Midwestern University-Downers Grove Reviews

  • 49 Reviews
  • Downers Grove (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $47,207
89% of 49 students said this degree improved their career prospects
86% of 49 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Annonymous
  • Reviewed: 4/14/2022
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I have mixed reviews when it comes to this school. Some professors are great and some professors have made it extremely hard to want to continue in my major. If you’re looking for a supportive school, who will choose to support the student, do not choose here. My cohort had a professor yell at 3 students during an exam because their laptops malfunctioned and then threatened to take 10 pts off their next exam if they couldn’t fix their computes. Especially for my advanced placement setting, the director for both placements has twisted the reports of my supervisors and has made it seem like I’m this horrible clinician and that “I’m not professional” in her words. Upon discussing it with my supervisors, I find out that terminology like that has never been used. My director fails to support me as a student and a clinician. To sum it up, professors and education are mediocre. As far as support, professionalism, and advocation for the student goes, MWU is not the place for you."
Why not
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2022
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"Hi, Reality Check: Pharmacy school is not easy! Do not attend this program at any school if you were not accepted in your original program such as; Physician Assistant, Dentistry, Nurse Practioner, Medicine etc. Though you may be incredibly smart it would not benefit you in your internal passion. Now, I will continue with the review. There is information overload. You think taking 5 classes at a time in undergrad is something. This information is 3 times more. There are not a lot of alternatives for students who need help with challenging subjects such as available tutors. The professors would set an appointment with you or try to schedule a help session through Zoom or something, but the professor is only lecturing the same way as they did in a regular lecture section, which defeats the point. Most of these zoom session occurs after hours where students want to really turn off like Sundays or hours after 7pm. The study areas are limited-There are over five different programs besides pharmacy with over 50 students in each class, yet there is one library with one floor of a real study area. They have rooms for study, which are always occupied. There are three other buildings, but they do not have a lot of designated quite areas. The campus is big and beautiful, but midwest weather and the geese that poop everywhere makes it uncomfortable to study outside. Financial aid - The school is expensive and I guess it is to build new buildings every 5 years. Students who take out loans cannot receive what they need. They will receive what the think you may need. Though, you are responsible for the loans in paying it back and it is not their money. Diversity- They have a diversity and inclusion department, but the campus lacks diversity of Hispanics and African Americans with limiting resources. The department does not do much to help if there is an issue. They are great listeners. But poor executers. Cafeteria- Expensive and the food is bland, but what campus of any school does not have this issue. Professors- Most of the professors teach different classes in different programs. Even though they try to make themselves available, they lack assistance where it effects how they execute certain information in teaching, reasons of having extra help sessions on Zoom, but again they are teaching things that they should have taught in the original lecture. The have people who head the depatments that have no experience in teaching or the pharmcy connection. They have a surgeon who is the head of pharmaceutical calculations and pharmacokinetics. Administration- Some are helpful, Majority of them are not. You can go to the dean and prove things in the policy but they will not honor it. You are down there and they are up there, taking your money to do nothing. Living- It is in the suburbs located 30 minutes outside of Chicago. 30 minutes is the time without traffic. There is mostly traffic all the time to get there whatever direction you are coming from in the hours of 630 am - 6pm, with break time between 11am-1pm when you are supposed to be in class. There is no pubic transportation that goes there so you need a car. The apartments in the area go for over $1000 a month. The campus housing does not allow a microwave, crock pot, and a certain circumference of a refrigerator. The microwave that they do have is rinky dink and takes a long time to cook. But you can get the fridge microwave combo which is expensive. The beds are extremely uncomfortable and you are going to need a memory foam pad to go on top of the mattress. They do not allow food deliveries to come on campus unless you notify security which is a big hassel. The campus apartments are different, but there is a wait list. So, I think I covered the important things. If you desire this experience by all means apply and they will accept you. If you are coming here because you did not take certain classes to get into a school that you wanted I strongly encourage you to take the classes you need. It will help you and the other schools know that because the standards for what a pharmacist need to know always changes. I hope this helps and I hope you are going to pharmacy school because it is in your heart to do not because of pay or because you cannot get into another program. :)"
nunya
  • Reviewed: 7/8/2018
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"Only things midwestern university gave me was diabetes and an ulcer from sitting to study the vast material they expect you to know. They demand so much and in the end, its all pointless. 90% of material they teach will not be used in profession, they need to focus on relavant material . Also it's way overpriced school for the torture they put you through. I regret picking this school."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 2/24/2018
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"I attended the MBS (2 year) program between 2014-2016. Pros: Amazing campus, labs, and equipment and the faculty are truly outstanding!!! I learned so much from the variety of courses and electives, some of which were combined with students from other Health Sciences programs. Cons: About 1/3 of the students in the program ended up dropping out during the first year. The program was very difficult and therefore not for everyone. About half of the remaining students actually got into the medical/dental programs they desired. If you plan on simply pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry, I would definitely not recommend this program. Having a Masters degree does not give you any sort of edge when it comes to landing a job in the lab (speaking from experience). You will be in the same position, and making the same amount of money as someone who only has a Bachelor's, except you will be ~$70k more in debt."
