The Value of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Illinois Wesleyan graduates are employed at significantly higher rates than the typical college grad--72% vs. 55% for 2014 graduates--employed full-time within six months of graduation. Why is that? Our liberal arts and sciences curriculum provides the skills and attributes employers want. In a recent national survey, 89 percent of employers said they wanted more emphasis on “the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing,” 81 percent asked for better “critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills” and 70 percent were looking for “the ability to innovate and be creative.” Illinois Wesleyan’s liberal arts curriculum is designed to provide precisely these skills.



As an exclusively undergraduate institution, Illinois Wesleyan provides the opportunity for students to be taught by professors, not graduate students. With small classes that average 17 students, faculty get to know our students by name and can give them the individual attention they need. Our undergraduate focus also means that Illinois Wesleyan students are not competing with graduate students for faculty research opportunities or performance opportunities in the fine arts, which is often the case at other universities.

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After Graduation


Of 2014 graduates are employed or in graduate/professional school within six months of graduation.


Of 2014 graduates reported starting salaries of over $40,000, including more than 41% over $50,000.


Of graduates go on to top graduate or professional schools, such as Harvard, Duke, University of Chicago, Notre Dame, Northwestern, University of Illinois, Washington University and more.


Feel their Wesleyan experience met or exceeded their expectations.


Of graduates earn their degree in four years, which is higher than any public university in the state and among the highest nationally.