Every college can tell you what programs they offer, the kind of housing options that are available, and what financial aid opportunities they have. But it’s hard to understand the actual experience of being a college student until you attend. How will you spend your days and evenings?
To find out, let’s walk through what a typical day in the life of a new Mastodon might look like, highlighting the many opportunities available for IPFW students.
Heading to class
Depending on availability and required credits, you might take your first class anywhere from 8 a.m. to noon. As a freshman you’ll most likely be taking one or more general education classes every day to satisfy requirements across six different areas. You might be walking to the Liberal Arts building or Neff Hall for an English, history, or communication class.
In class, you’ll find a diverse mix of students and plenty of chances to interact with your instructor. More than 50% of our classes have fewer than 20 students, and 90% average fewer than 40. Our professors are globally recognized and highly accomplished—nearly 90% have earned the highest possible degree in their respective fields. They’ll work with you inside and outside of class to help you through your first academic experiences in college.
When you get a break in the action, you’ll need to refuel for the second half of your day. There are plenty of choices for on-campus dining: Walb Student Union includes Don’s at Walb on the ground floor, and Chop’d & Top’d at Kettler Hall offers fresh-made wraps, salads, soups, and more. If you have an extended break, you can grab a coffee and get ready for your afternoon classes at Java Spot, a coffee shop on the first floor of Walb.
In the evening
Classes are done, and the rest of the day is yours! Take some leisure time to catch up with friends and family, or sneak in an episode or two of your favorite show. If you’ve got an exam to study for or some assignments to catch up on, you might head over to Helmke Library, which recently received a major facelift. The library includes over 400,000 printed volumes and Internet access to more than 45,000 electronic databases and journals, plus private and group study areas.
Life as a Mastodon presents many options—you can catch a basketball game at the Gates Sports Center, take a relaxing walk across the Crescent Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, or enjoy a concert at the Rhinehart Music Center. At IPFW our goal is to help you create a personalized college experience that allows you to learn, socialize, and have fun as you obtain the skills required to be successful in your dream career.