University of Illinois at Springfield Reviews

  • 19 Reviews
  • Springfield (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,338
56% of 19 students said this degree improved their career prospects
95% of 19 students said they would recommend this school to others
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J David
  • Reviewed: 4/12/2020
  • Degree: Mathematics
"I cannot express how happy I found the UIS online degree program. I decided to go back to school for the 4th time in my mid-forties and finally get my bachelors degree. I've tried several different programs with different schools over the last 20 years and was never successful in balancing a full time job with schoolwork. UIS has created the perfect program for working adults. It is challenging enough to keep learners engaged while offering the convenience that working adults require to get it done. Their teachers and advising staff is always available when needed and they do a fantastic job of presenting the material in a way that is easy to understand for remote learners. If you're looking for an accredited university with reasonable tuition that offers an online program that is both challenging and convenient I would highly recommend UIS."
Jessie LaFrance
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2019
  • Degree: Mathematics
"I greatly appreciated University of Illinois, Springfield in that this institution allowed me hold a full-time teaching job while pursuing my second undergraduate degree, online. While it was sometimes challenging to achieve thorough and timely communication with instructors (all communication is done via email), I believe that the pros definitely outweighed the cons. I was able to study on my own time, and was never required to be physically present for any classes. Since I worked two jobs during a majority of my time with UIS, this was the only way I could keep both of my positions and earn a second degree. Taking classes online improved my email etiquette and computer literacy. It also required me to have academic discipline and a lot of self motivation. I was able to pickup my laptop and "attend school" from anywhere! Whether I had a spare minute during lunch, or was home for the weekend visiting my family, I could read through my e-textbooks, consult my online notes, and submit my assignments via blackboard. Something else to be aware of is that most of your exams will need to be officially proctored. I was fortunate enough to live near a community college that provided exam proctoring services for a reasonable fee ($25 an hour)."
Marcus Suzuki
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2019
  • Degree: Mathematics
"The math degree at UIS was definitley doable. I think that the program provided clear to understand notes that are easily accessible online. I loved my professors and it felt like they were always available to talk or when I had questions. The program was clearly laid out and defined so that you could graduate in time. I remember that there were a couple of different routes that you could take when completing your undergraduate degree. You have the option to major in Statistics, or a more general pure math track. I chose to do the statistics track because it is more applicable in the work force. Statistics is a field that can be used in almost any discipline and it is not going away any time soon. Pure math is fine, but I am not so sure that it has the vast array of application that statistics does. The program that I went through allows you to be educated enough to be able to pass the Actuary exams. The math on the Actuary exams have material that you learn in the Mathematical Staitistics courses. In those courses, you learn how to derive the confidence interval formulas and gain a foundation for hypothesis testing. I believe that the program was worth it, and it also doesnt hurt to try to transfer over courses. UIS was traditionally a transfer college and just more recently became a four year University. The amount of classes that you can transfer over is much better than most other colleges that I have experiences. I am glad that I went to UIS and wouldnt have gone to another college because of my experience and the ease of transfer of the classes. I also apprecaited how the graduation requirements were clearly laid out from the beginning of the program."
Michelle Ver Hagen
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2019
  • Degree: English
"I was enrolled in the 100% online bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in "Literary Studies." I thoroughly recommend this program to anyone interested in studying English. It was thorough in that I had the opportunity to study not only the classics but also more modern works from all different cultural backgrounds. I read and wrote about authors from China, Africa, Japan, France, Sweden, Norway, England, Denmark, India, Pakistan, and many other places. This multi-cultural education expanded my knowledge of literature and of the world outside my front door. I had the distinct pleasure of working with Dr. D to present at STARS a student research symposium. It was a wonderful experience and Dr. D was with me every step of the way encouraging me and offering me feedback that really challenged my way of thinking and opened my eyes to new perspectives. The students that I interacted with online were anywhere between eighteen and fifty-five years of age and I loved the diversity. Coming from all different backgrounds, each of us had something unique to say about the reading we had been assigned. These differences in opinion helped us all step out of ourselves and think more broadly about a subject and what that subject might mean to others. Overall, the professors were helpful, kind, and provided useful feedback. The online environment seemed to very conducive to honest discussion and allowed all the students to work around their own schedule. This is the perfect school and the perfect program for anyone passionate about learning and improving themselves. I grew as person through this program and I would be delighted if I could go back and do it all over again."
