Indiana University - Bloomington Reviews

  • 199 Reviews
  • Bloomington (IN)
  • Annual Tuition: $36,512
89% of 199 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 199 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Natalie Bontrager
  • Reviewed: 11/23/2016
  • Degree: Political Science
"My major was quite new so my resources were few. That has changed according to the newsletters and information sent out by the department since my graduation. Safety was paramount and I never felt unsafe on campus. Professors and TA's were accessible and all campus operations (bursar, registrar, and finance) were easy to navigate."
Brittany Huckaby
  • Reviewed: 9/28/2016
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"Indiana University- Bloomington is truly a college that has it ALL. From the beautiful campus to the committed professors, its obvious that this school, though large, can make any student feel at home. It's not easy to be a big college school and make every single student, 40,000 or more, feel like they have a unique and special college experience, but Indiana University definitely succeeds. The campus spirit alone is enough to bond complete and total strangers. Whether corroborating about mutual love of basketball or working with the top notch computer scientists, IU seems to be a common link that unites people across the globe. It is pretty astounding to walk through campus and know that your future college career can be anything you want it to be. There is no lack of opportunity at IU! Robotics club? They meet every week. Chalking sidewalks to spread cheer for the big game? Meet at Jordan Parking Garage at 9. Want to start your own club? Grab a professor to sponsor and get started! At IU, the future is yours for the taking. The opportunities are limitless, the education is tried and true, and the friendships last a lifetime. I am so proud of my school and my choice, and hope that you give IU the chance to change your life. I promise-- it will!"
Elizabeth Fittro
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2016
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"IU has small town charm with a big campus feel. I had great instructors and left with a great sense of pride upon graduating from the Jacobs School of Music. Those within my field know of IU's great reputation for dance. I had many opportunities that I would never have experienced in another program."
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2016
  • Degree: Business
"Indiana's Kelley School of Business not only prepared me for a career in global business processes, but provided first class job placement support. The network of Alumni's from IU is exceptional. As a bonus, the campus is beautiful, and student life at IU Bloomington is tough to beat. I highly recommend to any incoming prospective students."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Communications
"I went to the satellite campus in Indianapolis. It was ok. It is a commuter campus so you really have to work to make relationships there."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"It was a wonderful experience, with incredible opportunities."
Kevin S.
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Biology
"IU was an amazing experience. The buildings, history, professors, and plethora of opportunities allowed to gain the full "college experience" and pushed me into the career path I am currently on. Additionally, the friends I made while studying there are still big parts of my life today."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Business
"Not the safest location, but has a police department on campus. Kind of not the cleanest place, but it is a college. Nice people, some really great professors."
Dustin Nisley
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2016
  • Degree: Social Work
"Going through the Baccalaureate Social Work program at IU Bloomington has prepared me significantly for my career. The professors knew us on a first name basis, even though class sizes were increasing. We were taught by professors who have real world experiences in the field of social work, all with different concentrations. This environment was personal, compassionate, and created many well-rounded social workers with whom I am in contact today. We went in different directions and all continue to do amazing things, and I believe it was based on the intimate nature of the social work courses. The professors care. They want us to succeed, because they understand from working in the field of social work, that more great social workers are needed in order to advocate for change for those who do not or are not able to have a voice to advocate for themselves. It is incredibly important that I continue with my graduate degree in social work so that I may continue to work towards my passion for helping those who cannot advocate on their own behalf. It is my belief, that with my graduate degree in social work, I will be able to dive in and help people understand themselves; to help them understand what their underlying root issues are and to work on those issues, instead of doing what I have experienced many other professionals not in social work doing with these families and clients by putting a bandaid on the symptoms. This University provided me with an abundance of cultural diversity and helped me see outside of the small town I came from and that there is more to this world than just the city limits of where I grew up. It is very important for me to attend a University that holds many of the same values that I do, both personally and professionally. This is why I have chosen to attend IU Bloomington again for my Master's Degree program."
Adam S.
