Students Say

Located in Bloomington, Illinois Wesleyan University is a community that “invites you to make the most of your education and is ready to bend over backwards to ensure you enjoy your experience.” Though the school doesn’t have that big of a reputation outside the Midwest “despite its excellent education,” it is an underrated gem that is “always trying to give students opportunities that are beyond what most schools can give.” It truly is “a small school that oozes big opportunities.”

Overview

Applicants
3,427
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.77

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 620
SAT Math
660 - 760
ACT Composite
25 - 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Interview

Overall

Students Say

Located in Bloomington, Illinois Wesleyan University is a community that “invites you to make the most of your education and is ready to bend over backwards to ensure you enjoy your experience.” Though the school doesn’t have that big of a reputation outside the Midwest “despite its excellent education,” it is an underrated gem that is “always trying to give students opportunities that are beyond what most schools can give.” It truly is “a small school that oozes big opportunities.”

Professors are “brilliant and accessible” “insightful” individuals who are “the best in their field.” “The exuberance they have for their subject area and their students is very evident.” Many of them are involved in research and “often include students in helping them,” while others are involved in other ways; for example, “the mayor of Bloomington is also a political science professor—how cool is that!” “There have been a few life-changing professors who I am so grateful to have taken their class,” says a business administration major.

Facilities and the career center are excellent, there are numerous opportunities for community engagement and research, and “there are so many resources and programs that help students who are seeking any type of support, whether it be academic, moral, or health.” Wesleyan also “does a great job getting students ready for graduate school,” and faculty “put [a lot of] effort into the information being taught, and really try and relate it to real life.”

The school has a reputation for “overinvolved students who travel abroad, are the president of three clubs, and still maintain excellent grades.” “IWU pushes us to excel academically while encouraging us to pursue our passions outside of our schoolwork,” says a student. Overall, IWU is “a friendly community where your professors become mentors, your classmates become lifelong friends, and you graduate prepared to make a real difference in the world.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
214
with Terminal Degree
164

114
Men
100
Women
20
Minority
13
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Insurance
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Piano and Organ
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Edward B. Rust Jr.
CEO, State Farm Insurance Companies

Dawn Upshaw
Internationally acclaimed opera singer

Richard Jenkins
Actor

Kevin Dunn
Actor

B. Charles Ames
CEO, B.F. Goodrich and Lexmark Companies

Jack Sikma
7 Time NBA All-Star

Frankie Faison
Actor

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
88
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,346

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,480

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,594

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,101

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,068

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,290
Required Fees
$200
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,150
Transportation for Commuters
$1,050

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

The typical Wesleyan student “has a major that they take great pride in studying” and “often compare workloads to bond.” Students here are “very academically focused” (“it’s very rare to find students who don’t try”) but are also aware that “having a social life is important as well.” Most everyone is “very liberal and rather artistic” and “very involved with many different activities.” While there are noticeable groups such as “athletes, Greek life, and theater kids” which mainly stick together, “everyone has friends in other departments and organizations.” There is “lots of competition on campus for internships and research opportunities,” but “everyone is very helpful when it comes to informing others of opportunities.” A “large percentage” of the campus is Greek life-affiliated.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,893
Out of State
11%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
24

Demographics

4.72%
Asian
5.01%
African-American
7.36%
Hispanic
76.93%
Caucasian
3.16%
Unknown
8.92%
International

56% female
44% male
11% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

As with many colleges, there’s a strong weekday-weekend divide: “There is a fair trade of work and play.” Sunday through Wednesday nights, “people are studying, going to meetings for clubs, maybe going to an event or two,” but come the weekend students “will go to parties at fraternity houses or off-campus houses, or go to the bars.” Bloomington-Normal also has a variety of “great restaurants” and shopping venues which “are fun places to go to on the weekends,” and neighboring ISU offers “some of that big college town culture can be found in the area.”

The Office of Student Activities “does a great job having entertainment available for students” and almost every weekend a free event is held in the student center, “whether that be a concert, comedian, movie, or other entertainment .” There is a “plethora of study groups” (“People are very receptive to getting work done together”), “great opportunities for intellectual discussions” at the coffee shop, and “students are always in food areas discussing, reading, or doing homework.” “We have a weird obsession with the Game Show network as well here,” confesses a student. “Buncha dorks. We know it and we own it!”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
71%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
83
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
79

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
200
Number of Honor Societies
29

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
8

33% join a fraternity
33% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

29% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Titans)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Titans)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Illinois State University

Sustainability

Green Rating
67

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
10

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
97%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple CDW-G Scholarbuys

