Why Support Illinois Wesleyan?

"By our patronage to Illinois Wesleyan University we not only bestow upon those we send to her halls of science...a sanctified education; we aid in erecting an Institution of Learning...for generations yet to come."

-- excerpt from President Richard F. Wilson's address at the 2005 Founders Day Convocation


President Dick Wilson


Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Since the University's founding in 1850, it has relied upon private funds to support its educational mission.  In fact, were it not for alumni and friends, our beloved institution would have been moved to Springfield in the early 20th century.  Learn more.

The High Cost of Education
Tuition doesn't cover the cost of educating students.  It doesn't now, nor will it in the future.  In fact, costs are outpacing the University's sources of revenue, and private support must continue to increase in order to maintain the quality of education provided by IWU.  Learn more.

Students
There are over 2,100 reasons to support Illinois Wesleyan.  Those reasons spend their days engaged in lively discussion with professors and classmates, making beautiful music in Presser Hall, competing on athletic fields, working in the community, and trying to find time to squeeze fun in between.  Nearly 9 of every 10 IWU students receive financial assistance that makes their experience possible, and the ability of the University to meet their need is contingent upon the generosity of its supporters.  Learn more.

Standard of Excellence
Financial support is central to IWU's efforts to recruit and retain the best students, faculty, and staff members.  In addition, the University must keep its curriculum, technology, facilities, and equipment up to date if it is to provide the highest quality of education.