Mike
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: History
"The standard of education is high. Professors and students, generally speaking, are dedicated to their pursuits. It is a midsize college, so if you are looking for the Division I experience it is better to look elsewhere. The facilities for the college are very good, with University Hall, the TRAC (fitness/sports center) and the student union being new. The rest of the buildings are older, but well kept. The library is an excellent place to study; with ample amounts of public computers and useful volumes, although some are getting dated. The smaller size of the college means that class sizes are relatively small, and professors will actually know your name and be available for help. On the downside, it is a bit out of town so if you don't have a car you might be limited in what you can do for recreation."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"I really enjoyed my master's degree program at UIS. The professors were so great and it truly helped prepare me for the CPA exam."
Brian Mullen
  • Reviewed: 9/14/2016
  • Degree: Computer Science
"University of Illinois at Springfield is a very diverse college. There aren't many people here so the teacher to student ratio is very good. The class sizes are very small compared to other colleges and the teachers really care about the success of the students. It is a great college to have a little fun and also get all of your studies done. And if you need any help with your studies the student can easily talk to there teacher or go to the library and go into the learning center for help."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Mathematics
"I WAS LOOKING FOR A SMALLER SCHOOL AND UIS FIT THAT PERFECTLY. GOOD INSTRUCTORS, WISH A FEW MORE OF THE MATH PROFESSORS SPOKE CLEARER ENGLISH. BIGGEST DRAWBACK WAS THE AMOUNT OF UPPER LEVEL MATH CLASSES THAT WERE ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE AND HAD NO CLASSROOM OPTION."
Aubrey McCarthy
  • Reviewed: 4/4/2016
  • Degree: School Counseling
"The pros are the amazing faculty and staff who are always there to support you in any way shape or form. Additionally, the education quality and career support is superb, and the school is very affordable for a graduate level program. The only major con I can think of is the lack of diversity within my specific program. However, the campus itself has a wide diversity of international students."
Aubrey McCarthy
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2016
  • Degree: School Counseling
"The pros of this program are the amazing faculty and staff. In my program, all of the faculty are extremely helpful and always go the extra mile to make sure you are getting the most out of the program. They strive to push each student to his or her full potential, and I appreciate each one of them immensely. I am very happy with my program and all that it offers."
CharJay
  • Reviewed: 9/14/2015
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"U.I.S. has a great reputation throughout the state. The Human Service program is outstanding, I have learned tremendously and my instructors are on top of assistance, knowledgeable and fair. I went to a private online college prior and enjoyed it yet was accelerated and not well known throughout the community. I also have a easier time getting employment based on U.I.S. recognition."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2015
  • Degree: Mathematics
"The continued growth of the campus has opened up a very wide range of opportunities. Loved the campus housing options. I was not in favor of the online only class offerings of the upper level math courses."
Commentor
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2015
  • Degree: Computer Science
"The college is good if you are in that region. If you are not, they can't really do much for you since they are a regional university. Unless you are able to attend UIUC or other top rated programs, I would stick to programs close by. Some courses were good, were challenging, and taught you a lot where others didn't. I guess you could get that anywhere."
Greg Luker
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2014
  • Degree: Accounting
"Its a inexpensive program with connections to local accounting firms."
Greg Luker
  • Reviewed: 11/29/2013
  • Degree: Accounting
"The accounting program has very good instructors to help you reach your goals."
Kaleab Woldemariam
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2013
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"The Pro of attending environmental science program is its currency and its application in several environmental issues from social and natural sciences.Another Pro is opportunity for internship and job prospect.The wide range of issues to specialize in one of the most important cons.One con i could mention is materials for study are pretty expensive."
April Harman
  • Reviewed: 2/27/2013
  • Degree: Counseling
"The workload is at a good pace whether you are straight out of college or a returning adult student. The faculty are very friendly and easy to talk to. Information is easy to obtain as well."
Meredith Colias
  • Reviewed: 12/26/2012
  • Degree: Communications
"UIS is a small school. Students will get extra attention with teachers experienced in state government."
Yetunde Agbesola
  • Reviewed: 12/5/2012
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"The UIS graduate program in public health is of high quality; the curriculum, teaching methods and learning facilities all contribute towards equiping students to become highly skilled and confident public health professionals. However, like most other univeristies, the cost of education is very high and this sometimes proves to be a major challenge for students."