Illinois State University Graduate Program Reviews

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93%
of students recommend
(4.14 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 46 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 3 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Midsize
  • Student Population: 21,039 (18,643 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 48% part-time, 52% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $9,517 in-state; $17,197 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

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Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019

Selecting Illinois State University is one of the best decision I ever made especially their Clinical - Counseling Psychology graduate program. They provide so much opportunity to lean both in class and get enough training outside class before you graduate. The DBT skills training course is phenomenal.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019

The Clinical-Counseling psychology master's program at Illinois State University is one of the most versatile and eclectic master's psychology programs in the country. For starters, it is one of the only dual clinical/counseling programs in the country. The members of the clinical-counseling faculty have expertise in both research and clinical work. The professors seamlessly integrate traditional classroom lectures, seminar discussions, and hands-on practice. Students in the program are trained to have a holistic approach to mental health which incorporates theories from both clinical and counseling psychology. In addition to training students to be exceptional clinicians, students are trained to be scientists that are educated consumers of research. As a graduation requirement, students are expected to complete a thesis or capstone project, which gives them the opportunity to contribute to the growing body of research in their field. The thesis/capstone processes is laid out in a clear and logical manner, which optimizes efficiency. In addition to the research component, students are given the opportunity to spend a full year at a community agency completing their clinical-counseling practicum. The 20-hour-a-week practicum allows students, under qualified supervision, the opportunity to engage in individual/group counseling, assessment, and case management. I wholeheartedly believe that the practicum component is what sets this program apart from all others. The practicum has been so successful at preparing students in the program to be full-time counselors that a significant portion of the graduating class fields multiple job offers immediately after graduation! Alumni careers include well sought-after positions like Addiction Therapist/Substance Abuse Counselor, Behavioral Health Specialist, and Clinical Program Coordinator. Last but definitely not least; this is one of the only fully funded psychology programs in the country! Upon admission, you receive a graduate assistantship that comes with a 100% tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. The financial assistance that this program offers has made pursuing graduate education far less stressful than I expected. My time in this program, while rigorous, has been incredibly fruitful, I feel 110% ready to enter the workforce with confidence. If you are even considering applying to a clinical/counseling master's program, you would be doing yourself a great disservice if you didn't look into applying for The Clinical-Counseling psychology master's program at Illinois State University!
3.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2015

The school offers a lot of opportunities for success, community engagement and giving back! The library is filled of amazing resources and plenty of spaces to get work done.
4.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015

its a prestigious university and it has got lot of good facilties
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2015

I loved my college. It was a great school that offered amazing experiences
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2011

I think its extremely beneficial and teaches you how to handle lots of different situations that might be thrown at you and also knowledge based material.
3.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2008

I truly enjoyed my experience at ISU. I went to a private Jesuit university for undergrad, and I was initially worried about the quality of education that I would receive at a state school. ISU surpassed my expectations. The professors were great, and I loved the experience.
4.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2009

ISU was a fantastic school to go to for my Master's - it was affordable, I was awarded an assistantship, the classes & professors were great, and the campus is beautiful!
4.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2010

I loved the experience I received from Illinois State University. The location has everything you need within a 10 minute drive and still has a small-town feel to it. The campus and atmosphere was very welcoming. My program was very educational and prepared me for my career. The staff was knowledgeable, compassionate, and understanding. My whole experience was enjoyable.
3.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2008

ISU was a community in which professors, staff, and students work together to create a safe, fun learning environment. Experiences gained there will last a lifetime.
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