Indiana University-South Bend
South Bend, IN, USA

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Indiana University-South Bend
3.67 Average Rating

Katelyn from Nappanee, IN

a current student here
11 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors at IUSB are very knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach. I feel as if I learned more in one semester at IUSB than I did in four years of high school. However, I experienced classes that it was hard to follow along with the professors because it seemed as if the professor was TOO knowledgeable and didn't explain it on a level that the students could comprehend.
Am enjoying being here
I love going to IUSB because of the small campus and class sizes. I love this because I don't get lost in the crowd, like many of my friends are experiencing at other colleges. Even though I don't live on campus, I have gained many friends because many of the students are in the same classes together. They also have a great (free!) work out center, The Student Activity Center that has pool tables, basketball courts, and a gym. This is a great place to hang out and meet new people.
Bang for the buck
At IUSB, you get an great education at a relatively cheap rate. The class sizes are small and that makes for a great learning experience with personal attention.
Great for these types of students
IUSB is a fantastic school for someone who wants to live at home and commute to college. Although you won't get the typical College Experience, you save a great deal of money but still receive that college education needed for a great career!
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Tori from South Bend, IN

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The classes offered at IU South Bend challenge students in a variety of ways through creative projects, group assignments and presentations, and professors who think outside of the box. A key element of the classes at IU South Bend is critcal thinking, as all of the classes incorporate activities or assignments that force students to look at things from other perspectives.
Am enjoying being here
I graduated from IU South Bend with my BA in Sociology and now am pursuing my Master's in Social Work (MSW). I have enjoyed all of my time as a student here; however, as a student I have involved myself on campus through student clubs and groups, studying abroad, internships, and working as an RA in student housing. I challenege other current and prospective students to pursue every opportunity available to them through IU as it can only help to broaden their perspective and worldview (and it looks good on their resume, too).
Bang for the buck
IU South Bend is very affordable for students. The education you receive and resources and opportunities that are available to you as an IU South bend student well exceed the cost.
Tips for prospective students
I would strongly suggest that prospective students come for a visit to the Univeristy. The Office of Admissions offers campus visits 4 days each week where you receive a guided tour of campus from a current student and have the chance to sit down with an admissions counselor one-on-one. There are also Showcase Days offered once each month where students can come for a visit and have the chance to speak with someone from the major they are interested in. Coming for a visit will help students to see all that IU South Bend has to offer. Whether you become a student at IU South Bend or another institution, get involved on campus and take advantage of any opportunities that come your way. They will make you a more well-rounded student and person, and will help you when it comes time to find a job or pursue another degree after graduation.
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Muris from Mishawaka, IN

researching this school
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
It is a school where you will find plenty of friends quickly because of the vast majority of students. This is even easier for people that grew up in the area because you will see others that you know. All of the people that I know who have attended IUSB have said it was a great experience and education.
Tips for prospective students
There are various sorts of majors you can take while at the school. Don be afraid to go for a major you want not the one others want.
What to do for fun
The campus has plenty of activities for all kinds of people to participate in. You can play non-competitive sports for fun or join a team. If it's cold outside maybe you want to stay in your room and you can watch movies.
Bang for the buck
Best college experience for the cost in all of Indiana and one of the best in the United States.
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Humberto from Goshen, IN

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Very nice location and the professors are all very nice and willing to help.

Contact with the professors is very efficient and they answer very quickly.

