Eureka College
Eureka, IL, USA

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Eureka College
3.56 Average Rating

Jacob from Peru, IL

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Bang for the buck
you definitely get your money's worth with the attention you get from your professors
Tips for prospective students
it's definitely a small school (approx 800), but regardless of whatever college you are looking at, go visit!
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Kaitlin from Garrett, IN

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
Categories Comments
In three sentences
Eureka is a great environment to learn and flourish. There are great opportunities for all students on and off campus. The faculty and staff consists of caring individuals willing to assist any and all students.
Tips for prospective students
Do not rule out a small school, they are a great place to learn!
What to do for fun
CAB hosts events and there are various groups that host other events and parties.
Bang for the buck
Great opportunities available!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Bonfires during homecoming, and celebrations of Ronald Reagan's Birthday!
Great for these types of students
Eager to further their knowledge with a great liberal arts education.
Campus Safety
Police are always available is one needs am escort across campus.
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Hilari from Eureka, IL

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
A small campus that makes a wonderful home for students. The professors know your name, what activities your involved in, etc by the time the semester is over, which shows they truly care for you. The class size is great; they say about 17 people per class but most of mine are about 10-12.
Tips for prospective students
Like most colleges, classes fill up fast and not many people drop very many classes, so register early and make sure you know what you want to take.
Academic Rigor
I don't have much to compare it to but it was about what I expected: not too much but not so little to where I was bored.
Dorm Life
I stayed in the newest dorm this past year so I was very much spoiled but all the dorms have been updated recently.
Food and Dining
College food is college food. it wasn't awful but it is not the best food I have ever had. Some students say its the best commons food they have had.
What to do for fun
Get Involved!! Do Greek Life if it's for you. Find an organization or two that you like. Meet new people. Go to the sports games.
Bang for the buck
It is cheaper than most private colleges and they offer several scholarships that are more than $500- $1000.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Bonfire during Homecoming, Greek Games, Skit Night, Concerts, etc
Campus Safety
Always a police officer on campus walking or driving around and you get his cell number at the beginning of the year.
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Timothy from Joliet, IL

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
I absolutely love my college. The other students and the professors treat everyone with care and respect. I believe to look past Eureka College as an option would be a poor choice.
Tips for prospective students
I would suggest taking a visit to Eureka while you look into schools. The tour guides are amazing people and lots of fun to listen to.
Academic Rigor
As long as you prioritize your time and stay on top of work, things will be easy.
Dorm Life
For incoming female students, new dorms were just build, officially making all current living conditions on campus up to date.
Food and Dining
Sodexo food services provide the campus with our food. There is a variety of food to choose from, with something new each day.
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Jillian from Peoria, IL

a past student here
9 people found this review useful
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Did learn a lot
The teachers are fantastic and really committed to educating their students. You will never have a class of more than about 25 people (and that's for a gen-ed requirement) and you will never be taught by a TA.
Did enjoy being here
I learned a lot of valuable life and social skills from attending Eureka and joining a sorority. I would not have succeeded in my internships and grad school interviews without them.
Bang for the buck
They are great at finding money for people who truly want to go there.
Tips for prospective students
Live on campus! You get to experience so much more that way.
Great for these types of students
Kids who genuinely want to learn, but still like to have fun. It's not a party school - word gets around about everyone's business. It's definitely a family atmosphere. You will know everyone at least by sight.
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Sarah Eliza from Bloomington, IL

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Learning a Lot: My brain actually hurts from learning new things. But in a good way.
Am enjoying being here
Enjoying Being Here Because: Every activity is open to any and every person who would like to participate, no matter whether it is related to your major or not--no matter whether you are a full-time student or part-time, no matter your age. That means that a Accounting major could get the lead in the play, an Bio-Chem double major could be the star of the softball team, & a Vocal Music major could be the college bowl team captain. Same goes for student politics, publications, & social organizations. That means I end up making friends with every kind of personality & outlook. (But if a recruiter asks, I claim that I am trying to expand my horizons by trying things I've never done before in life & find out what I like.) Most of these activities are free, too!
Bang for the buck
Bang for the Buck: The onsite campus cafeteria is yummy & excellent. They always have 2 warm meal options, including vegan options, and 4 cold meal options available for EVERY meal time. (Most students underestimate the importance of a good school cafeteria before choosing which school to attend.) You are paying for the actual professors to who -Love- to teach & never get a teaching assistant. All of my professors know me by my 1st name & notice if I attend class or not. Other students take an active interest in helping you succeed too. The campus is tree-lined & compact, so no car is needed to get between classes. I like the architecture of several of the classroom buildings. Downside: Some of the oldest buildings are not handicapped-accessible (and 1 has no running water because it was built when Abe Lincoln was alive & its now on the national register of historic buildings). The on-campus housing is hit & miss. Some dorms are amazing & others are run-down, but new ones are under construction this semester & the old ones are about to be renovated, so hopefully all housing will be good quality soon. The tuition is a little pricier than most, but you definitely get more personal attention than a state-run university which translates into more of your homework making sense to you more of the time.
Tips for prospective students
Tips for Prospective Students: (1.) Don't be like me: I went to college for 4 years and ended up dropping-out. I put social activities ahead of homework & ended up running out of financial aid before I could complete my degree. I then had to go back to my hometown & get a real job meaning minimum wage. For 11 years. I am now dropping-back-in & WILL be finishing my degree this semester (finally!). I hope you can learn from my bad example & do a better job for yourself. (2.) My advice: If you are capable of getting an A or a B in a particular class, do it. Don't settle for the easy C. You never know when the next class will actually be hard for you & the best you can do won't be good enough to make the GPA requirements. That will put you in a tough spot when you have to re-take a particular class and won't be able to fit all your other classes into the same schedule. (3.) Don't feel bad if some things at college are easy for you and other things are hard for you. That's life. Just do your best on the things you can do well & become excellent when you can. (4.) You know how James Earl Jones stated If you build it, they will come? Well I have another adage for you: It is never too late to get it right in life. Never. I am living proof that if you don't give up, you will succeed.
Great for these types of students
Great for These Types of Students: People who really like to learn. People who really like a home-style atmosphere (but without YOUR parents). Downside: You have to be willing to tolerate the small town mentality that it is literally possible for every other student to know who you are & everything that you are doing during your time at school. Good news though, we are all adults here & most people are more interested in themselves, their homework, & their social activities so they will leave you alone. Ironic note: This school is affiliated with a specific church (The Christian Church--Disciples of Christ) which means you actually get to have a Christmas concert at Christmas (instead of a winter concert) & there are no hypocritical statements about being non-denominational while clearly preferring to celebrate one particular religious tradition over all the others. As a non-practicing Jewish-Mormon-Humanist with many non-traditional LGBT, Muslim, Buddist, Atheist, LARP, & Vegan friends, I find this very refreshing. And the religious affiliation at Eureka College strikes the perfect balance: It is there to support and honor those who wish to pursue a ministry-related education in its chosen religious tradition, but for the rest of us it truly respects & tolerates our differences & doesn't try to convert us or even engage us unless we seek it out ourselves. Welcome to Eureka College.
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