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| Oh, IWU, such a mixed bag you are. Honestly, my experience was different than many people around me. It seemed like a good portion of the kids on campus were just loving their time at IWU, but there wasn't much I enjoyed about it. I can't even tell your specifically what it was, except that everything seemed a bit manufactured.|
Chapel-They require you go to chapel 3 times a week. When I was there, you got three skips and then were punished somehow. It was pretty much the same each time; same songs, same sermons. It really wasn't too bad except that to require someone to go under the fear of punishment kinda defeats the purpose of organic spiritual growth, right? But as I said, everything felt a little bit manufactured there, even the relationships and spirituality. Of course, that might not have been everyone's experience.
Classes-Basically, to get a "well-rounded education", you're required to take a bunch of classes that don't pertain to your major whatsoever. As an art major, there are things that I straight up did not need to take, but was required to take to fulfill an arbitrary set of rules. It's not just IWU that does this, but I hate being forced to pay them for classes that aren't necessary for me. In that respect, though they can say otherwise, it's about money. Plain and simple.
Professors-Most of them are actually real nice people. I think I maybe ran into only one or two that were pretty impressed with themselves. However, they weren't always easily reached--especially art professors. They don't hold your hand and walk you through things, but at a college level they really aren't supposed to anyway.
The food was just eh, but there was a real nice assortment of it. The rules... were a little constrictive. Like chapel, they did the thinking for you on what you should do and when. As adults (or at least people who are trying to transition into adulthood), it's a little insulting to assume that the students aren't capable of making their own decisions. And worse than that, it does absolutely nothing to prepare them for life apart from the establishment, where they will be facing temptations and making decisions daily.
All in all, IWU is definitely not the worst school you could attend. I wouldn't go back because it definitely wasn't for me, but I saw a lot of people who really enjoyed it. It's pretty pricey for the quality though.
|Sep 07 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| This school is excellent both in the academic environment and in the spiritual qualities it encourages in its students. I definitely would suggest you take a close look at IWU if you want a school that will help you grow both spiritually and scholastically. |
|Feb 11 2004|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2003 |
| Indiana Wesleyan U. was a good experience for me in one way: It taught me to be diligent and self-reliant despite the oppressive influence of the faculty and administration of the university.|
I recommend this school only to those that are very young in their Christian experience and feel they would benefit more by having a parent-figure rather than a university lead them by the hand through their studies and faith.
I realize my comments are harsh but I have since transferred to a much better Christian school (Anderson University) and know how much better things can be.
Perhaps my biggest frustration was rooted in the fact that I felt like I was attending a different school then the Admissions department had sold me.
I realize most schools are run like a business and Admissions plays the role of PR (presents the best possible picture of the school), but I am a Journalism major and was informed that IWU had a strong journalism program.
That was blatantly misleading.
The Comm department faculty was, at most, incompetent and the school news publication was of lower quality than most high school publications.
The second thing that bothered me the most about the school were the rules. Yes, most Christian universities have many rules that state schools do not, but it seems like such rules should build you up and teach you how to make better decisions. The rules at IWU merely keep students out of trouble for their tenure and do not preparing them for the temptations of the post-graduate world.
I suppose IWU has an OK "spiritual atmosphere," but what is the purpose of attending a Christian college? Enjoying a manufactured "atmosphere" or learning to be the best at your major you can so you can go out and make an impact on the world as a Christian?
Please take your Christian education seriously consider a different college! Please email me if you have questions.
|Oct 25 2004|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2005 |