Bloomington, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University


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Recent Reviews

Cailin
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates at Illinois Wesleyan University are articulate and intelligent individuals, each with his or her own bright and...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates at Illinois Wesleyan University are articulate and intelligent individuals, each with his or her own bright and promising future.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college is an experience in itself. The student must choose a college that is right for them; he or she should make the decision with their mind and heart. Choosing a college is one of the most important opportunities of a lifetime, and with the decision one must be knowledgable and patient. The student and his or her parents should research schools, tour, and visit a variety of schools prior to making the decision. Once the decision is made, the student should know, that if they ever have doubts, or are unhappy, they always have options! Every experience and every decision happens and is made for a reason; the student and his or her parents should make the most out of the college experience. Live, learn, have fun, and prepare for the rest of life's journey.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about Illinois Wesleyan University is the cost of tuition and the amount of debt that I will have after graduation.

Melissa
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do what feels right. Visit the schools you are intersted in and talk not only to the administrators, but the professors and a...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do what feels right. Visit the schools you are intersted in and talk not only to the administrators, but the professors and actual students, as scary as that sounds. They will tell you real information most of the time, not just what the admassions counslor wants you to know. Also, ask about the social aspects as well as academic. See if the school you want to go to is greek dominated or independent, or if there is a good mix. find otu what dorms are teh best for meeting people and where are the good parties are so you will know whats up when you get there. Also, realize that it isn't liek high school. There is noone lookinf aver your schoulder making sure youare getting your work done and going to class, that all on you. take advantage of it but don't abuse it., but remember they say teh first semester freshmen year doesn't count., but try to make it worth while. And get to know one of your professors or advisors so that when you have a question you can ask then without the awkwardness that results form a first encounter. relax and have fun!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

ratio of girls to guys is really off balanced, this is a female dominated institution.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

insulated group of friends from freshmen year that were friendships of convience rather than common intrests, but your stuck with it if you are n't willing to put yourself out there adn meet new people. there is a definate safe zone that people are afraid to leave.

Marita
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Now as a senior, I can hardly remember how I ended up at the college I did. There were so many options and so many opportunit...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Now as a senior, I can hardly remember how I ended up at the college I did. There were so many options and so many opportunities. However, I'd say basics of the college search include: a) size of the school b) attitude of faculty and students c) financial aid/ price tag. All of these, maybe with the exception of finances, can only be discovered after visiting the school. I recommend staying overnight to get a better feel the students. Do they have to study while you're there? Do they seem stressed out? Do they bring you to parties? What are their professors like? And while your experience can be dependent on your host, ask around and find out what the norm is. Visit the cafeteria. Drive around the area and get familiar with the off-campus feel. You may be surprised what you like and don't like. It's really up to you to find out which college fits you best, and putting in the effort is worth it, because, after all, its atleast 4 years of your life!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People interested in a party school or in a heavy social life. Not all teachers are so forgiving with extensions and the such.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Its hard to say whether or not the school is "hard" academically or how it works socially because its very cliquey. Don't get me wrong, these are friendships for life, but if you choose an intensive program like nursing, pre-med, or theatre, be ready to see only those people for probably 3 years. IWU is also very public relations geared, and sometimes I think they over advertise themselves and occasionally the students feel "whored out" (for lack of better phrasing) during Open Houses.

Amanda
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Music programs and biology (main pre-med)

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Music programs and biology (main pre-med)

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit colleges you're thinking of applying to! I had convinced myself that this is not where I wanted to go, but my parents made me visit anyway, and after I spent the day here, I just FELT that it fit. If you don't 'feel it', it probably isn't the place for you, regardless of how great it's reputation is.

What kind of person should attend this school?

If you did well in high-shool, and want a good college education but with a small campus, this is a good place. However, there are lots of cliques (art, music, theater, science students) and if you don't immediately fall into one of those, finding your group of friends is awkward.

Vanessa
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I strongly suggest that students and parents visit many colleges together during the student's Junior year in high school. T...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I strongly suggest that students and parents visit many colleges together during the student's Junior year in high school. Take many notes and pictures! Put them together in a scrapbook with a paragraph about your initial reactions. At the beginning of Senior year, pull them back out, and pick the five top schools you want to re-visit. Don't visit them all in one weekend (that's sensory overload). Again, write down what you liked, your tour guide's name, and why that school would be a good/bad fit for you. That way, when you get home you have a list of specific things (and pictures) to help you choose your school. Further, you can include in your admissions essay specific references to the campus and people with which you spoke. Colleges love detailed admissions essays! When you're accepted, get to know your roommate as much as possible as soon as possible, so it's less awkward the first week. Finally, arrange a time to call parents every week or every couple of days. Additionally, plan your visits home. Don't just go whenever you feel like it. Both help ease student homesickness and parent heartache.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

If you come in from out of state (Illinois), it's REALLY hard to make friends, because eveyone else is coming here with many people from their highschool, hometowns, or areas surrounding their home. Thus, social clics are already formed. I came from Indianapolis and, even though it's my sophomore year, I'm still having trouble becoming close to anyone. Everyone else gets to hang out over the summer because they all live close, but I can't. You miss stuff.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

My school is very eco-friendly. It is a small, tight-knit community where professors are often willing to invite students to their homes for class celebrations. The science program is very strong at this school and class sizes are small.

