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I absolutely love my university

Nov 15 2014Psychology
I absolutely love my university. It was the only pubic school I applied to, and yet it gave me more personal attention than any of the others. It's a huge school, but I don't feel like just a number. I have an overwhelming amount of support from both students and faculty, and there are so many opportunities all around you. If you are interested in business, music/the arts, or research, IU is the place to be. And even if those aren't your interests, you can make your own major! The only thing you really can't do here is engineering.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2017
Education Quality: A+, Campus Maintenance: A-

Full honesty: I hate this place

Nov 08 2014Finance
Full honesty: I hate this place. It's a liberal shithole. Over half of the people in my residence hall have illegal drugs, and the University does nothing. That there is no rule against sex in the dorms is outright offensive. Also quite vexing is that out of state minorities with lower SAT scores and parents who make more money can come here for free just because they are minorities when I pay full price as a middle class white person from Indiana. It's blatant reverse discrimination. I pay 24,000 a year just so drunk kids from Chicago and Jersey (most people here are not from Indiana) can keep me awake at night. I wish I could afford to somewhere else.
1st Year Male -- Class 2018
Useful Schoolwork: B+, Individual Value: F

Anyone who isn't involved with greek life came

Nov 08 2014English
Anyone who isn't involved with greek life came here with their entire high school and remains in the same cliques they were involved with there. So if you don't have a ton of friends already who are going to hook you up with a bid or be your social center, don't bother.

The university has good resources, but not even close to enough for the number of students they suck tuition money from. Not enough space on the buses, not enough computers in the library, not enough counselors to see you more often than every 2 weeks if you're having serious problems, not enough advisors, not enough anything.

In favor of providing more resources that students actually need, the university has turned the campus into a construction site where they can build more impressive and unneeded buildings to boost their image. They plan on doing so for the next few decades if you look at their 30-year plan. The campus was beautiful when I was touring it, it's quite ugly now and has been for my entire time here.

Unless you are a direct admit to Kelley or wish to never leave the library, I mean ever, don't worry about getting in, you won't. Almost everyone on my floor freshman year was a Kelley hopeful and the only two people who ended up in the school were the ones who were direct admits. IU won't tell you this though. They'll just say you have to get B's in all your classes including the pre-Kelley ones. What they also won't tell you is that a few of the required pre-Kelley classes have around 40% withdrawal rates they're so hard. If you did okay in high school and think that Kelley is your chance to step above and beyond, don't bother. The school will laugh and take your money.

The campus has a gigantic police force who do absolutely nothing except hand out drinking tickets and try and bust kids with weed. I had a friend with an unknown heart condition collapse outside his dorm one night the spring before I arrived. Nobody found him for several hours, because the cops don't patrol parts of campus where there's normally nobody getting drunk/high on weekend nights. They sneak around the dorms and hide in the woods by the railroad tracks and tailgate fields instead, hoping to nab stoners. My friend died in the hospital the next day. There's a chorus of sirens in town all day every day, yet none were quick enough to save him. IU will do anything to promote itself or weasel more money out of its students. There's nothing to do in Bloomington except to get drunk. People just use our terrible sports teams as an excuse to do it even more often. So if you're a Kelley direct admit who wants to pour alcohol down your throat with your friends from high school or fellow fraternity/sorority members whenever you're not in class while jumping off a cliff if they tell you to, then IU is probably for you. Oh yea, don't plan on being an individual or not forking over more money whenever the school tells you to either.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Innovation: A, Individual Value: F
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