What sets our academic program apart…

…from other top liberal arts colleges is the combination of liberal arts and sciences with four nationally known professional schools of art, music, theatre and nursing, an exceptional business program and eight highly respected pre-professional programs. Every area of study is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, which provides the kind of education top employers look for in college graduates, recent research confirms, because it prepares them for long-term career success in a rapidly changing world. As an exclusively undergraduate university, our students have close working relationships with faculty who inspire, challenge, and encourage them to realize their passions and achieve their goals.

Sarah Weinstein

“Wesleyan's emphasis on having a diverse academic career has helped me to have a diverse life.”

Sarah Weinstein, Psychology & Spanish major

80+ Majors, Minors, and Programs

Liberal arts & sciences
Professional schools of art, music and theatre
an exceptional business program

Amanda King

“The dedicated faculty inspire and encourage students to reach their fullest potential”

Amanda King, Environmental Studies major

Exceptional Faculty

who are teachers, scholars and mentors. There are no graduate teaching assistants here like you'll find at large universities.

4 Unique Experiential Learning Programs


Study Abroad Tuition Program

Our study abroad tuition policy allows you to apply your IWU tuition and scholarship or need-based assistance toward the cost of studying abroad for a semester. This means virtually any student who attends Illinois Wesleyan can afford to study abroad. This opportunity is something we encourage students to experience while at Illinois Wesleyan.


Eckley Summer Scholars and Artists Program

Undergraduate research is a hallmark of Illinois Wesleyan and the Eckley program is just one of many sponsored programs that take place during the school year and over the summer. As an exclusively undergraduate university, students have greater access to research opportunities, because they do not compete with graduate students.


Action Research Center

The Action Research Center is a unique experiential-learning center that matches students with a wide array of community, governmental and corporate organizations where students work independently and side-by-side with professionals to conduct research, develop new initiatives, create strategic plans and more.


May Term

This month-long experiential-learning session allows students to focus on a single special-topic course not offered during the regular terms, take a travel-study course, or pursue research options, internships, or creative activity. May Term is designed to stretch traditional boundaries between in-class and out-of-class learning.


of pre-med graduates admitted to medical school on 1st try


of graduates complete their degrees in 4 years


Study Abroad


of nursing graduates are employed

Andy Dao

“One of the very best parts of my Wesleyan experience was the chance to get my first taste of real, topical economic research, working in close collaboration with multiple members of the economics faculty...”

Anh Tung (Andy) Dao, Economics & Mathematics double major

Undergraduate Research

Unlike large universities where most research opportunities don't happen until graduate school, our students can work with faculty researchers on nationally funded grants and independent research projects often as early as the summer of their first year.



Student-faculty ratio ensures our students receive the kind of individual attention and guidance that large universities and even many liberal arts colleges cannot provide

May Term

allows you to concentrate on a single course, conduct research or take a travel course.