Illinois Wesleyan University


Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan has been known for its excellence in undergraduate education, since its founding in 1850. Today our more than 80 majors, minors and programs range from the traditional liberal arts and sciences to professional and pre-professional programs. A liberal education at Illinois Wesleyan fosters creativity, critical thinking, effective communication, strength of character and a spirit of inquiry. Our curriculum deepens the specialized knowledge of a discipline with a comprehensive world view.

Academic Programs

  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Career Services

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Students interested in admission to Illinois Wesleyan University must submit, in addition to their application, transcripts for all previous high school and/or college coursework, and a Common App School Report. IWU will be test optional for Fall 2022. Students preferring not to submit test scores are required to interview with an admissions counselor and submit a personal essay. More information on basic admission criteria and requirements can be found at


Transfer applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0 from their current academic institution, although it is recommended that students carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be competitive for admission. A minimum number of credits are not required in order to transfer. However, no more than 50% of a major or minor may be taken elsewhere. All degree candidates must complete a minimum of 2 years and 16 courses in residence. More information on applying as a Transfer student can be found at

Additional Information

Illinois Wesleyan stands out among the thousands of colleges and universities in the nation, compared on a wide range of factors by a growing number of publishers. See our rankings, or check out fast facts about the University.

Our students get involved locally, and our community of Bloomington-Normal (#BloNo) is continually ranked among the Best College Towns.

Visit us

Visit us! Illinois Wesleyan is more than a place. It is a welcoming and supportive community that prides itself on sparking the curiosity within our students. There's no better way to experience that than to schedule a visit. We are open virtually every Monday - Saturday. We also host open houses throughout the year. Illinois Wesleyan is conveniently located off I-55 with access via Amtrak and Peoria Charter Coach Co. Travel vouchers are available for out-of-state students.

"Illinois Wesleyan is special because it holds a community that thrives on creating spaces for students to actually make change with their passions on this campus and in the Bloomington-Normal community. You can create your own mini masterpiece at IWU, and as long as you have the drive to do it someone will say 'yes'."

Nicki Chlebek, Class of '16
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Admissions office

Visit us

School location

1211 Park Street
Bloomington, IL 61701, United States of America

Phone number

(800) 332-2498