Why Illinois Wesleyan is the right choice to discover and pursue your passions

Kiplinger's Personal Finance calls us a best value, the Economist reports our graduates earn top dollar and U.S. News & World Report puts us in the top-tier of national liberal arts colleges, here's why ...


One-of-a-kind academic program, exclusively undergraduate

with 81 majors, minors and programs all grounded in the liberal arts & sciences, a great business program, nationally known professional schools of art, music theatre and nursing and eight highly regarded pre-professional programs.


Distinctive experiential-learning opportunities

that include a special study abroad tuition program that makes studying around the world affordable for most students, a vibrant undergraduate research program, unique internship opportunities, the Action Research Center, May Term and more.


Great campus and community

that offers 194 student organizations, 22 varsity teams, hundreds of campus activities and two of the top college towns in the country. 


National Reputation

that will make a difference whether your next step is graduate or professional school or beginning your career.

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Top-tier National University

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 72 nd 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.

The Economist

The Economist

In its first-ever college ranking, The Economist named Illinois Wesleyan graduates as top earners – 1st of any Illinois institution and in the top 6 percent nationally – among 1,275 four-year colleges and universities, based on a broad range of data in the recently available U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Kiplinger's ranks Illinois Wesleyan the 51st  best value among the nation's private liberal arts colleges in its "Best Value Rankings" for 2016, and in the top 8 percent among all colleges and universities. This marks the ninth consecutive year that Wesleyan has been included among the national leaders in this ranking of academic quality and affordability.

Why Illinois Wesleyan?

Get an inside look at Illinois Wesleyan from alumni, students and faculty as they share their experiences and explain why they chose to join the Titan family.

What happens after classes?

During a campus visit, it's very difficult to show you everything that goes on during the course of a school year, so we put together this short video with some highlights of student life. Whether it's music, athletics, Greek life, volunteerism, theater, checking out the local community or simply hanging out with your friends, there's always something to do when classes are done!