There's a culture here at Illinois Wesleyan that moves and unites us – a spirit of
curiosity encapsulated in a key question: What Are You Working On?
We want students to truly engage with their learning experience. We blur the line
between the learning that takes place in the classroom and outside the classroom.
As an IWU student, you’ll discover your path with guidance from our exceptional faculty
and staff. This starts in your first year, including opportunities for a First-Year Experience, and builds throughout our broad-based curriculum toward a Signature Experience,
integrating what you’ve learned across your college journey.
You'll have a chance to harvest the seeds you’ve planted along the way – the things
you’ve been curious about or fascinated by – and build something that is your very
Research. Internships. Fellowships. Community projects. Global travel.
Through such experiential learning opportunities coupled with reflective faculty advising,
you'll be empowered to embark upon something unique that integrates what you’ve learned
– transforming it into something you can hold in your hands, point to, publish or
patent. A "breakthrough" that will make employers and graduate schools sit up and
Signature Experiences embody these elements for IWU seniors:
A holistic, culminating experience to their own educational journey – integrating what they've learned in their major,
general education courses, co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences
Faculty guidance, through reflective advising, to make connections and be energized by their learning opportunities
Ownership by each student, even when it's group work
Close interaction between students and faculty mentors
Free of classroom boundaries
Sustained independent work
An opportunity to share outcomes with the wider community – perhaps as a presentation, digital portfolio or performance
"What are you working on?" is a shared question across the Illinois Wesleyan campus.
We believe that learning is about engaging, about doing, about figuring something
out and making it work. This type of transformative education positions students for
a lifetime of learning.