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Reviews 659 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

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

2 people found this useful Report
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.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

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

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

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

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Because it is a small school, you won't find the level of school spirit that you would a Big Ten school. But we do have quality athletic facilities, Shirk Center is extremely nice and available to anyone on campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places where you can get food off-campus. Many places deliver and deliver at night so it's nice. Specficially D.P. Dough and Insomnia Cookies are extremely popular and are local restaurants, but we also have a lot of chain restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Administration: IWU enforces the rules as needed. They understand that mistakes happen and are leniant but you also need to be careful because you don't want to cross the line.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: IWU is extremely expensive but you will always find a way to get finanical aid. Do not let the cost keep you from the school, there's plenty of people on campus that are willing to work with you and help you.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: For being a small school, our parties are pretty good. Obviously we have ISU as our neighbors so you are always able to go over there and party if you want.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food can vary. It can defintely get old after a while because there isn't necessarily too much variety, unless you go to Saga (Cafeteria) for every single meal. It's not terrible but it's not amazing either. Although sometimes you will get surprised by how good a meal was. Also, wing Wednesdays at the Dugout are THE best.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Munsell/Ferguson are the best option for first-years.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is not bad, but sometimes, you just want something different. The cooks at school can make good food when they try but they don't really try.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I personally feel safe walking around alone. I never had any attempts of assault on myself nor have any of my friends experienced this. But, I know it may or has happened to others, I'm just not aware of this.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Administration: Students have a lot more freedom than they make it seem.

1 person found this useful Report
College Junior

Guys & Girls: I don't like to put a value on people.

College Junior

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek life. I can only answer the multiple choice from an outsider's perspective.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: I had some assistance with the school financial aid but I had to do the work on my own and without help from my parents.

3 College Junior

Local Area: The local area is okay, but I am personally more of a large city kind of person. So, it's a nice getaway from the city but I would not plan on living there.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You have to find and lease an apartment pretty much on your own and at least a year in advance. The quality is not very much equivalent to the the price.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The Off-campus dining is ok. Restaurants should be open later since it is a campus town and there should be more vegetarian/vegan options. Many people want to be able to go out and eat healthy options as well.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Admission was pretty straightforward. I didn't encounter much difficulty to get into pre-med.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is prominent however no one judges you if you are not Greek.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not too many options and on the expensive side.

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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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