Students in Uptown Normal

The community beyond Illinois Wesleyan's campus has much to offer while you're in school and when you graduate.

But don't just take our word for it. The Twin Cities have been ranked among the best places in the nation:

  • #3 — Best Small College Towns —  USA Today (2016)

  • #7 — Best Small Cities for Educated Millennials —  Business Insider (2015)

  • # 1 — Best Cities for Singles — Kiplinger (2013)

  • # 2 — Top Places to Find a Job — (2013)

  • # 11 — Fastest-Growing Cities — (2013)
    Read coverage from The Pantagraph, with comments from Illinois Wesleyan economist Michael Seeborg.

  • # 15 — Top Cities for Recent College Graduates — The Atlantic (2011)
    Read coverage from The Pantagraph.
  • 100 Best Communities for Young People — The America's Promise Alliance and ING (2011)
    Bloomington-Normal was the only community in Illinois to receive the designation.

  • # 17 — Geekiest City —  Forbes  (2011)
    Based on "Science and Engineering Indicators 2010," where the National Science Foundation ranked the top cities by percentage of workers with jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • # 28 — Best Small Places for Business and Careers — Forbes  (2012)
    Forbes considered 12 metrics in compiling the rankings, including past and projected job growth; the cost of doing business and the cost of living; income growth; educational attainment; projected economic growth;  quality of life issues, such as crime rates, cultural and recreational opportunities and net migration patterns; and the number of highly ranked colleges in an area.