Purdue University Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, IN, USA

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Purdue University Fort Wayne
3.45 Average Rating

Shelby from Fort Wayne, IN

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The courses not only in your major, but also in your general education requirements will be very insightful. Also, since IPFW is a smaller campus than the larger state universities, you can expect to enjoy class sizes that are around 30 people or less. This definitely helps to enhance your learning because you are able to develop a closer relationship with your professors.
Am enjoying being here
I commute to campus, but this does not change how I feel about IPFW. While on campus I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, the down-to-earth professors, and quality of student life. There are always activities occurring, clubs to get involved in, and free food!!
Bang for the buck
The city of Fort Wayne has so much to offer spanning from sports venues, festivals, and theatrical productions. Each of these attributes make Indiana-University Purdue-University Fort Wayne a great campus to study at because you not only get a reasonably priced education but there are so many activities going on that you can never get bored.
Tips for prospective students
If you are unsure of what you want to major in, come to IPFW. You will save money by coming to the satellite campus for Indiana or Purdue University. Once you decide what you want to major in then you may decide to transfer to either of the main campuses. However, the charm of this college may entice you to finish your degree here.
Great for these types of students
IPFW is great for just about any student. We have many international students, students who commute to campus, and apartment style on-campus housing. There is something here for everyone to get involved in. If you are struggling to adjust to the lifestyle in Fort Wayne I would recommend trying to join an on-campus organization. This may bring you out of your comfort zone but I have found that in the end the benefits greatly outweigh the costs.
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Nick from Fort Wayne, IN

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Academic Rigor
Most departments are opportune places to learn and network, and the professors are willing to push and support you.
Dorm Life
Housing is expensive compared to off-campus apartments, but compared to other universities it's about the same. Luckily it is optional to live on campus during your freshman year.
Food and Dining
There are two cafeterias, and they offer decent, but limited, food. The pricing isn't the cheapest, so this system can definitely use some work.
Bang for the buck
Very affordable, and you can get a Purdue degree. The professors are mostly good and the opportunities are limitless. I would recommend getting off-campus housing by renting in a house or apartment. There is plenty of parking space on campus.
Great for these types of students
Students that prefer campuses that aren't super busy or crowded would love IPFW. There are few enough students that you don't just feel like a number, and you can spot friends/classmates around campus all the time.
Clubs and Activities
There are many intramural opportunities, clubs, and campus events that happen regularly. If you look, you'll be able to find interesting stuff to do weekly, if not daily.
Campus Safety
There are emergency poles almost everywhere, and the campus itself is very calm and friendly.
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Nicole - Fort Wayne, IN

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Bang for the buck
This is a great, affordable school. It's located is such a convenient part of town. The professors are great and very helpful. If you are from the area and you are looking for an affordable school, this is a great place to go.
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Joshua from Huntington, IN

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
IPFW is a great college choice for those just getting out of high school because of the relationships you may be able to develop with friends, professors, etc. It also allows you to incorporate the knowledge you gained from high school or even in general knowledge since there is so many options and opportunities for just about everyone to take advantage of. I would give IPFW a rating of 5/5.
Tips for prospective students
College is a much different experience than high school and IPFW gives you many opportunities to have fun, study hard, and make memories.
Academic Rigor
The professors I have had truly make understanding the courses I have taken much easier to understand. Studying in groups has been another benefit I've taken use of since I've come across the university life.
Dorm Life
I do not live on campus; I commute to school from Huntington, IN. I have heard from friends though that the dorms on campus are great to live in at a fair price though.
Food and Dining
Need something to eat while on the way to class or even to sit down and enjoy? With excellent fast food service such as Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Subway on campus, you'll be fed and back to class in no time.
What to do for fun
Football games and other sporting events, local movie theaters, local shopping malls, spending time with friends, etc. The possibilities of what you can do to have fun while on campus is endless.
Bang for the buck
If you really want to join into the student life, take up a sport or a club because they give you so many more opportunities to make friends and have fun while on campus.
Great for these types of students
I recommend downloading the Yik Yak app on your smartphone to keep up with some hilarious comments or even information from people living on campus. The best thing about it is there are no profiles, everyone is completely anonymous.
Campus Safety
The campus police department are on campus all the time so they make being on campus extremely safe. As well as this, warnings will be sent to every student through email as well as text or calling (optional) when an emergency situation happens on campus.
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Michael from Fort Wayne, IN

