Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a Christian liberal arts school located in Marion, Indiana. The largest private university in the state as well as the largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges, IWU is the academic and spiritual home to over 15,000 students. Considering its enrollment was less than 2,000 students in 1987, it is also one of the fastest growing institutions in Indiana.
Established as a teacher training institute by the Wesleyan Church in 1920, IUW has been known by several different names since its inception. The liberal arts college experienced many changes and much growth, continually adding new programs of study and offering new degrees. The school received its current name in 1988, when it began to add additional graduate level programs.
Evening and Saturday classes geared toward working adults with families, which eventually became IUW’s esteemed College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS), helped reduce the school’s debts and gain recognition as a Christian university. Over 12,000 students currently participate in CAPS classes on the Internet or in person at one of IUW’s education centers located in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.
Students can earn associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at IUW. The university is currently comprised of five academic departments:
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS)
- Graduate School
- School of Nursing
- Wesley Seminary
Popular majors and areas of study include art, behavioral sciences, business, communication, computer, criminal justice, education, literature, mathematics, ministry/religion, modern languages, music, natural sciences, nursing/healthcare, philosophy, social sciences and sports studies.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Adult students, sometimes referred to as non-traditional students, are able to take advantage of the CCCU Center for Research in Adult Learning. Designed to serve Christian higher education, the center focuses on adult student learning through education programs, projects and conferences.
Prospective students may choose to apply online via the website or in person at the campus admissions office. Requirements for admission will vary depending on intended program of undergraduate study. Applicants are advised to contact his or her intended department for further information and application details.
Applicants to the graduate nursing, ministry, counseling, or doctorate in organization leadership programs must follow specific guidelines and will be required to meet extra requirements based on their individual programs’ specifications.
Application forms, recommendation forms, church endorsement forms, and other assorted forms for both undergraduate and postgraduate programs are all available on the school’s website.
Financial aid is available for eligible students. Depending on their family’s financial situation, IUW students may qualify for federal and/or state grants, federal student loans, work study programs, and scholarships.
Other special programs include the John Wesley Scholarship, the Indiana State Nursing Scholarships, the Indiana State Minority Teacher / Special Education Services Scholarship, the Hope Scholarship, and the IWU Loan, among others.
The financial aid office can provide interested students with further information and assistance.
Student Financial Aid Details
The vast majority of IWU students select the university for its spiritual atmosphere. Freshmen all participate in the “World Changers” class in order to further study the Christian faith from the evangelical perspective. Students are encouraged to explore and apply the values of the Christian faith in all aspects of the academic and personal lives while at IWU. With activities like Summit Week each semester, students may attend daily services, chapel services, Bible studies and theological discussions. Chapel services are held on a regular basis in the Phillippe Performing Arts Center.
The student population has access to numerous services such as academic and tutorial enrichment, career services, community services, the health center, clinical counseling, disability services, testing, and more. A variety of worships and assessments are available for students to improve upon their academic and study skills. Examples of such events include textbook reading, test taking, note taking, and time management. Additionally, students may participate in the TRIO Scholars Program. Some of the benefits of the TRIO program include academic and cultural enrichment opportunities, disability services, mentoring, personal counseling, tutorial support and opportunities to earn grant financial aid.
All students are able to enjoy the Center for Life Calling and Leadership, where students are encouraged to find their life’s purpose, assisted in decision making, and empowered to develop into respectable productive individuals.
The 100,000 square foot student center provides students with plenty of room to relax, study, and socialize. Amenities include an outdoor plaza; café tables and park benches; dining rooms, eateries and coffee shops; the Globe Theater; the campus bookstore and convenience store; art gallery; post office; commuter lounge; news center; game room; and more.
Students may also visit the Center for Life Calling and Leadership for assistance and guidance, as well as the Health Center, Aldersgate Center, Student Development Office, the Business Office and more.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Student Graduation Demographics
The Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats are a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics that competes in the Crossroads League. The Wildcats are also part of the National Christian College Athletic Association.
Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and both indoor and outdoor track & field. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, both indoor and outdoor track & field, and volleyball. Teams are supported by the university’s cheerleaders. The cheer team is co-ed, comprised of both men and women.
Fitness and exercise are encouraged for all students with group fitness classes, personal training, and programs like the 6-week weight loss challenge and the Freshman Beat the 15 challenge, All students may exercise and participate in other education and fitness activities at the campus recreation and wellness center, where facilities include basketball courts, volleyball, soccer, walking and jogging tracks, racquetball courts, a weight room, fitness room, climbing wall, and short course swimming pool.
Many students who do not want to participate at the intercollegiate level enjoy taking part in intramural sports such as flag football, sand volleyball, volleyball, racquetball, 3 on 3 basketball, tennis, golf scramble, ultimate Frisbee, outdoor soccer, adventure race, inner tube water polo, basketball, bowling, indoor soccer, paintball, kickball, and softball.
The university is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The State Department of Public Instruction of Indiana, Indiana Board of Nursing Registration, Indiana Professional Standards Board, Kentucky Council of Postsecondary Education, Kentucky Education Professional Standards Bard, and Ohio Board of Regents have all approved IWU.
Some programs also have specific accreditation from organizations such as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, the Council on Social Work Education, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, and the National Association of Schools of Music.
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