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Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, Indiana

Indiana Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered academic community committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership. Over 3,000 students learn, live, and thrive on IWU’s 350-acre residential campus, and more than 10,000 adult learners study at education centers in three different states and online.


With more than 80 majors from which to choose, students can pursue what they are passionate about and learn from faculty who are experts in their fields. Smaller class sizes allow students to take a more active role in their learning experience, forming mentor relationships with their professors. IWU maintains a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, allowing faculty to invest in each individual, their education, and their future.  


IWU recognizes that getting a college education is about more than simply earning a degree. It’s about building relationships with peers and faculty while discovering God’s calling on one’s life. Through self-assessments and one-on-one mentoring, students are assisted throughout all four years in uncovering and developing their passions, talents, and strengths. By graduation, students are well equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to change the world.



Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
2,782 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
34% male — 66% female
45% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
163 full-time faculty
110 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
97% of first year students live on campus
92% of all students live on campus

School Location

Indiana Wesleyan University’s residential campus is located in Marion, Indiana. The 350-acre modern campus features a beautiful student center, state-of-the-art academic buildings, and comfortable residence halls—most of which were built in the past 25 years. Marion is just one hour from both Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2016

82% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2016

64% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 3%
White 82%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


The Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats compete in the NAIA Division in the Crossroads League. IWU Athletics has 18 intercollegiate teams, the newest of which include men’s football and women’s swimming and diving. The program has claimed several national titles: men’s basketball in 2013 and 2016, women’s basketball in 2014, and women’s tennis in 2016. IWU’s colors are red, grey, and white.

Men’s: Basketball, Baseball, Cheer Team, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer, Tennis
Women’s: Basketball, Cheer Team, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Volleyball

Other Information

Indiana Wesleyan University is a co-educational, private institution affiliated with The Wesleyan Church. It was founded in 1920 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Academic Programs

Division of Art: Design for Social Impact, Graphic Design, Illustration, Media Design, Photography, Pre-Art Therapy, Studio Arts, Visual Arts Education

Division of Behavioral Sciences: Addictions Counseling, Criminal Justice, Pre-Art Therapy, Psychology, Social Work

DeVoe Division of Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Marketing

Division of Health and Human Performance: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Recreation and Camp Administration, Sports Management, Sports Ministries

Division of Mathematics and Computer Information Sciences: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematics Interdisciplinary, Mathematics Education

Division of Modern Language and Literature: English, English Education, Spanish, Spanish Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), TESOL Education, Writing

Division of Music: Applied Music, Church Music, Music Composition, Music Education, Performance, Music Therapy, Songwriting

Division of Natural Sciences: Biochemistry, Biology, Biology Education, Chemistry, Chemistry Education, Medical Technology, Science Education, Physics, Pre-Medical Science, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Veterinary

Division of Social Sciences: Economics, History, International Relations, Political Science, Political Science Pre-Law, Social Studies, Social Studies Education

John Wesley Honors College: Honors Humanities

School of Nursing: Nursing, Transition to Nursing

School of Life Calling and Integrative Learning: Leadership Studies

School of Teacher Education: Biology Education, Chemistry Education, Elementary Education, Elementary Education/Exceptional Needs Education, English Education, Exceptional Needs (K-6), Exceptional Needs (P-12), Mathematics Education, Music Education, Physical and Health Education, Science Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies Education, Spanish Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Education, Visual Arts Education

School of Theology and Ministry: Adolescent Ministries, Biblical Literature, Children’s Ministry, Christian Education, Christian Ministries, Christian Worship, Global Ministries, Intercultural Studies, International and Community Development, Philosophy and Theology, Sports Ministry, Youth Ministries

New Student Orientation

Known as NSO, New Student Orientation is a week-long immersion experience in which first-time freshman and transfer students are introduced to the IWU campus and integrated into college life. The week allows for students to become acclimated to their new home, meet new friends, and familiarize themselves with the campus before the semester officially starts.

Undergraduate Research

IWU is known for providing its undergraduates with real-life research opportunities—especially in the Division of Natural Sciences. Over 20 students participate in the Hodson Summer Research Institute every summer. They work alongside faculty members to conduct full-time, original research for eight weeks, addressing cutting-edge areas, including glial cell regulation of neuronal signaling in the retina and rescue mechanisms for bone cancer drug side effects. Many students continue their research into the following semester.

Global Education and Study Abroad

IWU seeks to be a truly great Christian university that serves the world. Part of this vision includes its drive to facilitate regular opportunities for students to study or serve abroad. Every year, hundreds of IWU students travel to various countries like Scotland, Israel, Germany, Italy, and more. Immersed in a new culture, each student has the chance to foster a global mindset, prepare for their career, and develop cultural responsiveness.

