Illinois State University '13
Majoring in English
Member since 10/6/2011
ISU games are a lot of fun. People get really into it and there are a lot of options.
Tons of options, from housing to apartments. It feels like they put up new student housing every year, as they tear more and more dorms down. Most are really close to campus, but better deals are a little farther away.
When I applied to the Psychology program, I was not able to be admitted due to having more than 75 credits. It was like I was overqualified. I would have still had to take about the same amount of credits as I will for my "new" major, so it's not like they'll be losing any money. It was a frustrating experience.
It's really easy to find a bus, cab, or just to walk. Everything is pretty close, and ISU is at the middle of town so it doesn't take long to get anywhere.
Online Classes – Getting into an online class was challenging, because you don't get the feedback from the lessons or from professors unless you specifically set up a meeting. Also, I find that most of the students do not tend to take the online or hybrid courses very seriously, and student participation in minimal. The workload is difficult because it's all self-motivated, but on the other hand you can do it on your schedule, rather than on the college's schedule. Registration was easy, carrying it out a little challenging. The professor's try to be helpful, and are able to answer questions through email or office visits.
Well Worth the Buck – Going to Heartland costs me about 2000 or so a semester, and the credits transfer to accredited 4 year universities. Also, you can break up your payments on a monthly basis. Talk about a money saver! The tuition process is straight forward, and the financial aid is easy to get as long as you're in satisfactory academic standing. Make sure you fill out your FAFSA and apply for financial aid, and the rest is pretty simple.
Great Student Activities – Heartland has writing labs, tutoring services, and an awesome library staff. Not only that, but they have a free game room, and a really helpful bookstore. There are always campus activities going on, and school athletics. While they aren't a 4 year school, they have a lot to offer to students and the community, and are always competitive on giving students a technological edge, as well as a high quality education.
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