There's really no reason to complain about SIUE
If you can't realize there's cool people and shitty people at every college, you're f***ed and you should leave.
If you wear a Univ. of Illinois shirt every day and spend every moment fantasizing about transferring to U of I, you're f***ed and you should leave.
If you commute two hours a day just for 6 credit hours, you're f***ed and you should leave.
There's low school spirit but that's just the students' fault. If you can't differentiate between your own problems, those of the social environment, and those of the institution, then you're f**ked.
Satisfaction after action is greatly possible with SIUE. People from our undergrad nursing program are being hired just DAYS after licensure, landing $40 an hour starting off, working the SAME RN jobs alongside people from Loyola and all these other "good" places.
The cliche "it's what you make of it" is definitely true especially at SIUE. You'll be happy based on your own actions, doing what you want and finding your own group of friends at SIUE. You won't be happy from the contagious groupthink that plagues every university.
The Army ROTC is a good group of people, hats off to them.
The only beef I and other Chicagoans have with SIUE is the whole St. Louis thing:
St. Louis is an unavoidable and omnipresent aspect of life at SIUE and it can be bad depending on who you are. If you have to do a volunteer project or museum visit for class, you WILL be associated with/go to St. Louis. You'll just have to face it. If you're a nursing student you WILL do your clinicals in St. Louis, have fun getting patients with their faces blown off (true). If you're a business student, have fun doing your internship at Purina. I say it can be bad depending on who you are, because if you're from Belleville/O'Fallon etc., St Louis is obviously a fine and normal place. But if you're from Chicago and "have seen the light" that Chicago gives, there's no contest admitting that St. Louis is hands-down just a horrible place.
The Air Force ROTC isn't from SIUE. It's hosted at St. Louis Univ. and is a SLU program. Their building is a crackhouse. They're the only ROTC unit I know of that doesn't allow uniforms. Polo shirts and slacks are their only uniform. These kids spend 2 years in a MILITARY organization just wearing polo shirts, only to get f**ked up from some budget cut. The AFROTC kids are hilarious to see, sometimes they walk around during the winter without jackets just so they can poke out their little Air Force logo on their shirt. "Hey look at me I'm in Air Force ROTC!" sticking out their lit'l logo on their polo but the girls don't budge. Go Army.
It's really just groupthink and St. Louis that cause most of SIUE's problems. At SIUE the dorms are new and the best I've seen, the food is great, and the facilities are top notch. If you're young there's a lot of fun to have in the dorms and in the various student organizations like InterVarsity and the Source. There's no reason to be unhappy other than trivial external things. I've had a lot of fun just chilling in the dorms with a small group of people, while other people just go into reclusion in their off-campus apartment and whack off to a U of I poster.You're either with SIUE or you're not. If you don't like SIUE but still take up class seats, hallway space, and breathing air, then that means you're a jackass and an idiot, and we won't miss you.