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How to Apply to Illinois Wesleyan

Looking to apply to become part of Illinois Wesleyan's incoming class of 2024?

If so, you've come to right place!  At IWU, we don't charge an application fee and submitting standardized test scores are optional

All completed applications will be reviewed individually.You can find basic admission criteria and requirements here.

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Application for Fall 2025 opens August 1, 2024


Required Materials

Students interested in admission to Illinois Wesleyan University must submit:

  • One of the following applications (one application is not preferred over another):
  • Transcripts for all previous high school and/or college coursework 
  • Essay
  • International students whose first or native language is not English are still required to complete the English Proficiency Exam requirement as mentioned above.
Students who would like to submit test scores are welcome to do so. Illinois Wesleyan University's code for the College Board (SAT) is 1320 and our code for ACT is 1044.
Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be submitted through your application, or official copies may be mailed to:
Illinois Wesleyan University
Admissions Office
PO Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702
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For those who prefer a paper application, a printable version of the application is available here.

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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.

Regular Decision

Students can submit an application under Regular Decision at any time. Decisions for students applying under Regular Decision are mailed after December 15th. 

Optional Supplemental Materials

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement

Additional Requirements for Specific Programs

  • 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.
  • Transfer students must submit a portfolio.

If you are planning to major in music, an audition is required before you can be admitted to the School of Music.

The School of Nursing requires the successful completion of Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, and Biology during high school to be considered for admission.

If you are planning to major in theatre, an audition or interview is required before you can be admitted to the School of Theatre Arts.

Recommended Admission Criteria

  • Fifteen (15) academic units within the areas of English, foreign language, mathematics, laboratory science and social science.
  • A cumulative grade-point average of a B or higher.