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| First and foremost, this school is not worth the money unless you are pre-med, which is the only field worth highlighting. Everything else is below U of I quality, which definitely isn't good if tuition is $18,000+ more. |
Small class sizes would be helpful if the the students in every single class weren't so freaking afraid of talking, which touches upon the main social problem of the school: if you don't fit in, you're made fun of.
Not fitting in means not being white, Christian, and wealthy. The vast majority of the students at IWU have no idea what diversity is because they grew up either going to private schools or schools in the middle of nowhere where everyone was racist.
I am both white and somewhat wealthy, but felt completely separated from the rest of the school having come from a very diverse and financially humble high school. I felt weird wearing tight corduroys and skate shoes, the former of which I was actually made fun of for on numerous occasions. Tolerance for abnormalities does not exist here. I found myself hating the student body by the end of the year.
The school makes very little effort to provide for students entertainment-wise aside from welcome week. This makes it so there is nothing to do at all besides go to frat parties which end up being the same thing over and over. Thank God ISU is right up the street--it feels great getting off campus to immerse yourself in a place where a social structure doesn't exist, and that usually provides some form of entertainment every weekend.
But on the positive side, the professors are very willing to help students outside of class. They have office hours nearly every day and almost always accept walk-ins, and seem sincerely glad to help.I am now at U of I--better English program (better every program), better social life, and generally a lot more comfortable because I'd rather be a number than criticized for being a goddamn individual.
|Oct 06 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| Illinois Wesleyan is an interesting place. Academically it is first rate. The professors are among the best in their field and are extremely accessible. I realize that all colleges say this, but I can say with certainty that there are few colleges on the level that Wesleyan is in terms of this department. If you've come to learn and be challenged, Wesleyan is a good choice.|
On the other hand (and this is the reason I ended up leaving Wesleyan), the social life sucks. I'm not extremely outgoing myself, but I tried my best to fit in and make new friends. Sure, everyone is nice. But as other comments have already pointed out, you are very much stuck in this Wesleyan bubble. And it's so easy to be content with the small campus and just staying there all four years. And if you do, you really won't learn much socially.
Going along with this, the Greek life at Wesleyan is huge. If you're not Greek, or do not go to Greek parties, you're going to be pretty bored on weekends. There is hardly anything to do. The school has somewhat tried to change this, but they really haven't made any strides. I'm not a Greek person and wasn't interesting in 'paying' to have friends. I went to a few Greek parties and they just weren't for me. Because of this, I struggled and was extremely bored on weekends and ended up going home much more often.
There is also a problem with extra curriculars. There's really not a whole lot of them on campus. And there didn't seem to be hardly ANY that interested me. This made it even more difficult to get interested and active on campus. Because Wesleyan is such a small school, there is obviously not going to be as many extra curricular's, but I thought Wesleyan's were especially lackluster.
These two social factors lead to a really crappy social experience on Wesleyan.
But, if you're only looking at academics, Wesleyan is top notch and I'd always recommend them. The campus is beautiful and the library is absolutely amazing (I practically lived in there. Not because I was always studying, but because I just loved the place).For social life, if you're really outgoing, you'll be just fine. But if you're a bit shy and take time to warm up like me, or if you're not much in to Greek life, you're going to struggle. I'll tell you that right now. And for me personally, it didn't matter how great of an academic life Wesleyan had, because the social aspect sucked so bad for me, I had to leave. I was getting depressed and just felt horrible and I knew my grades would suffer because of it.
|Aug 28 2010|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| If you like middle/upper class spoiled chicago suburban jocks whose favorite pass time is drinking (girls included) you might like it here. It is an O.K. school academically, but there is little diversity, little to do and very little stimulating conversation. I'm going to stick it out because of my scholarship but if I had it to do all over again I'd pick a school with a more interesting and diverse student body. |
|Jun 27 2010|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2012 |