Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
54%
46%
student ratio
1,771
total students
$45,654 | $45,654
in-state | out-of-state tuition
Not Reported
fall application deadline
58%
acceptance rate
Very Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
Not
Reported
sat math
Not
Reported
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
Not
Reported
act composite

Overview

Undergraduate-only Status Provides Uniquely Strong Focus on Students

Illinois Wesleyan University, as an undergraduate-only institution, provides a uniquely strong focus on its undergraduate students. As a result, students are taught only by professors, more than 94 % of whom have either a PhD or the terminal degree in their field. Furthermore, students can work with faculty researchers on nationally funded grants and independent research projects often as early as the summer of their first year.

With a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1, and a total enrollment of less than 2,000, Illinois Wesleyan students enjoy learning and growing within an intimate academic atmosphere. The school is exclusively focused on the liberal arts.

Highly Ranked National Liberal Arts Institution

The school was recently ranked Number 50 among national liberal arts colleges on Washington Monthly's 2015 college rankings (based on students' social mobility, research and service) and number 58th best value among the nation's private liberal arts colleges in Kiplinger's "Best Value Rankings." Recent internal statistics show that 90% of graduates earn their degrees in four years.

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan has a long-standing relationship with the United Methodist Church. While maintaining its Methodist affiliation, the University continues to be a diverse and inclusive community, independent in governance.

Three Colleges Offer More than 80 Areas of Study

The school offers than 80 areas of study, through the College of Liberal Arts, with 17 academic departments; the College of Fine Arts, comprising professional Schools of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts; and the School of Nursing. The University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.

In addition, IWU students have the opportunity to study in hundreds of locations in over 70 different countries in almost every region of the world.

The IWU Center for Human Rights and Social Justice supports campus initiatives related to human rights and social justice, which play a prominent role in the mission and curriculum of Illinois Wesleyan University.

Varied Majors Along With Personalized Combinations

Departments within the College of Liberal Arts include: Accounting and Financial Services; Biology; Business and Marketing; Chemistry; Computer Science; Economics; Educational Studies; English; French and Italian; German; Russian and Asian Languages; Greek and Roman Studies; Hispanic Studies; History; Mathematics; Philosophy; Physical Education; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Religion; and Sociology and Anthropology.

Illinois Wesleyan attracts multitalented students who pursue a variety of interests, often choosing personalized combinations of study such as music and biology, or business administration and chemistry. Established interdisciplinary programs include: American Studies, Cognitive Science, Environmental Studies, Greek and Roman Studies, International Business, International Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.

A Focus on Developing Critical Skills

The University supports its commitment to the liberal arts in two primary ways. First, nearly every course contains elements of reading, writing, discussion, debate or classroom presentation, in order to develop graduates with exceptional written and oral communication skills. Second, the General Education program provides a curriculum that enhances critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

Internationally Recognized Faculty

Professor Ram Mohan is internationally recognized for his contributions to green chemistry, and has been chosen to lecture and provide expertise on green chemistry at Pondicherry University in India as a Fulbright Specialist. Mohan is the Wendell and Loretta Hess Professor of Chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan. His research, widely published in international chemistry journals, focuses on developing environmentally friendly organic methods guided by green principles.

Illinois Wesleyan University Chair and Professor of Physics Linda French, a professional astronomer for more than 30 years, conducts research on the shapes and surfaces of asteroids and comets. She is currently involved in a National Science Foundation-funded study of Trojan asteroids, a large group of more than 5,000 objects sharing Jupiter's orbit around the sun.

Leadership in Athletics

Through 2015, Illinois Wesleyan, a member of NCAA Division III, has had 118 student-athletes honored by their election to the Academic All-America® team, and the Titans are tied for No. 23 among all colleges and universities, regardless of NCAA division, in the number of athletes so honored.

Vibrant Campus and Metro Area

Illinois Wesleyan is located in Bloomington, Illinois, a commercial and agricultural center situated about halfway between Chicago and St. Louis. The campus is 130 miles from Chicago, 180 miles from Indianapolis, and 160 miles from St. Louis.

IWU is located on an 80+ acre campus, which has undergone a great deal of growth in the past decade. It features such new facilities as the 5-story Ames Library, the Center for Natural Science, and the Shirk Center for Athletics and Recreation.

Bloomington and its twin city, Normal, have a combined population of approximately 133,000 and are easily accessible via three interstate highways (I-39, I-55 and I-74). The area is an important commercial hub in Central Illinois; major employers include State Farm Insurance Companies (world headquarters), Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America, and Illinois State University. The twin cities are also regional shopping centers and offer many indoor and outdoor recreational facilities. Besides Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State Universities, the community is home to two junior colleges.


Location & Contact

PO Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
USA

Mr.Bob Geraty

Interim Dean of Admissions

Phone: 309-556-3031
Fax: 309-556-3820
Email: iwuadmit@iwu.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Area Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • European Studies (Western)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Insurance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Acting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Keyboard Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater Design and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Voice and Opera
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

58% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,841
    • Accepted2,236
    • Acceptance Rate58%
    • Enrolled1,771
    • Female Applicants2,209
    • Females Accepted1,274
    • Female Acceptance Rate57%
    • Male Applicants1,632
    • Males Accepted962
    • Male Acceptance Rate58%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.75
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 25 29
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$45,654
    • Out-of-state tuition *$45,654
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$202
    • Room and board *$10,574
    • Room only *$6,622
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,771
    • Male Student Percentage46%
    • Female Student Percentage54%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.98%
    • Black or African American4.37%
    • White or Caucasian71.07%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native%
    • Asian4.37%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.06%
    • Two or more races2.55%
    • Unknown or International Student1.59%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students14% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 77%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Not Reported
    • Drama / theater group Not Reported
    • Student-run radio station Not Reported
    • Student-run television station Not Reported
    • Marching band Not Reported
    • Choral groups Not Reported
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Not Reported
    • Health clinic Not Reported
    • Personal / psychological counseling Not Reported
    • Women's center Not Reported
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Not Reported
    • Greek sororities Not Reported
    • Local fraternities Not Reported
    • Local sororities Not Reported
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other emergency response team

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes Division 3 No
    • Golf Yes Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
    • Water polo No Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Water polo No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty214
    • Full-time Percentage69%
    • Part-time Percentage31%
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio10:1 or 1,768 students to 170 faculty


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