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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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See when we will be in Iowa for a college fair or high school visit. We'd love to see you!

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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.

iowa student kaia burkumIowa Student Spotlight

Kaia Burkum, Class of 2022

Hometown: Solon, Iowa

Major: BA Theatre Arts

Why did you choose Illinois Wesleyan?

Illinois Wesleyan first came on my radar because of their theatre program. I chose IWU because it is a small campus. (My high school was very small.) I also liked the gen ed program because it covers a wide variety of subjects and disciplines which I think makes a person well-rounded.

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

The merit scholarship I got was very helpful. I really appreciate the Jennings scholarship because I love music. I was worried I might not be able to be involved in music in college. At Illinois Wesleyan, I'm able to be in band and choir.

Tell us about your Illinois Wesleyan experience.

Illinois Wesleyan is a good place to be if you are worried about adjusting to college in general because it is a small campus and it is close. My professors have been really responsive when I've needed help.