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Indiana Wesleyan University

Should You Attend Indiana Wesleyan University?

Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is located in the town of Marion, Indiana, roughly halfway between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. This respected, private university offers programs of study at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral level. Weigh the facts below to find out if Indiana Wesleyan University is the school for you.


  • Total cost is $5,580 lower than the national average for 4-year, private, not-for-profit schools
  • Accepts dual credit, credit for life experiences and advanced placement credits
  • Offers remedial services, academic/career counseling service, employment services and placement services
  • Graduation rate is 16 percentage points higher than the national average


  • Student debt following graduation is $5,924 higher than the national average
  • Far from major cities

Ranking & School Analysis

With a commitment to Christian service, Indiana Wesleyan University is a private, faith-based university that that was founded in 1920. IWU is related to The Wesleyan Church and requires all students living on-campus to attend weekly chapel meetings.

The school offers you over 80 majors from which to choose. Some of the most popular majors reported by U.S. News and World Report are registered nursing, teaching and psychology. U.S. News and World Report also ranked Indiana Wesleyan University #17 on the list of regional universities in the Midwest in 2014, and #6 as a best value school.

The College Board gives IWU a ranking of 'somewhat selective' with 66% of students applying gaining admittance. This is just above the national average of 63.8%. The total cost (including tuition and living expenses) of attending Indiana Wesleyan University in the 2012-2013 year was $33,938, reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This is $5,580 lower than the national average for comparable private schools. Unfortunately, U.S. News and World Report states the average student indebtedness is $32,585, which is $5,925 higher than the national average.

Admissions and Financial Aid at Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University is affiliated with The Wesleyan Church, and applicants are encouraged to demonstrate understanding and compliance with principles of integrated faith and learning. A 1-page essay on your relationship with Christ and a signed contract agreeing to abide by community values must accompany the completed application form. You should also present a letter of recommendation, an official high school transcript and results from SAT or ACT tests.

In order to obtain a John Wesley Scholarship, students must be active members or regular attendees of Wesleyan Churches and have GPAs of at least 2.8. IWU recognizes academic excellence with National Merit Scholarships, Alumni Scholarships and Scholarships for Grant County, Indiana, residents. In addition to state and federal grant funds, such as Pell and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), IWU offers athletic and performing arts scholarships. Dependents of Wesleyan pastors and church missionaries may also apply for financial aid through Indiana Wesleyan University.

Application & Tuition Info
Regular School Application Deadline (2013-2014) Rolling admissions****
Financial Aid Priority Application Due (2013-2014)March 10th*
Application Fee (2012-2013)$25***
Acceptance Rate (2011-2012)66%*
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013)$33,938 for residents***
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2011)$21,526*
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012)$32,585****
Percentage of Students with Need Met37.3%****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009)6.6%***

Life at Indiana Wesleyan University

Students at Indiana Wesleyan University are required to live on-campus until they reach 23 years of age. The College Board reports that 81% of undergraduate students live on-campus and 75% of freshmen return for their sophomore year. Jackson Library is the sole library on the Marion campus. It features more than 170,000 volumes in a 79,000-square-foot building. The recreation and wellness center offers you a fitness room, elevated walking track and a swimming pool.

If you're seeking opportunities to get involved on-campus, there are over 30 student clubs and organizations to explore. There are no fraternities or sororities on-campus. Wesleyan University Wildcats compete in NAIA and NCCAA division sports. One of the most popular hangouts on-campus is 'The Globe,' an on-campus movie theater that offers $2 movies and $1 popcorn.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Distant town***
Student Population (2011)11,103 undergraduates, 4,477 graduate students****
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 34% to 66%***
% of Full-Time Students (2012) 89%***
% of In-State Students (2011)60%***
% of International Students (2011)0%***
Retention Rate (2011-2012)'74%*
'Campus Housing AvailableYes***
'% of Students Living On Campus81%*
'Number of Libraries1**
'Extracurricular Activities More than 30 student organizations****

Article sources: *College Board, **Indiana Wesleyan University, ***NCES College Navigator, ****US News and World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 4201 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana 46953
  • Phone Number: 765-677-2138

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited as a whole by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the oldest accrediting agencies, founded in 1895. Six of our academic programs are nationally accredited by appropriate accrediting bodies.

