University of Illinois at Springfield Reviews
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.
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.
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.