Admissions Criteria

New Graduate


Each IWU college or school (College of Liberal Arts, College of Fine Arts, School of Nursing) looks for different strengths and abilities when reviewing applicants' credentials. However, all applicants are recommended to have:

  • 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.
  • A well-written personal statement.
  • Student activities at their school and in their community.
  • A letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or academic teacher, or a Teacher Evaluation Form

  • TOEFL scores for international students.


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.  

  • Illinois Wesleyan University Code for The College Board: 1320
  • Illinois Wesleyan University Code for ACT: 1044

International students whose first or native language is not English are still required to submit either the TOEFL or IELTS.

The School of Nursing expects maximum preparation in the laboratory sciences and mathematics.

Entrance to the Schools of Music and Theatre Arts is based on performing auditions and/or interviews, and the School of Art highly encourages a portfolio review. Auditions and portfolio reviews can be scheduled during the academic year by calling the Admissions Office at 1-800-332-2498 or 1-309-556-3031.

Information regarding accommodations for students with disabilities is available on the Office of Student Accessibility Services.

IWU does not charge an application fee.