Indiana Wesleyan University offers the following degree programs:

  1. Business
    • A.S. Accounting
    • A.S. Business
    • A.S. General Studies - Business
    • A.S. General Studies - Entrepreneurship
    • A.S. General Studies - Marketing
    • B.S. Accounting
    • B.S. Business Administration - Human Resource Management
    • B.S. Business Administration - No Specialization
    • B.S. Business Administration - Personal Financial Planning
    • B.S. Business Information Systems
    • B.S. General Studies - Business
    • B.S. General Studies - Entrepreneurship
    • B.S. General Studies - Marketing
    • B.S. Hospitality Management
    • B.S. Marketing - Analytics
    • B.S. Marketing - Digital Advertising, Promotion and Branding
    • B.S. Marketing - Services and Non-Profit
    • B.S. Marketing - Social Media
    • Master of Business Administration - Executive Management (Virtual Format)
    • Master of Business Administration - Health Care Administration
    • Master of Business Administration - International Business (Virtual Format)
    • Master of Business Administration - No Specialization
    • Master of Business Administration - Personal Financial Planning
    • Master of Business Administration - Project Management
    • Master of Business Administration - School Administration
    • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership
  2. Communication
    • A.S. General Studies - Communications
    • BS Human Communications
  3. Communications
    • B.S. Communications
    • B.S. Digital Communication
    • B.S. General Studies - Communication
    • Undergraduate Certificate - Communications
  4. Computer Information Science
    • A.S. Computer Information Technology
    • A.S. General Studies - Computer Information Technology
    • B.S. General Studies - Computer Information Technology
  5. Criminal Justice
    • A.S. Criminal Justice
    • A.S. General Studies - Criminal Justice
    • B.S. Criminal Justice
    • B.S. General Studies - Criminal Justice
    • Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice
    • Undergraduate Certificate - Criminal Justice
  6. Education
    • A.S. Early Childhood Education
    • B.S. Early Childhood Education - Non-Licensure
    • Graduate Teaching Certificate - Exceptional Learners Mild Intervention
    • Master of Education - School Administration
    • Master of Education - Special Education
  7. General
    • Undergraduate Certificate - General Studies
  8. Healthcare
    • B.S. Healthcare Administration
    • B.S. Nursing - Post Licensure (RN-BSN)
    • Bachelor of Science in Addictions Couseling
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • Graduate Biology Certificate
    • M.S. Athletic Training
    • M.S. Nursing - Associate to Master's - Nursing Administration
    • M.S. Nursing - Associate to Master's - Nursing Education
    • M.S. Nursing - Nursing Administration (Post-MBA)
    • M.S. Nursing - Primary Care
    • M.S. Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health
    • M.S. Nursing and Master of Business Administration
    • Master of Public Health
    • Post-Master's Certificate - Nursing Administration
    • Post-Master's Certificate - Nursing Education
    • Post-Master's Certificate - Primary Care
  9. History
    • A.S. General Studies - Fine Arts
    • A.S. General Studies - History
    • A.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
    • B.S. General Studies - Fine Arts
    • B.S. General Studies - History
    • B.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
  10. Human Resource
    • B.S. Management - Human Resources
    • M.S. Human Resource Management
  11. Human Resources
    • M.A. Organizational Leadership
  12. Human Services
    • A.S. General Studies - Human Services
    • B.S. General Studies - Human Services
  13. Life Sciences
    • A.S. General Studies - Life Sciences
    • B.S. General Studies - Life Sciences
  14. Management
    • B.S. Management - No Specialization
  15. Mathematics
    • A.S. General Studies - Mathematics
    • B.S. General Studies - Mathematics
    • Graduate Mathematics Certificate
  16. Social Studies
    • B.S. Psychology of Human Relations
    • Bachelor of Social Work - Pre-Social Work
    • Master of Public Administration - Non-Profit Leadership
    • Master of Public Administration - Public Management
    • Master of Social Work - Advanced Track
    • Master of Social Work - Standard Track
  17. Theology
    • A.S. Christian Ministries
    • A.S. General Studies - Religious Studies
    • B.S. Biblical Studies
    • B.S. General Studies - Religious Studies
    • Graduate Technology Certificate
    • Undergraduate Certificate - Human Services
    • Undergraduate Certificate - Pastoral Care and Counseling
    • Undergraduate Certificate - Religious Studies