Learning what actual students think of the college they attend is one of the best ways to determine whether or not a school is for you. Hearing what others said about a school allows you to understand the experiences you are likely to have there.
Here are 10 quotes from IPFW students that reflect their impressions of the school in a variety of areas, including faculty, community diversity, and extracurricular opportunities:
- “No one in my family has yet obtained a college degree. My family lived in refugee camps before they came to the States. My grandma didn't just want to live a better life, she wanted to live. I had never thought about college as an option for me before; I previously thought it was only for the rich people who could afford it.”
– Lorenzo Catalan, originally from Chile, discussing how IPFW was able to help him fulfill a goal that once seemed out of reach: attending college. Lorenzo participated in the TRIO Upward Bound program for high schoolers and received the tools he needed to make higher education a reality.
- “My favorite moments have been giving back to the IPFW community just as it graciously gave to me after my freshman year. I’ve lost some friends, I’ve gained some friends, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve had my heart broken, I’ve felt the sweet song of Love, and I have taken the steps to grow into the man I was planned to be. My time here at IPFW has helped shape me into the man I am today. For this reason, IPFW will always be my home and I will always be a Mastodon for Life.”
– Alex Sanderson, a Fort Wayne native, speaking about how the community at IPFW helped him learn and grow as a person.
- “I love being able to walk down the hallway and see four people that I know and catch up, even if it is just briefly. It’s the greatest feeling in the world to know that you are in a place where your presence is valued and you feel comfortable. IPFW does that for me!”
– Erika Steffen, a biology major, commenting on the warmth and friendliness of the community here.
- “When I arrived, I liked the small size, the campus, and the professors I had met in the history department. I was excited about the opportunities available.”
– Heather Dewey, a history major from Michigan, who was pleased with the school’s composition and the living situations she found on campus. Many students we spoke with mentioned the “small town” feel of IPFW’s community.
- “The application process, for me, was very painless. I was living in Indy for my first semester and all of my experiences with staff, whether by phone or email, were great. Quick answers to questions and overall just an easy transition.”
– Jacob Noack, an adult student from Texas who chose IPFW in part because of how responsive and helpful the administrators were.
- “When I came to IPFW I thought I would get my degree and move on with my life, but little did I know things would be much different. I could have gone to class and gone home, like many IPFW students, but I wanted more than a degree. I wanted to be involved on campus and get to know the staff/faculty members on a personal basis. So, I became a student leader and tried to set a decent example for future Dons. I’m so blessed with my experience at IPFW, and I hope others will follow in my footsteps.”
– Jenna Hoppe, a Fort Wayne native who, along with her brother, is in the first generation of college students in her family. She was so impressed by the IPFW community that she felt the need to become involved and give back to other students.
- “I am currently a member of Hispanos Unidos, a student organization here at IPFW. Being a part of this club has done a wonderful job of helping me meet new people and helping me become a better person through volunteering around the community.”
– Mauricio Lopez, originally from Aguascalientes, Mexico, speaking about how IPFW’s extracurricular activities helped him feel like part of the community while allowing him to give back and make new friends.
- “My initial reason for selecting IPFW was purely a monetary one. However, after visiting campus during my NSO (New Student Orientation) advising and registration day, I realized just what a bargain I was getting. I fell in love with the beautiful grounds, top-quality facilities, and intimate size of the campus and student population. More importantly, I was impressed with the faculty who would be teaching me, not just in my own departments but across the university. Every professor I’ve met has a vast expanse of knowledge and valuable experience to share, and are also readily accessible. Further, I was excited by all of the additional opportunities that IPFW offered me as a student, from clubs and sporting events, to study abroad, to on-campus employment, to free fitness classes, to the Omnibus Lecture series.”
– Laura Laudeman, a local student who originally wanted to attend IPFW for the low cost but quickly realized how much else the school had to offer. Many students are drawn in to IPFW because of our competitive tuition only to find that the community and top-notch faculty is what keeps them around.
- “I loved how welcoming the whole campus was my freshman year. I came to IPFW undecided, so that was intimidating to not know what the future hold in that sense, but IPFW did a great job helping me figure that out without rushing me. There is truly no campus like IPFW because it gives students the chance to experience college the way they want to. IPFW can give students the same experience students have with moving so far away without spending too much money, yet gives students the freedom to treat it like a commuter campus as well. It’s up to the student and how involved they choose to be. IPFW has given me a sense of connection and community unlike anything I have ever experienced before.”
– Mackenzie Hartman, class of 2019, talking about how the school allows you to tailor your own experience. Students who commute can feel just as involved as students living on campus, depending on their goals and interests.
- “I loved how inclusive and unique the campus and community was, and is. I felt like more than a number or statistic. I felt they cared about my education and my goals. I felt like a person. I felt like I mattered. The faculty, staff, and other students all were very friendly and were always there to answer a question or point you in the right direction. It felt like a no-brainer. While I was accepted into other colleges, IPFW felt like the perfect fit for me. Over the past several semesters here, I know I was right.”
– Naomi Zipay, an Indiana native from the class of 2019 with a rich cultural heritage who appreciates how the IPFW community embraces those of all backgrounds, ethnicities and religions.