Reve
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Search for a school that will challenge you, help you succeed, and make you happy. These are three simple things, but I lac...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Search for a school that will challenge you, help you succeed, and make you happy. These are three simple things, but I lacked all of them and did not enjoy my college experience. Don't be afraid to search for the best possible school for you. Figure out what you can afford and what makes you tick. Colleges are very similar, but can be so different. Location, greek life, population, academic rigor- all of these are features that can make or break your college experience. Once you figure out where to go, jump into college head first. Study. Get involved. Meet people- fellow students and faculty. These people can help to mold and shape you into intelligent, thoughtful members of society. And last of all, if you get to college and things aren't working out, don't be afraid to transfer. You will find the school for you.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone who is not white, upper-middle class, from the North/Western Chicago suburbs, interested in Greek life.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The campus is pretty. That's reallly the only thing IWU has going for it, in my opinion.

Theresa
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Illinois Wesleyan University is a selective school that focuses on giving students a well rounded education in order to be pr...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Illinois Wesleyan University is a selective school that focuses on giving students a well rounded education in order to be prepared for the work force and hopefully become leaders and an inspiration in the field that they choose. Many of the Illinois Wesleyan Alumni go on to travel, research cutting edge technology as well as interesting topics about the nation and the world. As a liberal arts university, the school promotes diversity, new expericences and leadership roles to help shape a student.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

There where two reasons that I chose Illinois Wesleyan. I wanted to look at the nursing school and the type of education the graduates recieved as well as the plans post graduation. I have not heard of one student who didn't pass the post graduation exams to be considered a Registered Nurse and all the upperclassman I have talked to have said that there is no fear of not finding a job post-graduation. Also, there is no other nursing program that allows students to minor in Spanish and take immersion classes for an international approach to healthcare.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It is important to prioritize what is important to the student. Are they interested in going to a school with a high population, in the city or suburbs, joining extra-curricular activities. This is important because if the student does not feel safe or comfortable in the setting of the school they will not do as well academically. Secondly, if the student has a declared major it is important to identify what schools may be known for that discipline or have an edge over another school as far as having better preparation for that profession after the student graduates.

Joe
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you are very conservative and do not look for any type of a social life attend a private institution. The atmosphere is ve...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you are very conservative and do not look for any type of a social life attend a private institution. The atmosphere is very open and does not pressure one into partying. If you are looking for a good time and receiving easy grades atend any large school. Academic goals of a large school are to pass everyone whereas a small school must retain a strong academic standing to compete for enrollment. The amount of money that one would pay to attend a small private school will not prepare you any better than a large institution. Teachers also do not know you at an individual level at a large school thus they cannot have a bias against you for any reason.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Advisers are horrible. They do not prepare or respond to students in a timely fashion. The school is also a weed out school. They will take your money and leave you to fail out with no remorse.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person looking to party and someone planning on skating through classes.

Katherine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is both an academic and social experience. Make sure that you are picking a college that caters to both. Look at both academic tendencies, such as class size and majors, and social aspects such as school size and fraternity/sorority involvement. Also, financial aid reseach is very important. Make sure you are getting the biggest bang for your buck.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

There were very few social activities.

brittany
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice I can give is start looking early! Do not wait until the last minute. Visit as many schools as possible so you can have something to compare and contrast. Students: go with your gut feeling! It may seem hard when you have family and friends who went to one school, but you are leaning towards another. Keep in mind that ultimately, you are the one who is going to have to attend the school, not your parents! Which leads me to Parents listening to their kids. While you may not want them to go far away or you may feel like your child is making a HUGE mistake, let them make it. Who knows where that mistake might take them. Students, don't be afraid to try things and get involved! While academics should be a priority, do not let it consume you. You have the rest of your life to be an adult. Live it up while you can! College is where you build life long friendships and create memories.

What kind of person should attend this school?

white middle class/upper middle class students from suburbs. or students who have grown up in predominantly white communities. If you have never been around white people before, then this probably isn't the school for you. Not to scare students off, because the majority of the students here are friendly, but are very naive about minority students and their lives

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