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Illinois State University

Total Grad Surveys 8
Females 5
Males 3
Avg years at University 2.4
Research Quality C (4.8)
Research Availability C+ (5.4)
Research Funding C (4.6)
Graduate Politics C+ (5.2)
Not Errand Runners C (4.3)
Degree Completion B- (6.3)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] A- (8.5)
Sufficient Pay C (4.6)
Competitiveness B (6.7)
Education Quality C+ (5.7)
Faculty Accessibility B- (6.3)
Useful Research B- (6.5)
"Individual" treatment B- (6.0)
Friendliness B (6.7)
Safety B- (6.0)
Campus Beauty B+ (7.5)
Campus Maintenance B+ (7.4)
University Spending B (7.3)
Extracurriculars B+ (7.4)
Scholastic Success C+ (5.7)
Surrounding City B- (6.4)
Social Life/ Environment B+ (7.5)
Not Errand RunnersC
Alternative pay [ta/gsi]A-
I really like myMay 30 2012Music - Performance
I really like my degree program here. I started off as a Collaborative Piano masters student, but have taken more applied piano courses as a result of a great relationship with one of the piano professors. In fact, his mentorship has deeply affected my career direction.
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I loved this ISU's MBA program until IMay 18 2012Business - Management and Administration
I loved this ISU's MBA program until I found out an extreme non-qualified student who received her MBA degree from ISU recently. I am really disappointed with our MBA program.

First of all, I am 100% against the non-official no lower than B grading policy for MBA students, which professors usually would not give a student a grade that is lower than B. Don't get me wrong, we still need to put efforts to receive an A for our grade. However, most students can pretty much receive at least a B or maybe C (rarely) as long as students turn in their assignments, and "participate in their exams." This is just so wrong.

Let me just explain why that particular student who can graduate from ISU's MBA program can upset so many MBA students. Iris (as an alias), she does not know (this is ridiculous) what are the 4Ps in Marketing mix; What is the face value of a bond, which is normally $1000; Asset = Liability + Equity in Accounting; and she failed so many exams (I mean below 60, solid F) such as ACC 468(information systems), MQM 427 (operational Management; ACC 450 (Cost Accounting); MQM 485 (Strategic managment), and many other classes. But she can still get Bs and Cs in these classes. All she has to do is to team up with other bright students in group projects to boost up her grades, and relies on no failing grading policy!!!In conclusion, a student like this can damage reputation of ISU's MBA program and its MBA graduates, and many of us who work hard. Many of us (MBA students) are very frustrated and disappointed!!

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Campus is filthy and rundownDec 02 2009English
Campus is filthy and rundown. Faculty are much more concerned with their own research to be bothered with students, except when they have the opportunity to pit one against another. "Generalist" degree is a joke. So much infighting between areas of interest perpetuated by faculty and carried through to students. It's a horrible school.
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The new $28 million dollar College of BusinessAug 24 2005Business - Management and Administration
The new $28 million dollar College of Business School is impressive. You have to go and take the tour on the Illinois State web site to see and believe. The campus itself is very asthetically pleasing and uses all the latest technology, touch screen computer podiums, WIFI connections, and many buildings have modern computer labs. You can even check out laptops from the campus library, Milner Library.

The 2 main factors of the reason why I chose Illinois State was the its very affordable cost and the program is AACSB accredited. I am in my first year of the full-time MBA program and thus far all the teachers have been bright and engaging, not dry at all. Also, all the professors have their PhDs. One could easily browse the teacher faculty website at Illinois State to see exactly what academic credentials are there, and yes, even Ivy League PhDs teach at Illinois State. What is also nice is that you have part-time student full-time workers in the same classes. Those people add real value to the educational experience as they can relate to what is going on in the work place and how a topic does or does not fit in the real world. Also a great way to network yourself with your interaction with those students.

In the College of Business, as of this writing, CoB MBA GAs earn $750 a month stipend plus free tuition. That is excellent for 20 hours of work.....much better than what a part-time job could do for you.

Illinois State has name recognition. While it isn't Ivy League, it also isn't Ihaveneverheardofyou University. The educational experience combined with the cost always places Illinois State in the top 100 best value schools in America.

The educational experience is always going to be what you put into it. If you ever feel you aren't getting what you want out of an institution, then you really need to transfer to another school and get what you want.

Once you graduate and develop your working reputation, no one cares what your school was, if you produce, people see it. If you don't produce, then everyone avoids you and snickers behind your back saying you only got the job because of your school (and you won't get any promotions either and when department cuts happen, you will be cut, seen it many times).

A word of advice, don't ever slam your alma matter. That isn't anyway to improve what you feel needs to be improved. What looks worse, you slamming a school, or that you graduated from a school that you just slammed. Think about it.To end this, I have a varifiable university e-mail addres, unlike a lot of the people slamming the school.....most of those "reviews" are very shady in knowledge of the school, and anyone going to the school can see that.

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This school does notAug 24 2003Industrial Operations Engineering
This school does not have much of a reputation for academic excellence or for using up-to-date technology. Graduate students are underpaid and heavily used by the faculty for teaching undergraduates or as research assistants. Departmental politics are rampant and often involve graduate students.
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This university is patheticMay 09 2003Other
This university is pathetic. It does not hold a candle to my undergraduate university. Their technology is lacking in a huge way (computers around campus etc.). It also seems that many of the professors here do not even have their Ph.D. The campus doesn't make you smile and the student center is archaic, dark, and dingy not to mention the services such as food etc. offered in the student center are unappealing. The library also needs a facelift. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL! DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE!
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