Why Illinois Wesleyan?

Illinois Wesleyan produces successful graduates by offering top academics, highlighted by superb faculty providing individual attention in small classes, all within the backdrop of a fantastic campus. There are many aspects of the Illinois Wesleyan experience that might interest you:


Pursuing Your Passions

Whether you're into Shakespeare, Einstein, Mozart, Cezanne, Margaret Mead, Florence Nightingale or Dow Jones, Illinois Wesleyan's unique liberal arts curriculum allows you to pursue multiple passions and interests.

We truly believe that learning is optimized when it stirs one's emotions and stretches one's boundaries.


Personal Attention

With our focus on academic excellence and small class sizes, Illinois Wesleyan attracts faculty who value the student-faculty relationship as an important element of undergraduate education.

Unlike most large universities, professors – not graduate students – will teach you. And cheer you on at your extra-curricular events!

Mike Seeborg

Knowledge and Wisdom

At Illinois Wesleyan we believe that your education should be more than memorizing facts and figures.

Our goal is for you to learn to think critically and creatively, enabling you to better use the knowledge you gain for success in your life.

We want you to leave us fully educated not just narrowly trained, so that you'll be able to meet the challenges of a constantly changing world.

Knowledge and Wisdom

Engaging in Life

Whether you are interested in social life, community service, environmental sustainability, intramural sports, political activism, or spiritual development, you will find plenty of options, opportunities and encouragement at Illinois Wesleyan that will enhance your education and personal growth.


Gaining a Perspective

Preparing graduates for life in an increasingly interdependent global community is a key part of every Illinois Wesleyan education.

One in two of our graduates will study abroad during their four years at the University, and all students on campus have the opportunity to interact with classmates and faculty who come to us from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Currently, our alumni can be found in 52 countries around the world.


Exploring Ideas

Our faculty are committed scholars who frequently involve students in their research, and support students in their own projects.

Students have the opportunity to explore ideas from a wide variety of subjects through close contact with faculty who have expertise in those fields, and who share their passion and curiosity.

Carolyn Nadeau

Brothers and Sisters

For more than 100 years Illinois Wesleyan has had a strong Greek Life system, and that tradition continues to this day.

One in three Illinois Wesleyan students are members of the 13 social fraternities and sororities on campus, and each Greek organization has its own chapter house where its members live.

Fraternity Rope Pull

Pride and Glory

Our Titan athletic teams – nine men's and nine women's – have won 115 conference titles, had 112 athletes named Academic All-Americans, placed 21 teams in the top 10 of NCAA Division III and won five NCAA Division III Championships.

As a participating student-athlete or a fan, you'll easily develop a strong sense of Titan Pride.

NCAA champs

Life Beyond Campus

When you come to Illinois Wesleyan, you'll find that you get not just one but two great college towns in the twin cities of Bloomington-Normal.

With the variety of activities provided by both Illinois Wesleyan and a large state university just down the road; two downtown areas full of restaurants, shopping and nightlife; and, concerts and professional sporting events at nearby U.S. Cellular Coliseum, there's an awful lot to do in your free time.

Constitution Trail