Chances of getting into Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
58.5%
Admission Difficulty for Illinois Wesleyan University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into IWU and can I get accepted? The school has a 59% acceptance rate ranking it #22 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,216 out of 3,785 applicants were admitted making IWU a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 32 percent. Illinois Wesleyan University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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IWU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1120-1320
Applicants Submitting SAT
60%
SAT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1120
SAT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1220

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Illinois Wesleyan University?

Illinois Wesleyan University typically requires applicants to be in the top 37 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1120 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1020. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. The school ranks #7 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. 60 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Illinois Wesleyan University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1320 and Above Good >71%
1220 to 1320 Avg + 59%-71%
1120 to 1220 Avg - 46%-59%
1020 to 1120 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 1020 Low <33%
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IWU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
24-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
66%
ACT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into IWU?

Admission data indicates that IWU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 66 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Illinois Wesleyan University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Illinois Wesleyan University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >73%
26 to 29 Avg + 59%-73%
24 to 26 Avg - 48%-59%
22 to 24 Reach 38%-48%
Less than 22 Low <38%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.5
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Illinois Wesleyan University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Illinois Wesleyan University was 3.5 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #13 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as IWU accepts 59% of students who apply.

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Admission Statistics

Illinois Wesleyan University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,197 1,588 3,785
Accepted 1,267 949 2,216
Acceptance Rate 58% 60% 59%
Enrolled 253 241 494
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 25% 22%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Illinois Wesleyan University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Illinois Wesleyan University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Illinois Wesleyan University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

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

Frequently Asked Questions

60% of students submit their SAT scores to IWU. 66% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

59% of those who apply are granted admission to IWU. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1120 and 1320. 60% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 29. 66% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.