If you are one who loves schools and higher education as my husband and I do [teachers for over 30 years], you would no doubt love visiting the campus of a private Liberal Arts university called Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.
In a book by Jay Mathews called "Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That is Best for You", he ranked Illinois Wesleyan University as #10.
After visiting the university, I can see why it was ranked #10; it is "one of the nation's most selective institutions" and thus attracts students who appreciate a great education. There is certainly an academic environment with a friendly and qualified faculty that inspires and challenges. This university has also been selected as one of 28 colleges and universities as "BEST BUYS" in the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
As a high school English teacher for over 30 years, I knew about Illinois Wesleyan University's grand reputation, especially in Music. I also knew that it had wonderful facilities. Incidentally, over the last decade, the university has built the new Ames Library, the Hansen Student Center, the Center for Natural Science, Alice Millar Center for the Fine Arts, and Shirk Center for Athletics and Recreation.
Besides the traditional liberal arts curriculum, they have four professional Schools: Art, Music, Theatre Arts, and Nursing.
Its total enrollment is 2,100 students. They have a 4-4-1 academic calendar [two 15-week semesters followed by an optional three-week May Term]. That optional time is used for travel, research, and internships.
Fondest memory: Photographs:
1. The new Ames Library
2. Part of the center campus area with walking paths.
Besides being a fine university, Illinois Wesleyan University has a beautiful campus filled with friendly people, lovely architecture, and a talented faculty [93% hold doctorates or terminal degrees in their field.]
The only drawback to going to Illinois Wesleyan University is the cost. [$38,010 which includes Tuition, Fees, Room and Board]
Favorite thing: This handsome office block on the courthouse square is currently being renovated as condos. Lovely baby windows - if I lived here, I would definitely consider living downtown. It's heartening to see that the good people of this midwestern town (and others like it) are beginning to value once again the neighborliness of urban life.
Favorite thing: Bloomington has an abundance of well-preserved leafy residential neighborhoods. I took a stroll around the neighborhood where the Stevenson house sits. There's a beautiful square surrounded by interesting homes of a variety of styles and sizes. For example, this is an outstanding example of Richardsonian Romanesque design.
Favorite thing: Wow, this looks like this one of those great old department stores which used to sell everything from chewing gum to washing machines. It has seen better days, but seems to be ready for a re-incarnation as something stately and grand for the 21st century.
Favorite thing: You can't match the historic spaces of an older downtown for charm and interest. Someone has made this 1920s garage into an appealing residential space. I'd love to take a home's tour here!
Favorite thing: That's an exceptionally large tree! And it's an elm, too. Most of the elms in the midwest were lost long ago. I wonder how this giant managed to survive.