  • Reviewed: 7/12/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Informatics at Indiana University was one of the first of its kind and it was a great program. My own dissatisfaction with the degree is the fact that I got lured into thinking it was a "hot" new field, when I never intended to work in any kind of information technology role. The major, though, gave me an opportunity to focus my learning on a cognate area, and I chose telecommunications applications because I really wanted to learn 3D animation, Flash and computer design-related topics. I was looking for more with the degree itself in terms of how to tie it all together, and wish I had the opportunity to take more classes of interest, however it's my own fault that I didn't go with my gut and major in fine arts. Let me get one thing straight though: the Bachelor of Science in Informatics is a great degree for those looking to enter the world of IT with more flexibility and opportunity to customize your major to your personal goals. If you're interested in Bioinformatics, Chemical Informatics or more specific applications of computing, it's perfect. Funny enough though, all of my jobs have been a combination of IT and some other field, which is exactly what the major is all about. The bottom line is to choose a major you're really interested in trying out for a while before you do anything else. Informatics is great if you don't want to fully commit to Computer Science, but if you're more interested in your focus area than the main concepts of IT, look somewhere else. Regardless of my few negative points, which I blame myself for, there's nowhere else I can imagine having gone to college than Indiana. Five stars overall for the entire experience!"
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2016
  • Degree: Human Services
"I would not have changed one thing about my college experience. Indiana was the perfect school for my because it allowed me to excel academically and socially. I entered Indiana as a freshman and had no idea what I wanted to study and only knew about five people (out of 50,000 students). One week after graduation I got a job at a hospital, got accepted to a masters program for Occupational Therapy, and moved to a city where I live within a five mile radius from 25/30 of my sorority sisters. Indiana has not only set the roots for my academic and future career life, but my social life as well. If you are looking for a school that balances the two, then look no further... I only wish I was in your spot so that I could relive the best years of my life again!"
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Marketing - Advertising
"Don't rely solely on your guidance counselors advice. Not specifically my university, but I know of many where the counselor misguided the students and they had to take additional courses, etc. Do your own research and have fun!"
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Excellent faculty: knowledgeable, encouraging, and friendly. Challenging but enriching program. Excellent environment, beautiful campus, and overall good town to live in as well."
Amanda Foster
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2015
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"This is an extremely good program, the courses are of really good quality. The faculty is very approachable and helpful in integrating the students in the greater network. The campus and the town are very nice. However, the department does not have many funds to offer to the students, and the town in not very well connected."
Yash Ketkar
  • Reviewed: 12/18/2015
  • Degree: Computer Science
"IU has a great graduate program and is very good overall."
Courtney Weckesser
  • Reviewed: 12/16/2015
  • Degree: School Psychology
"Grad school is really what you make of it. I think IU tries really hard to prepare it's students in this program for approaching real world situations. Clearly they can't give you the answer you ever situation you are going to approach but they attempt to give you the processing skills to get to the right answer."
Kristen Argyres
  • Reviewed: 12/12/2015
  • Degree: Counseling
"Pros: The professors are fantastic and willing to work with you to do the best you can. Easy to have a work/grad school balance. Lots of places on campus hire for well above minimum wage. Cons: The CACREP accreditation for the program expires in March 2017 and most of the professors are with the APA, not the ACA, so they decided not to renew. Graduate cohort not particularly diverse."
Amrita Bhattacharya
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2015
  • Degree: Biology
"I am pursuing a PhD in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior at the Biology department at Indiana University, Bloomington. This is a very strong program with some of the biggest strengths being the scientists and professors themselves. Very congenial, supportive and friendly people and very bright and successful students. The cons of the program I think would be a heavy coursework load relative to some other programs and being an international student, fellowship support is limited due to NIH policies."
Hannah Jones
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2015
  • Degree: Communications
"Human computer interaction design program provides a multitude of diverse situations in which you can take what you learn and apply it to relevant fast paced situations. The design skills are obtained rapidly and without stopping. The program itself has provided jobs to the students for the last 15 years and will continue to do so as IU SoIC has a very good reputation with recruiters. I myself am looking forward to events held just for my program to find internships. The only downside of IU is the housing bubble. There are too many students from out of state willing to pay the increasingly drastic rent costs across town thus leaving those who depend on financial aid and their own strict budgets to live in houses that are less then satisfactory . . . . the campus itself provides the most affordable housing in town and that should be a good indicator of the price outside of it. Bloomington is gorgeous and a wonderful town to spend a few years in. Lots of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping in general plus the local art and music scene is divine. You would not regret coming here to learn UX design that is for sure through the HCI/d program."
Shelley Cook
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2015
  • Degree: Biology
"Your experience depends on your understanding of how a PhD program "should" go. If you've never gotten a PhD before or known people who have been through the process, it will be hard, if not impossible, to navigate through the hoops one has to jump through. The standards are not consistent student-to-student. Socially, it helps to be in a committed relationship from the start. The town itself is great!!! Diversity means excellent restaurants. City (free for students) and campus (free for everyone) transportation are the best!!! There are reports of some crime, but I've rarely felt unsafe walking home or to my car in the middle of the night."