Illinois State University Graduate Program Reviews

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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
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABET, + 5 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Midsize
  • Student Population: 20,760 (18,426 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 51% part-time, 49% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $9,400 in-state; $17,017 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2015

A pro of my graduate program is that there is a clinic in the same building my classes are located. We are also able to record our sessions to review later. Weekly meetings with our CCC-SLP supervisors are required and very helpful for our growth as a speech pathologist. We also have a lot of graduate assistantships offered through the department and if a student is not able to obtain one, faculty are very helpful in finding them in other departments. Another pro is that there is a graduate lounge for my cohort to work in throughout the day. A con of my graduate program is the large focus it places on educational settings. In the past few years, it has become more medical but for students like myself, it would be ideal to have a more even balance. Another con is the out of date building my classes and clinical sessions are located in. Some of the classrooms are too small for the amount of students and the clinic rooms are too small to do some activities. Overall, I am very pleased with my choice of attending Illinois State University.
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2011

ISU's Politics and Government graduate program provided a great education and opportunity to participate in academic professional advancement. Obviously, as with most programs, there are weaknesses within the faculty. However, the opportunity to collaborate with professors with research interests that align with your own is vital and appreciated.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

Illinois State provides a strong MSW program. It encourages the student to utilize their critical thinking skills to find new ways to influence and help the community around them. I recommend this program to anyone in the area, the professors are focused on ensuring that you have the experience and knowledge you need before you enter into the work force.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2010

ISU's graduate program was flexible and friendly. All of the classes were organized and not overwhelming. The surrounding area gave plenty of places to quietly study or meet in groups. It was a great experience.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2013

The best thing about my grad degree at ISU was that I met my mentor for life here!
2.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2011

The graduate program can offer me the opportunity to continue to further my education in a graduate program. Other positive attributes for the program is that it may not be based completely on academics so the program can give every student a fair share of achieving financial aid that can be used toward school or repaying back outstanding loans. I appreciate the graduate program for offering some financial support to students experiencing financial difficulties. The only drawback of the graduate program is that it should consider students who are in need based to be eligible for the program so that students who depend of financial aid can get a chance to receive the awards.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

I feel that my program is very good at making sure the students are learning. All the students have a close relationship with one another. The workload is a lot but that is what is expected in graduate school. The child life program has an internship at the end and the professors help the student get one. They do this by preparing them for applications and interviews. I would say the only con is that we do not have more electives available to us. There is not much choice in what you get to take. I also think that graduate students should have a better parking pass as well. Our sports programs often get in the way of parking and graduate students are left to walk across campus at nighttime.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

I have an excellent graduate program. Every class that I have taken thus far ties in to other classes. I don't feel as if I'm taking classes that are not practical. I love the faculty. The only down side is how small the faculty is. They work really hard for it to be just two professors over Music Therapy.
3.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

Great teachers and structure. The local doesn't provide any cultural environment.
3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

Faculty wants students to succeed, and shows it. Very passionate academics, and a quality education is attainable for those who work hard.
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