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Minnesota Students

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:

  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.

amelia hoffbeckMinnesota Student Spotlight

Amelia Hoffbeck, Class of 2021

Hometown: Hastings, MN

Major: Math with a pre-med track (Amelia is on track to graduate in four years.)

Why did you choose Illinois Wesleyan?

I chose IWU because I was looking for a school where I could do many things: math, music, and languages.

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

Financial aid and scholarships was definitely a factor in my decision. It was cheaper for me to "go out of state" to a private school than to go to a Minnesota state school. I also earned a Jennings scholarship and my mom liked that. 

Tell us about your Illinois Wesleyan experience.

I'd always heard that you should go visit your professors during office hours and that was true. It was actually helpful. Professors here remember you. IWU has lived up to its reputation as being an academically challenging school.