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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 and the Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA) in town. We're closer 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:
- 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.
- Graduating in 4 years is a big deal to you... and to your parents!
92% of our grads earn their degrees in 4 years.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
Colorado Student Spotlight
Olivia Causer, Class of 2020
Hometown: Aurora, Colorado
Why did you choose Illinois Wesleyan?
I chose Illinois Wesleyan because I absolutely loved the sense of community that was ever present during my tour, being in an environment where you will always see a friendly face is exactly what I was looking for when I was choosing a college.
Tell us about the financial aid process. Was it a factor in your decision?
The financial aid process was definitely a factor in my decision. I received both a talent scholarship for vocal performance and a merit scholarship for my grades in high school. The best part about Illinois Wesleyan's financial aid process is that they are extremely flexible, even when I switched my major from vocal performance to sociology I was able to retain the majority of my scholarship and I was provided alternate routes to keep music in my life while also being able to stay at Illinois Wesleyan with my financial situation.
Tell us about your Illinois Wesleyan experience.
I came into Illinois Wesleyan as a vocal performance major and during the summer before my sophomore year, I switched my major to sociology. When I came to Illinois Wesleyan I did not realize that there is a difference between loving to sing and actually studying music. I was feeling a little lost academically my first semester of freshman year but then I took an introductory sociology class and I absolutely loved it. I always thought that I was one of those people that didn't have a passion, but now I do, because sociology found me and I am so passionate about it.