President's Welcome

What is it that sets Illinois Wesleyan apart?

As the new president of Illinois Wesleyan, I’d like to share with you why I decided this was the right place for me, and why I hope you will decide it is the right place for you, too.

Illinois Wesleyan has a unique academic program that is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. We are student focused, and offer only undergraduate degrees. However, unlike the typical liberal arts college, we offer professional schools of nursing, art, music and theatre, and a very strong and popular business program. With a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1, our students receive a very personal education.

Contributing to the strong national reputation that Illinois Wesleyan enjoys is our commitment to offering students a broad range of distinctive experiential learning opportunities, which are central to the Wesleyan educational experience. Whether your interest is in research, study abroad, community service or internships, experiential learning is designed to complement and enhance what you’ll learn in the classroom. Because of this, our graduates come away with the skills and experiences that employers and graduate schools value, as evidenced by our exceptional placement record and the successes of our graduates at every level.

Your college experience will encompass more than academics. Illinois Wesleyan is a welcoming and diverse community where students, faculty and staff respect and support one another. There are hundreds of organizations, events and activities and a wide array of living and dining options. Also, unlike many small college towns, the twin cities of Bloomington and Normal have a combined population of 125,000, and are ranked among the best colleges towns in the nation.

Thanks for visiting us online, but to truly know us, I hope you’ll find the time to visit campus and decide for yourself whether or not Illinois Wesleyan is the right place for you.


Eric R. Jensen

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

U.S. News & World Report ranked Illinois Wesleyan 72nd among national liberal arts colleges. Illinois Wesleyan consistently ranks high in student selectivity and in graduation and retention rates, which are key measures of student and institutional quality.

Washington Monthly

Illinois Wesleyan is No. 50 among national liberal arts colleges on Washington Monthly’s 2015 college rankings, which are based on students’ social mobility, research and service.

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 58th best value among the nation's private liberal arts colleges in its "Best Value Rankings" for 2015. 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.