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Do the Most Good

When colleges are stacked up based on what they do for the world, Illinois Wesleyan University is #5 in the nation among four-year baccalaureate institutions – a Washington Monthly ranking that looks at contribution to the public good.

And we're named a "Best Bang for the Buck" for helping students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Illinois Wesleyan consistently ranks in the top tier across numerous markers for a quality education, return on investment and student satisfaction. 

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Best College for Getting a Job

Illinois Wesleyan University ranks  #7 in the nation and #1 in Illinois on Zippia's 2023 list of The Best Colleges for Getting a Job, based on Department of Education College Scorecard data. 97.3% of Illinois Wesleyan University graduates in the class of 2022 were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation, based on a First-Destination Survey.

Employers recognize that Illinois Wesleyan’s focus on broad-based learning with practical application creates well-rounded students who become curious, creative problem-solvers.

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Watch Us on the College Tour

Illinois Wesleyan University is featured in an episode of The College Tour, a television series that highlights colleges across the United States through the voices of students. You'll hear from peers why IWU is known as “The AND University,” offering the perfect fit for multi-talented students.

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IWU makes me feel like I’m more than just a student or a statistic. I am an active member in the community and I can make a real impact on campus.

Laina Chavarria '25


I wanted a place that cared about me and my goals and was going to invest everything they had to make sure I walked away happy with my experience and prepared for success in my chosen career. IWU is home to me, always will be.

Klaudia Wyszynski '23


Illinois Wesleyan is a great environment for learning, and provides space for students to go above and beyond. Most colleges ask where you want to go, and then tell you how to get there. IWU lets you blaze your own trail, and supports you the whole way.

Evan Quist '23


I felt a sense of community the moment I stepped on campus... Everyone made me feel heard and included, even when I hadn't committed to IWU. The interpersonal relationships I have made with faculty and peers are beyond what I could've imagined from a school.

Marin Moss '26


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Public Invited to Attend IWU Summer Concert Series

A summer concert series featuring Illinois Wesleyan University musicians and guest artists is free and open to the public through the month of July.

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Partnership with Longy School of Music Creates Opportunity for Music Ed Students

Aspiring music teachers studying at Illinois Wesleyan University now have the opportunity to earn an accelerated master’s degree after graduation...

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Joseph Kline Interim Dean Over Schools of Art, Music, Theatre

A theatre artist with experience in academic arts administration, Joseph “Jay” Kline, has been selected to serve as interim dean of fine and...

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