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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
Illinois Wesleyan is a highly rated private university located in Bloomington, Illinois. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,689 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Illinois Wesleyan acceptance rate is 59%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Nursing. Graduating 79% of students, Illinois Wesleyan alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,600.
1312 N Park St
Bloomington, IL 61702
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin

Illinois Wesleyan University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

IWU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
59%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1120-1320
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$31,999/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$27,418/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.35 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.38 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.38 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,689Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
32%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Hardworking
    79%
  • Determined
    16%
  • Intelligent
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.45 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.46 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Small
    33%
  • Like a community
    28%
  • Diverse
    17%
  • Challenging
    11%
  • Fast-paced
    6%
  • Home away from home
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
79%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses
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I love this school. I am currently a freshman at IWU. I have made some amazing friends and the professors are very friendly and helpful. The student to professor ratio is perfect. You can get more individualized attention and help from your professor because it is a small school. I am incredibly grateful to have been accepted into the Nursing school here. Everyone is unique in their own way and I love it here! Although the food and dorms could be updated, the academics and student involvement on campus are quite amazing.
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Illinois Wesleyan University is an excellent place to spend your undergraduate career. Wesleyan focuses on developing your critical thinking and communication skills in ways that cannot be accomplished at other universities. Their biology and nursing programs have an excellent reputation among medical schools and hospitals in the midwest, particularly in Illinois.
Pros:
*Small class sizes and tough exams force you to apply and understand your course content in ways that will prepare you better for life beyond your education
*Bloomington-Normal bars are second only to Champaign within the state
*Financial aid will work with you to make your Wesleyan degree more affordable than competing offers you may have
Cons:
* University leadership has been incredibly weak in recent years
*Greek life is abysmal compared to other schools in the state, with a university lead culture of keeping fraternities on probation for several semesters for offenses like beer consumption
I chose Illinois Wesleyan University because of its amazing and rigorous pre-medical program. I enjoyed my time with the biology professors who have helped me do well in my biology courses and get many good grades in all of them. They have a fair amount of office hours to come and meet with and discuss studying plans and studying habits. The track and field program is also one of the best in the nation in Division 3. I loved running ever since high school and decided to join the Track and field program to compete in the 400, 800, and mile runs. The school was very accommodating to any student with disabilities as well. The biology professors were extremely caring and willing to give me extra time and flexibility to take all my exams and be able to finish them on time. I would highly recommend this institution for studying in the physical sciences. I would like to see more diverse majors in the science track and also more professors to be able to help students with future studies.