Location
Marion, IN
Undergrads
2,798
Tuition
$23,628
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 581 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Senior

Transportation: I don't live on campus or in Marion.

College Senior

Health & Safety: I don't know. I don't live on campus

College Senior

Athletics: I do not know anything about the athletics program.

College Senior

Campus Strictness: I do not live on campus

College Senior

Academics: I am an online student. The workload and curriculum are very good and the professors are awesome.

College Senior

Campus Housing: I do not know anything about campus housing.

College Senior

Computers: I have not worked with the computers on campus.

College Senior

Weather: I am not on campus so the weather does not affect me.

College Senior

Drug Safety: I don't know. I do not live on campus.

College Senior

Campus Dining: Again, I am an online student and I do not frequent the campus.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am very happy with the transition to teaching program. My career goal is to become a second school educator; my concentration will be in math. I do not have any concerns about finding a position after graduation.

5 College Senior

Majors: My admissions adviser is awesome. I have had n o problems whatsoever. As long as you supply the documents requested and respond to questions, there are no issues with the admission process.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have any information or experience with this topic as I am an online student and I live with my husband in a different city.

3 College Senior

Majors: Professors are well-rounded in their career, though new-comers are still adjusting. As an art major, I'm glad there isn't much paper-writing or reading involved and it's more hands-on work. I love learning on the job and through experience.

College Senior

Majors: I plan to do an internship this summer.

College Senior

Greek Life: There is no Greek life.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: It's a very strict campus, but I can see some double-standards. Visiting hours in male dorms for female visitors are more lenient than in a female dorm with male visitors. Also, I would suggest allowing opposite sex visitation available everyday until a certain hour (most likely before midnight) since having a once a week visitation is extremely inconvenient. Also, it's my personal belief that drinking alcohol should be allowed if the student is of drinking age, however I can see the problems with allowing alcohol into a dorm with under-aged roommates.

3 College Senior

Academics: The professors are very knowledgeable in their field, though new in-coming professors might have a hard time adjusting. Making professor ratings and surveys available for their review would be an easy way to help them adjust their teaching methods. Some professors are especially tough during grading while others aren't teaching the students enough. The registration process took a long time for me to understand. My advice would be to make more classes that are required on the students' degree audit available during both semester or even year-round. Also, removing the necessity of elective courses when a student can graduate by fulfilling their gen eds and degree-related classes would be a huge help to speed up the expected graduation date and to lower tuition cost. Creating after-hour, out-of-class meetings with the professor more accessible and a more positive environment (usually, the student will feel embarrassed to ask for help when they are behind in class or having difficulty and don't want to be discriminated for asking the professor for assistance).

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Security at IWU is very high, since Marion can be a violent community. However, I would suggest turning off the locked side door system for the dorms because it is extremely inconvenient to not allow access after 7:00pm which is extremely early for college students, plus it is still near-impossible for pedestrians to enter without an ID card regardless. I would also HIGHLY suggest adding a key pad to the dorm entrances for students who have lost their ID card, misplaced it, or have a paper temporary replacement ID card, because that way they can enter their student ID number and NOT be locked out of their dorms, especially late at night.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Being an out-of-state student, my home is an 8-hour drive from my university. It is very inconvenient for me specifically to find a ride back home because no one else lives that far away other than international students from other countries entirely. For the most part, I could stay on-campus the entire year because everything you need is here, excluding the occasional trip to wal-mart or meijer, which is within walking distance. It would be more convenient if some sort of transportation system was developed for students to share rides.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat off-campus very often, but there are several food chain restaurants and locally-owned restaurants all on the same bypass, along with other convenience stores, restaurants, and gas stations to basically make it an all-in-one trip. It's very conveniently placed only a few blocks from campus, so it's within walking distance for students without vehicles.

College Senior

Athletics: I don't have any involvement in sports other than the required PHE classes.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's a fairly populated town and not too far from larger cities, such as Indianapolis or Fort Wayne, but the Marion community has a distinguishable distaste for IWU. The stark contrast is visible upon merely stepping off of campus, where the local Marion community suffers from several foreclosures, broken sidewalks, vandalism, and an unwelcoming environment. From a local's point of view, the university seems to have a superiority complex, believing itself to be the righteous deliverance that this town requires and is literally taking over property and establishing its foothold among people who would otherwise not want their help, especially people from non-religious backgrounds who would feel pressure from this religious institution. I would advise IWU to seek into the needs that the actual Marion community has and work with their representative in order to create changes that want to be seen.

2 College Senior

Computers: The amount of students/faculty using the school's wifi simultaneously really slows down the bandwidth, making loading screens common-place. It has gotten better from last year, since the site blocker was taken down to allow full access to all websites and allowing students to their own responsibility when it comes to technology. Regardless, having a site blocker was completely useless in the first place when students are well-rounded enough with technology to simply activate a proxy server in order to bypass the system. The IT service could be better, instead of giving simple advice that could otherwise be googled. I would recommend adding computers and printers to the 24-hour study lounge in the library and increasing printing credits. However, most students come to college prepared with a laptop anyway, since they know it will be used constantly. Another tip would be to give an easily-accessible directory of all of the faculty's contact information, either on the student's homepage or e-mail program.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Students here are extremely gullible and quick to believe whatever a chapel speaker has to say. It worries me that certain programs aren't truly preparing them for real-world experiences or developing their career skills, especially when certain students are still immature in their responsibility level. Certain cliques may include an over percentage of hipsters, nursing majors, ministry majors (or anything relating to church involvement), and the international students who keep to themselves.

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