Illinois State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (26)
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.