Illinois Wesleyan, founded in 1850, is a private co-educational university with an enrollment of 2,100 and a student/faculty ratio of 12 to 1. 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 faculty is composed of active scholars who are devoted to teaching undergraduates and to including them in their research. Illinois Wesleyan's 76-acre campus has undergone remarkable growth in the past decade and features such new
facilities as the five-story Ames Library, the Center for Natural Science, and the Shirk Center for Athletics and Recreation.