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Indiana Wesleyan University

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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

Unique Programs

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

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

Ranks 2872nd for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Services

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.

Student Facilities

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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Ranks 33rd in Indiana and 1239th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 6 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 8 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 9 0.03
Robbery 45 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 259 0.86
Larceny 1,065 3.54
Vehicle theft 104 0.35

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Marion, IN 46953-4974
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population26,315 (21,892 urban / 4,423 rural)
Households9,886 (2.42 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,296
Families6,621 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationWesleyan
Congressional District1805

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 988th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $23,628 $23,628 $23,628
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $845 $845 $845
FT Graduate Tuition $9,667 $9,667 $9,667
FT Graduate Required Fees $368 $368 $368
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $483 $483 $483
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $34,588 $34,588 $34,588
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $34,412 $34,412 $34,412
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $31,160 $31,160 $31,160

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $21,956 $23,164 $21,956 $23,164 $21,956 $23,164
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,266 $1,388
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,148 $7,412
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,906 $1,974
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,442 $6,674
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,472 $2,560
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,827 $6,036

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,441 (1,091 male / 2,350 female)
Admitted 3,274 (1,027 male / 2,247 female)
Admission rate 95%
First-time Enrollment 1,437 (511 male / 926 female)
FT Enrollment 1,400 (500 male / 900 female)
PT Enrollment 37 (11 male / 26 female)
Total Enrollment14,959

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA, NCCAA
NAIA / NCCAA Basketball Conference Mid-Central College Conference
NAIA / NCCAA Baseball Conference Mid-Central College Conference
NAIA / NCCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-Central College Conference

ACT Test Admission

418th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 69%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

575th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 63%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 580
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 950 / 1170

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,912
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,720
Board Fee$3,840

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 5 970 155 55 13 4,462 16 5,743
Accounting 33 7 5 1 233 279
Accounting and Business/Management 11 3 5 59 78
Art Teacher Education 1 1
Art Therapy/Therapist 5 5
Athletic Training/Trainer 7 7
Bible/Biblical Studies 16 1 1 46 1 65
Biochemistry 4 4
Biology Teacher Education
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 6
Business Administration and Management, General 1 114 23 10 509 3 672
Business/Commerce, General 156 17 2 2 367 3 555
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 1 1
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 1 1
Christian Studies
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 2 9 11
Communication, General 9 9
Computer Graphics 12 13
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1
Computer Software Engineering
Computer Support Specialist 8 35 44
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 2 3
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 1
Creative Writing 2 2
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 30 2 101 135
Curriculum and Instruction 14 9 6 440 471
Divinity/Ministry 1 1 27 30
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 7 7
Drawing 11 12
Economics, General 1 1
Education, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 5 4 34 43
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 2 1 130 1 135
English Language and Literature, General 13 13
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 7 7
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 3 4
Exercise Physiology 10 10
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 4 1 2 2 69 1 79
Family and Community Services 9 1 20 30
Finance, General 12 12
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1
Game and Interactive Media Design 6 6
General Studies 19 3 98 124
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 4 4
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 2 2
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 89 4 7 2 184 1 293
History, General 4 4
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 73 10 149 233
Human Services, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies 8 8
Interior Design 6 6
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies 7 7
Journalism 4 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 2 2 11 16
Management Information Systems, General 10 3 1 1 84 100
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 32 38
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 11 11
Mathematics Teacher Education 6 6
Mathematics, General 3 3
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 2 7 9
Music Performance, General 4 4
Music Teacher Education 1 9 10
Music Theory and Composition 2 2
Music Therapy/Therapist
Music, General 1 2 3
Nursing Administration 1 26 27
Nursing Education 6 1 2 1 39 50
Office Management and Supervision 61 11 2 106 185
Operations Management and Supervision 1 178 21 4 2 468 3 684
Organizational Behavior Studies
Organizational Leadership 1 4 1 6
Painting 2 2
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 4 5
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other 1 10 11
Pastoral Studies/Counseling 6 1 40 48
Philosophy and Religious Studies, General
Photography 5 5
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3 3
Physical Therapy/Therapist 2 2
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other 2 2
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 1 11 12
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies 3 3
Printmaking 1 1
Psychology, General 1 32 33
Public Health, General
Public Policy Analysis, General
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 1 4 5
Radio and Television 11 11
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 97 15 6 1 646 1 776
Religious Education 5 5
Religious/Sacred Music 1 6 7
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 2 45 1 49
Social Science Teacher Education 7 7
Social Sciences, General
Social Work 1 19 21
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature 1 2 3
Special Education and Teaching, General 13 13
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 10 11
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 4 1 38 43
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 2 4 6
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 5 6
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other 6 3 23 33
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 2
Youth Ministry 24 24

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2111th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,678 ($63,523 male / $54,702 female)
Number of FT Faculty 246 (136 male / 110 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,171
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $9,633,761

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