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Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate42%

Illinois Wesleyan University Admissions

Illinois Wesleyan University is very difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Illinois Wesleyan University is 42%. Out of 4,408 applications received in 2023, 1,861 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Illinois Wesleyan University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Illinois Wesleyan University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Illinois Wesleyan University's admissions stats.

Illinois Wesleyan University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 30%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 33%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 31%
Waitlist Yes

Illinois Wesleyan University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Illinois Wesleyan University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15 December 15

Want to Apply Early to Illinois Wesleyan University?

Illinois Wesleyan University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Illinois Wesleyan University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Illinois Wesleyan University accepts around 56% of early action applicants and 42% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Illinois Wesleyan University admitted 948 of the 1,698 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college to increase their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Illinois Wesleyan University Admissions

Transferring to Illinois Wesleyan University

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Illinois Wesleyan University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Illinois Wesleyan University

What does Illinois Wesleyan University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Interview Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Illinois Wesleyan University for more information on admission factors.

Illinois Wesleyan University Application Requirements

To apply to Illinois Wesleyan University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Illinois Wesleyan University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 2
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.03
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Illinois Wesleyan University?

Students admitted to Illinois Wesleyan University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 15% submitted a class rank. At Illinois Wesleyan University 30% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 62% were in the top 25% and 85% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Illinois Wesleyan University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99
3.50 and 3.74
3.25 and 3.49
3.00 and 3.24
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Illinois Wesleyan University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Illinois Wesleyan University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 33% of Illinois Wesleyan University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 31% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Illinois Wesleyan University?

To be competitive with other Illinois Wesleyan University applicants, you should aim to score between 1120 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Illinois Wesleyan University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1120, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Illinois Wesleyan University students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Illinois Wesleyan University students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

To be most competitive at Illinois Wesleyan University, you should strive to earn between 25 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Illinois Wesleyan University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Illinois Wesleyan University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

More Information on Transferring to Illinois Wesleyan University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Illinois Wesleyan University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is June 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by August 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Illinois Wesleyan University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Illinois Wesleyan University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Illinois Wesleyan University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Illinois Wesleyan University.

Does Illinois Wesleyan University accept transfer credits?

✅ Illinois Wesleyan University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Illinois Wesleyan University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Illinois Wesleyan University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Illinois Wesleyan University?

❌ No, Illinois Wesleyan University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Illinois Wesleyan University's acceptance rate?

✅ Illinois Wesleyan University has an acceptance rate of 42%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Illinois Wesleyan University?

❌ Illinois Wesleyan University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Illinois Wesleyan University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Illinois Wesleyan University was 56% in 2021.

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Illinois Wesleyan University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Illinois Wesleyan University? Illinois Wesleyan University is a very selective institution. The Illinois Wesleyan University acceptance rate is 42%. This means that the institution accepts 42 out of every 100 applicants.


Illinois Wesleyan University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Illinois Wesleyan University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Illinois Wesleyan University is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Illinois Wesleyan University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1120 - 1330


Math SAT Range

560 - 670


Reading SAT Range

560 - 660

Illinois Wesleyan University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Illinois Wesleyan University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.8. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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