Meet the Illinois Wesleyan Class of 2021

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The Illinois Wesleyan Class of 2021.
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Aug. 24, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan welcomed approximately 420 new students in one of its most diverse entering classes for a week of Turning Titan orientation activities beginning Aug. 22.

Meet the class of 2021:

  • They come from 18 different states, from California to Louisiana, Colorado to Minnesota, Wisconsin to Georgia, and many points between.  

  • They come from 15 different countries, including China, Egypt, Jamaica, Nigeria, South Korea, and Vietnam.

  • They're interested in pursuing 47 different academic programs. They're open to exploration:  11% have yet to declare a major.

  • 57 are legacy students, who've had a close family member or relative attend Illinois Wesleyan; but

  • 62 are first-generation students – among the first in their family to go to college.

  • They are one of the most diverse entering classes to enroll at Illinois Wesleyan, with 131 students self-identifying as MALANA (Multiracial, African-American, Latino-Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American) or international students. This represents over 31% of the entire class.

Approximately 370 students – more than 80% of the class – signed up for Mission Day activities on Friday, Aug. 25. This one-day event provides all new Titans the opportunity to be involved in experiencing aspects of Illinois Wesleyan's mission, such as civic engagement, diversity, global citizenship, social justice or environmental sustainability.