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Campus Visit

You may not have spent much time in central Illinois, but now that you've found us, we think you'll find Illinois Wesleyan is a place you can call home. We invite you to come for a visit. There's an Amtrak station less than a mile from campus that puts Chicago just a convenient 2 hour train ride away, and the Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA) in town. We're closer and more connected than you think.

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5 Reasons to Apply to Illinois Wesleyan

The process of choosing a college and figuring it all out can be a huge task. We think one decision should be easy; the decision to apply to Illinois Wesleyan. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. You thrive having faculty members who know you and care about your success.
    We’ve got an 11:1 student to faculty ratio and an average class size of 16.

  2. Graduating in 4 years is a big deal to you... and to your parents!
    92% of our grads earn their degrees in 4 years.

  3. Earning a strong starting salary appeals to you.
    IWU has been ranked the #1 small school in Illinois for highest earning graduates with a 95% employment rate over the past 5 years.

  4. You love new friends and new experiences.
    With more than 200 student groups, athletic teams, and ensembles, plus opportunities to research and study abroad, you'll find new activities to love!

  5. You value respect, inclusivity, and equality.
    As a community, we strive every day to live out IWU's commitment to diversity, social justice and environmental sustainability.

These are just a few reasons, but if these 5 resonate with you, we invite you to apply. Illinois Wesleyan never charges an application fee.


Trevor Martin, 2022
Trevor Martin student from California

California Student Spotlight

Trevor Martin, Class of 2022

Hometown: San Diego, California

Major: Accounting

Minor: Finance and Spanish

Why did you choose Illinois Wesleyan?

I chose Illinois Wesleyan because I was looking for a relatively small school with a good business program where I could play Division III soccer. I came on an overnight visit and sat in on two classes. I liked the small class sizes and the connection with professors.

Tell us about the financial aid process. Was it a factor in your decision?

Yes, IWU awarded me merit aid. Lots of Division III schools did not give any merit aid. 

Tell us about your Illinois Wesleyan experience.

What helps in the classroom is the small class size and being able to connect with professors. I like the community atmosphere here. Everyone is involved.

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