Illinois State University Reviews

4.16 out of 5 stars
(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

3.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/13/2015
Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2009
"The campus is beautiful, the professors are very knowledgeable, finance classes are very informative."
3.6 out of 5 stars
2007 grad - 6/30/2015
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2007
"ISU was a great place to go to college. The education I received prepared me quite well for the working world, giving me experiences I can still reflect upon 10 years later. The people there were very friendly and I met a great group of friends that I still keep in contact with to this day."
3.4 out of 5 stars
LowFrequencyVibes - 6/11/2015
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014
"College experiences are subjective, so my thoughts may not be the same as yours or others. Personally, I thought the teachers at Illinois State were great, as well as all of the facilities. The social life is what you make of it. House parties tend to dominate the landscape at Illinois State, although there are a decent amount of bars close to campus. The main bar strip is a 5-minute taxi ride away located in downtown Bloomington. Looking back on my experience at Illinois State, I wish I had been more involved and taken advantage of their golf course more."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dana - 8/7/2014
Degree: Insurance
Graduation Year: 2014
"Everything at Illinois State University was amazing! Class sizes are reasonable in general ed courses and small for classes related to majors. Professors know students individually and really want them to succeed. The university does a great job of creating a positive and motivation culture to do well."
3.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/25/2013
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2012
"Tell us about your college experience.The truth is yes. My school was a good fit for me. In the end, I was able to graduate in 4 years and received a double major in 2 fields that I am passionate about. My college experience taught me a lot about myself upon leaving. However, I had thoughts about transferring to a more prestigious college since I had a 3.79 in college.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?Yes, as much as I like my 2 degrees, they are pretty useless. I took political science thinking I would go to law school afterward, but the mistake I honestly made was that if I attempted to get a job with just a Bachelor's in political science, I am not going to get paid in the workforce with much money. The same applies with Theater Studies in Directing. I was originally an acting major, and the acting program was phenomenal. When I had been recommend to change majors, I picked up directing as it still applied to my field and could graduate on time. However, the MFA program for directing was taken more seriously than the BA in Directing.What advice can you offer other students?Look at college majors and look at how much money you can obtain for entry level positions in your field. Let this effect the field you choose to study first. Then, use your strengths. For example, if you're good at mathematics, look at jobs and schools with good mathematics programs or similar fields like Actuary Science. I listened to my heart and chose 2 fields where I would be happy. And even though I obtained good grades, it's tough competing against students who went to more prestigious colleges. At the end of the day, I had to rely on networking. But, now I'm in graduate school at GW as I discovered in my senior year that my calling is in higher education. (Again, a field that doesn't make much money initially. And a field that requires lots of education and debt.) This is why I recommend having a plan or coming up with creative ways with how your degree can be applicable in other ways."
3.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/19/2013
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2011
"Tell us about your college experience.Overall my college experience was what I expected it to be. My school was an overall god experience though I wish my degree program was structured a bit better.What advice can you offer other students?Major in something that will be benefitual to the job market, not a soft major."
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