Bloomington, Illinois

IWU Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Illinois Wesleyan University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Illinois Wesleyan University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into IWU and can I get accepted? The school has a 61% acceptance rate ranking it #22 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,250 out of 3,697 applicants were admitted making IWU a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 22 percent. Illinois Wesleyan University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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IWU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1260
SAT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1440
Average SAT Score 1350

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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 17 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1260 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 1170. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1350 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. 10 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Illinois Wesleyan University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1440 and Above Good >73%
1350 to 1440 Avg + 61%-73%
1260 to 1350 Avg - 48%-61%
1170 to 1260 Reach 35%-48%
Less than 1170 Low <35%
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IWU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
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 91 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 >75%
26 to 29 Avg + 61%-75%
24 to 26 Avg - 51%-61%
22 to 24 Reach 40%-51%
Less than 22 Low <40%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

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 61% of students who apply.

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High School Class Rank

82% of Illinois Wesleyan University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Illinois Wesleyan University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 45%
Top 25% of class 82%
Top 50% of class 98%
Bottom 50% of class 2%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Illinois Wesleyan University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,164 1,533 3,697
Accepted 1,338 912 2,250
Acceptance Rate 62% 59% 61%
Enrolled 213 165 378
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 18% 17%

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.