Indiana Wesleyan University

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4201 S. Washington Street

Marion, IN 46953-4999

Phone: (765) 674-6901
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#17 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Indiana Wesleyan University is a private institution that was founded in 1920. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,999, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 345 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Indiana Wesleyan University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 17. Its tuition and fees are $23,628 (2013-14).

As an evangelical Christian institution, Indiana Wesleyan University incorporates religion and academics, offering degrees including Biblical Literature, Youth Ministries, and Christian Worship, in addition to traditional degree options such as public relations, computer science, and accounting. Outside of class, students can consider joining more than 30 clubs and organizations and check out campus events, such as weekly $2 movies in the school’s theater, known as The Globe.Student athletes compete as the Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats against other private Christian schools in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Mid-Central College Conference.

Indiana Wesleyan’s student body is more than 60 percent female, and all single students under the age of 23 must live on the school’s campus in Marion through junior year. For adult students, the university also operates regional Education Centers elsewhere in Indiana, as well as Kentucky and Ohio. Indiana Wesleyan also runs a graduate nursing program.

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

Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a Christ-centered academic community committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership.

Founded in 1920, the Indiana Wesleyan University campus is a community of over 3,200 students and 250 faculty jointly seeking excellence in academic life, spiritual life, and social life. IWU's academic goal is not simply to prepare students for prosperous careers, but for a lifetime of meaning and fulfillment. In 1999, IWU started the Center for Life Calling and Integrative Learning; an office dedicated specifically to help students discover their life calling. Furthermore, surveyed students consistently indicate that IWU's spiritual atmosphere is the primary reason for choosing IWU.

The New Media Consortium recently recognized IWU as a world leader in its innovative approaches to the use of technology. IWU is the first member institution of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities to be selected. President and CEO of the New Media Consortium, Dr. Larry Johnson, identifies IWU as "a place where smart, creative people are devising innovative solutions to challenges we all face in teaching and learning. The dedication to excellence here is palpable, and students and faculty are the clear beneficiaries."

Indiana Wesleyan University offers nine intercollegiate sports for both men and women. IWU has won the MCC Conference Commissioners Cup a record eight consecutive years, and placed among the Top 20 in the NAIA United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings nine straight years. The University was awarded the 2008 NCCAA President's Cup as the best overall athletic program in the nation, the fourth time IWU has won the award. IWU has also won 9 national championships in the last three years alone. The University holds the record for MCC conference championships with 121 titles. The University has 24 national championship titles, including 1 NAIA national championship from the record-setting 2006-2007 women's basketball team that went 38-0. The other 23 titles are NCCAA national championships.

IWU is noted for its award-winning 345-acre (1.40 km2) main campus in Marion, Indiana. During the past two decades, nearly $250 million has been spent on new construction and renovation, and the campus is valued in excess of $360 million. Since 1990, over 50 construction projects have been completed, including 20 residence halls and 16 academic/administrative buildings, along with 11 adult and professional studies structures around the Midwest.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1920
Religious affiliation Wesleyan Church
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $82,256,405


When applying to Indiana Wesleyan University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Indiana Wesleyan University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.3 percent.

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

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 66.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Indiana Wesleyan University is 14:1, and the school has 63.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Indiana Wesleyan University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Elementary Education and Teaching; Psychology, General; Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies; and Social Work. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 58%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 18%
Elementary Education and Teaching 6%
Psychology, General 5%
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 3%
Social Work 2%

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Student Life

Indiana Wesleyan University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,999, with a gender distribution of 35.8 percent male students and 64.2 percent female students. At this school, 81 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 19 percent of students live off campus. Indiana Wesleyan University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,094
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 NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Indiana Wesleyan University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Indiana 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 Indiana Wesleyan University, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Indiana Wesleyan University, 80.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,783.

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Tuition and fees $23,628 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,560 (2013-14)
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