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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors are very experienced as well as available. They understand the subject they are teaching and tried to teach it in a way that students would understand. The class sizes ever exceed 120 or so students and the teaching styles differ based on professors. The courses are very detailed and you learn an extreme amount of information each week; therefore, time management will be your greatest friend. IWU also have a very wide range of courses going from the sciences to our excellent theater programs. It's not easy on big campus to meet people outside your major but at IWU, having a close friend who is an art major while you yourself is a biology major is an everyday phenomenon.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Our career center is extremely helpful when it comes to helping students find internships, scholarships, or to help them discover what their passion. The faculties will sit down with you to do a survey in order to help you find a major. They will also sit down with students and go over their resume and how to improve it. The career center also offer practice interviews with real employers and this is a great program. The employers give you honest feedbacks and their personal experience in order to help you grow. The alumni network is also very well developed, given that we have an Alumni Office that organizes a homecoming event each year for alumni reunion. Activities include a small festival and watching a game together.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I rarely feel unsafe on campus. Around our campus, there are emergency posts set up that will ring up the security (who live one or two blocks away) and tell them our exact location if we were ever in danger or feeling threatened. Our campus also have a titan transport service that will accompany students to their dorm when they dialed. The campus is relatively small, so it never takes too long to get from one place to another so students never feel the need to call security. Students also like to walk in groups if they are traveling at night. Overall, the campus promote a safe environment.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing really varies. Students are required to stay on campus for three years and can request a single room due to medical reason (they are very flexible in this aspect). The roommate matches are accurate the majority of the time if you go through their random selection process. The staff actually go through all the surveys in order to match students with each other. The freshmen dorms (depending on where you live) is the average side that you'd imagine, some dorms have bigger rooms than others. If you are living in Greek Houses, it is generally cheaper and for sororities you get your own chef and will not need to rely on meal plans. Some students chip in for an apartment and those are popular if you want to save money and if you have a few best friends you don't mind living with. Overall, the housing is great and comes with all your basic needs (desk, beds, closet, drawer, etc).

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I did not formally rushed during the fall and instead did informal rush during the spring. Ten other girls rushed along with me and it was amazing that we all got into the Kappa Delta Omicron chapter at IWU. When I was given a tour around the house as well as given an opportunity to speak with one of the members, I immediately knew that I wanted to be here. Despite it not being formal, the process was very insightful and I've gained ten new family members just like that and many more to come. Kappa Delta does a series of fundraisers and volunteering throughout the year to make sure all our members are actively involved in the community. Our chapter, along with the other houses, are very interconnected and we organize events together. One major event is Greek Week where all the houses fundraise as well as compete in a friendly contest to select Greek God and Goddess. Greek life is major in IWU and will only benefit you, especially when none of the houses are allowed to haze.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not actively involved in sports so I cannot say in details about the practices and what teams generally do. However, the sport team members are very tightly knit and supportive of the other teams. Almost every student go to games to either support their friends or to enjoy themselves and the gym is usually packed. Parents and others are welcomed as well. The teams practiced really hard because I know a few classmates who practiced at least four to five hours each day while still balancing school work. IWU has a very well-developed athletic department.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Illinois Wesleyan University excels in the education aspect. The professors are amazing and very engaging. They are experts in their fields and know exactly what they are teaching. The materials for biology, for example, are not easy to understand if you have to analyze the text by yourself. However, the professors tried their best to teach the materials in a way that students would understand and questions are welcome (I have yet to sit through a lecture without at least tens of questions). The professors are also readily available outside the classroom and I have never experienced major conflict when scheduling a talk with them. The professors are also extremely friendly and you'd be amazed at how fast you can connect with them.

The social life aspect at IWU is also, for me personally, very ideal. The small campus allows you to actually meet and connect easily with your classmates and roommate(s). It's not hard to know the whole campus and make connections. At IWU no student is just a number and befriending someone is as easy as sitting down with them at the cafeteria. The sport teams and Greek houses are also extremely interconnected and I found myself having twenty new family members over at Kappa Delta.

