The first step on your breakthrough journey starts here.
Money shouldn't stop you from applying to your dream school. That's why we never charge an application fee. We want every interested and qualified student to be able to apply for their own breakthrough experience at Illinois Wesleyan.
Our application and financial aid process will remain open until classes begin in the Fall. All completed applications will be reviewed individually.
You can find basic admission criteria and requirements here.
Students interested in admission to Illinois Wesleyan University must submit:
One of the following applications (there is no fee with any application, and one application is not preferred over another):
For those who prefer a paper application, a printable version of the application is available here.
2021 Admissions - Test Optional
If you have not had a chance to take an SAT/ACT or you think that a standardized test is not indicative of your ability as a student, IWU offers a path to admission that includes an interview with your Admissions Counselor and a required essay. All applicants for admission are encouraged to complete an essay and personal statement. Test optional applicants will be required to submit an essay.
International students whose first or native language is not English are still required to submit either the TOEFL or IELTS.
Early Action (non-binding)
Students who submitted all required application materials by November 15th are eligible for consideration. Early Action decisions are sent out between November 15th and December 15th. Students admitted under Early Action still have until May 1st to make a college selection. Some students who apply under Early Action may be deferred to the Regular Decision process to allow the Admissions Committee to request and consider updated information.
Students can submit an application under Regular Decision at any time. Decisions for students applying under Regular Decision are mailed after December 15th.
Fine Arts Applicants
If you are planning to major in music, an audition is required before you can be admitted to the School of Music.
If you are planning to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in acting or musical theatre in the School of Theatre Arts, you are required to submit a pre-screen audition through Acceptd.
If you are planning to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in design and technology in the School of Theatre Arts, you are required to present a portfolio to the School of Theatre Arts faculty.
If you are planning to pursue the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in theatre arts, you are required to interview on campus with the School of Theatre Arts faculty.
If you are planning to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in the School of Art, you are required to present a portfolio.
If you are planning to pursue the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in the School of Art, a portfolio review is not required, but it is an option for talent scholarship consideration.