Illinois Wesleyan stands out among the thousands of colleges and universities in the nation, compared on a wide range of factors by a growing number of publishers. See our rankings, or check out fast facts about the University.
Our students get involved locally, and our community of Bloomington-Normal (#BloNo) is continually ranked among the Best College Towns.
Peter Arango, author of "" says IWU is not only "...the model of the effective, responsive, well designed, thoroughly successful small liberal arts college/university, it is also an institution that hums with positive energy and which engenders deep feelings of attachment and loyalty among its students and graduates."
By the Numbers:
6-year graduation rate: 80% (national average 60%)
92% of students who graduate from Illinois Wesleyan have completed their degree in four years Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
From first to second year: 91% (national average 81%) Source: U.S. Department of Education , National Center for Education Statistics
97% of Illinois Wesleyan graduates in the class of 2018 employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation Source: Hart Career Center survey according to guidelines from the National Association of Colleges and Employers
#1 Undergraduate Institution in Illinois in Job Placement Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES),
10 years after attending: $59,100 (62% higher than the previous national median) Source: U.S. Department of Education ,
Starting salary after graduating: $47,486 Source: Hart Career Center data for Class of 2018, based on an 86.7% response rate within six months of graduation and additional self-reported data
Transforming Students from Low Incomes to High Earners
Illinois Wesleyan is in the top 2.9% of colleges and universities in the nation for promoting social mobility (moving children from the bottom fifth of incomes as students to the top fifth of incomes as adults) 62nd among all 2,137 colleges in the Chetty college mobility study, according to data on "Chance a poor student has to become a rich adult" published in
Average class size: 16
Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
96% of full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field
As an undergraduate-only institution, all classes are taught by a faculty member (not graduate assistants)
79% of students participate in internships (35% report completing multiple internships) Source:Hart Career Center data
33% of students self-identify as students of color in class of 2022
32 countries represented in IWU student body
129 – a total that's in the top 25 (, across all divisions