Other students are extremely friendly and it's super easy to join groups.
Academic Rigor
The professors do expect that you study outside of class and some are more strict than others but they are very forgiving. However, it is all your choice, what you do outside of class can determine success.
Dorm Life
I do not currently live on campus but from what I hear, it's satisfactory.
Food and Dining
IUSB has "The Grille" and I hear it's fairly priced and most of the food tastes good.
What to do for fun
There are always events going on and the end of the year they have a lot of fun with obstacle courses and other fun things to do.
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Kristin from South Bend, IN

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
It is a safe, clean, and rather nice campus with plenty of spots to study or hang out with friends. Almost all of my professors are helpful and great teachers, and the friends I've made so far are some of the best I've ever had. It's certainly not perfect, but I'm proud to be a Titan!
Tips for prospective students
Make sure you know the area if you aren't familiar with it! It may not seem like it at first glance, but there are things to do and plenty of good places to eat super close to campus. Stay on top of your to-do list, though, because if you wait til the last minute to do things you could really screw yourself over.
Academic Rigor
I think this really depends on the track you're on, the classes you take, and the professors you have. Overall, however, I feel like my professors set forth challenges for me that help me grow as both a student and a person. Nothing they set out for you is truly impossible, but they often do make you apply yourself. I feel like I'm receiving a quality education.
Food and Dining
As far as college food goes, the food is pretty good. I think that the Grille could use more variety, but what they do have isn't half bad. There's also Starbucks and Sub Connection if you're not feeling what the Grille is serving. Plus there's tons of vending machines all over campus, so you never have to go far for a snack or drink.
What to do for fun
Attend the annual Red and White Dance! Attend campus events in general - if you're there with the right people they're always really fun.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The tunnel between the library and Northside is always a nice spot to study or chill between classes.
Campus Safety
I personally have had an encounter in which the campus police assisted me. They were polite and friendly and expressed what I felt was a sincere concern for my safety. It's nice to know that there's dedicated security right on campus!
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Jordyn from Elkhart, IN

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Indiana University-South Bend's Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is way underestimated. The professors are very qualified to teach their area of expertise and very easy to learn from. I went in thinking I would want to transfer after my first year, but I will be finishing my degree at IU South Bend, and wouldn't trade my experience here for anything.
Tips for prospective students
Don't pass this school by just because it's small and considered a community college by many. It is much more than a community college; It has become a second home to many. Give it a chance!
Academic Rigor
I have been faced with a new set of challenges each semester that I overcome with the help of my professors. I have felt a lot of growth in my major since I began.
Dorm Life
There are no dorms, only apartments. They are expensive but include full kitchens (full-size fridge, microwave, stove, oven, small dishwasher), air conditioning and heat, water, individual bedrooms, up to two bathrooms, a living room, cable, and Wi-Fi. They are furnished as well. The apartments are located right across the river from campus, connected by a bridge and easily walking distance, saving gas money.
Food and Dining
The food is pretty good, it just has odd hours of availability. However, there is a martins right across the street from housing, and full kitchens are available for preparing your own food in the apartments. There are also plenty of restaurants and fast food services in the area.
What to do for fun
There are many clubs from Student Government Association all the way to Quidditch (which was selected to participate in World Cup). The clubs put on many events open to everyone on campus such as dances, comedian visits, movie nights, open mic nights, etc. The housing staff also put on events. If you are sporty, the Student Activities Center is free for all students and includes two basketball courts, volleyball nets, a weight room, a track, and more. There are also a variety of performances from the music students, theatre students, and dance students.
Bang for the buck
There is plenty to do on campus and the academic quality is worth the price.
Campus Safety
I always feel safe on campus. There are emergency posts in multiple places that allow for quick access to help if needed, or even if you are just nervous about walking home and would like a ride from campus police.
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Ariel from Mishawaka, IN

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Reasonably priced and decent education for community college. Don't have great advisers for scheduling classes and planning your future. Great professors for the most part.
Tips for prospective students
Communicating with professors of your major is a great tool. My accounting professor helped me way more than my adviser with deciding classes I needed to take and my path to graduation.
Academic Rigor
Not too over the top strict, but also enough to feel that you are getting a great education.
Dorm Life
I live off campus.
Food and Dining
Great cafeteria and cafe, along with seating and tables. Also Starbucks on campus!
What to do for fun
There are some bars and places in the area to hang out with friends. Also Eddy St Commons is where most Notre Dame students go, so that is always a fun place to go.
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