These schools are similar to Western Illinois University in key aspects like size, setting, and academics.
50% of students
The Musical theatre department is very close-knit and I like that social life aspect. Besides this, as a black woman, it is nice to go to a PWI that also has a pretty high population of black students.
The location is pretty bad, and there isn't much to do around town. Options to have fun are very limited and most of the time the most fun you can have is just staying in the dorms with friends.
With Western, my experience was pretty good. There are Friendly students and staff who are willing to help you when needed.
Something about Western that I didn't really appreciate is that there are slight racial issues on and off-campus. Also, some students can be mean.