Iowa Wesleyan University

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Basic Information

Address: 601 N Main St, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
Phone Number: (319) 385-8021
Fax Number: N/A
President: Christine Plunkett

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Additional Information

School Type: Liberal Arts University
Organization Affiliation: The United Methodist Church
Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's & Master's

School Setting:

The academic programs at Iowa Wesleyan include undergraduate, graduate, and online learning. Service-learning is integrated into the curriculum, ensuring that all students connect classroom learning with service to others. Iowa Wesleyan's program of intercollegiate athletics is organized and conducted as an integral part of the educational program. The University is nationally affiliated with the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and is a member of the CAC (Continental Athletic Conference), NSAA (North Star Athletic Association) for football, and the Heart (Heart of America Athletic Conference) for wrestling.

School Size: total enrollment of 835 students
Classroom Size: 70% of classes with fewer than 20 students
Student/Teacher Ratio: 11:1
School Holidays: N/A


Housing Availability:


Housing Type: On-Campus Dorms & Apartments
Diversity: Iowa Wesleyan is ranked sixth for ethnic diversity, with 52% of IW’s enrollment represented and the only school in Iowa recognized. Students who attend Iowa Wesleyan have the unique opportunity to live and study on a rural campus with a significant number of students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Full time- $33,550

Financial Aid:

100% of students receive financial aid

Disability Services:

Our institution values diversity and inclusion; we are committed to a climate of mutual respect and full participation. Our goal is to create learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or accurate assessment or achievement, please notify me as soon as possible. Students with disabilities are also welcome to contact the disability service office to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations. The disability service office is located on the 3rd floor of Chadwick Library, office 308. You may also call 319-385-6383.




Alpha Alpha Alpha

Art Club

Association of Student Athletes (Formerally SAAC)

Behavioral Science Club

Beta Beta Beta

Black Student Union (Formerlly MAC)

Business Club

Campus Activity Board (C.A.B)


Criminal Justice Club


Dance Team/Poms



Gay-Straight Alliance

International Student Organization (ISO)

IW Hands Club

Mahjong Club


Omega Delta Alpha

Pre-Law Club


Student Government Association

Student Nurses Association (SNA)

Student Nurses Fellowship

Theta Sigma Rho

Tiger Guides

Zeta Psi Mu


Iowa Wesleyan offers intercollegiate teams for women in wrestling, track and field (indoor and outdoor), cross country, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Iowa Wesleyan offers intercollegiate teams for men in wrestling, track, and field (indoor and outdoor), baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, and soccer. All students, regardless of major, who might be interested in participating in these sports are encouraged to become involved.

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Free parking for staff and students

  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Digital Media Design
  • Educational Studies
  • Elementary Education
  • Exercise Science & Wellness
  • Humanities
  • Human Services
  • Music (k-12 Licensure)
  • Music
  • Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Nursing (Pre-Licensure)
  • Physical Education
  • Secondary Science Education
  • Secondary Business Education
  • Psychology
Study Abroad:

Iowa Wesleyan is the official university of record for Loop Abroad, which enables students to participate in a pre-veterinary study abroad experience recognized as one of the premier programs of its kind. Students work with exotic animals in Thailand, Australia, and South Africa!

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Admissions Requirements:

Iowa Wesleyan University admissions are selective with an acceptance rate of 71%. Half the applicants admitted to Iowa Wesleyan University have an SAT score between 880 and 1060 or an ACT score of 16 and 21. However, one-quarter of admitted applicants achieved scores above these ranges, and one-quarter scored below these ranges. The application deadline at Iowa Wesleyan University is rolling.

Application/Transfer Deadlines:

The deadline for first-year and transfer students is August 15th.

International Students:


Mission Statement:

Iowa Wesleyan University is a transformational learning community whose passion is to educate, empower and inspire students to lead meaningful lives and careers.
Learning & Community:

We value a love of learning, a desire for civility, and the release of human potential for the sake of the common good.

Faith & Service:

We honor spiritual values, social justice, and the welfare of the human community through civic engagement and service to one another.

Discovery & Action:

We value the discovery of the self, the other, the broader world, and responsible action in response to those discoveries.

Courage & Passion:

We value learning in community and appreciate that these endeavors require bold risk-taking; and we value and celebrate that these endeavors are fueled by the passions, desires, and aspirations of our members.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Iowa Wesleyan is the preeminent educational leader and resource for southeast Iowa as its regional, comprehensive university offering an engaging student experience in relevant undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and professions.


Learning & Community
Faith & Service
Discovery & Action
Courage & Passion

Notable Graduates/Alumni:

Graduates include Dr. James Van Allen ’35, a space scientist who discovered the Earth’s radiation belts that now bear his name; and Dr. Peggy Whitson ‘81, NASA astronaut who has twice served as station commander for the International Space Station and holds several NASA records.