Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU)

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Illinois Wesleyan University, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Bloomington, IL, a predominately urban area. Over a thousand students are enrolled at IWU.

Students can submit either the SAT or ACT exam scores at Illinois Wesleyan University. A score within the range of 1120 to 1320 on the SAT exam, or 24 to 29 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) average GPA ranges from 3.35 to 3.57 for accepted students. Illinois Wesleyan University accepts about 60% of applicants per year. Of those that are admitted, around 18% enrolled. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Illinois Wesleyan University was reported as 60.8% in Fall 2020 with over 3,720 college applications submitted to IWU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • IWU ACT Scores: 24 - 29
  • IWU Average GPA: 3.35 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into Illinois Wesleyan University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Illinois Wesleyan University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for IWU has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 58.2%
  • 2017-2018: 60.9%
  • 2018-2019: 58.5%
  • 2019-2020: 60.8%
  • Projected IWU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 55.6%

How Does Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Illinois Wesleyan University is seven percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Eureka College61.8%
Lincoln College66.9%
Millikin University71.3%
University of Illinois at Springfield76.8%
Olivet Nazarene University67.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading560 - 650
Math560 - 670
Total Score1120 - 1320
ACT®Score Range
English23 - 30
Math23 - 28
Composite Score24 - 29
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