Illinois State University Reviews

  • 36 Reviews
  • Normal (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $26,040
97% of 36 students said this degree improved their career prospects
97% of 36 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Jillian Plunkett
  • Reviewed: 1/6/2020
  • Degree: Elementary Education
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I had an overall positive experience at Illinois State University. My professors knew the content, and the internship that I was able to partake in my senior year in place of traditional student teaching allowed me to enter my first year of teaching feeling as though I already had experience. The class that truly changed my perspective and led me to become an English teacher was my children's literature class with Professor Trites. Her passion for the subject sparked a passion in me, and she honestly taught me more than any of my education professors did. I wish the program would have been more focused on field experience, as that is what teaching truly is, as opposed to reading about other practices and writing papers on them. But, overall I had a great experience and would recommend the ISU education program to any of those interested."
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2019
  • Degree: Teaching
  • Graduation Year: 2023
"In Illinois State University the staff and students are all very nice and are willing to help you in any way they can. The campus is of a medium size and the place to relax is the quad; where you can bring a hammock, play Frisbee and walk around with your pet. Students that are perusing a History degree at Illinois State University are provided with the necessary resources to succeed."
Jordan McQuade
  • Reviewed: 9/12/2019
  • Degree: Accounting
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Illinois State University has been the best home away from home a girl can ask for. Not only are college courses difficult, but leaving home is especially difficult. From the moment I stepped foot on campus I felt a sense of home. The campus is large enough that it looks and feels like a college town, but small enough to still feel like you know all the ins and outs of the campus. Not only is the campus itself wonderful but the dorms are a great setting. Getting to join a Facebook community before college to talk and try and find a roommate was a great start, and then having a dining hall connected to my dorm was amazing! Not just that but there is a magnitude of housing and dining options to fit everyone's wants and needs. From there the classes are wonderful. The largest lecture I sat in was around 200 and that was only Freshman year for general education courses. From there my major courses have been class sizes of 20-30 with professors who are qualified to teach the subject and who genuinely care for your education. Outside of the classroom is where I feel ISU does their best work. The opportunities for joining Student Organizations are endless. With organizations for just about any interest or hobby it is not hard to find another home outside of the classroom. Professors often push student organization involvement on campus, and it is such a remarkable way to meet friends and further your education outside of the classroom. Moving from there ISU has many great connections with companies and host career and internship fairs to help find work post graduation. This is such an opportunity and shows that ISU truly cares about helping their students with a successful future. Overall, I love ISU (although I am biased) and feel that it truly the best college to attend."
  • Reviewed: 4/8/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"I attended Illinois State University as a transfer student between 2012 and 2014. Even though I was a transfer student, I found myself being easily immersed in the college experience and classes. I got involved in extracurriculars and volunteer work that helped expand my skill set and knowledge. These experiences have made a big impact in job interviewing and for pursuing graduate school. People are impressed with the work I did as an undergraduate student. ISU challenged me as a student at times, but I learned from those experiences. I never had a teacher that I disliked. ISU also offers interesting and great elective courses. If you see something that catches your eye, definitely take the class, it will be worth it!"
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I currently attend this school and I I have to be honest it is a huge waste of time. A good amount of time at clinicals is spent just trying to pass the day and they require an extremely high amount of clinical hours which makes it an even bigger waste. Along with clinical hours, they make you attend countless seminars and events, some that you have to pay for, that are of no value. They truly do not value the time of students. I am writing this review from a pointless 12 hour seminar. 3 of the hours were spent at a coffee shop because of poor planning on the instructors/administrators part. On top of wasting our time, much of the staff does not really know what they are doing and do not contribute to students education. I do not recommend this school. Do NOT go here. -from an honest reviewer"
Shelli Oesch
  • Reviewed: 11/19/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2008
"My education through Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing provided me with a valuable foundation of learning and inquiry that I have built a successful career on. The professors were readily available to assist with learning and professional development. The clinical opportunities were applicable to my current professional practice, though most were located out of town. I took the NCLEX exam with great confidence, passing without difficulty."
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2018
  • Degree: Journalism
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"The School of Communication at Illinois State University is one of the best. All of the professors have real life experience in what they are teaching and implement those experiences into teaching you what you need to know All of the classes are very hands on, which helps you once you get a job in your career field."
Lindsey Wixom
  • Reviewed: 5/6/2018
  • Degree: Marketing - Advertising
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"ISU professors are very accessible and willing to work with their students. ISU professors do research studies and other work for the university outside of the classroom, but they do not let that take away from their job as a professor. With a few exceptions, I have to say that my overall impression through the years has been that the professors genuinely care about each of their students! It is refreshing and makes students feel comfortable in the learning environment. Class participation is universal, lectures are standard, and in my major, we do a lot of presentations and practice lessons. Also, business casual dress is required of all college of business students. ISU really and truly is a fantastic school to go to if you are considering business. ISU is known for their education program, as well as business and nursing. Students are on a spectrum here, so some are competitive while others want to graduate. Teachers have office hours here, and I have also never met a professor that was not willing to work with the student if they needed to meet at a different time. I would suggest joining student organizations as there are many on campus and are a great way to get to know other students."
