=Illinois Wesleyan University= http://www.iwu.edu

Illinois Wesleyan University is an independent undergraduate university located in Bloomington, Illinois. Founded in 1850, the central portion of the present campus was acquired in 1854 with the first building erected in 1856. It comprises 17 academic departments offering 50 majors and 476 courses.

The University's mission is to foster the traditional liberal arts of creativity, character, and knowledge. Its motto - Scientia et Sapientia, or "Knowledge and Wisdom" - was coined by famed explorer and Wesleyan Professor John Wesley Powell.

Illinois Wesleyan is an independent, residential, liberal arts university with an enrollment of 2,137. It offers 50 majors and 476 courses. The university maintains a low student/faculty ratio of 12 to 1, and the that while it offers 476 courses, only 9 of them have more than 40 students. Also, 9 in 10 IWU students receive a scholarship or need-based assistance.

Illinois Wesleyan is ranked in the top tier of liberal arts colleges by US News. It is also ranked as one of the "best values" in the nation. Illinois Wesleyan is also a member of the Annapolis Group.

The University consists of the College of Liberal Arts, with 17 academic departments; the College of Fine Arts, comprising professional Schools of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts; and the School of Nursing. Illinois Wesleyan’s campus occupies more than 70 acres (280,000 m2) in the heart of Bloomington in central Illinois.

IWU's School of Nursing was established in 1959. Applicants apply directly to the School of Nursing and typically graduate in 4 years with a BSN. The course work emphasizes clinical placement and individualized education and experience.


Notable Alumni

  • U.S. Senator Scott W. Lucas of Illinois
  • Governor H. Clarence Baldridge of Idaho
  • Governor Lester Hunt of Wyoming
  • 7 Time NBA All-Star Jack Sikma
  • Author and biologist Sandra Steingraber
  • Grammy Award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw
  • Ralph C. Smedley, founder of Toastmasters International
  • Chaplain's Medal for Heroism recipient George L. Fox
  • Illinois State Senator Bill Brady, candidate in the 2010 Republican primary for governor
  • Comedian Andy Dick attended but did not graduate
  • American actor Frankie Faison, noted for his appearance in all four Hannibal Lecter films
  • Oscar-nominated actor Richard Jenkins, best known for his roles as disillusioned college professor Walter Vale in The Visitor and the deceased father Nathaniel Fisher in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
  • Charles "Buffalo" Jones, Western buffalo hunter who co-founded Garden City, Kansas, attended for two years ca. 1860 but did not graduate.[25]
  • Longtime announcer with the Chicago Cubs and famed singer of the national anthem Wayne Messmer
  • Denny Matthews, Kansas City Royals radio play-by-play announcer since the team's inception in 1969.
  • Dave Kindred, columnist for Sporting News, recently elected to the Sportswriter's Hall of Fame
  • Major League Baseball player and manager Doug Rader
  • Playwright and Actor Larry Shue
  • Mentalist Christopher Carter, Campus Activities Magazine's 2006 Performer of the Year
  • Bill Damaschke, Head of Creative Production and Development, DreamWorks Animation
  • Theater director, musician, and writer Amanda Dehnert; currently Acting Artistic Director for Trinity Rep in Providence, RI
  • American actress Christina Moore
  • Traffic reporter and full-time talk show host Christina Filiaggi on WLS 890 AM
  • Minor League Baseball player and manager and Major League scout Alex Cosmidis
  • Comedian Jake Hurwitz of CollegeHumor
  • Oklahoma Legislator Rep. Bessie S. McColgin, the first woman to serve in the Oklahoma House of Representatives
  • United States Congressman Thomas Sterling, graduated from IWU in 1875; served in Congress from 1913–1925
  • Illinois State Representative and House Republican Leader Tom Cross
  • Illinois State Senator J. Bradley Burzynski
  • First African American man to receive a Ph.D in Biology, Alfred O. Coffin
  • Emily Kaczmarek Wimbledon Champion
  • Abraham Akaka, Civil Rights activist, humanitarian, three decades as shepherd of Kawaiahaʻo Church in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Scott Zeller, MD President of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry
  • Ed Rust CEO State Farm Insurance Companies