IWU Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Illinois Wesleyan University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into IWU? The school has a 58% acceptance rate. Last year, 2,236 out of 3,841 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 23 percent. Illinois Wesleyan University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 640
SAT Composite 25th 1200
SAT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1450
SAT Scores you need to get in

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 24 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1200 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 1075. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1325 out of 1600. 11 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
1450 and Above Good >70%
1325 to 1450 Avg + 58%-70%
1200 to 1325 Avg - 45%-58%
1075 to 1200 Reach 32%-45%
Less than 1075 Low <32%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 29
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 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 23 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 27 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 90 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 >70%
27 to 29 Avg + 58%-70%
25 to 27 Avg - 45%-58%
23 to 25 Reach 32%-45%
Less than 23 Low <32%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as IWU accepts 58% of students who apply.

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Admission Statistics

Illinois Wesleyan University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,209 1,632 3,841
Accepted 1,274 962 2,236
Acceptance Rate 58% 59% 58%
Enrolled 213 212 425
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 22% 19%

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.