Andrea T.
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"Midwestern University has a prestigious reputation for good reason. The campus is stunning, the faculty is extremely friendly, and the current students are very happy. The coursework is challenging, but you are provided with an abundant amount of resources. The location in the West suburbs of Chicago allows for an ample amount of exploration and social activities with classmates. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants to get the most out of their academic career."
Male Masters Graduate, Age 26
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"It is up to you to succeed and make college worth the time and money. If you are active on campus and meet with your professors outside of class, you'll make more of the connections you need to find work in your field or recommendations for future academic applications."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Midwestern offered great opportunities for individualized education; could request rotations, classes that you are interested in specifically. They offer an anatomy lab that isn't available in all health science programs."
PA-C , AZ
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Prepared me very well to pass my certification boards as well as to work in the profession. The program was expensive, but overall, a good investment."
SbyX
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"I would recommend it as the last venue because it is VERY expensive"
Female graduate student age 34
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Graduate school focusing on health sciences including Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine, and Pharmacology allows for collaboration between specialties and fosters learning. Small, intimate campus in a safe neighborhood close to Chicago. Excellent rotation opportunities."
Jenn
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"It is small health sciences college. The classes are small an the professors really care about the students an really help them succeed. It's pretty expensive but the networking after you graduate is pretty valuable."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"It's a good school, good professors, good programs"
Amanda
  • Reviewed: 8/21/2016
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"I have heard from many pharmacists that Midwestern State University is the best school in Chicago and it has a high rate in USA. It accepts students from all over the country and internationally. The teachers do their best to prepare us to be the best pharmacist in the USA. I'm currently attending Midwestern State University and it is being the best experience I have ever been through and for me personally it was the right choice to attend here and to get my PharmD degree."
Melissa Hoffman
  • Reviewed: 12/29/2015
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"The program is very close and tight-knit. The faculty make you feel as though you are part of a family and will help you out with anything you need. The workload is not too heavy, and professors still want you to have a social life. However, I feel as though I am learning from the best."
Brecken Lewendal
  • Reviewed: 9/3/2015
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"I love Midwestern University. Though it is an incredibly rigorous Physician Assistant program, the faculty are all there to help you in any way that they can. It is also a very expensive graduate school, but their facilities are excellent and campus is very safe and secure."
ybjc
  • Reviewed: 7/20/2015
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I had an amazing experience where I made friends for life and was able to achieve my academic and professional goals with the support of the institution."
Angela Richard
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2015
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"This is an excellent stepping stone for students who have to reapply to professional programs."
Michael Aquino
  • Reviewed: 4/4/2015
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"Excellent school in a suburb of a large city with knowledgeable, caring instructors. Downers Grove is fairly safe and the campus itself has high security measures. Everything you need outside of school is possible and the school itself has a plethora of information in its library."
Noah Kline
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2015
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Program has a lot to offer. You will be so busy that you won't have time to notice the things around campus that aren't top notch. The school prepares you how to be a thorough, intuitive osteopathic physician! I have support from faculty and it's a high end learning environment."
Shelley Kraus
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2015
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"Extremely impressed with faculty support and collaborative/cooperative relationship among students in program."