See what students say:


Many students, particularly athletes and musicians, pick ISU because it’s “financially affordable.” However, when they get there, students find plenty more to love, whether it’s the fact that “ISU is small and the professors really care”, the way it fosters “substantive knowledge and practical experience” in its students’ education, or its “emphasis on academics and school pride.” Within students’ concentrations, the “major specific professors are wonderful” and students find that “professors don't just lecture, they provide students with hands-on opportunities” and “individualized personal instruction.” “We do a lot of field work here, sometimes more than homework.” Whether you’re a scientist or an artist, “ISU suits the needs of every type of learner”, and “diversity and making connections” rank high among students’ reasons to be satisfied with their education. In addition to its nationally recognized music program, ISU maintains standout programs in English, Psychology, Technology, Education, and Aviation, among others. Students receive “access to professors” and a “strong support system”, and with ISU’s “high GPA and academic requirements”, they feel the university does “everything they can to help you suceed.”

Student Body

In concert with the unpretentious Midwestern setting, ISU undergraduates are “down to earth and accepting of everyone”, as well as “motivated and eager to learn.” Students relay with some pride that they are “constantly studying” and “wanting to receive an education for their career path.” They respect the school’s “diversity”—one student stated a primary reason for attending as “Has black people”—and extol the university’s “giant melting pot” as well as how “very culturally aware” it is. As a result, the student population is comprised both of “first generation college students” as well as students of “all different backgrounds.” “Everyone is welcome here,” many students underscore, so “you never feel like you don't fit anywhere.”

Campus Life

ISU social life seems mostly contained on campus, and students are devoted to maintaining their “grades and homework” and “think about how they are going to succeed.” “The bar scene is pretty good” in surrounding Terre Haute, and on campus, “it’s so easy to make friends here” and “those that get involved in clubs or sports enjoy the university more.” “Greek life is very apparent at ISU”, with nine sororities and twelve fraternities, and “unless you Go Greek there isn't a whole lot to do here.” One student jokes that party seekers over “21 go to the bars”, while “students under 21 go to frats.” Many Indiana locals “go home over the weekends”, while others stick around to “go shopping for fun or just hang out with friends.” Residents report that they “love living here on campus” and that they “like to go to sporting events at the Hulman Center and concerts at The Venue.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Faith Haley
Admissions Executive Director

Office of Admissions, John W. Moore Welcome Center
318 N 6th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809

800-Go-To-ISU or 812-237-2121


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Hulman Memorial Student Union
Student Recreation Center
John C. Hook's Memorial Observatory
Cunningham Memorial Library
Three Art Galleries
The Hulman Memorial Student Union Building contains The Commons(food court), Generations restaurant, Sycamore Banquet Center, several lounges, etc.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Hulman Center
Swope Art Museum
Vigo County Historical Museum
Griffin Bike Park
Candles Holocaust Museum and Educational Center
Additional places include Clabber Girl's Museum, Eugene V. Deb's Museum, and several parks (e.g., Deming Park, Fowler Park, and Fairbank Park)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Sat. (During the academic year); Virtual Tours are available online
Mon-Fri 8:00AM to 4:00PM (Selected Saturdays)
800-Go-To-ISU or 812-237-2121

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
City Bus, Taxi, Greyhound Bus Line, and the closest airport is Indianapolis International Airport

Local Accommodations


Applicants: 18,511
Acceptance Rate: 92%
Average HS GPA: 3.25



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