Indiana University - Bloomington Reviews
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IU provided a fun college experience in addition to quality classes. I suggest starting your Freshman year in a Living Learning Community (presuming they still have those) as they connect you to people with similar interests who can become friends and/or generally helpful in whatever your academic/lifestyle focus is! There are drawbacks of IU, of course. There is an excessive focus on the "big" sports; mostly I never bumped shoulders with athletes (specifically male athletes whose primary goal in college was to improve their athletic ability in popular sports such as basketball and football) since I tended towards niche classes, but what I did see of them in larger classes was that they were often absent, only showing up for tests, or were present but markedly lacking in basic academic skills such as vocabulary, engaging in discussions, and oral comprehension. Additionally, male students of the "tailgating" or "party on Mom and Dad's Dime" variety were numerous and made their presence known in an unwanted way for female students. In conclusion, for students whose primary goal is academic advancement, the "learning is optional!" attitude of a visible percentage of students at IU may drag down the atmosphere into something that is exasperating at times, but for those who can shrug that off the school offers fantastic courses that are worth it! With diligent planning of your living situation, classes, and social life, you will find that there *are* others who share your passions and there will be ample opportunities to form lasting, productive relationships with them while having a good time.
Extremely valuable education; hands-on professors with real-world experiences.
I thought that the Kelley School of Business curriculum was both challenging and exciting. The materials we learned were relevant, topical, and have assisted me as I've moved forward in my career. I would wholeheartedly recommend IU to anyone that was wondering if it was the right place to go.
Indiana University is a world class institution. Bloomington is a beautiful campus, the professors are friendly and knowledgable, excellent classmates/students/locals, school spirit, and plenty of sports and/or groups to get involved in. I would absolutely recommend IU to anyone looking for a great college experience.
I went to Law School at IU Bloomington in the class of 1985. The group of students that I attended with were some of the smartest friendliest and most intellectually challenging that I have ever met. I can not think of a better place to pursue a Law Degree. My professors took a real interest in us and really taught us how to, "think like a lawyer". If you go, same some time to go to the Law School watering hole, Nicks.
The Informatics program at IU was the best decision I could have made. The program was among the very first Informatics programs in the nation and prepared students for careers as consultants, business analysts, tech leads, etc. The coursework was project-heavy, so students learned how to work within a team environment towards meeting milestones and deadlines.
Political Science was a great base for those going to law school. However, friends encouraged me to take advantage of IU's business school, which turned out to be world class. While I had offers to work in government based on my social sciences education, the business school opened up a whole new set of opportunities. The Kelley Business school also offered an incredible class, X410, which helped bring hiring companies to campus, to help prepare graduates' resumes and mock interviews to be at your best when the time came.
While the overall education and experience I gained from this institution was valuable, the administration was unhelpful and at times disorganized.
I loved The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU because we felt like a family. It was not about competing with your peers, but having discussions and learning to see others points of view. The adjunct professors taught students about the real world application of our major.
Growing up in Indiana, all my life I dreamed of going to IU. Right after high school I walked through the sample gates off of Kirkwood Avenue as a student. IU is a big school, and it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. However, class sizes are relatively small for most classes and instructors proved to have both the time and interest in helping me to succeed. For the larger required classes, like math, there are large lectures that are then broken down to smaller lab meetings throughout the week. So, even the large classes are made personal. I also lived in campus housing in McNutt dormitory. It was there that I met friends that I have to this day, nearly 20 years later. Living on campus was convenient and even though the campus is large, it doesn't take more than 15-20 minutes to walk anywhere on campus. This is not a hardship because the campus itself is beautiful and I found it relaxing to walk through.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the community of Bloomington as part of my college experience. Bloomington is a great place to live; it has a lot of great restaurants, clubs, and interesting but quirky shops. It's a wonderful place to live and attend school, your home away from home!