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When you are going through the application processQuite BrightBiology
When you are going through the application process they tell you all these good thing about how everybody is friendly and want to help, this is not true. You are required to take far to many useless courses. While some professors were excellent the overall education is not worth the price. Once you tell them that you are thinking of transferring they treat you like you are stupid and it's your fault you can't handle college.
1st Year Female -- Class 2012
Education Quality: A, Scholastic Success: F
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The art program is simply a joke.Quite BrightArt & Design Department
The art program is simply a joke. It is lead by three art instructors who have little to no success in their careers, yet they try to dictate the future of their students. Attend a different college unless you work in a minimalist style and worship the art of Mark Rothko. If you do figurative work it will be reflected in your grades. I base this off the GPAs of my peers. Everyone who worked in a minimalist style obtained higher grades.

Most of the grad schools I've contacted describe IC's art program as 'defunct'. The instructors are very bad at giving students Letters of Recommendation and have lied to me twice about sending them... that is the only way I can put it. What else can you call it when a professor says he will send a Letter, but fails to do so?

IC is also the only college I know of that does not have art majors exhibit at least twice a year. Your lucky if you are able to have a senior exhibit of your work. So don't attend Illinois College if you are expecting to gain gallery experience. Two of the professors rarely attend student exhibits to beging with (Unless the students works in a minimalist manner.).

It is my opinion that the art department at IC is the worst department on campus. The art department was not even designed for what it is being used for today. The two studios were originally lounges for the music department and the studios have more than one OSHA violation. I warned the college about this several times, but no one listened. On a side-note. The social life at IC is what you make it. If you are bored on a Friday night it is most likely becuase you are a boring person to begin with. Really... there are live concerts practically every night less than 20 miles away. I seen Smile Empty Soul twice, Soulfly, Sevendust and several other great bands at the same location and the ticket are only like $15 at the most. So stating that there is nothing to do is bogus considering that it is a short drive to the capitol.

5th Year Male -- Class 2003
Social Life: A-, Education Quality: F
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I come from a medium sized town aboutQuite BrightArt & Design Department
I come from a medium sized town about two hours away. I did very well in high school. I made good grades as was very much involved with extra-curriculars. I wanted a small enough school so I could be involved while still receiving an excellent education. While it is possible to be very much involved at IC while dedicating yourself to education, the campus is often very thankless and the run-around at this school is pretty absurd. Several very unqualified people have jobs at this school, both in faculty and in administration. Mistakes are made constantly and its a wonder how anything ever gets done. Since the school is so small, there are several incredibly biased professors who have favorites in their classes. Many students receive unfair grades. I myself am a victim of this, as a professor of my major gave me several unfair grades which severely hurt my gpa, which caused me to not get into my top grad schools. If you are an art major, DO NOT go to this school.
4th Year Female -- Class 2007
Individual Value: A, Education Quality: D
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