Bloomington, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University


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Recent Reviews

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

A beautiful campus, with strong academics and a close-knit feel.

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

A beautiful campus, with strong academics and a close-knit feel.

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

When looking for the right college I would make a list of all the different aspects of a college (size, location, areas of studies, religious affiliations, type of school, cost, etc.) and then decide what your preferences are for each and which are most important to you (co-ed or same-sex!) and begin a school search from there. I would also utilize a third-party source, like the website careercruising.com, where you can look at a profile of nearly every school in the country and get basic facts and figures. Campus visits are extremely helpful for getting a feel for a school. Coming to visit during a regular school day is the most beneficial time for doing this. Getting involved with as many activities as possible your first year will help maximize your college experience. It is really important to join organizations and activities that might not be something you are already really interested in. College is a great time to explore new interests, endeavors, and yourself. It's also one of the only times when you will have free or nearly free access to sporting events, movies, concerts, plays, musicals, and other amazing shows, so take advantage!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Those that desire large classrooms, aninimity, or a huge party scene.

Nicolette
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for an academically-challenging, small, liberal arts school. It is known as "the Harvard of the Mid-W...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for an academically-challenging, small, liberal arts school. It is known as "the Harvard of the Mid-West."

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

Visit the school before you apply; it gives you a better chance of admittance and gives you a better idea of how the school is first-hand rather than reading about it.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frusturating thing about my school is the amount of work expected from students. Classes which do not count towards my major still require much time outside of class for homework and research assignments that I believe are unnecessary.

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

Listen to your heart. You'll probably know the moment you step on campus, or the moment you start reading something unexpect...

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

Listen to your heart. You'll probably know the moment you step on campus, or the moment you start reading something unexpected about your school. It's not a feeling you'll be able to describe. Don't worry too much about money or what "ranking" the school has - most schools give scholarships, and it's okay if a school is right for you even if it's not "perfect" in the books. Make friends! Don't lock yourself in your dorm room to study all night. After you graduate, you won't remember that test you aced - you'll remember staying up until four watching shooting stars on the quad with your friends. Don't be afraid to talk with your professors outside of (or after) class. Most professors, during office hours, sit around hoping a student comes in to talk with them. If you have questions, ask them! Your professors care about their subject a LOT, and desperately want you to care about it too. That's why they're professors. Start writing your papers before three AM the day they're due. ...I don't expect you to listen to that one. But try. :-)

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

The worst thing about the school is...the amount of reading, and the fact that nearly all of us come from either the Chicago suburbs or farm towns. But almost everyone is from Illinois.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If you don't care about learning, don't come here.

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

Visit a lot of schools and talk to the students to see what they have to say.

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

The school is really small and the people are all the same, they have nothing to do but drink all the time.

I
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates at Illinois Wesleyan are all, well, unique.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates at Illinois Wesleyan are all, well, unique.

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

Choosing the right college is not about the name of the institution. It's about finding a school that meets your needs. If you learn best in a large lecture hall being taught by a TA, don't choose Illinois Wesleyan. If you want a school that values one-on-one relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administrators, this should probably be toward the top of your list.

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

The worst thing about Illinois Wesleyan? It's tough to say, really. I love everything about this school, from the academics to the hilariously vicious squirrels on the quad. I guess the worst thing about Illinois Wesleyan would be getting home (to the Chicago area) without a car. I usually take the Amtrak, but they run late a lot.

Kelsey
Describe the students at your school.

Friendly, but everyone is always busy with homework

Describe the students at your school.

Friendly, but everyone is always busy with homework

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

I would determine what factors are most important to you and use them to decide what college is best for you. Also, make sure you go on college visits so you can see what the campus is like. Also, don't be shy about asking the college students questions like "What is the social life like?"

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Keeping up with the school work. I feel like I constantly have to do homework or else I am behind.

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

The most important aspect, excluding doing the research about different majors, prices, and facilities, is to most definitely...

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

The most important aspect, excluding doing the research about different majors, prices, and facilities, is to most definitely visit the campus! My advise is to visit more than once if you are seriously considering a particular school. Sometimes colleges and universities look really great on paper but they aren't what you expect when you get there. And trust me, it is a lot easier to send a letter telling the school that you have made different plans other than attending their institution, rather than spending a semester's time of money realizing that it is not the fit for you.

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

I wish I would have known more about the financial assistance that is offered for someone like me. I have always wanted to go to Wesleyan but once you get there and start really getting into your course work and other campus life, it's hard continue to look for scholarships that will help fund your next semester.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Illinois Wesleyan University is a challenging school. It is a lot of work but intriguing for those that actually care. Though it is quite pricey, it is well worth it when you graduate and realize that job placement is almost 100 percent. Therefore, someone who doesn't ever study, or gets too drunk to wake up for class will never be successful at Illinois Wesleyan. Someone who isn't willing to do work in order to get something out of it should not attend IWU.

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  • Tuition & Fees
  • $44,142
  • Acceptance rate
  • 58%

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