Illinois Wesleyan Moves Up in Kiplinger’s Best College Values

Jan. 12, 2018


BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University elevated five places to 50th among the nation’s liberal arts colleges in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance “Best Value Rankings.”

This marks the 11th consecutive year that Illinois Wesleyan has been included among the national leaders in Kiplinger’s ranking of academic quality and affordability. In an overall comparison of nearly 1,200 U.S. colleges and universities, Illinois Wesleyan ranks 97th nationally (top eight percent), according to Kiplinger.

Illinois Wesleyan is also ranked among the nation’s best in recently released college rankings including U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” (71st among U.S. liberal arts colleges and 89th among “Best Value Schools”), Forbes “America’s Top Colleges” (33rd in the midwest and 75th among U.S. liberal arts universities), Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education “College Rankings” (27th in the midwest and 141st nationally) and WalletHub “Best Colleges” (21st among colleges nationally).

Additionally, Illinois Wesleyan is on the Princeton Review's nationwide, unranked list of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck. The University has also been included in The Princeton Review's annual listing of “Best Colleges” every year since the list's inception in 1989.

The 2018 Princeton Review recognizes Illinois Wesleyan among the top schools for Best Career Services (No. 9) and Best College Library (No. 10). Students surveyed describe Illinois Wesleyan as “a small school that oozes big opportunities,” where they feel confident about getting a job straight out of college.

By John Twork