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
This is a place I am proud to say I am attending. With a beautiful campus filled with amazing and talented people who aspire to achieve much in their lives. This university is one that will grow and prosper for years to come.
Tips for prospective students
Do not be embarrassed or afraid to ask for help here. There are always people or resources available for you to use for your benefit.
Academic Rigor
You will have to try, and I mean really try, to fail out of any of your classes here.
Dorm Life
Room/ dorm mates here are almost always wonderful people to be around. You will never have a shortage of friends to turn to.
Food and Dining
Food on campus is quick and easy to find, but there are fine places to dine all around the town.
What to do for fun
There are intramural sports available for all to play as well as The Plex, which has many teams available for flag football and soccer both in the summer and in the winter
Bang for the buck
No matter what you spend your money on, you need to spend it wisely but there is never anything that is below average when it comes to quality.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The River Greenway runs through the campus which allows for students to take a nice walk around the town and enjoy the wonderful sites there are to see.
Great for these types of students
outgoing
lively
friendly
Clubs and Activities
All clubs and activities are either student or faculty run. They are always willing to accept new comers.
Campus Safety
The Fort Wayne PD always has at least 5 to 10 cars on campus patrolling the streets for the students safety. There are emergency call polls located throughout the campus as well in case there is an emergency.
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Marques from New Castle, IN

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
The best school
Tips for prospective students
To ask questions
Dorm Life
very quite
Food and Dining
dont eat much there
What to do for fun
read
Bang for the buck
yes it is,
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
really none
Great for these types of students
sharp-minded
Clubs and Activities
swimming
Greek Life
none
Campus Safety
The best,i feel safe
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Jennifer from Syracuse, IN

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors really try and make sure you are learning the material, so long as you have a non-lecture setting to the classroom. They are very open and nice and will help you, or set up a time when they can help you, as long as you ask.
Am enjoying being here
There are tons of activities to do on campus and student housing. Free food is EVERYWHERE and the RA's do a really good job of putting on activities almost every night.
Bang for the buck
The price is great. The campus is beautiful and well-kept. The new student housing buildings are the nicest looking apartments you will find in the area, not to mention, you get your OWN bedroom. No need to have a tiny dorm room that you share with a roommate. You even have the choice of living with your own bathroom. The choices for floor plans are great.
Tips for prospective students
Do not purchase your books from the bookstore on campus, they are VERY expensive. If you have to, wait until the first day of class, see what the book looks like and then find it online. They will be so much more cheaper. Renting is okay, and if you return your book you will NOT receive as much as you purchased it for, almost guaranteed.
Great for these types of students
Students that want to have a great college experience at a reasonable price.
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Keiki from Fort Wayne, IN

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
First of all, I love IPFW because of the endless free gifts, free academic help, and free food that they are constantly offering us because what college student doesn't love free stuff? Additionally, another important detail of my school is that my classmates are kind, caring, simply decent students. Lastly, while I've had extremely caring professors during my first year, I urge every student search the professor he/she is thinking about having on RateMyProfessor because there are a few difficult teachers at IPFW.
Tips for prospective students
As I noted earlier, I suggest that every student does a little research about the professor they will soon have. That will be a big factor in your grade because it was for mine.

Don't be afraid to take communication classes like I was. I have social anxiety and I dreaded taking a communications class, but when the semester was finally coming to a close, I was extremely sad because I really did enjoy my classmates and all the life lessons my professor taught me.

