There are nearly 3,800 four-year colleges and universities in the nation, and a plethora of magazines and guidebooks seek to compare and contrast those institutions on a wide range of factors. Below are some of the major magazines and guidebooks that mention Illinois Wesleyan.

While the following information might provide some helpful comparative data, we believe the very best way to judge a college or university is to visit their campus and meet the faculty who will be teaching you, and the students you will be taking classes and living with during your college years.

  • Barrons

    Barron's

    Illinois Wesleyan is among just 245 institutions in the nation named in Barron's Best Buys in College Education.


  • Fiske

    Fiske Guide to Colleges

    The Fiske Guide to Colleges describes Illinois Wesleyan as a college with an emphasis on creativity and the spirit of inquiry. "The school provides a multitude of paths down which one can travel and it is up to the student to decide which path to take," one student reports. "IWU allows you to become who you want to be, but only if you let it."


  • Kiplingers

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance

    Illinois Wesleyan moved up two places to 58 th  among the nation’s private liberal arts colleges in  Kiplinger’s Personal Finance  “Best Value Rankings.”  This marks the eighth consecutive year that Wesleyan has been included among the national leaders in this ranking of academic quality and affordabilityRead more.


  • US News

    U.S. News & World Report

    In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Illinois Wesleyan 73rd among the national liberal arts colleges. Even more noteworthy was Wesleyan's rank of 43rd in student selectivity and 61st in graduation and retention rates, which are key measures of student and institutional quality.


  • The Princeton Review

    Illinois Wesleyan has been included in  The Princeton Review's annual listing of America's Best Colleges every year since its inception in 1989.

    The listing, which is based on student surveys, includes 300-plus public and private colleges and universities, which are not numerically ranked. However, in the 2015 edition of America's Best Colleges, Illinois Wesleyan was also recognized on special listings as having the 19th Best College Library and 18th Best College Radio Station.


  • Washington Monthly

    Washington Monthly

      Illinois Wesleyan moved up four places to 43rd among the 246 private liberal arts colleges and universities in the 2014 Washington Monthly College Guide

    These rankings are based on three criteria: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).


  • The Washington Post

    Jay Mathews, educational columnist for The Washington Post, ranked Illinois Wesleyan 10th on a list of 100 "outstanding but underappreciated" colleges in the United States. His book, Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You, was published in 2003 by Prima Publishing. In 2012, Matthews revisited these top 10 colleges in his column in  The Washington Post

    Mathews based his book on a survey of high school counselors and teachers, who identified Illinois Wesleyan as having "strong fine arts, liberal arts and sciences" and "an excellent success rate for students applying to medical school."


  • College Access

    College Access & Opportunity Guide

    Illinois Wesleyan is included in the College Access & Opportunity Guide, a group of roughly 260 colleges committed to serving and supporting first-generation, low-income, and minority students on their campus and in their community.


  • Americas Best

    America's Best Kept College Secrets

    Author Peter Arango wrote, "If this book accomplished nothing other than bringing Illinois Wesleyan to the attention of the college bound, I would be delighted. Not only is Illinois Wesleyan the model of the effective, responsive, well designed, thoroughly successful small liberal arts college/university, it is also an institution that hums with positive energy and which engenders deep feelings of attachment and loyalty among its students and graduates. I won't say that this is a university that time forgot (many of its buildings are state-of-the-art), but there is a sense of mutual respect and affection that sets this solid college apart from many of its peers."



  • Colleges of Distinction

    Colleges of Distinction

    Illinois Wesleyan is described as "a true renaissance university where students are encouraged to explore all of their interests," and "Students have a host of compelling opportunities to enrich their education with off-campus experiences that might involve spending a year at Pembroke College/Oxford University or perhaps a semester in Washington D.C. through American University."


  • Open Doors

    Open Doors Report

    Illinois Wesleyan was ranked among the top 40 baccalaureate institutions for the total number of students studying abroad in the 2010 Open Doors Report (covering the 2008-09 academic year) from the Institute for International Education.