Illinois State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (19)
The university is in a small town. There's not a lot of diversity within the students. The campus is nice. The ITK program is good.
Illinois State University gave me far more than I ever expected. Specifically, it was their English Department that allows me to give this school such rave reviews. In fact, ISU's English Department outranks the University's ranking. I think that at a public university like ISU, students can receive just as good of an education that they can at a higher ranked school. However, I'm not one that believes in rankings so much, because there is so much more to a school than how it ranks on any list. While smaller, private schools tend to spoon-feed opportunities, guidance, and small course sizes to its students, the same can be achieved at a public university, and that is certainly true for Illinois State. The only difference is that students have to make the effort to get that guidance, get those opportunities, get those small, and amazing courses. My courses were never larger than 25 students, except for a few big lectures during my freshman year. I did the work and researched all of the professors and courses before I would sign up for them to ensure that I would get the best education and best possible experience in the course. It worked. And it worked far better than I ever could have imagined. ISU's English Department changed me. It changed the way I viewed society, myself, and the world in general. It made me a better person, a better writer, and a better thinker. Above all, it helped guide me on the path I'm on now. I credit all my academic and professional success to that school, and I wouldn't be where I am today without it. Now, having completed a master's degree in English, I am about to begin a second master's in teaching at the University of San Diego, and I received a prestigious scholarship as well. I know I did a lot of the work myself to get here, but without ISU, I know I couldn't have achieved my dreams in the same way. ISU's English Department is absolutely fantastic and I would urge any student serious about writing or English studies to give ISU a closer look. It blew my mind, and I'm sure it will continue to have that same impact on its students for years to come.
Illinois State University is an incredible school - it offers a small school atmosphere with large school opportunities.
I loved my time in Bloomington-Normal. Being a student freed me, in a way. It taught me to hold myself accountable and gave me so many opportunities to explore my passions. I loved it!
Getting my degree at Illinois State University was a great experience. The quality of education and rich, social atmosphere far surpassed my expectations. I am grateful that I was able to attend when I did and develop the tools that have stayed with me all these years.
I loved ISU. I think the special education program is phenomenal.
Illinois State has a beautiful campus with just the right amount of people. It's not too large, so you still get the small class sizes. It's not too small either, so there are a lot of opportunities to meet new people. Bloomington-Normal has a lot to offer, so there is a lot to do off campus.
It was an enjoyable experience. Helps to be involved with a fraternity or sorority. the major I chose was really cool and the faculty advisor for it was very knowledgeable.
Illinois State University is a wonderful institution. The perfect mix of State school charm with quality professors and nationally recognized academic fields, I highly recommend Illinois State. The campus is evolving with better technology, new and restructured buildings and services for students while maintaining the charm all alumni know and love. The Quad is drop dead gorgeous in the fall and often times on a beautiful fall day, I miss being able to walk to class in such a welcoming environment. Redbirds work hard and play hard and I have many fine memories from my time in Normal, Illinois. In a nutshell, Go 'Birds!
Large school but feels like a small community. Loved the campus, town, and activities available for college students. You have to work hard, but there are a lot of career opportunities and organizations on campus that set you up for success.