Illinois Wesleyan University is an independent undergraduate liberal arts college located in Bloomington, Illinois
Illinois Wesleyan University was founded in 1850, the central portion of the present campus was acquired in 1854 with the first building erected in 1856. It comprises 17 academic departments offering 50 majors and 476 courses.
The University’s mission is to foster the traditional liberal arts of creativity, character, and knowledge. Its motto – Scientia et sapientia, or “Knowledge and wisdom” – was coined by famed explorer and Wesleyan Professor John Wesley Powell.
Illinois Wesleyan is an independent, residential, liberal arts university with an enrollment of 2,020. It offers 50 majors and 476 courses. The university maintains a low student/faculty ratio of 11 to 1, and while it offers 476 courses, only 9 of them have more than 40 students. Also, 9 in 10 IWU students receive a scholarship or need-based assistance.
Illinois Wesleyan is ranked as one of the “best values” in the nation. Illinois Wesleyan is also a member of the Annapolis Group and its strong foundations in the liberal arts have earned it chapters in the prestigiousPhi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.
The University consists of the College of Liberal Arts, with 17 academic departments; the College of Fine Arts, comprising the professional School of Art, School of Music, and School of Theatre Arts. Illinois Wesleyan’s campus occupies more than 70 acres (280,000 m2) in the heart of Bloomington in central Illinois.
IWU’s School of Nursing was established in 1959. Applicants apply directly to the School of Nursing and typically graduate in 4 years with a BSN. The course work emphasizes clinical placement and individualized education and experience.