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Colleges / Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, IN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate72%
Acceptance Rate72%

About IWU

Indiana Wesleyan University Overview

Indiana Wesleyan University is a private, religious school in a small town setting in Marion, Indiana. IWU was founded in 1920 and the school now enrolls around 3,071 students a year, which includes 2,799 undergrads. IWU offers housing for students. The majority of students live on campus.

Student Activities at IWU

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of IWU's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? IWU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

IWU does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

Planning to play sports? IWU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at IWU on the Student Life page.

2022 IWU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 72%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 60%
Tuition $29,684
Percent of Need Met 92%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $30,090

Is IWU a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how competitive a school is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better sense of what IWU offers and if the college might be a good choice for you.

IWU Acceptance Rate 2022

IWU is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at IWU is 72%. Last year, 3,796 students applied to IWU and 2,734 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at IWU

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 82% of students who start at IWU return for their second year of college. Around 65% of students who started at IWU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook IWU Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with IWU directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at IWU

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

IWU meets 92% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend IWU full-time are awarded $30,090 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $30,355 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at IWU.

Based on this information, is IWU the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is IWU a good school for you?

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Where is IWU?

IWU is located in the small town setting of Marion, Indiana, in the suburbs of Indianapolis.

If you are interested in seeing IWU for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 69 to Marion, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Fort Wayne International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what IWU and Marion are like without leaving home.

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College Info

4201 South Washington Street Marion, IN 46953-4974

Campus Setting: Small Town

IWU Application Deadline

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Transfer Applications are Due

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IWU ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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IWU Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at IWU is like? There are approximately 3,071 students enrolled at IWU, including 2,799 undergraduate students and 272 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time.


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