Student Organizations

Students can get involved with over 30 student clubs and academic organizations, including Nurses Christian Fellowship, Science Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Public Relations Student Society of America, Spike Ball Club, and Psychology Club.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station X

The Writing Center

The Ink Well, IWU’s writing center, seeks to aid students throughout the writing process. Trained writing tutors meet with students individually, free of charge, to help with anything from the ideation process to grammar corrections. Most importantly, tutors equip students with strategies to improve their writing.

The School of Life Calling and Integrative Learning

Students unsure of what to study are given plenty of support to help them plan their remaining years of college and their lives beyond school. The School of Life Calling and Integrative Learning enables individuals to find a higher purpose and empowers them to develop for world-changing leadership.

School of Nursing

IWU’s School of Nursing (SON) is the largest division on campus and is housed within the university’s newest building, the Ott Hall of Science and Nursing. The 111,250 square-foot building is loaded with state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, research laboratories, and student interaction areas. The program focuses on providing real-life experiences and simulations in order to graduate students with a deep level of knowledge. In fact, the IWU SON has surpassed the NCLEX national average for the past nine years.  

NEXUS Financial Discipleship Center

The Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning, a wholly owned subsidiary of IWU, established NEXUS Financial Discipleship Center at IWU in 2016 for the purpose of equipping the local community with the knowledge necessary to live financially sound lives. The Center is staffed with highly trained student coaches who are well versed in a variety of topics, including financial goal development, budgeting, and student loan planning. IWU students can utilize this service free of charge.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 243 292 192 41 44 12 2 826

Generations of students have left a lasting mark on the Indiana Wesleyan community. Here are just a few of the cherished campus traditions:

Spotted Cow Weekend

Students bring a blanket and lounge on the lawn to enjoy this annual Spotted Cow Weekend spring music festival, which features a talented lineup of local bands.


Students can volunteer to help plan and coordinate the high-energy FUSION event, a two-day high school youth conference held on the IWU campus. Special performances may include artists like Lecrae, Switchfoot, and NEEDTOBREATHE.

Bowman Boat Race

Residence hall teams create a cardboard boat that can withstand the water and compete in the Bowman Boat Race on the University pond.

Friday Night Live

The Friday Night Live comedy show happens twice a year on campus and features a talented cast of IWU students (and sometimes even professors.) Modeled after Saturday Night Live, the audience enjoys a night of several sketches that poke fun at current events around campus.


After they return from Winter Break, students gather at Rebash to ring in the New Year (again) on the dance floor.

Sixth Man Club

A group of superfans called the Sixth Man Club gather in Luckey Arena to help cheer on the men’s basketball team.


Students get their athletic fix and keep fit through intramural sports. Offerings range from traditional sports like football, soccer, and basketball to the more unique and always entertaining innertube water polo.


Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Career Development

The Career Development professionals at IWU are committed to working with students from their freshman year through graduation to help them determine their life calling. They offer life coaching, career coaching, and personal and professional assessments, such as the Myers-Briggs Assessment and StrengthsQuest. In fact, IWU provides every applicant with a free StrengthsQuest assessment to determine their top five strengths.

Accelerate Indiana Internship Program

IWU students have a unique opportunity to apply for paid internships with start-up organizations and businesses across Indiana. These internships are available year-round and are funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.



3,323 Total Applicants
2,455 Total Admissions 
683 Total Freshmen Enrollment

73.88% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Admissions FACTORS

Very Important
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Application Essay

Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Religious affiliation/commitment
Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 590
SAT Math 460 580
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 21 27
ACT Math 20 27
ACT English 21 28
ACT Writing    


IWU has a rolling admissions policy, meaning there is no due date for application for upcoming semesters. Students may apply at any time for admission. For first-time students, IWU requires a completed application, an official high school transcript (showing completion of at least 6 semesters), and official standardized test scores. Students who have taken more than 12 credit hours after graduating high school are considered transfer students and must send in an official transcript from all post-secondary institutions they have attended. Applications can be completed online at


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $25,346
Fees $180
Total $25,526
Room and Board (on campus) $8,148
Estimated Total On Campus $33,674


Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-2017

$27,960 First year students
$3,664 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-2017

91.40% on average, the percentage of need that was met
54% of financial need students that had need fully met

$3,664 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,077 Average need-based loan

Aid Information

A college education is a significant investment in one’s future. It has an impact on one’s career, their values, and even their spiritual formation. Indiana Wesleyan University is honored to share in that investment for every student who chooses IWU.

Every IWU student enrolled in traditional undergraduate programs has access to scholarships, grants, loans, and other forms of financial aid. As part of the $20 million in grants and scholarships that IWU invests annually in its students is the Scholarship Commitment. Each student receives an Academic Award based upon the merits of their high school work (GPA & SAT/ACT scores). Any National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist, any National Achievement recipient, and those who are part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program qualify for the National Excellence Scholarship in the amount of $64,000 ($16,000 annually).