Applying for Admission

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Illinois Wesleyan does not charge an application fee and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for 2021 applicants, we are test optional. We want every interested and qualified student to be able to apply for their own breakthrough experience. 

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.

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Required Materials

Students interested in admission to Illinois Wesleyan University must submit:

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 Apply Now button

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.

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. 

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