|DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana|
Undeterred by sudden downpours and blazing hot temperatures, the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) hit the road last week for its annual counselor tour of colleges.
Starting at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, the tour took 81 school-based and independent counselors on a whirlwind tour of six additional Hoosier State colleges, all of which opened their doors for a closer look at facilities and programs.
While the campuses seemed relatively quiet, admissions offices were working feverishly behind the scenes to put finishing touches on new financial aid policies and deadlines, as well as student recruitment programs scheduled for the fall. Several campuses were taken over by summer campers, while others were organizing transition programs for newly-minted freshmen.
Here is a little more of what the 81 counselors learned about each school:
Wesleyan University takes
great pride in its mission as a “Christ-centered” institution committed to
liberal arts and professional education.
In the business of “creating world changers,” IWU is the largest member
of the Council for Christian Colleges and
Universities, the largest private college in Indiana (based on enrollment)
and offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees. In addition to 3,000 undergrads
on campus, over 10,000 adult learners attend classes at education centers in
Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio as well as online.
Hall of Sciences and Nursing opened in the spring of 2014, which includes a
nursing school with no cap on the number of students accepted to the program. As
long as prospective nurses meet academic requirements, they’re in! Next year,
IWU will be adding football and women’s swim and dive. And IWU is a StrengthsQuest school. The admissions office will
pay the cost for any applicant—whether he or she actually matriculates or not—to
take the assessment and discover their top five themes of talent. The test is free and with no strings
in 1832, Wabash
College is an independent, liberal arts college for men, enrolling 900
students in a traditional liberal arts curriculum. One of several “Liberal Arts Plus”
co-curricular initiatives designed to support cross-disciplinary education, the
Center for Innovation Business &
Entrepreneurship (CIBE) prepares over 200 students each year from all
majors to develop business and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills. Outside of the classroom, the CIBE offers a
variety of learning experiences including internships, immersive experiences,
entrepreneurship and management opportunities.
academic program at DePauw University encourages students to
gain broad exposure to multiple disciplines before narrowing their focus.
Toward this end, DePauw offers a wide range of majors and minors, a number of
honors and fellows programs, as well as a variety of experiential learning
opportunities designed to challenge students both within and beyond the classroom.
The Hubbard Center
for Student Engagement works closely with students pursuing experiences such
as off-campus study programs and internships. Every DePauw student must complete at least
Studies opportunities, which may include credit-bearing Winter Term or May
Term courses; approved
non-credit-bearing courses, externship, travel experience or service learning
program; semester-long off-campus study opportunity or internship; or
independent study, research or creative project. New initiatives include a Global
Health Major and a Neuroscience
- The Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology is home to about 2100 undergraduate and 100
graduate students majoring in engineering, science or mathematics. All male until 1995, Rose-Hulman is pleased
to report that the incoming class is about 30 percent female—25 percent over
all four years. Students are not admitted to majors and there are no enrollment
“caps” on any programs. The 16,200
Innovation Center (BIC) provides open workspace designed to promote multidisciplinary
collaboration with easy access to tools, spare parts, a machine shop, welding
room, paint booth and conference room. This is where you find students working
on projects for the Concrete Canoe, FIRST Robotics, Human-powered Vehicle,
Steel Bridge, and Team Rose Motorsports competitions. Rose-Hulman
Ventures, located on south campus, is a successful product design, rapid
prototyping and development firm serving a diverse mix of clients. The facility
includes professional-level laboratories, equipment, tools, and work suites
open to participation from 25 to 27 percent of each graduating class who will get
hands-on experience developing innovative technology-solutions for a wide range
of business partners.
in 1834, Franklin College is a
residential, liberal arts institution located on a 207-acre campus including
athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland.
The college offers its more than 1000 students Bachelor of Arts degrees
in 51 majors from 25 academic disciplines. In 1842, Franklin began admitting
women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh
in the nation. All out-of-state students
receive a $4000 grant, which may be stacked on top of whatever merit scholarships
are given and these scholarships tend to be very generous. The Franklin First
Scholars program is a FREE overnight opportunity
specifically for first-generation college students and their families to
learn more about the college experience and expectations.
on 650 acres of wooded campus featuring 15 waterfalls and located on the banks
of the Ohio River just west of historic Madison, Indiana, Hanover College is a private,
liberal arts institution offering a rigorous interdisciplinary academic program
featuring 32 majors. Hanover’s Business Scholars
Program provides a unique opportunity for students to learn business skills
while pursuing their academic passions. The goal is to take any major and make
a business of it. Business Scholars
combine a major in their area of interest with practical preparation in
business and management. In addition to coursework, they complete an
internship, analyze business cases, do a consulting project for a real
business, meet with community leaders and take workshops in areas such as
resume writing, interviewing and creative problem-solving. Beginning in fall of
2017, Hanover will offer majors in engineering
and engineering science for incoming students. The curriculum will require a
liberal arts foundation as well as offer tracks in general, mechanical,
electrical, electromechanical, computer and geological engineering.
- Five miles from downtown Indianapolis, Butler University is subdivided into six schools: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Lacy School of Business, College of Communication, College of Education, Jordan College of the Arts, and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Within the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Butler offers a direct pathway to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Following two pre-pharmacy years, undergrads complete four years of in-depth pharmacy studies and field experiences. Also offered are both a PharmD/MBA Dual Degree and a PharmD/Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences Dual Degree. No longer direct entry for physician assistants, Butler has created a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences specifically designed to prepare student for entry into healthcare related graduate programs such as physician assistant, physical or occupational therapy, optometry, dentistry, medicine, etc. And you have to love Butler’s bulldog mascot, Blue AKA Tripp, who has his very own book, Good Boy, Blue!