What our students tell us about their IPFW experience

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 6/15/17 4:30 PM

Imagine this: You’re planning to get a somewhat pricey item in the near future. You really want this thing, but you’re still new to the market and don’t know which brand to choose.

You need some hands-on info before making your choice. Luckily, you have a secret weapon—a friend who’s really into the thing. Your friend willingly shares her knowledge and helps you connect with exactly what you need. Item acquired; achievement unlocked!

Your same approach works for learning more about colleges, except it’s harder to find friends with exactly the right experience to help. Luckily, that’s where this blog comes in.

We asked a bunch of successful alumni to share their insights about their experience on our campus. These folks were just like you a few years ago, but now they’re out in the world, making cool things happen. Check out their knowledge below. It’ll give you some good insights.

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Topics: Going to School at IPFW, Student Stories

IPFW Summer Honors Camp—is It Right for Me?

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 3/21/17 4:30 PM

The IPFW Summer Honors Camp (July 30–August 4) is an ideal way to experience what college is like as an IPFW student, before starting college. The camp is an opportunity to meet other students who are facing the same important questions about college, while working with some of the best IPFW faculty and experiencing the cultural offerings of Fort Wayne in the evenings.

This program may be for you if:

  • You are unsure where to apply to college
  • You want to learn more about different disciplines and majors
  • You are interested in meeting other students like you
  • You want to start earning college credit (This program is worth one credit hour!)

You can expect six exciting days filled with interdisciplinary learning and hands-on activities. Last year, students explored northeast Indiana when they visited Poe Quarry (an active quarry!) to learn about the mining process of minerals and other materials. They also visited Crooked Lake, where they took water samples for an in-depth look at living organisms using high-powered microscopes.

The excitement will continue this summer with field trips, workshops, and more. In the evening, experience Fort Wayne’s rich culture and lively atmosphere (we don’t list it as One of the 7 Best College Towns in the Midwest for nothing). Explore the city and get to know students who, just like you, are planning for college while experiencing the best that IPFW has to offer!

Who is eligible? High school juniors who meet the Honors Program eligibility requirements. If you fall short of meeting the requirements or aren’t sure (or your high school doesn’t calculate class rank), you should contact the Honors Program directly to find out if you need additional materials for your application.

The cost for the camp is $273.75 for all six days, which includes housing, tuition, and meals. Fee waivers are available for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs.

Ready to apply? Simply submit an application to IPFW through the Collegiate ConnectionÔ, along with your camp application and a short (800 words or less) essay using the prompt “Why are you interested in this program and what do you hope to gain from it?” The priority deadline is March 27, 2017, but the final deadline to apply is April 17.

 Excited about this one-of-a-kind opportunity? Apply today and download the Viewbook to get a look at IPFW and all it has to offer.

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Topics: Going to School at IPFW

Day in the Life: An IPFW Freshman

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 3/9/17 4:30 PM

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.

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Topics: Choosing a College, Going to School at IPFW

Introduction to IPFW: The Freshman Orientation

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 2/28/17 4:30 PM

Attending college means a big transition. It’s a different environment, with new classmates, new instructors, and a whole new way of learning.

At IPFW, you go through a two-step orientation process designed to make your transition as easy as possible. The Student Success and Transitions office, based in Kettler Hall, coordinates everything.

Understanding what happens when, which forms to submit, and so on—as well as approaching the whole thing with the right mindset—will give you a smooth transition into your first year as a Mastodon.

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Topics: Going to School at IPFW

The Minimum GPA for IPFW: What We’re Looking For

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 10/25/16 8:30 AM

One of the most common questions we receive from prospective students who are curious about applying to IPFW is: “What kind of grades do I need to get in? 

The short answer is, “It depends.”

Regular admission to IPFW generally requires a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or above. Students who apply to IPFW with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.499 may be considered a “conditional admit,” meaning there might be certain conditions you have to meet in order to continue taking classes here, such as maintaining a certain grade in all your classes.

However, your GPA is only one part of your application. At IPFW, we consider your academic history, your exam scores, your extracurricular activities, your letters of reference, and your goals when making an admission decision.

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Topics: Applying to College, Going to School at IPFW

5 Ways IPFW’s Doermer School of Business Prepares Its Graduates for the Workforce

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 7/28/16 7:30 AM

If you’re in your junior or senior year of high school and accounting (or another business major) looks like your field of choice at IPFW, you might be wondering what your next steps are. What experiences might you get? What will your next chapter be like?

IPFW senior accounting major Eseosa Igbinijesu has some answers for you—as an international student from Nigeria and as a Mastodon whose goal was to study forensic accounting (fraud examination, advanced auditing, etc.) before she even started to look at schools.

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Topics: Majoring In: Business, Going to School at IPFW





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