Illinois Wesleyan University is an independent, residential liberal arts university, founded in 1850 and located in Bloomington, Illinois. It is headed by President S. Georgia Nugent. The university retains a low faculty-student ratio of 11:1 and an average class size of sixteen. The university is a member of the Annapolis Group.
The university comprises the College of Liberal Arts, with seventeen academic departments, the College of Fine Arts that includes 3 professional schools named the School of Nursing, the Ames School of Art and School of Music, and the School of Theatre Arts. The university is spread across a vast area of 82 acres. The University is highly selective, offering 81 majors, minors, and programs in a unique curriculum that combines the liberal arts and sciences with professional schools of art, music, theatre, and nursing. Prospective applicants apply directly to the School of Nursing and generally graduate in 4 years with BSN. The course work prioritizes experience, clinical placement, and education. The university’s bachelor’s degree programs are offered in 3 colleges, School of Nursing founded in 1959, College of Liberal Arts founded in 1906 consisting seven multidisciplinary programs and seventeen departments, and College of Fine Arts comprising schools of Arts, Music and Theatre founded in 1929, 1946 and 1947, respectively.
The university provides several study abroad opportunities to its students and is ranked in the top forty schools in the nation for students studying abroad. The university also organizes Student Exchange Programs and maintains very strong relations with Pembroke College, Oxford. The university competes and participates in the NCAA Division III and is also a member of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). The university was a member of the Illinois Inter College Athletic Conference from 1910 to 1937. The university caters to two hundred student organizations varying from the Music Honors Society, Rock Climbing Club, and the Anime Club.