One of Indiana State’s most important goals is to keep students involved in the community. Through opportunities such as Donaghy Day, Stop and Serve, alternative breaks, MLK Day of Service and Special Olympics, ISU offers a service work opportunity for every student.
Because of this dedication to the community, ISU has been ranked as the No. 1 college in community service for the second consecutive year by Washington Monthly College Guide. The award denotes the degree of community service participation and number of hours served. With an average of 1.4 million service hours per year, ISU has proven to be the king of service.
To be recognized as No. 1 in any ranking is an achievement in itself, but being applauded for community service is something special to ISU Sycamores. A college student’s time is limited by taking 12 to 18 credit hours each semester while still balancing extra-curricular activities and jobs. For ISU to be ranked so highly in community service means that thousands of students made the time to create a difference in their community.
“It means we’re more in touch with the community around us,” said Evan Rush, a senior chemistry major. Rush is proud that ISU is a university which stays involved with its city.
“(It) gives me pride in the fact that we have students who care about engaging the community, and will continue to do so after graduation,” said Ashley Knapp, a graduate student.
As ISU continues its tradition of excellent community engagement, it sets an example for all colleges to follow. With values instilled in them from hundreds of hours of community service, Sycamores will undoubtedly continue to make a difference in the world long after they graduate.