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I've read a lot of negative comments aboutAverageEnglish
I've read a lot of negative comments about this university, and I agree that the social life is weak and the bureaucracy is stupid, but it is getting better, and I agree that the students with whom I'm surrounded aren't the most intellectually gifted. Some wallow in their ignorance and are defiant about being challenged at all. Still, though, there is a lot of diverse perspectives here, and that's worthy too. And, maybe you just need to be careful which major to choose. There are crazy good opportunities to work closely with mentors here. You can be a big fish in a small pond (and serve on the campus senate or get access to special scholarships) here, where you are literally just a number somewhere else. If you don't like professors and students challenging you or your beliefs, then no, you shouldn't come here.

Some of the reviews were very negative about the CAP program, and I don't think that is justified these days. It is an honors program that challenges you to think more broadly. It was a good prep for being an English major. CAP honors classes can transfer, but you will have to write an argument for them to be considered humanities classes at another university. Most are really political philosophy approached from a bunch of different disciplinary perspectives.

If you are a prospective English major, then you need to know that you will have to take some online classes, but that all your teachers are onground, so you can talk with them in their offices with no problem. So, you can get special help with your writing from people who really, really know how to push you to be a better writer. If you think you are great to begin with, that's fine, but they'll push you to be better--creatively and critically. If you put in the effort, so will the English professors.I'm happy with the education I've received here, but you only get out of it what you put into it.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2018
Education Quality: A+, Social Life: D
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I have few complaints about the academic program,Quite BrightPsychology
I have few complaints about the academic program, or the professors. My main issue is with the housing department. This only applies if you are a non-traditional student living in family housing (Sunflower Court). Housing here is a joke. Facilities are poorly upkept, the buildings are old and even after a recent "renovation" woefully outdated and unsuited for living with a family. Family apartments are one of the only UIS housing offerings with no dishwasher. When you have a family and are going to school and working full time, not having a dishwasher is more than a minor inconvenience. Housing staff are rude, arrogant, abrupt and unhelpful. If I had the funds I would move but unfortunately I am stuck here. Because I chose this school for its family housing offering, I have been very disappointed by the astounding lack of quality, especially compared with the resources they put into housing for traditional/non-family student housing.
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Scholastic Success: A-, Social Life: D+
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I'll be graduating from UIS as a ComputerBrightComputer Science
I'll be graduating from UIS as a Computer Science major next semester. For the most part my experience has been positive. The academics are sound and faculty/staff are accessible with a few exceptions. I'm not the most social person so I cant really speak in depth on social life or extracurricular activities, however, I haven't had any problems in those areas.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2014
Campus Aesthetics: A, Campus Maintenance: B-
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