Indiana University - Bloomington Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(4.05 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 230 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 10 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 48,514 (38,364 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 38% part-time, 62% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $9,743 in-state; $28,113 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2019

The pros are the world class faculty, the friendly competitive drive within the school of music, and the quality of programming and performance experience. The university recently discontinued their student health inurance option, which is a major drawback. The online systems are not streamlined and the email system is unusual compared to other schools.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

There are a few things that are disconcerting about SPEA: 1. Grade inflation: These classes are hard, no doubt. Very difficult. In order to compensate, grades are inflated, which to me devalues the point of the education. Show me what I got. Tell me where I need to improve. 2. Financial Aid: There is some available, but finding it is very difficult, and SPEA isn't super interested in assisting you. 3. Professors: Most professors are very excited about teaching, and about the material they do teach. However, many adjuncts and the like are simply researchers and don't give the slightest care about what they are doing beyond their research. It shows in their students' ability and interest in the material.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Library Science
Graduation Year: 2016

The very first thing I noticed upon entering the Library Science program at Indiana University was how warm and welcoming the faculty and staff are. The classes, collections, and infrastructure are incredible, but the true strength of this program is its people. Professors are enthusiastic and eager to speak with students, staff members are always happy to demonstrate their work, and everyone works together to make sure you get as many experiences as possible in as many areas as possible. I have honestly never felt so supported and challenged in any other academic setting.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

The education and experience I have gained at SPEA have altered the way I view and understand society’s most pressing issues. Through my coursework I feel confident entering the workforce and pursing my passion of helping mend the rift between human development and environmental conservation – a very complex and contentious issue. Not only have I gained invaluable skills and perspective at SPEA, but I have become empowered by the knowledge that I am not fighting this fight alone, and that my peers will be working alongside me to leave a positive mark on the world.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

I believe the program gave me professional skills and was not solely focused on just academic knowledge, which I believe will really help me in my future career. I think the SPEA network is broad and I have met Speons truly all over the world, when I least expected it and in a professional capacity. I love the Bloomington community. There are always things to do, whether you are into music, the arts, the outdoors, or a foodie or beer and wine snob. As for the community, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and Bloomington has a strong focus on social programs and the environment, which is important for someone in SPEA. Also, it is relatively affordable and I always felt safe here. Now, for the downsides to SPEA - I felt that I could have benefited from an assigned academic adviser, or dedicated academic advisers on staff. Also, I feel that the career development office could use some revamping, as I did not find that they were much use to me when it came time for job hunting. While Bloomington is very diverse for a small-ish Indiana city, we could always use some more diversity! SPEA itself appeared to make an effort to include international from various backgrounds, and also domestic students from various backgrounds, so there were always interesting people to talk to.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

I have been largely impressed with SPEA's graduate programs. More impressive still is the quality of character in the students that SPEA attracts. Definitely some future change agents and world leaders in this group...
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs' (SPEA) graduate program is phenomenal in many ways. Some of those ways include, but are not limited to, the high quality of courses and the excellent career support the school provides. I myself have worked in the career development office that is dedicated to SPEA students specifically so I have seen all the exceptional work they do first hand. However, though not a major issue, Indiana University is located in a small town in Indiana therefore some of the perks of living in a major city are not available to students during their time at Indiana University.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2017

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is one of the best in the world, and students have teachers who are superstars in the classical music world. This kind of access is pricey, and with so many top-notch students attending this fine institution, full-funding is very limited and not available to everyone who deserves it. Still, if you want to develop your career and to grow as a musician technically and artistically, then there is a professor here for you.
4.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017

Cons: No diversity, small city, not much fun for minorities BUT Pros: Amazing curriculum, staff who actually care and are accessible, kind people (not cutthroat), rigorous work so you learn.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2017

It is rare to find a top MBA program with such welcoming and kind faculty and students. The atmosphere is not too competitive and everyone is looking out for one another. The program costs are low compared to other top programs.
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