#3 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois

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Illinois Wesleyan University overview
Location Bloomington, Illinois
Online iwu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Illinois Wesleyan University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Illinois Wesleyan University, located in Bloomington, Illinois, is a private liberal arts college established in 1850. The campus is situated in a suburban environment approximately 135 miles southwest of Chicago. The university captures a blend of traditional and modern architecture across a 85-acre campus, offering a range of undergraduate degrees across various disciplines with notable programs in nursing, music, and fine arts. The institution provides on-campus living options in residence halls and apartments, accommodating a significant portion of its student body. Admissions at Illinois Wesleyan University are moderately selective. While the university competes in Division III athletics, it is particularly recognized for its strong programs in basketball and soccer, where its teams, known as the Titans, have achieved recognition.

In the most recent statistical year 4,408 prospective students applied, and 1,861 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 382 enrolled in the school.  1,518 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 9 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $53,610 plus fees of $204. IWU is ranked 144 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












IWU is rated within the top 25% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Illinois Wesleyan University overview
SAT 1120/1330
ACT 25/30
GPA 3.86

Applications Accepted

Illinois Wesleyan University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Illinois Wesleyan University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$204
Room and Board $12,418
Budget for Other Expenses$1,700
Total One Year Cost$68,732

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$60,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

82% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Illinois Wesleyan University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 20%
Social Sciences 13%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Psychology 8%
Biology 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=145646 IPEDS survey data for Illinois Wesleyan University.

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Last updated February 24, 2024