Tracey Sands
  • Reviewed: 4/28/2018
  • Degree: Public Relations
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"I went to Illinois State University after one year at a community college. My advisor was very helpful in getting me acquainted with the different programs in the School of Communication, and once I figured out what I wanted to study, she was just as involved with my plan of study. (Just so happens that the Public Relations program at Illinois State is an accredited program, which they have a few of those...very impressive!) I highly recommend getting involved on campus -- with different student organizations and with your professors. Illinois State has some of the most passionate professors and they LOVE what they do. Although the professors are your superior, they treat you as an equal. Which is very healthy for a learning environment. Ilstu was very proactive in helping me gain experience outside of the classroom with internships. I was able to hold (3) internships within a year and a half because I had guidance and connections through the school. Illinois State is one of those schools that, if you're proactive, big things can happen. It is a larger institution so sometimes it feels as if you're just a number, but if you put yourself out there with students and faculty, you'll feel a strong connection."
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2018
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Illinois State Health Promotion program is by far one of the best in the nation. The faculty really demonstrate competency in public health and prepares students to become health promotion specialist and pursue other allied health careers. GO REBIRDS."
Brittany McNish
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2017
  • Degree: Elementary Education
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"Choosing a college is a major decision in beginning the path towards your future. Illinois State is by far the best college for developing career ready students who feel confident and prepared to dive into the career field of their choice. I attended Illinois State University for Elementary Education and was so impressed by the experiences and opportunities the university provided me with in order to prepare me for my first year teaching. They truly immerse you in real work experiences, so that you can learn what to expect when you are out on your own. When I began interviewing for my first teaching job, having Illinois State on my resume sparked many conversations with interviewers about their time at ISU or their positive experiences working with ISU alumni. It gave me a boost of confidence knowing that I was representing a university that was thought so highly of. The campus at Illinois State is always buzzing with activities, celebrations and things to do. They cultivate a community where everyone is involved and can find their place. In my four years at ISU, Bloomington definitely became a place I started to recognize as home. It is a place where I will go back to and reminisce on all the great times this college provided me with. If you are looking for a university where you will feel supported, encouraged, and pushed to be the best you can possibly be Illinois State is the place for you!"
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Illinois State University by far is one of the best institutions in the midwest that will really prepare students for life after college. The skills and network opportunities that the school still provides to this day are really valuable. As a former Redbird, I highly recommend this institution!!!"
Michala Kinney
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2017
  • Degree: Sociology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I always had my heart set on attending Illinois State University prior to my acceptance for many reasons but mainly for the Family and Consumer Science program focusing in on Human Development and Family Relationships. After gaining acceptance to Illinois State University, I took advantage of all the wonderful opportunities the program had to offer. This honorary program has educated me in the skills needed to become successful within my future career along with hands-on opportunities through my involvement within student organizations and outside volunteer opportunities."
Megan McCormack
  • Reviewed: 4/19/2017
  • Degree: Special Education
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Illinois State University's Special Education (LBS I) program helped me get ahead in my work field before I even began! When I was applying for jobs, many interviewers were impressed that I graduated from ISU with a LBS I degree before the interview even began. Due to my rock-solid bachelor's foundation, I am looking forward to adding on a graduate degree beginning in the fall of 2017."
  • Reviewed: 4/18/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I had a great overall experience! I particularly enjoyed my departmental instructors. The professors in my department were very helpful and knowledgeable. The department provided helpful academic advisement. I am thankful for all the lessons learned throughout my experiences at Illinois State University."
Kristin Horney
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I graduated from ISU's Mennonite College of Nursing in May 2015. To say I am grateful to that program is an understatement. They welcome you in with open arms, and the teachers go above and beyond to help you succeed. Tutoring is always available. They even set you up with a mentor in your first year to make sure you get all of the help you need. I was an athlete and I had to swim 30+ hours a week, not including the time spent at meets and in the weight room. The nursing program LOVES ATHLETES! They helped me in every way that they could, and made sure that I was getting everything I needed to be successful. The teachers hold you accountable, but are always your biggest cheerleaders. The simulation lab is unbelievable and was created to give you life like scenarios that truly aid you in learning and build confidence for when you are in the real world with real patients. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Now moving on I will be attending Olivet Nazarene for my FNP and I feel fully prepared for what lies ahead, solely based on the fact that Mennonite College of Nursing prepared me for anything the nursing world throws at me."
Megan J.
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2016
  • Degree: Exercise Science
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"Illinois State University's kinesiology program was welcoming and strove to produce excellent students. The head of the department challenged us to think outside the constraints of past studies and to get involved with graduate students' work in the field and in the lab. During my final semester, I undertook a study with Dr. C, a sports psychologist and one of the professors in the program. She helped me develop a hypothesis and procedure to collect data that she and her students would use the following semester in class. Undergrads were also encouraged to intern at facilities on and off campus. Working with ISU's Health Promotion and Wellness Program I learned to counsel students on the weight of small decisions and their impact on personal health and overall wellbeing. The kinesiology program at Illinois State University nurtured my natural talents, and then provided me the tools to really hone in on the skills of influencing people, giving back to our community, and to be curious about physiology and the positive and negative effects of exercise."
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Information Systems
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"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."
Brooke Burns
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2016
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"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."
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2015
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"Illinois State University is an incredible school - it offers a small school atmosphere with large school opportunities."