Watermark Illinois Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts university

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan has grown to become one of the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. The University enrolls just over 2,000 undergraduates from across the nation and around the globe and our graduates can be found in all 50 states and 52 countries.

Distinctive Curriculum


Illinois Wesleyan's distinctive liberal arts curriculum is at the core of our 80 majors, minors and programs.  Courses of study range from the traditional liberal arts to programs in business, the fine arts, nursing and eight pre-professional programs.  The curriculum is enhanced by a superb faculty, enriching interdisciplinary programs, a tradition of student research, a wealth of study abroad options and our unique 4-4-1 calendar that includes a May Term.

Student Success

Our 2,000 students benefit from an average class size of 17 and an 11 to 1 student-faculty ratio, giving them the kind of personal attention from faculty that is often missing at large universities. Student satisfaction and success are reflected in a 93 percent first-year retention rate and the fact that better than 9 in 10 graduating seniors complete their degree in four years.

Campus Life

The University's residential campus covers 80 tree-filled acres and has 53 buildings, including 24 living options. Co-curricular programming is diverse, with 185 student organizations and groups and 22 Titan varsity teams for men and women.


Illinois Wesleyan is located in the central Illinois twin cities of Bloomington-Normal, a community of 125,000 located about two hours south of Chicago and north of St. Louis. Home to both Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State University, and major corporations like State Farm Insurance and Country Financial, the twin cities offer a wide range of recreational and leisure activities as well as opportunities for internships and community service.