When you evaluate colleges, consider more than your expected financial contribution
up front. Look at everything you get in the bargain, now and in life dividends. Compared
to national averages, more Illinois Wesleyan graduates finish their degree in four
years, begin meaningful careers within six months of graduation, and earn significantly
higher salaries. See for yourself and compare us at collegescorecard.ed.gov
Kiplinger'sranks Illinois Wesleyan among its Best Values in the nation's private liberal arts
colleges, and we've been included inThe Princeton Review'sannual listing of Best Colleges every year since the list's inception in 1989.See more.
Top 12 Ways to Know if you should Apply to IWU
#1 – You thrive having faculty members who know you and care about your success. Your one-on-one conversations with faculty begin before your first semester. They
will walk with you all the way to graduation and beyond.
Out in Four
#2 – Graduating in 4 years is a big deal to you and your parents! On average, 93% of students who continue at IWU for 4 years graduate ON TIME. (iwu.edu/grad-rate)
#3 – Earning a strong starting salary appeals to you. IWU has been ranked the #1 small school in Illinois for highest earning graduates
in the state. And we're in the top 3% of colleges in the nation for transforming low-income
students to high-earning adults, according to a study from Opportunity Insights.
#4 – You love new friends and new experiences. With more than 150 student groups, athletic teams, and ensembles, plus opportunities
to research and study abroad, you will never be bored!
#5 – You appreciate those "aha" moments. Apply so you can be part of a community that both challenges and supports you to
think bigger, dig deeper, and change the world around you.
#7 – Landing a good job is your top concern. Six months after graduation, 97% of our grads have meaningful jobs or are in grad school.
#8 – You want to find the right fit. Our students love it so much here, they stay enrolled each year at rates more than
30% higher than the national median.
Free to Apply
#9 – Application fees bum you out. At Illinois Wesleyan, there's no application fee. We want everyone, regardless of
income, to have the opportunity to apply for our "breakthrough" approach to a well-rounded
Internships that Matter
#10 – You want a head start on your future. Our students gain impactful real-world experience that employers notice: 71% of Illinois
Wesleyan students take part in at least one internship during their 4 years; 46% do
two or more.
#11 – You appreciate a helping hand into your chosen career field. Our network of alumni are waiting to welcome you into the real world and help you
get on your feet.
#12 – Living and learning in another culture sounds exciting to you. We believe so deeply in the benefits of world travel and study that we work hard
to make it possible and affordable.