Indiana Wesleyan University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (5)
Just a few fact that you should know before enrolling. 1) Your GPA is based upon IWU classes only once you start. Even if they accept all of your classes they never account for the grades you earned in those classes when calculating GPA. 2) Bible and Religion are required. (make sure you known WHERE you can take these 3) Classes are YEAR ROUND w/ no breaks except the random 1 week breaks 4) Expect lots of discussion boards and at least one paper every week 5) The grading scale is ridiculous...For example an 74.9% is a C- aka 1.70, and a solid C starts at 75% which is a 2.0 exactly. 6) You will have homework due on Sundays and Thursdays. 7) You need good WIFI and don't even bother trying it on a tablet or iPad. Its not reliable and the system may fail and your work will not be recovered. 8) A good portion of the instructors are adjunct 9) 1000 points per class no extra credit (there is a course survey for "extra credit" but its put in as 10/10 NOT 10/0. 10) There's no rounding of grades 11) Different expectations on papers for each professor 12) You need to know APA formatting like the back of your hand 12) You're expected to read every single course announcement ever written 13) You can't work ahead. Meaning, you can't work on workshop 4 while you're still on workshop 3 (even if you're finished with 3) 14) Feedback is not given as often as you would hope. 15) Five weeks flies by so if you're falling behind it is very difficult to catch up. 16) You should reach out to those in your class for support.
I personally feel as if the program is not a superb value. The online program consists of five week courses one after another and it is very difficult to learn anything in that amount of time. The technology is poor and not at all Apple friendly; the technology has caused major issues throughout each course. The books are pricey and are designed specifically for the courses, so there is really no way to get them anywhere else. The group projects are extremely stressful and are very difficult to complete. I was a straight A and just a couple Bs student before this program, so I was pretty frustrated to work very hard to get a C. I would say that if you have no problem working for 4-6 hours a night, 6 days a week, for 18 months straight (and a few one-week breaks here and there), then go for it. Otherwise, I recommend going to a traditional school and taking a night classes until you can finish. You'll get more out of the experience and you'll at least have the support of your fellow classmates when things get tough.
The staff have been nothing but helpful. From the application process all the way to following up through my first class to make sure I was not having any problems or had questions.
I am currently 3 months away from getting my bachelors in business management on the online program. It has taken about five years full time. Their online program is great for adults having to work full-time.
My only complaint is that many instructors, while they are great, do not grade in a timely manner causing you to not be able to learn from your mistakes. Most classes are 5 weeks long and some instructors take 2 weeks to grade, by the time you fix your mistakes the class is over. Complaints do get looked into right away, but usually are pushed aside and they come up with some excuse. I have learned a lot and overall happy with IWU.