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For Families

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Will more visit days be added later?

We want to welcome you to campus and will adjust our visit schedule to accommodate as many visitors as possible once campus re-opens. In the meantime, you can reschedule. Check your email for communication regarding visit programs as decisions are made. 

I am registered for a daily visit. Do I need to cancel?

We have canceled all visits for you, but you can reschedule for a time after May 4th.

Who can help me over the phone or email?

You can contact the Office of Admission at 309-556-3031. Also, your admissions counselor is available. 

Can I visit campus without an official visit being scheduled during this time?

Campus events are canceled and buildings are locked, so while you can enjoy the outdoor tour, you won’t be able to experience the true campus visit until after May 4.  

For Admitted Students

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Who can help me over the phone or email?

You can contact the Office of Admission at 309-556-3031. Also, your admissions counselor is available. 

Can I visit campus without an official visit being scheduled during this time? 

Campus events are canceled and buildings are locked, so while you can enjoy the outdoor tour, you won’t be able to experience the true campus visit until after May 4.  

I have paid my enrollment deposit. Will the registration date for summer change? 

As of today, we are planning to hold summer registration days as scheduled on June 12, 15, 19, and 22. 

Will the May 1 deadline for my enrollment decision continue?

We want to ensure that you have the time you need to make the decision that’s right for you and will be extending the deadline to July 1. You can make your enrollment decision anytime before July and once you do so, you’ll be contacted about next steps regarding housing and summer registration. If you have any questions about your enrollment fee, you can contact your admissions counselor or

Will there be an extension for final transcripts?

We will be flexible and work closely with you and your institution to ensure we have the documents we need without creating additional stress.

For Prospective Students

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Will this affect the timing of admission notification?

No. As of now, this does not change our plans for any admissions decisions. We are evaluating applications as usual.

I am trying to apply, but my high school is closed and I won’t be able to submit my transcripts.

We understand this difficulty and will be making admissions decisions on self-reported grades and test scores until schools re-open. If you are accepted without official transcripts, those will need to be provided before you begin classes in the fall. 

Will there be an application deadline extension?

We will work with all our students to alleviate stress and will extend application deadlines as necessary. If you are interested in applying, go ahead and fill out the application at your earliest convenience and we’ll collect transcripts and test scores once schools re-open. 

For International Students

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When will I get my I-20? Once you submit your enrollment deposit, we will send an email outlining the next steps and required documentation for the I-20.  If you have not submitted your immigration documentation form (this was emailed to you upon receipt of your enrollment deposit) please complete that form and submit all required documents. The form must be submitted before we can begin processing your I-20. Once we have received that, we will issue the I-20 as quickly as possible. 
Will I be able to get into the United States to begin classes?

IWU welcomes students from around the world. We are closely monitoring the situation and will adhere to any decisions made by the US government. Contact Emily Shankar ( with any questions specific questions or concerns.

If I am unable to get into the United States by August, can I defer my admission? Yes, if you are unable to get into the United States by August you can defer your admission to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021. We will defer your admission and scholarship offer as well as update your I-20.
Transfer Students

We look forward to working with you to get your credits transferred over as efficiently as possible!

Admitted Students

Congratulations on your decision to enroll at Illinois Wesleyan! Learn about next steps.

International Students

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National Value Rankings

Kiplinger's ranks Illinois Wesleyan among its Best Values in the nation's private liberal arts colleges, and we've been included in The Princeton Review's annual listing of Best Colleges every year since the list's inception in 1989. See more.

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