Edwardsville, IL
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville


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Recent Reviews

Lamonya
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For many other students I've talked to who go here, it isn't a first choice. Many people go to SIUE because it's cheaper than...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

For many other students I've talked to who go here, it isn't a first choice. Many people go to SIUE because it's cheaper than most schools and/or their friends and family members went. SIUE's housing is okay but people have talked about venting issues where some bugs can easily get into apartments and dorms. The food in general is good but sometimes the meat in entrees can look a little strange. The school didn't respond well to the people who put up bigoted and hateful papers around campus. They still haven't found those people who did that, and they didn't find the student who put that racist message on another student's door in Cougar Village in 2017. It makes many students who go here feel unwelcome and on edge because the school has done little to find the perpetrators who put up these bigoted messages in the first place and continuously reassure students that they are protecting them. It makes students feel like the school doesn't care, and it's been almost two years now. SIUE's art department is also very weak, and the school isn't the best place to go if you want to pursue a career in art, especially if it's a more specific career path. Some students have said they felt the education overall isn't as high up to standard as they wanted or expected. The extracurricular activities are actually really fun though, and it's easy to get involved in clubs and organizations. Despite how some may feel about the overall education, instructors and professors are usually very responsive to what students have trouble with. SIUE does have some strong points, but it isn't the best college to go to, not even one of the best. If you can, you should go to other colleges that are much better and have a better understanding of your career path and what you may want to do.

Parker
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I love it here at siue! Siue has been very welcoming. This is my first semester here because I went to a junior college in my...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love it here at siue! Siue has been very welcoming. This is my first semester here because I went to a junior college in my hometown last semester. The offices at SIue are very helpful with all of my questions I have. The professors are great here as well.

Hi
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Worst education. At the end of 4 years you will have learned next to nothing. Community high school offered more depth than t...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Worst education. At the end of 4 years you will have learned next to nothing. Community high school offered more depth than these university courses taught by professors. Its absolutely heartbreaking because I wanted to learn, instead I got locked into a terrible system at SIUE that I couldnt get out of. If SIUE is your only option for a 'higher education', then just wait a few years. Working at a minimum wage job is better worth your time than going here. You will gain no real knowledge at SIUE. At best you gain a couple of friends & share memorable experiences. An absolutely, wonderful memory that I will always have of SIUE is when a professor planned class time and material around her students performing finger puppet scenes on video. Keep in mind the class consists of around 20 individuals, set into smaller groups of course, aged 20-40. Try not to cringe. Or that time I had classes added to my schedule that I already attained credit for. Forced to pay for that. Or that time I had an online class. Problems down the line in the class? Dang, suck for you because SIUE policy is that if you dont drop on the very first day the class is active you wont get any refund. At all. Even partial. Forced to pay for that, unable to even take the class. Or that time my professor was 'sick' for the entire semester and just gave everyone Bs. Honors English... really? Or that time my professor forced her entire class, aside from people she liked, to find an animal. As in, a dead animal. A dead rodent, raccoon, pig, cat, dog, etc. The only criteria being that is was a mammal. Also, you have to dissect it perfectly afterwards and create a mount or 'do something creative' with it. (I wish this was a joke, but I paid money to learn this.) Or that time my counselor helped me out... oh wait. My first one quit after she scheduled the wrong classes. The next counselor given to me was counselling for a different major, so they refused to help me. The third counselor actually helped me thank the lord, Shadonna Woods. She was quickly replaced however. And we go back to the zero help for two more counselors in a row. Or that time the calculus professor, who is married to/is the head of a department, called the class (multiple times) retarded. 'Kids that come from other areas, other than edwardsville, usually really retarded. but this class everyone is retarded. you you you everyone retards dont know anything bout this math i teach' - professor being paid (Thankfully I dropped this class in time for a refund) SIUE is 80% filler classes, 15% dealing with narcissistic professors, 5% friends & 100% reason to drop this University

Samantha
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Coming into college, I was absolutely terrified-- I had thought I was going to find an education, but I found so much more. A...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Coming into college, I was absolutely terrified-- I had thought I was going to find an education, but I found so much more. At SIUE I have not only participated in classes that are major related but also have had the opportunity to expand my horizons and take courses not to my major. In class, we are constantly discussing topics that truly matter in today's world-- whether that be on a more personal basis with personal identity or on a global scale with racism. I find the classes to be both stimulating and rewarding, a quality that lacks in most secondary schooling. Additionally, SIUE is a place that acts a home; it is a place where I feel safe thanks to the blue light system, and a place where I can meet all of my health needs due to the services located on campus, the wide variety of food choices, and the fitness center with readily available equipment and facility to use.

