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Illinois Wesleyan University Overview

Illinois Wesleyan University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bloomington, Illinois. Bloomington is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Illinois Wesleyan University Known For?

393 Undergraduate Awards
$37,412 Avg Cost After Aid
57% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Illinois Wesleyan is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at Illinois Wesleyan is the bachelor's degree.
  • In 2019-2020, 62% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan makes roughly $66,966 a year. This is 64% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average Illinois Wesleyan student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Illinois Wesleyan University Rankings

Illinois Wesleyan is ranked #78 out of 2,018 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2023 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 78 colleges in Illinois, it is ranked at #4.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Illinois Wesleyan has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#84 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Illinois Wesleyan.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#8 Best Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Business & Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Illinois Wesleyan has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#35 Best General Business/Commerce Schools College Factual
#35 Best General Business/Commerce Schools College Factual
#44 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#119 Best Marketing Schools College Factual
#136 Best Accounting Schools College Factual
#183 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual

Where Is Illinois Wesleyan University?


Contact details for Illinois Wesleyan are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1312 N Park St, Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Phone: 309-556-1000

How Do I Get Into Illinois Wesleyan?

You can apply to Illinois Wesleyan online at:

Admission Requirements for Illinois Wesleyan

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Illinois Wesleyan?

57% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
65% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 57%, Illinois Wesleyan does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 58%, and the acceptance rate for women is 56%.

Average Test Scores

About 65% of students accepted to Illinois Wesleyan submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 640. Math scores were between 550 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University  ( 550 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University  ( 550 to 660 )
Illinois Wesleyan received ACT scores from 57% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 30. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 24 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University  ( 23 to 30 )
ACT Math Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University  ( 23 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University  ( 24 to 29 )

Can I Afford Illinois Wesleyan University?

$37,412 Net Price
69% Take Out Loans
2.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Illinois Wesleyan is $37,412. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Illinois Wesleyan, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $10,108 a year. That adds up to $40,432 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Illinois Wesleyan is 2.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Illinois Wesleyan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,622 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,636 undergraduate students at Illinois Wesleyan, with 1,622 being full-time and 14 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 1,622 full-time undergraduates at Illinois Wesleyan, 47% are male and 53% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Illinois Wesleyan University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 110
Black or African American 111
Hispanic or Latino 152
White 1,135
International Students 45
Other Races/Ethnicities 69

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Illinois Wesleyan University. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 27 countries are represented at Illinois Wesleyan. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Vietnam, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Illinois Wesleyan University

0 Took All Classes Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years

Online Affordability Rankings of Illinois Wesleyan

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Illinois Wesleyan University was $51,336 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how Illinois Wesleyan is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Drama & Theater Arts #13 #13
Natural Resources & Conservation #26 #26
Natural Resources Conservation #26 #26
Visual & Performing Arts #62 #62

This is the #1,689 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Illinois Wesleyan regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Illinois Wesleyan University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Nursing 45 45
General Business/Commerce 43 43
General Biology 32 32
General Psychology 23 23
Accounting 22 22
Finance & Financial Management 18 18
Teacher Education Grade Specific 18 18
Marketing 17 17
Political Science & Government 16 16
Drama & Theater Arts 16 16
General English Literature 12 12
History 9 9
Economics 9 9
Music 9 9
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 8 8
Computer Science 8 8
Health & Physical Education 8 8
Writing Studies 7 7
Romance Languages 7 7
International Studies 7 7
Natural Resources Conservation 7 7
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6 6
Physics 6 6
Sociology 6 6
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 5 5
Mathematics 5 5
Anthropology 4 4
Entrepreneurial Studies 3 3
International Business 3 3
General Education 3 3
Philosophy 3 3
Chemistry 3 3
Germanic Languages 2 2
Fine & Studio Arts 2 2
Religious Studies 1 1
Literature 0 0
Area Studies 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 0
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0
TOTAL 393 393


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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