Illinois Wesleyan University

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Box 2900

Bloomington, IL 61702-2900

Phone: (309) 556-1000
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#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Illinois Wesleyan University is a private institution that was founded in 1850. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,013, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 80 acres. Illinois Wesleyan University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 65. Its tuition and fees are $39,316 (2013-14).

Situated on 80 tree-filled acres in the city of Bloomington, Illinois, Illinois Wesleyan University is home to just over 2,000 college students from across the world. Located less than two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis, students have the opportunity to experience a rural and urban lifestyle of their choosing. There are more than 160 student organizations on campus for students to choose from, along with a very popular Greek life. More than one-third of the student body participates in roughly 10 fraternities and sororities available at Illinois Wesleyan. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus, and students admitted in the fall of 2014 and after must remain on campus as juniors as well.

Known as the Titans, Illinois Wesleyan's sports teams compete in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin in the NCAA's Division III. One of the most popular features of the university is its May term, known as "Play Term" by students, which is a monthlong experimental learning option that allows students to focus on a single course or topic.

Illinois Wesleyan University prides itself on providing individual attention and guidance to each of its students. This commitment has yielded a freshman retention rate that has ranked as one of the best in the country; more than 90 percent of Illinois Wesleyan first-year students come back for their sophomore year. The campus itself is an arboretum, home to more than 1,000 trees representing nearly 150 distinct species. Students interested in theater are spoiled with Shakespeare, as Bloomington is the host of the annual Illinois Shakespeare Festival, which takes place from June through August. Students who are more interested in getting away from campus have the chance to study in hundreds of locations in more than 70 different countries. Notable alumni of the university include Richard Jenkins, an Oscar-nominated actor, and Edward B. Rust, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of State Farm Insurance Co.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Illinois Wesleyan is a nationally recognized, highly selective liberal arts university enrolling approximately 2,000 undergraduates from across the nation and around the world. Offering a broad curriculum that includes 80 majors, minors and programs in the liberal arts, business, the fine arts, nursing, and eight pre-professional areas, the University is known for the excellence of its teaching and the close contact that students have with their faculty. Students are encouraged to pursue multiple interests, study abroad, collaborate with faculty on research and to be actively engaged on campus and in the community. Illinois Wesleyan offers 165 student organizations. One in five students take part in 18 varsity teams and one-third are members of fraternities or sororities. The University's beautiful 80-acre tree filled campus has a mix of historic and modern buildings, including superb recreation and athletic facilities.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1850
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-4-1
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $210,946,721


When applying to Illinois Wesleyan University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 59.5 percent and an early acceptance rate of 65.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 59.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Illinois Wesleyan University is 11:1, and the school has 66.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Illinois Wesleyan University include: Business/Commerce, General; Psychology, General; Accounting; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 78%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 14%
Psychology, General 10%
Accounting 8%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7%

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Student Life

Illinois Wesleyan University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,013, with a gender distribution of 41.9 percent male students and 58.1 percent female students. At this school, 71 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 29 percent of students live off campus. Illinois Wesleyan University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,013
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Illinois Wesleyan University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Illinois Wesleyan University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Illinois Wesleyan University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Illinois Wesleyan University, 64.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,554.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $39,316 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,136 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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