Take notes for a class before hand! This is advice I wish I followed during the beginning of my freshmen year. I would look at the syllabus before hand, take notes on the chapters, then when I went to class it was a lot easier to understand. Additionally, if you have a science or math class that gives homework online all at once, take advantage of your time and do as much homework ahead of time as you can! This cost me a B in Calculus because I forgot an online quiz and ended with a C+.
Academic Rigor
Most of my classes were courses that would require thinking and critical skills to understand, but it was easy once I got the hang of it. Went from a C on my first exam to all A's on my last three in a biology course.
Dorm Life
I lived in apartments across from campus, but my friends did live in the dorms. I heard they were a lot like apartments, but the wi-fi cut out a lot.
Food and Dining
Okay, I'm just going to say it. Food is too expensive for college kids. I believe the cafeteria was selling a slice of pizza for four dollars. A little bottle of grape juice was more than a jug of the same brand at the supermarket down the street. Food was okay, not anything fantastic, but you'd hope that a college campus would at least have prices the same or lower than stores, right?
What to do for fun
Lots of activities ranging from a free carnival, blow up jumping houses, multiple clubs including LoL, dog therapy, pool and chess, computer labs that aren't ever completely full, so you can just watch videos and movies there. The just opened the new library and it's extremely calm, comfortable, and quiet. I like sitting on the third floor next to the windows at sunset because of the nice views.
Campus Safety
I feel safe at my college during the day. Just watch out for all the long boarders. If you are the long boarder, watch out for all the pine cones. I've seen about three people fly off their board from catching a pine cone.

During the night, I feel like there could be more lighting. Maybe a cop walking around. I would also like to see emergency phones on the walks. On many occasions I've used the 24 hr computer lab and had to walk bad to my car on a dimly lit path. Always bring pepper. I've been walked back to my car by a professor who's class ended at 9 pm a few times.
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Kaleigh from Mishawaka, IN

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
indiana university-purdue university- fort wayne indiana is the perfect college for me. not only is the price right, it is close to home but also gives me the opportunity to be away from home. with all the educational degrees, it can be the perfect place for everyone!
Tips for prospective students
come visit the campus and see all that it has to offer. the city life also has a lot to offer.
Academic Rigor
the grading scale is a 4.0. this requires additional studying along with assigned work from professors. attending classes is very important, along with communicating with professors, to the students overall success.
Dorm Life
dorm housing is available both on and off campus. you have a variety of room styles to choose from. they come fully furnished and utilities are included.
Food and Dining
on campus we have pizza hut, subway, taco bell and a cafe. each campus apartment includes a kitchen for your own personal cooking. not far from campus, you can find any type of restaurant you choose.
What to do for fun
sporting events and campus activities are always available on campus.
dorm activities are another plus. students can also volunteer for city events.
Bang for the buck
after researching many colleges, i found that ipfw was a college that i could afford and offered everything that i was looking for.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
scattered around the campus, are huge/decorated mastadon statues.
Great for these types of students
ipfw has a place for every type of student. it is truly home away from home.
Clubs and Activities
there is a wide variety of clubs and activities to choose from. i think there is something for everyone.
Greek Life
the campus offers one sorority.
Campus Safety
security on campus and in dorms. they are on campus 24/7. you feel very secure on campus.
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Amela from Fort Wayne, IN

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
IPFW offers a variety of courses that students can choose from. So far, all of the classes I have taken at IPFW have been very interesting and the advisors do their best to place you in a class that is right for you.
Am enjoying being here
My instructors have been great and really have a passion for teaching. Everybody seems so nice and I have met a lot of great people this past semester. There are always events going on that students can participate in and many people on campus that students can interact with.
Tips for prospective students
Coming to IPFW saves lots of money as opposed to going to college out of state. They offer a variety of courses and have plenty of majors. If you are undecided, take different courses and I'm sure you will eventually find something that interests you.
Great for these types of students
IPFW is a great university for all types of students. I believe there is something here for everyone. There are so many clubs, events, and activities to get involved in. There is always something going.
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