Illinois Wesleyan University


Highest Degree Offered: Bachelors

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Four-one-four

State: Illinois


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.

Most Popular Majors

Accounting, Biology, Business, English, History, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 2125
Total Grad Students:
Undergraduate Students: 2125
Faculty: 161

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Percent Male: 42%
Percent Female: 58%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 80%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 86%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

1312 North Park Street
Bloomington Illinois 61702


Main Email:

Main Phone: 309-556-1000

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Paul Schley
(800) 332-2498

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:
Dennie Bridges
Director, Athletics
(309) 556-3345

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
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.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Illinois Wesleyan has a minimum grade requirement of C- for transfer.

Credits (Min/Max):
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.

Test Scores for Applying:
Illinois Wesleyan requires the submission of standardized test scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
A completed Teacher Evaluation Form or letter of recommendation is required and can be submitted by either a high school or college faculty member.

Essay(s) required:
An essay is required with your application.

Application Fee:
There is no application fee.

Other Requirements:
Transfer students are accepted for the fall or spring semesters only.

Fall Deadline:

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 25 30
English 25 31
Math 25 31
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 540 670
Math 590 740

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 170

Transfers Accepted: 54

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 32%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 61%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -29%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2009


Books: 780

Other Expenses: 900

Room and Board: 8476

Tuition and Fees: 36572

Total Cost: 46728

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Transfer students are eligible to receive both merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid. Required financial aid applications and forms are evaluated after an admission decision has been made.

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Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 9910

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 96%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 66%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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