Applying for Admission
There are two different ways to apply to Illinois Wesleyan University. (Note: The Admissions Committee does not favor one way over another, although students interested in Nursing should strongly consider applying under the Early Action plan due to limited enrollment spaces.)
You can find basic admission criteria and requirements here.
Early Action (non-binding)
Students who submit all required application materials by November 15th are eligible for consideration under our Early Action plan. Early Action decisions are sent out between December 15th and January 15th. Students admitted under Early Action still have until May 1st to make a college selection. Some students who apply under Early Action may be deferred to the Regular Decision process to allow the Admissions Committee to request and consider updated information.
Students can submit an application under Regular Decision at any time; however, decisions for students applying under Regular Decision are not sent out until after January 15th. Students admitted under Regular Decision have until May 1st to make a college selection.
Students interested in admission to Illinois Wesleyan University must submit:
- One of the following applications (there is no fee with any application, and one application is not preferred over another):
- Transcripts for all previous high school and/or college coursework
- An ACT or SAT score (International students whose first or native language is not English are also required to submit either the TOEFL or IELTS.)
- Students who apply through the IWU Application must submit a teacher evaluation or recommendation, which can be done either through the online application portal or by regular mail. For students using the Common Application, the evaluation that is part of the School Report serves as the required recommendation, although other recommendations can be submitted through a Common Application account or by regular mail.
For those who prefer a paper application, a printable version of the application is available here.
Fine Arts Applicants
- If you are planning to major in music, an audition is required before you can be admitted to the School of Music.
- If you are planning to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in the School of Theatre Arts or School of Art, an audition or portfolio review is required before you can be admitted.
- If you are planning to pursue the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in theatre arts, you are required to interview on campus with the School of Theatre Arts and must submit the BA Theatre Application. Auditioning or submitting a design and tech portfolio is not required, but it is an option for talent scholarship consideration.
- If you are planning to pursue the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in the School of Art, a portfolio review is not required, but it is an option for talent scholarship consideration.