About Illinois Wesleyan

Campus Aerial ViewIllinois Wesleyan University is an independent, residential liberal arts university, founded in 1850 and located in Bloomington, Illinois. Enrollment is exclusively undergraduate with approximately 1,900 students from 32 states and 24 countries.

The University is highly selective, offering 81 majors, minors and programs in a unique curriculum that combines the liberal arts and sciences with professional schools of art, music, theatre and nursing. Its 171 faculty are superb teachers and active scholars, with 17 holding endowed positions. Consistently ranked in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges by major publications and guidebooks, Illinois Wesleyan is a member of the Annapolis Group, a consortium of the nation’s leading liberal arts  institutions.

The Illinois Wesleyan campus is located in a residential neighborhood a few blocks north of downtown Bloomington, a city of approximately 80,000. Bloomington and its twin-city Normal sit along Interstate 55 approximately 2 hours south of Chicago. Air service is provided by a number of major airlines that fly into the Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI), which is approximately five miles east of campus. Amtrak provides service into Uptown Normal, about 2 miles north of the University.