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Reviews 779 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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2 College Senior

Diversity: Due to this establishment being an extremely proud Christian institution who keep very traditional points of view, there isn't much room for accepting others who do not fit into the mold of Christianity and its rules of what is acceptable. However, it is my firm belief that the students who attend IWU are much more open-minded and accepting than the administrators who run IWU.

2 College Senior

Weather: As an art major, weather is always bad whenever I need to bring my projects and canvases over to the art building/my dorm. Also, living in the midwest, the weather fluctuates extremely several times a day.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Due to this institution being private, of course the cost will be higher than that of a public university. The general student atmosphere at IWU is very social, which I personally dislike, but is great for making friends and people are generally very open and sharing, especially in prayer.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Many other students had a problem with the obvious "ghetto" of Marion, IN, but I was used to living in a similar town (though with less population) and I had no qualms walking to my destination off-campus. There is a general dislike of IWU among the locals, since they have a huge influence among the community without taking into account what the citizens want and enforcing their religious beliefs.

4 College Junior

Academics: Easy to understand. Some professors are not the best, but for the most part they are okay. Curriculum is strict but appropriate.

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.

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.

4 College Senior

Administration: 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.

3 College Senior

Local Area: 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

Technology: 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.

3 College Senior

Diversity: This campus is obsessed with diversity to the point where it becomes racism in their attempt to include people who are different. By creating this distinguishable, they are reinforcing the separation between race and a certain favoritism to minority groups. As for religious background, there would be a very low percentage (below 10%) of students/faculty who are non-Christian, since this is a Christian institution. Because of this, it's safe to say the political affiliation is more conservative and the sexual orientation would be strictly heterosexual and otherwise discriminated against.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: At a Christian institution like this, students can get expelled if alcohol or drugs are in use. The few students that do participate are of legal drinking age and drink responsibly. The even fewer students that participate in drug use either have prescriptions or are from the local area and have a local supplier.

3 College Senior

Weather: In the midwest, the weather can vary drastically several times a day and as an art major who needs to carry canvases to class, it makes it extremely inconvenient because I have to protect my projects and fight the weather on my way to class (IE: my project becomes a sail in the wind).

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Letting the students know further payment options other than going directly to loans as the main source of payment. If loans are the option that the student is going with, then making sure that the student knows whether it's subsidized or unsubsidized is very important to help the student manage his/her payments.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office offers financial counselors to help with the panic and stress of financing college. Thankfully they handle most of the harder areas such as finding loans and or scholarships that one may qualify for. However, I wish there was more seriousness invoked on the importance of filing your FASFA on time.

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3 College Junior

Weather: For a Midwestern state Indiana really experiences many different forms of weather in a very unpredictable way. One day it can be around 60 degrees and then the next a cold front comes in and there is a blizzard the next morning. For people who suffer from allergies Indiana can sometimes be an inconvenience to live. Other than that Indiana offers great scenery with beautiful trees, fields, and gorgeous sunsets!

4 College Junior

Athletics: Students are encouraged to practice their physical talents and gifts within the context of many sports that Indiana Wesleyan offers. IWU also offers scholarships for all the sports that they offer. Basketball season is an enjoyable time for the IWU students and intramural sports are participated by many IWU students and even are extended out to many commuters as well.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have never been invited to any drinking or drug parties on or off campus and I am pretty involved with many different students on campus. I have heard little to no talk about social drinking on campus but I assume there are some who have broken the rules but this is not a norm and more of an irregular happening than a usual situation. I have heard some students gossiping about how some students have tried marijuana but it is not promoted within the IWU student body and is not seen as very socially acceptable.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There is not a lot of talk on campus about Greek life even though I know there is one. Students accept each other for their different extra-curricular activities and do not appear to have a "snobby" attitude towards one another. Greek life is important in helping to provide awareness within the IWU community as well as organize club meetings. The Greek life offers student's an opportunity to be a voice for the IWU student body.


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