Overall, IWU will give you a great, well-rounded college experience.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: A degree from this school will hopefully serve me well. The school is well thought of and popular.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love IWU. It is a smart, beautiful, homely, safe place to go to school. Professors are mostly top notch, especially those in my chosen area.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: This school is very safe. Campus crime is low to the point of being able to leave bags and computers unattended without worry. There have been a couple of occasions of threat near campus, but they have been efficiently taken care of and I personally feel safe on campus.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing is good, however the three year live-on-campus rule is inconvenient.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Our school has about 5 social fraternities and sororities, of which vary in their support for the school, fundraising, philanthropies, etc. We also have other greek life that is not social, which does quite amazing things for the community. I think what makes our school great is the three music fraternities. The music fraternities make it a point to bring people together for their love of music, as well as put on fundraising and philanthropic events and projects.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Our school has a wonderful mixture of Varsity (D1, I believe) sports, intramurals, classes, and workout/sports just for fun. We have quite a good school for sports; our football team does well, our women's track team has been consistently getting first place in its' division, and our other teams also do well. We have fun intramurals, such as softball and frisbee. Our athletic center was remodeled with an addition in the past year, so our facilities are new and larger. Our school spirit is large, especially among alumnae.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: My school is completely unique. The friendships made at this school, not only among students but also between professors and between professors and students, is unlike anything else. At Illinois Wesleyan, we work together to push each other forward towards our goals. Our goals are often similar and so we can work together and come together in that. Illinois Wesleyan is a goldmine of friendship, love, motivation, connections, and learning in the rough and cornfields of central Illinois. I would pick this school all over again if I could.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Definitely challenging, but that is what makes the students such hard-workers and more determined to get the best experience and results. The teachers are all different but very involved and passionate, which makes the class worth while. Classes are generally smaller, so it is nice to get more attention from the professors.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: IWU is really involved and helpful to each student. I think that just by going to this school, it opens so many more opportunities.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are a lot of events offered to students for awareness or counseling to help with all kinds of problems. Generally, I believe the campus to be safe, regardless of a few accidents, that I believe were not caused by any of the students themselves. Students are generally trustworthy even if you don't know them.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: For a freshman dorm, they were kind of small, but the floormates were friendly, as well as the RA. There was a lounge on each floor that contained a fridge and an actual cooking station. Move in was good, although having one elevator was a hassle. Roommate pairing was the best part. I found a best friend through that.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being part of a sorority myself, it is really down to earth and about so much more than what you see on tv. There are a lot of fundraisers and awareness events that help the philosophies, as well as the communities. Also, it is such a friendly environment that you even consider the girls that are not in the same sorority as sisters. Honestly, there is no impact on the non-Greeks and there is no pressure at all. With being such a small school, everyone knows everyone.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: For a Division 3 school, I believe IWU does pretty well with having Track/ Cross Country, Softball, Baseball, Volleyball, and Football as our most recognized sports.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The opportunities offered to us students helps a lot in easing us into the real world and challenges us to do better and work harder to get what we want for a better future. The professors and people around make it worth while and I would never think of going anywhere else.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security works hard to keep the students safe. However, the location of IWU's campus is near a bad part of town. It is hard to prevent all situations, but campus security does a good job of alerting the students via email. There have also been several concerns with a particular student in my class that assaulted a few people. While the campus enforced several restraining orders, there was not much else done. A rumor went around that the school cannot afford to expel any students, so that was not very comforting to hear.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: In the sciences, the professors love to challenge the students so often they will try to sound intimidating. However, most of them in my experiences are very accommodating. I have had an issue with one professor in particular, but for the most part, the classes are challenging and the professors are helpful.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are always events going on involving job recruitments and alums coming to campus to meet with students. There are also several workshops offered for resume building assistance, mock job interviews, career counseling, etc.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I wasn't personally in on-campus housing because I commuted, but I was able to hear about my fellow peers' opinions. There wasn't anything exceptional to IWU housing and it fit their needs.

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As most students realize by their second or third years at Illinois Wesleyan, this school is exactly what it claims to be: a small liberal arts school. The small student body facilitates intimate peer relationships but prevents social interaction on a large scale. The liberal arts approach to education is meant to introduce new ways for students to approach problems, as well as expose students to fields of study they may not otherwise experience. The gen-ed requirements can be burdensome for music and theater majors, or students with a double major, who already need to overload on classes.

For many students, IWU could be substituted with a more affordable institution. For business majors, there are more sensible options. The business and economics school at IWU is respectable but hardly worth the amount of tuition as compared to state schools. The atmosphere at IWU benefits from a mix of academics, down-to-earth students, and intelligent students with strong opinions. Conversations and colloquiums on campus are informed and debated, but pretension is popular. IWU is a respectable school on par with other small schools in Illinois, but it is not as academically intense as the University of Chicago or Washington University. Students who go to Illinois Wesleyan would like the powerhouse academics of U of Chicago or Wash U but appreciate a smaller community and more relaxed approach.

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