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Illinois Wesleyan Ranks Among Nation’s Top-10 “Best Colleges for Getting a Job”

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Zippia –– a career advice website –– ranks Illinois Wesleyan among the nation's best colleges for job placement, based on U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard data.

Sept. 4, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University ranks No. 1 among Illinois colleges and No. 7 in the nation on Zippia’s 2020 list of “ The Best Colleges for Getting a Job .”

Illinois Wesleyan also ranks No. 5 in the U.S. on Zippia’s 2020 list of “ The Best Small Colleges for Getting a Job .” Using U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard data, Zippia –– a career advice website –– sorted schools based on job placement ratings, looking at employment levels 10 years after students graduated. Among IWU graduates, Zippia calculated a job placement rate of 95.5%.

“Illinois Wesleyan University is a liberal arts school with exceptional job placement rates,” Zippia wrote. “The school has a fairly selective acceptance rate of 59%. However, students who get in are treated to a world-class education that leaves them ready to hit the job market.”

The Hart Career Center recently found that 97.2% of 2019 graduates were employed or enrolled in higher education programs within six months of graduating from Illinois Wesleyan, according to the annual First Destination Survey .

Additionally, Zippia’s most recent list of “ Small Colleges with the Highest Earning Graduates ,” published in 2018, ranked Illinois Wesleyan No. 1 in Illinois. Using College Scorecard data, Zippia calculated the average earnings of graduates 10 years after entry into the workforce and found that IWU graduates average $60,500 –– more than $25,000 above the national median.

Illinois Wesleyan’s no-fee application is now open for the incoming class of 2021 by visiting IWU.edu/apply .

By John Twork