Jessica
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Southern Illinois University is great if you are local or from a far. There are numerous restaurants, cultural activities, an...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Southern Illinois University is great if you are local or from a far. There are numerous restaurants, cultural activities, and events available to students. SIUE has programs for students of all walks of life and caters to each type of student. I would like to see more academic rigor, but when you have such a diverse population sometimes allowances have to be made. They do provide services for almost everything a student could need.

Alan
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SIUE is a huge campus with great people. The professors are kind, willing to help, available, and very trying in your time of...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

SIUE is a huge campus with great people. The professors are kind, willing to help, available, and very trying in your time of education. The food is alright and the extracurricular are hard to upkeep unless you are constantly looking for new members all the time. The big point of the school from my viewpoint is that the education matters the most. My classes are flexible and the professors truly do care about your education as long as you put in the energy and curiosity for learning.

Tj
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Long story short, if you can afford to go somewhere else PLEASE DO. SIUE wants to be a great university and could be but they...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Long story short, if you can afford to go somewhere else PLEASE DO. SIUE wants to be a great university and could be but they're simply not. The campus itself is divided so if you don't meet someone you click with at the beginning, I'm afraid to say you may have a difficult time socially. It's a VERY cliquey atmosphere and most people only socialize with those they know. Trust me, if someone says "It's okay to say hello to someone you don't know", don't. This campus is not nearly as friendly as they advertise themselves to be. The ONLY reason I even have friends here is because of the tight-knit program I'm in. Otherwise, I'd be alone and it's not due to the lack of opportunity. Every social event I have attended at SIUE has made me feel more and more like an outcast. I've walked into a room full of my own people (POC) and they were not welcoming at all. Parking services at this university are BY FAR THE WORST I have ever experienced. You pay almost $200 for a parking permit that restricts you to certain areas that are often quite a walking distance from where you may need to be. The lots that are closer to the buildings are pay lots, as if the university doesn't make enough money. Also, try your best to avoid getting a parking ticket because the staff in the parking services office are AWFUL. There's no room for negotiation or understanding. The price of your ticket increases over time so if you don't have the money (as most of us college students don't), you will be SOL. Edwardsville is a very expensive city to live in. I suggest looking at surrounding towns such as Glen Carbon and Collinsville, IL. Furthermore, living in Edwardsville as a college student is also not that interesting. There's one major bar most students go to but with the cliquey nature of the students here, you're better off drinking at your own house. There is so much more I could say and so much that I won't. The bottom line is SIUE is nothing like it is in the brochures, commercials and other advertisements. Please consider all of your options equally before deciding to come here. Save yourself the headache.

Shaunetanique
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My school would get 5 stars if we had a football team! That is literally the only thing stopping it from being a 5 star schoo...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My school would get 5 stars if we had a football team! That is literally the only thing stopping it from being a 5 star school. Outside from that our rigor is very good and are professors are very accessible. Also, the upperclassmen always us know which professors to take and which to avoid.

Kaycee
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Its a great school with lots to offer! If you take advantage of the opportunities you have there is no doubt you'll go far! ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Its a great school with lots to offer! If you take advantage of the opportunities you have there is no doubt you'll go far! The professors and staff are very helpful also, help is always available. There is an abundance of programs and clubs offered on campus and so much to do off of campus you can always keep busy!

Sha'Breon
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it could be better. I chose to go to this school because my other choices were too expensive. However, I still can't afford s...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

it could be better. I chose to go to this school because my other choices were too expensive. However, I still can't afford school. I say it could be better in terms of food, inclusion, fund for certain programs, prejudice activities, on campus housing is tolerable, but other campuses are better. I may sound like I am complaining; however, these are everyday complaints on campus.

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