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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!

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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

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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.

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Degree: Broadcast 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.

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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.

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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.

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Degree: Public Health Education and Promotion
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.

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Degree: Elementary Education and Teaching
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!

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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!!!

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Degree: Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
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.

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