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Illinois Wesleyan University Overview

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

What Is Illinois Wesleyan University Known For?

434 Undergraduate Awards
$37,862 Avg Cost After Aid
61% Acceptance Rate
  • Illinois Wesleyan has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.
  • 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.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 61% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Illinois Wesleyan bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $59,100 a year. That's about 45% more than their peers at other schools.
  • 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 landed the #90 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #4 out of 98 schools in Illinois.

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.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Best Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#103 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#126 Best Psychology 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
#12 Best Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Business Degree Central
#21 Highest Paid Accounting Graduates College Factual
#28 Highest Paid Business, Management & Marketing Graduates College Factual
#33 Best Colleges for Accounting College Factual
#93 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Illinois Wesleyan University?

Location of 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?

61% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
10% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 61%, 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 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 59%, and the acceptance rate for women is 62%.

Average Test Scores

About 10% 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 590 and 690. Math scores were between 605 and 705.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University  ( 590 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University  ( 605 to 705 )
Illinois Wesleyan received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 30. Math scores were between 24 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  ( 24 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Illinois Wesleyan University  ( 24 to 29 )

Can I Afford Illinois Wesleyan University?

$37,862 Net Price
71% Take Out Loans
2.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Illinois Wesleyan is $37,862. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Illinois Wesleyan, approximately 71% of students took out student loans averaging $7,567 a year. That adds up to $30,268 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Illinois Wesleyan is 2.5%. 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

1,616 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,629 undergraduate students at Illinois Wesleyan, with 1,616 being full-time and 13 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Illinois Wesleyan

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,616 full-time undergraduates at Illinois Wesleyan, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Illinois Wesleyan

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Illinois Wesleyan Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 106
Black or African American 110
Hispanic or Latino 140
White 1,126
International Students 74
Other Races/Ethnicities 60

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

This is the #2,028 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Illinois Wesleyan regardless of major.

Illinois Wesleyan University Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Accounting 49 49
General Biology 40 40
General Business/Commerce 37 37
Nursing 35 35
General Psychology 28 28
Finance & Financial Management 22 22
Drama & Theater Arts 20 20
Political Science & Government 17 17
Music 14 14
Computer Science 13 13
Mathematics 12 12
Physics 12 12
General Education 11 11
General English Literature 11 11
Natural Resources Conservation 10 10
Economics 10 10
Teacher Education Subject Specific 9 9
Romance Languages 9 9
Fine & Studio Arts 9 9
Literature 8 8
International Studies 8 8
Teacher Education Grade Specific 6 6
Chemistry 6 6
Entrepreneurial Studies 5 5
History 5 5
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 4 4
Philosophy 4 4
International Business 3 3
Anthropology 3 3
Sociology 3 3
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 2 2
Ethnic Studies 2 2
Classical & Ancient Studies 2 2
Religious Studies 2 2
Germanic Languages 1 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 1
Health & Physical Education 1 1
Area Studies 0 0
TOTAL 434 434


*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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