open to new people and new experiences. Live in the moment because it's the BEST TIME of your LIFE. Remember, though, that you are there foremost to LEARN and ACHIEVE your dream. Keep your eye on the prize always!

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

It has a "party school" reputation -- which is too bad. The school and it's education is exceptional. I guess the only other negative thing for me personally is that it is a six hour drive from my home -- which gets expensive with gas prices over $4 a gallon.... but it is WELL worth the drive for a beautiful campus and great college experience.

Jessica
Describe the students at your school.

SIUC is an "ok" school. My major is pre- dent, I chould have gone to a school that caters to pre- medicine.

Describe the students at your school.

SIUC is an "ok" school. My major is pre- dent, I chould have gone to a school that caters to pre- medicine.

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

Parents and students, especially students, know who you are! What type of person are you? This will determine the type of college you attend. For example, if you are interested in the sciences but do not know what path to take, find a school that has a great science program. More than likely, they will have many opportunities and knowledgeable advisors that can help you find your niche. That brings me to another point. Some schools, usually larger ones, have advisors or professors that have little communication with students outside of class. Some students need attention and some may thrive in a highly competitive, cut throat type of school. In my experience, when advisors personally know you, they are more compassionate about your performance and your success as a student and future professional. After finding the right college for you, get involved. In order to get the most out of the money you are spending for tuition, first, use every resource available. This includes the library, recreation center, tutoring center, counseling center health and wellness, the options are endless. Secondly, get active in extra-curricular activities, this is the best way to make friends and enjoy being a college student.

What's unique about your campus?

The school tries to do its best in terms of extra- curricular activities.

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

I would definitely tell them to arrange a campus visit to get a realistic grasp of what facilities and extracurricular activi...

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

I would definitely tell them to arrange a campus visit to get a realistic grasp of what facilities and extracurricular activities the school has to offer,to have their own personal feel for the campus and the student body. It is also important,which a lot of people over look,to examnie the community surrounding the school and its accessibility from the school. I would also advise them to talk with some of the student body perferably someone with the same major as the student. Ask them how the college is assisting them in achieving their goals in life and if the faculty and instructors are open to giving them assistance to help them along with their curriculum. Mostly importantly forget about how well known or the rank of a school because neither of these thing can tell you whether or not a school is a perfect fit for you because you can go to an ivy league school and still not feel like you're a part of the university and at the end of the day that is what is most important.

What's unique about your campus?

How helpful the staff and student were when i first attended,how hands on most of my curriculum is,how there are so many activitites available throughout campus and the football games!

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

Iwish i would have known how nessasary it is for me to have a single room and that studying for college courses is way more different then what studying was in High School.

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