President's Welcome

What is it that sets Illinois Wesleyan apart?

Simply put, it is our tradition of academic excellence, our distinctive liberal arts curriculum, the individual attention we give our students and our welcoming and engaged community.

We pride ourselves on having students with multiple talents and interests, faculty with a passion for teaching and scholarship, caring staff members who take great pride in what they do, and successful alumni across the nation and around the world.

In the finest tradition of the liberal arts, we appeal to those who are intellectually passionate, creative, and curious about life. We encourage excellence and we support our students’ pursuit of multiple interests in ways that are most meaningful to them.

We firmly believe that the important outcomes for our students, and indeed all of us, are measured not only in the few short years spent on campus but also in the personal and professional accomplishments that we enjoy throughout our lives.

This is what attracted me to Illinois Wesleyan and what I hope you too will come to appreciate about us.


Richard F. Wilson

What the Guidebooks Say

There are nearly 3,800 four-year colleges and universities in the nation, and a plethora of magazines, guidebooks and experts that seek to identify the best ones. Here’s what just a few have to say about Illinois Wesleyan and our students' ranking.

U.S. News & World Report

In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Illinois Wesleyan 73rd among the national liberal arts colleges. Even more noteworthy was Wesleyan's rank of 43rd in student selectivity and 61st in graduation and retention rates, which are key measures of student and institutional quality.

Washington Monthly

Illinois Wesleyan moved up four places to 43rd among the 246 private liberal arts colleges and universities in the 2014 Washington Monthly College Guide.

Lumosity Human Cognition Project

ranks the coginitive performance of Illinois Wesleyan students 1st among Illinois liberal arts colleges, 15th among liberal arts colleges nationally, and 4th in Illinois and 71st nationally among all colleges and universities.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Kiplinger's calls Illinois Wesleyan the 60th best value among the nation's private liberal arts colleges in its 2014 "Best Value Rankings." This marks the eighth consecutive year that Wesleyan has been included among the national leaders in this ranking of academic quality and affordability.

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By the Numbers




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alumni in 50 states, district of columbia, and 50 countries

Interactive Campus Map

Illinois Wesleyan's 85 acre campus is just blocks from downtown Bloomington and Uptown Normal, two of America's best college towns.