Founded in 1842, Iowa Wesleyan University is a fully accredited, coeducational liberal arts university. IW has a rich history of innovation in education, is a pioneer in the sciences, and is at the forefront of educational opportunities for women. Iowa Wesleyan has been a leader in service learning with students participating 100% in internships as a part of the curriculum.
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. In 1869, seven female Iowa Wesleyan students founded the P.E.O. Sisterhood on campus that boasts international membership.
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.
Located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Iowa Wesleyan offers a variety of arts and cultural opportunities for southeast Iowa. Art shows, concerts, lectures, and plays take place throughout the year and most are open to the public at no charge. The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra is based on campus.
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. 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.