Indiana University - Bloomington Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (34)
It was a great experience all around. I was able to get a top-notch, well-rounded education that prepared me for my career, and I was also able to meet people from all walks of life. The student body has opportunities to get involved for everyone there. Also, the campus is absolutely beautiful.
IU provided a fun college experience in addition to quality classes. I suggest starting your Freshman year in a Living Learning Community (presuming they still have those) as they connect you to people with similar interests who can become friends and/or generally helpful in whatever your academic/lifestyle focus is! There are drawbacks of IU, of course. There is an excessive focus on the "big" sports; mostly I never bumped shoulders with athletes (specifically male athletes whose primary goal in college was to improve their athletic ability in popular sports such as basketball and football) since I tended towards niche classes, but what I did see of them in larger classes was that they were often absent, only showing up for tests, or were present but markedly lacking in basic academic skills such as vocabulary, engaging in discussions, and oral comprehension. Additionally, male students of the "tailgating" or "party on Mom and Dad's Dime" variety were numerous and made their presence known in an unwanted way for female students. In conclusion, for students whose primary goal is academic advancement, the "learning is optional!" attitude of a visible percentage of students at IU may drag down the atmosphere into something that is exasperating at times, but for those who can shrug that off the school offers fantastic courses that are worth it! With diligent planning of your living situation, classes, and social life, you will find that there *are* others who share your passions and there will be ample opportunities to form lasting, productive relationships with them while having a good time.
Extremely valuable education; hands-on professors with real-world experiences.
I thought that the Kelley School of Business curriculum was both challenging and exciting. The materials we learned were relevant, topical, and have assisted me as I've moved forward in my career. I would wholeheartedly recommend IU to anyone that was wondering if it was the right place to go.
Indiana University is a world class institution. Bloomington is a beautiful campus, the professors are friendly and knowledgable, excellent classmates/students/locals, school spirit, and plenty of sports and/or groups to get involved in. I would absolutely recommend IU to anyone looking for a great college experience.
I went to Law School at IU Bloomington in the class of 1985. The group of students that I attended with were some of the smartest friendliest and most intellectually challenging that I have ever met. I can not think of a better place to pursue a Law Degree. My professors took a real interest in us and really taught us how to, "think like a lawyer". If you go, same some time to go to the Law School watering hole, Nicks.
The Informatics program at IU was the best decision I could have made. The program was among the very first Informatics programs in the nation and prepared students for careers as consultants, business analysts, tech leads, etc. The coursework was project-heavy, so students learned how to work within a team environment towards meeting milestones and deadlines.
Political Science was a great base for those going to law school. However, friends encouraged me to take advantage of IU's business school, which turned out to be world class. While I had offers to work in government based on my social sciences education, the business school opened up a whole new set of opportunities. The Kelley Business school also offered an incredible class, X410, which helped bring hiring companies to campus, to help prepare graduates' resumes and mock interviews to be at your best when the time came.
While the overall education and experience I gained from this institution was valuable, the administration was unhelpful and at times disorganized.
I loved The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU because we felt like a family. It was not about competing with your peers, but having discussions and learning to see others points of view. The adjunct professors taught students about the real world application of our major.