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| Now that I'm a Junior, I finally feel as if I can write an adequate review of IU. While the school has some positive aspects, if I could do it all over again, I would not have attended IU. |
Campus: Honestly, this is why I chose to come here. It's beautiful. No matter what the weather, I am still constantly surprised at how gorgeous this place is. It looks and feels like "college." The town is really cute, but unless you have a bunch of money to spend every weekend, you probably won't be able to take advantage of it.
Academics: It feels like high school. Even in upper level English classes (10-15 students), I am not being challenged. I've worked with graduate faculty, and they just have not lived up to my expectations. That being said, there are some wonderful professors here. But one great professor every year does not make up for the others. There is a ton of busy work, and even when you personally meet with your professors, you don't feel as if you're an individual. I am also a Psychology major, and these classes are definitely disappointing. All large lectures, the professors are all focused on their research, you can just read the book and come in for the exam and get straight As. Nice if you're into that, but it's not what I was looking for.
Student Body: I think this is the most disappointing part of IU. Yes, there are intelligent, friendly, interesting people here. But I have had to constantly seek them out, and that becomes tiring. The overwhelming majority of the student body has adopted this attitude that partying is the number one priority and school is just something you find a way to get around. Remember senior year of high school when you just did the bare minimum and then joked about how drunk you were on a Tuesday night with your friends and forgot about your test the next day? Yeah, welcome to IU. And don't get me wrong, I go out, party, drink, blah blah blah. And it was great for the first two years. But I didn't expect that to be the main aspect of my overpriced education.
Financial: Speaking of over-priced....IU has seriously swindled me out of a ton of money. Their priority goes to funding in-state students. I lost all financial aid a year ago, with no explanation. When I went in to the office to get help and tell them I didn't understand why I suddenly had to come up with 40,000 dollars a year, they were of no help whatsoever. You have to constantly fight for aid.
Misc: I know freshmen really focus on dorms/dining halls when first coming to college. These things are important, but please remember to look at the big picture and remind yourself that only 1 year of your life will be spent in these places. The dorms are generally very good, albeit a bit depressing after awhile. If you are interested in a sort of artsy/alternative lifestyle (I'm not really sure how to put it) PLEASE check out Collins LLC. It was a great experience and I met many of my friends there. All of the dining halls are awful, but probably to the extent that any dining hall is awful in large state schools. I will never set foot in one again. Parting ADVICE: If you're looking for the quintessential college experience, the kind you see in the movies, with a beautiful campus and crazy parties, then consider IU. If you picture yourself surrounded by an intellectually stimulating student body and growing as a student and an individual, I would look elsewhere. You can do those things at IU, but it will be a constant battle every semester to seek this experience out. Unless you are interested in Jacobs School of Music or Kelley, IU is not worth the money to attend out of state.
|Mar 26 2013|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| Indiana University is a great school. I love it here. The campus is absolutely beautiful, the students are open minded and have the most school spirit I have ever seen. The teachers genuinely want you to succeed and they care-- even though many classes are large because of the 36,000 undergrads. The resources for career development and life after college are unbelievable. The business school is one of the top programs, as well as many of the other majors they offer. |
Social life is great. There is always something to do, lots of parties, but also a lot of clubs, volunteering, sports, music, theater, etc. If there is not a club on campus (which is very unlikely) that interests you, you are able to create one. I am on a Dance team here that was just started by a student two years ago because she liked to dance and we are already performing at Pacer's games.
The school work is challenging but not impossible.
Dorms are great, a lot of renovation going on and tons of ethnic diversity-- especially in restaurants.Overall, its a great big ten university that has a lot to offer.
|Oct 25 2012|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| I wish I had chosen a 2nd major to be more flexible in teacher certification.My university experience was invaluable. The Music school is a school within a schoolo type of atmosphere so I had the benefits of going to a large university (good selection of courses research projects, innovations, etc) while at the same time having the support of faculty and students one would find in a small school. |
|Oct 20 2012|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |