Purdue University Fort Wayne Reviews

  • 14 Reviews
  • Fort Wayne (IN)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,573
80% of 14 students said this degree improved their career prospects
71% of 14 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 4/6/2021
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
"Spending hard earned tuition and time graduating with a BSMET from Purdue was the largest mistake of my career. It is not a "real" engineering degree. I haven't been able to land a job with an engineering title. I used to have an AS in Engineering Technology and worked as a technician for a few years. Then went back to finish my BS with the notion that I would be able to transition into an engineering role. The faculty even labeled us "ET students" as engineers throughout the program. Turns out that this was a lie. For the past year, the only job I've been able to get is a low wage tech support role for a small manufacturing company. I made more salary as an engineering technician with an AS degree. I'm still shooting for an engineering role, but keep getting turned down due to having a glorified technician BS degree. If I could, I would gladly hand back the degree and request a refund if that was even possible. Now I'm stuck with a useless degree in the field of engineering. Thank you Purdue for wasting my time."
Gabriel Walburn
  • Reviewed: 9/16/2018
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"This is one of the best theatre programs in the Midwest, and is beyond underrated. For nearly a third of the cost of other major Universities and their main campus, I received a degree from Purdue University. The professors at IPFW care so devoutly about this department and each of the students. They have connections across the United States and an impressive alumni group that allows for networking in all disciplines of theatre. The coursework is relevant, relatable, well-presented and thorough. I left this program knowing exactly what kind of theatre I would like to produce in the world, and with the connections to make my dreams possible. The MainStage productions are all of incredible quality; specifically shows directed by Jeffery Casazza. Casazza, the acting professor at IPFW, is Linklater designated (one of 200 in the world), trained in Chekov, Stanislavsky, Leban, Lecoq, and other widely popular acting techniques allowing for an incredibly broad and dynamic eduction. The BFA is designed so that each student has a variety of skills in all subsets of theatre, making their students highly marketable post-graduation. They encourage students to apply for internships, and assist students financially with a multitude of scholarships. Trips are taken to Chicago and New York to observe and discuss radical professional theatre. Overall, this department is underrated but absolutely worth the small cost of tuition."
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2018
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"Studying Theatre at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne prepared me for a life in the professional theatre. The professors are dedicated to individualized attention, both academically and creatively. They will push you, which only opened more doors for me after graduating. They teach you the basis of the craft in all areas of performance (if you so choose) and design: acting, dancing, singing, costuming, lighting; also in set, light, costume, and sound design. In terms of performance opportunities: because the department is small, the amount of onstage time in a variety of production styles is truly the best. The faculty takes into account the needs of their students in production, knowing they should learn about not only the different performance styles of musicals v. plays, but also the design elements of modern theatre v. period pieces. All students in all concentrations have opportunities to explore Theatre through different mediums each year, which only makes them more rounded and knowledgeable theatre scholars. Additionally, students have many work-study opportunities to choose from, granting them essential backstage experience in costume and set construction, as well as arts administration. These positions are carefully tailored to allow students the first step into production from the classroomthey show students what Theatre is all about."
  • Reviewed: 12/23/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"My college was very affordable and I even received a good scholarship. I transferred from another institute and had little issues switching over my credits,which was something I was definitely afraid of not working well at first. Loved my professors."
  • Reviewed: 5/27/2015
  • Degree: Human Services
"I loved all of my classes and what I was learning. I did have issues with my advisers (student adviser particularly) who did not help me out and ended up costing me an entire year plus not getting into my masters program. I had met with 4 different people in the 2 years I was attending IPFW. Now that I am job searching in my career field that took me 5 years to complete... I am being offered jobs that pay $9-$10 an hour. I am wondering why did I even go to school to make less than many retailers pay base level associates? As much as I loved what I did in school and the professors, I wonder if I was directed into the wrong field that I cannot even earn a liveable wage in. I wish my advisers would have advised me to stick to psychology or even go to criminal justice so I would have a more "esteemed" degree and considered for the higher wage jobs I applied to (and instantly denied from)."
Sameha Albayyari
  • Reviewed: 5/11/2015
  • Degree: Biology
"The biology graduate program at Indiana University-Purdue University of Fort Wayne is an excellent program with a variety of classes for a wide range of interests. Classes include subjects in ecology, molecular biology, and conservation biology. The staff are well-known for their study interests and are easy accessible. The biology department feels like a second family that is always there for advice and guidance for whatever questions students may have. Being involved in research is a plus and very beneficial to the students."
  • Reviewed: 8/8/2014
  • Degree: English
"I transferred to IPFW my sophomore year from Purdue University. I thought the transfer would be easy considering the schools were affiliated. However, the degree I chose was in the IU division of the school. I had to play catch up with core curriculum classes that were not required at Purdue. I was bounced around from advisor to advisor and never had a chance to really get to know a single person to help me plan my classes and work toward my goal. I used a bingo sheet and figured it out on my own. I loves the classes I took and the attention from my professors in those classes. You get what you put in with IPFW professors. I believe that is the way it should be. My educational experience was terrific, but the lack of guidance and understanding of how to work the system best for me left me in a lot of debt and with a degree that I am somewhat lost in what to do with."
Robyn Fox
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2014
  • Degree: Special Education
"The Special Education Graduate Program is directed by and taught by professional teachers already in the field. Classes are pertinent to my current teaching job and I feel that I am a better educator because of this program. The downside of the program is that some of the classes I need are not offered at the time I need them."
Jake Bryan
  • Reviewed: 2/17/2014
  • Degree: Biology
"The graduate program isn't very large at IPFW, therefore, courses taken were mixed with undergraduates. Instead of professors tailoring the course to the graduate level, they did the exact opposite. I didn't really feel challenged at all, so I was able to maintain good academic standing while not putting in too much effort. I don't think I left the program feeling any better as a researcher than I did coming in, considering having no previous research experience. The individuality of the program is unique in that your advisor lets you focus on a research area of your own interest, rather than the advisors. However, with that, students may struggle if the work is out of their advisor's area of expertise. Overall, I did enjoy my time at IPFW, but I felt to some extent that my degree wasn't earned compared to other students in graduate school."
Isaiah Douglass
  • Reviewed: 10/22/2013
  • Degree: Business
"The tuition costs of attending IPFW were the main reason for attending as I had taken my undergraduate classes here and I was paying for my MBA. Overall the workload and class difficulty seemed very similar to the undergraduate level. The reading and case studies are really the only difference. I have had many other groups members share these same thoughts with me. I would rank many of the professors as average. There are 3-4 that are really good and push students to think and are not just there to collect a paycheck."
Elizabeth Klee
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2013
  • Degree: School Counseling
"I feel honored to be a part of this program!"
Ryan Hedge
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2013
  • Degree: Business
"The programs can be tailored to fit into your schedule. As a working professional it is really nice to be able to continue to work and be able to go to school. The downside is the financial aid office does not seem to be geared towards graduate students and many of the opportunities such as work co-op are not offered for graduate students. Being that it is a small campus there are not many positions available for graduate assistants."
Kyle King
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2012
  • Degree: Business
"The school is a generally a good school to attend for the money. The school needsd to create more diversity within the student body."
Kyle King
  • Reviewed: 12/6/2012
  • Degree: Business
"The school is basically a good school to earn a degree fro the money."