Illinois Wesleyan University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

The Shirk Center at Illinois Wesleyan University
The Shirk Center at Illinois Wesleyan University. Jason Howell / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0

Illinois Wesleyan University, with an acceptance rate of 58%, has only somewhat competitive admissions. Successful applicants generally have grades and standardized test scores that are above average. Applicants can apply with the school's application or via the Common Application. Additional materials required for the application include high school transcripts and a letter of recommendation.

Admissions Data (2016):

Illinois Wesleyan University Description:

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college located in Bloomington, Illinois, a city about half way between Chicago and St. Louis. The school has an impressive 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the average class size is 17 students. Students can choose from 50 academic programs from both the College of Liberal Arts and College of Fine Arts. The school takes pride in its high first-year retention rate and its 4-year graduation rate. IWU's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,771 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $44,142
  • Books: $800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,178
  • Other Expenses: $1,600
  • Total Cost: $56,720

Illinois Wesleyan University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 64%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $23,390
    • Loans: $8,137

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business, English, History, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 74%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 81%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Basketball, Track and Field, Baseball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse
  • Women's Sports: Golf, Swimming and Diving, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Lacrosse, Track and Field, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Illinois Wesleyan University Mission Statement:

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"Illinois Wesleyan University, an independent, residential, liberal arts university founded in 1850, strives to attain the ideal of a liberal education while providing unique opportunities with its distinctive curricula and programs."

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