Iowa Wesleyan University Is 175 Years Old!
Iowa Wesleyan University has been a defining presence and landmark in Southeast Iowa for nearly two centuries. This year marks the 175th anniversary of one of the most enduring and resilient institutions of higher education west of the Mississippi.
The Mount Pleasant Literary Institute was founded by the Territorial Legislature of Iowa on February 17, 1842. Today, Iowa Wesleyan University is the regional, comprehensive university for Southeast Iowa. The University has matured into a top-tier university in the Midwest region of the United States, and it serves students of all ages and cultures and provides numerous educational opportunities for personal and professional growth.