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Location
Bloomington, IL
Undergrads
2,015
Tuition
$39,136
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I've heard from a Medical School that our academics are on par with Northwestern University

5 College Freshman

Academics: Illinois Wesleyan University is among the best universities in the state of Illinois and prides itself in the prestige and rigor of its academics. While the workload is greater than many other schools and the curriculum is much more rigorous, the facilities are also much nicer and students are better prepared for graduate school and the work force to follow graduation.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Work load is hard but due able. You have to put the time into it . I'm in physic, teachers are usually accessible.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics is great

4 College Freshman

Academics: I have been challenged academically this semester. I am only a freshman but am excited about what IWU has to offer me in the future.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 81st
    Smartest Professors
  • 83rd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 205th
    Best Course Variety
  • 341st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 388th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Diego Báez
Major
English Writing
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If Illinois Wesleyan were a standardized test, it would be equal parts multiple choice and short essay. There are just as many business major jocks as there are pretentious philosophy students. IWU is renowned for its nursing program and its preparatory work for students seeking graduate degrees. The liberal arts approach is apparent in the wide range of general education studies required for graduation. The fine arts programs are strenuous, and most students enrolled in music, art, or theater overload on courses every semester. Students here definitely work hard. Pressure to perform can translate into perfectionism and anxiety, but the professors' expectations are generally more accepting than students' personal standards.

Most classes are small, which is conducive to intimate conversation and enthusiastic debate.The academic work at IWU is at the core of students' lives. The liberal arts expose students to different approaches and fields but can hamper students' progress in their specified major. This can be frustrating for students right out of high school who are looking forward to dedicating their time and effort exclusively to their major. Exposure to many fields can also illuminate options that might have gone overlooked by first-year students who are undecided. The amount of coursework and expectations of professors make IWU a respectable institution for higher learning. However, the required general education classes are a burden and can sometimes foster a sense of ambiguity.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
161
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
65
Total FT Faculty
161
Faculty with Terminal Degree
93%
Average Faculty Salary
$70,359
Full-Time Retention Rate
89%
Graduation Rate
82%
Programs/Majors Offered
39
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 67%
  • 20 to 49 students: 32%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Nursing
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 4%
  • Business/Commerce, General: 7%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
  • U.S. and global diversity
  • Writing intensive courses
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Ames Library
  • Hansen Student Center
  • Your own room
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be afraid to express yourself.
  • Don't spend too much time in your room. You'll turn into a laptop-wielding psycho.
  • Go to Steak 'n Shake.
  • Join as many extracurricular groups as you can. It's a great way to meet people.
  • Keep track of your meal exchange money. It disappears fast.
  • Take the scuba diving class.
  • Tell yourself you'll get up in the morning to work out at Shirk. And then actually do it.
  • Write actual letters to friends from home.
Did You Know?
Students can work with a number of study abroad offices to arrange up to a year of off-campus study. Students have spent semesters in Bengal, Morocco, Niger, Thailand, Australia, and the Czech Republic. Credits and financial aid transfer to Illinois Wesleyan, so almost a third of the students are able to experience college life outside the Wesleyan bubble.

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  • Interest in students
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