Why Illinois Wesleyan?

Illinois Wesleyan produces successful graduates by offering top academics highlighted by superb faculty providing individual attention in small classes, all within the backdrop of a fantastic campus.

There are many aspects of the Illinois Wesleyan experience that might interest you:


Pursuing Your Passions

Whether you're into Shakespeare, Einstein, Mozart, Cezanne, Margaret Mead, Florence Nightingale or Dow Jones, Illinois Wesleyan's unique liberal arts curriculum allows you to pursue multiple passions and interests.

We truly believe that learning is optimized when it stirs one's emotions and stretches one's boundaries.

Mike Seeborg

Personal Attention

With our focus on academic excellence and small class sizes, Illinois Wesleyan attracts faculty who value the student-faculty relationship as an important element of undergraduate education.

Unlike most large universities, professors – not graduate students – will teach you. And cheer you on at your extra-curricular events!

Knowledge and Wisdom

Knowledge and Wisdom

At Illinois Wesleyan our goal is for you to learn to think critically and creatively, enabling you to better use the knowledge you gain for success in your life.

We want you to leave us fully educated, not just narrowly trained, so that you'll be able to meet the challenges of a constantly changing world.


Engaging in Life

Whether you are interested in social life, community serviceenvironmental sustainabilitypolitical activismspiritual development, or intramural sports ,  you will find plenty of options, opportunities and encouragement at Illinois Wesleyan that will enhance your education and personal growth.

Carolyn Nadeau

Exploring Ideas

Our faculty are committed scholars who frequently involve students in their research, and support students in their own projects.

Students have the opportunity to explore ideas from a wide variety of subjects through close contact with faculty who have expertise in those fields, and who share their passion and curiosity.

Commencement selfie with Provost Green

Success After Graduation

You'll find Illinois Wesleyan graduates leading Fortune 500 corporations and non-profit organizations, conducting research at the Mayo Clinic, producing films in Hollywood, teaching elementary school, and pursuing careers and life in cities large and small around the world. Illinois Wesleyan graduates receive a high return on their investment

NCAA champs

Pride and Glory

Our Titan athletic teams – 11 men's and 11 women's – have won 152 conference championships, had 136 athletes named Academic All-Americans, placed 63 teams in the top 10 of NCAA Division III and won seven NCAA Division III Championships.

As a participating student athlete or a fan, you'll easily develop a strong sense of Titan Pride.

Constitution Trail

Life Beyond Campus

When you come to Illinois Wesleyan, you'll find that you get not just one but two great college towns in the twin cities of Bloomington-Normal.

With the variety of activities provided by both Illinois Wesleyan and a large state university just down the road, two downtown areas full of restaurants, shopping and nightlife, and concerts and professional sporting events at nearby U.S. Cellular Coliseum, there's an awful lot to do in your free time.

Gaining a Perspective

Preparing graduates for life in an increasingly interdependent global community is a key part of every Illinois Wesleyan education.

One in two of our graduates will study abroad during their four years at the University, and all students on campus have the opportunity to interact with classmates and faculty who come to us from across the globe. Currently, our alumni can be found in 52 countries around the world.


College Life

During a campus visit, it's very difficult to show you everything that goes on during the course of a school year, so we put together this short video with some highlights of student life.

Whether it's music, athletics, Greek life, volunteerism, theater, checking out the local community or simply hanging out with your friends, there's always something to do when classes are done.


Why Wesleyan?

Get an inside look at Illinois Wesleyan from alumni, students and faculty as they share their experiences and explain why they chose to join the Titan family.

"From faculty to students to staff, everybody wants you to succeed. I think that’s what’s really special about Wesleyan." — Rachel (Anderson) Lyons '08