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Reviews 478 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off-campus yet. I do know that many students like to live off-campus as it gives them freedom and responsibility, but personally I don't know.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I personally am not a big part of the party scene. I do not have a lot of time. However, they can get really loud, which makes it hard to concentrate on studying or sleeping. I have heard mixed reviews from parties at Frats, from being innocent fun to creepy drunken shenanigans.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Honestly, the food off-campus is more often than not more tasty than on-campus dining. It allows for more variety and a much-needed break from Saga food. However, it does take more effort to get to, but the cost is not that much different that campus food.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: It is not to strict, as it does not smother the students, but it does protect us. We are allowed to be young adults and socialize, but security makes sure we are considerate to others and don't put ourselves/each other in danger.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food options are limited. When the food at the commons is good, it is incredible, but when it is bad, it is BAD. The variety is lacking. Sometimes the Grab n Go isn't stocked, which is concerning as it's the best way to get food during the day as it is open the longest.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process is not easy or simple, but it did work and I got the monetary support I need.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Because of the small size of the campus, every dorm or house is close to the classes. The dorms are built to encourage socialization. However, it is clear that the focus of the college is not the dorms, but I prefer to have the money go to the educational aspect. The worst part is the cleanliness, which is more on the students than the staff.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A few of my friends live off campus and their houses are fine. Nothing glamorous but they're not gross either!

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's not the best, but frats usually throw good parties. If you want a huge raged though you better head to ISU.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Bloomington/Normal has some of the best restaurants in Illinois! Just yesterday I went to a vegan cafe and didn't even know it until we walked out. So good!

4 College Freshman

Administration: There rules that are intact are only for good.. I don't think that there are any unreasonable rules

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are always a lot of options, but after a while these options can get old. There is always a salad bar, so I'm happy with eating that for a meal!

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The tuition and other fees at IWU are huge but I got a pretty good financial aid package from the school. I still have to have other outside scholarships to go here, though.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are nice but pretty small. The atmosphere on campus is great and the professors are fabulous!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not many options other than the usual fast food and chain

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Not too strict about anything, unless you get caught drinking underage

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Very helpful, big academic scholarships

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Not much variety, slow service, long lines

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Rooms have bugs but overall spacious. Pricy. Free laundry.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The frats are gross and boring after freshman year. If you're not 21, there's no where outside of campus to go.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got a very generous scholarship and so far have not had to take out any loans.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: No healthy options, and munch money only buys a limited span of unhealthy foods.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's not great unless you live in Harriet House, the rooms are big. The other upperclassman dorms have had cockroaches and other bugs, although even the nicest living dorm has bugs sometimes and other ailments.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Although the rooms are spacious, the laundry room is almost useless.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life in IWU is amazing, and they contribute to campus in such a positive way.

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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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