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Chances of getting into Illinois Wesleyan University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
57%
Admission Difficulty for Illinois Wesleyan University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into IWU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at IWU is 57%.  It ranks #11 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. IWU is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 2,218 out of 3,896 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 34 percent (SAT 1100/1300 ACT 24/29). Illinois Wesleyan University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.8. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The IWU application fee is $0 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Illinois Wesleyan University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

IWU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1100-1300
Applicants Submitting SAT 
60%
SAT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1100
SAT Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1300
Average SAT Score 1200

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 41 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1100 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 1000. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. IWU ranks #7 in Illinois and #249 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 60 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Illinois Wesleyan University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1300 and Above Good >72%
1200 to 1300 Avg + 57%-72%
1100 to 1200 Avg - 41%-57%
1000 to 1100 Reach 27%-41%
Less than 1000 Low <27%
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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 23
ACT Math 25th 23
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 and #219 in the U.S. 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Illinois Wesleyan University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >74%
26 to 29 Avg + 57%-74%
24 to 26 Avg - 44%-57%
22 to 24 Reach 32%-44%
Less than 22 Low <32%
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IWU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.8
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Illinois Wesleyan University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into IWU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Illinois Wesleyan University was 3.8 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #7 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 57% of students who apply.

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GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

58% 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 26%
Top 25% of class 58%
Top 50% of class 94%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

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Admission Statistics

Illinois Wesleyan University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,243 1,653 3,896
Accepted 1,259 959 2,218
Acceptance Rate 56% 58% 57%
Enrolled 219 222 441
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 23% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
153

Applicants have 153 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Illinois Wesleyan University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Illinois Wesleyan University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Illinois Wesleyan University Application 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.

FAQs

Does Illinois Wesleyan University prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Illinois Wesleyan University?

57% of those who apply are granted admission to IWU. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Illinois Wesleyan University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1100 and 1300. 60% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Illinois Wesleyan University?

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.