BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University welcomed 473 new students to the
University for the 2021-22 academic year. Total enrollment increased by 1% to 1,653.
Official enrollment figures were computed after the 15th day of classes.
“We are delighted to welcome a robust and diverse incoming class to campus this fall,”
said President S. Georgia Nugent. “Despite unprecedented challenges facing higher
education, our recruitment and retention efforts continue to buck nationwide trends.
This success is a credit to dedicated faculty and staff who truly care about teaching
and mentoring our students.”
The incoming class includes 163 students — 34% of the total class — who self-identify
as students of color, representing the most diverse class in school history.
Students from 15 countries, 25 different states and Washington, D.C., make up the
incoming class. A record-high total of 66 new students from McLean County enrolled
this fall, a 14% increase over last year’s McLean County new-student total. Illinois
Wesleyan also welcomed 40 new transfer students, including five from Heartland Community
IWU had averaged 27 McLean County students per incoming class in the years leading
up to the scholarship announcement in 2018. During the four years following the scholarship
launch, the University is averaging nearly 50 McLean County students in each incoming
“Through continued development of relationships with community partners, including
our recently signed articulation agreement with Heartland Community College, we expect to continue attracting talented local students, along with students from
across the country and globe, who are a great fit at Illinois Wesleyan,” Hughes said.
Academic quality held strong this fall, with an average GPA of 3.83. The incoming
class consists of 113 first-generation students and 40 who had a close family member
or relative attend Illinois Wesleyan.
Illinois Wesleyan continues to recruit and retain high-caliber students, with an 87%
retention rate — 5% above the national average — according to College Scorecard data.