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Shannon Wisecup
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
PO Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900

Phone
309-556-3031

Email
iwuadmit@iwu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Ames Library
Hansen Student Center
Shirk Center for Athletics and Wellness
Center for Natural Science
The Dugout (snack bar and coffee shop)
State Farm Hall: IWU's new main classroom building opened for classes in the fall of 2013. The 48,700-square-foot classroom facility anchors the north end of the Robert S. Eckley Quadrangle. In addition to state-of-the-art classrooms, study areas and research spaces, the building is now home to the departments of Business Administration and Economics. https://www.iwu.edu/magazine/2014/Spring2014/state-farm-hall.html

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Upper Limits-World's largest indoor rock
Constitution Trail- 15+ mile hike/bike
Downtown Bloomington night life - music
Evenings out at restaurants and movies
Eastland Mall & College Hills Shoppes

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-Sat
M-F, 8:30-4:30; Sat 9-12
309-556-3031

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M -F, 9:30,10:30,1,2,3; Saturday, 11
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M - F, 8:30, 9:30,1,2; Sat,10

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
iwuadmit@iwu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available only to high school seniors

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
There are about 20 commercial flights daily, most of them on jet or regional jet aircraft, in and out of the Central Illinois Regional Airport, with direct service to Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, and Orlando. Taxi service and rental cars are available at the airport. Bus service is available from O'Hare and Midway Airports in Chicago to the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University, one mile north of IWU campus. Bloomington/Normal is on Amtrak's Chicago-to-St. Louis route. The Amtrak station is one mile north of IWU campus. Long-distance bus service is available through both Greyhound and Trailways Lines. Three major interstates converge in Bloomington/Normal, making arrival and departure by car particularly convenient.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Chicago, IL(Approximately 130 miles) Take I-55 South to Veterans Parkway South (Business 55-exit #167). Proceed about 4 miles and turn right onto Illinois Route 9 West(Empire Street; a large shopping mall is at this intersection. Travel about 2 miles on Empire to Park Street and turn right into the IWU Sesquicentennial Gates to the campus. From Madison, WI (Approximately 200 miles) Take I-39/90 South to Rockford, IL and continue on I-39 South. Turn onto Route 51 South (Business Exit #2) and turn left at the end of the ramp. Proceed about 6 miles to the south to Emerson Street and turn left at the light (A Kroger store is at this intersection). Turn right onto Franklin Street through a campus gateway and then left on Beecher Street. The nearest visitor parking area is left off Beecher a short distance. From Indianapolis, IN (Approximately 165 miles, take I-74 West to Route 51 (North Business Exit # 135). Travel about 2 miles to Veterans Parkway North (Business 55- Chicago) exit. Proceed about 3.5 miles, turn left onto Illinois Route 9 West (Empire Street); a large shopping mall is at this intersection. Travel about two miles to Park Street and turn right into the IWU Sesquicentennial Gates to the campus. From Peoria, IL (Approximately 40 miles) Take I-74 East to I-55 North (Chicago Exit # 127). Follow to Route 51 South (Business Exit #165A). Proceed about 3 miles south to Emerson Street and turn left at the light. (A Kroger store is at this intersection.) Turn right onto Franklin Street (through a campus Gateway and then left on Beecher Street. The nearest visitor parking area is left off Beecher a short distance. From St. Louis, MO (Approximately 160 miles) Take I-55 North to Veterans Parkaway North (Business 55 Exit #157 B). Proceed about 6 miles and turn left onto Illiois Route 9 (Empire Street; a large shopping mall is at this intersection. Travel about 2 miles to Park Street and turn right into the IWU Sesquicentennial Gates to the campus.

Local Accommodations
There are over 20 hotels and motels in the Bloomington/Normal area, ranging from budget (e.g., Motel 6 and Super 8) to full-service hotels. Closest to campus are the Baymont Inn (604-1/2 IAA Drive, Bloomington, IL, Phone 309-662-2800) and the Clarion Hotel(1219 Holiday Dr., Bloomington, IL, Phone 800-434-6835). But not much farther away are a Holiday Inn, Fairfield Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Signature Inn, Country Inn and Suites, and Comfort Inn, to name a few of the moderately priced venues. The most costly accommodations in the area are the Doubletree Hotel (Veteran's Parkway and Brickyard Drive, 309-664-6446) and The Chateau (1601 Jumer Dr, 309-662-2020), although they are not expensive by large-city standards.
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Key Stats

3,427
Applicants
1,893
Size
60%
Acceptance Rate
1260
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