Illinois Wesleyan University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts institution situated in Bloomington, Illinois. IWU has an outstanding 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and the mean class size is 17 students. Students can select from 50 academic programs. The university has a great freshman retention rate and its 4-year graduation rate. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. Its accomplishments in the liberal arts and STEM earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,693 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male/52% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,026
  • Books: $800
  • Room and Board: $11,412
  • Other Expenses: $1,600
  • Total Cost: $63,838

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 71%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $25,438
    • Loans: $7,199

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting; Business/Commerce, General; Psychology, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 4%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 75%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 79%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Illinois Wesleyan University Admissions

Illinois Wesleyan University, with an acceptance rate of 59%, has only somewhat competitive admissions. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside the admission offices’ mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps of the application process. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data                        

  • Illinois Wesleyan University Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 570/660
    • SAT Math: 550/665
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 24/29
    • ACT English: 24/31
    • ACT Math: 23/28

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Illinois Wesleyan University, it should be easy for you to gain admission to the schools below. If Illinois Wesleyan University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Texas State University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Georgia State University, Florida Agricultural, and Mechanical University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Northridge

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Illinois Wesleyan University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admission to these schools.

Pace University, University of North Texas, San Jose State University, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Washington State University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Illinois Wesleyan University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Cincinnati, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy, Hofstra University, Auburn University, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to Illinois Wesleyan University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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