Information for Parents

Choosing a college is one of the biggest decisions your son or daughter will make. Parents and family members play an important role guiding and supporting them in this process. There are many things to consider when working with your student to choose a college:


The best value in a college education is the ideal combination of quality and affordability. Quality academic programs provide students with an education that will prepare them for a career or graduate school, while giving them the skills they need to succeed personally as well as professionally.

Iowa Wesleyan offers academic programs in areas to suit most every interest. Classes are small, and students actively participate in their learning. Our faculty members are focused on teaching and are committed to the individual education of their students in and out of the classroom.


The knowledge students gain in the classroom is put to use even before graduation at Iowa Wesleyan. Every student has the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience through our internship and field experience program. They earn academic credit while building a resume and developing a network of professional contacts.


At Iowa Wesleyan we are committed to developing responsible citizens.

Our educational program includes an emphasis on service, offering students numerous opportunities to take part in projects and activities that benefit others. Through classroom, student organization or individual efforts, students reach out to serve those in need and grow as individuals as they do so.


Being a member of the campus community offers students the chance to make friends, develop leadership skills and just have fun. Residence hall life, athletics, fine arts and social organizations all offer students opportunity to be involved.


Sometime the hardest part of sending a student off to college is the worry that you won’t be there if they need you. Iowa Wesleyan is a close-knit community that offers all students the support they need to be successful in college. From counseling and advising services, to free tutoring, health services and career workshops, students will find the people and programs here to help them succeed.

After college

College prepares students for their future. Iowa Wesleyan graduates have gone to successful careers in business, education, health care, science, nursing, art, business and many other fields.


Iowa Wesleyan University works with every student and family to make a quality education affordable. There are a variety of federal and state grant and loan programs, as well as campus scholarships. The average financial aid package for Iowa Wesleyan students is more than $17,000. The cost of an Iowa Wesleyan College education for most students is lower than the cost of attending a state university!


The community of Mount Pleasant is a great place for students to call home. With a population of 8,800, the friendly small-town feel is balanced with a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options, many within walking distance of campus. Local recreational opportunities include the Rec Center, aquatic complex, Frisbee golf course, golf, tennis, hiking and biking. Larger communities of Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Burlington are all within easy driving distance.

Campus visit

The best way to learn more about Iowa Wesleyan is to make a campus visit. During the visit you and your student can take a campus tour, discuss financial aid options, meet with faculty in your student’s academic area, talk with an athletic coach and ask questions of our Admissions staff. Students can also attend a class, stay overnight in a residence hall and eat in the dining hall. Campus visits can be scheduled online at or by calling the Office of Admissions. Campus Visit Days, with group activities, are also scheduled throughout the year.

Admission requirements

Each student application is evaluated on an individual basis. Acceptance is based on a student’s high school grade point average, class rank and the results of the ACT or SAT I. Applicants must submit an official transcript from their high school or a high school equivalency certificate based on the GED tests. Students applying for admission who are transferring from another college or university (with 10 or more semester hours) will be considered based on their college transcripts.

Students can apply online at


Most Iowa Wesleyan University full-time students live in campus housing. It’s convenient and an important part of the campus community. Each residence hall is staffed by a community director who is available to assist and advise students. Upperclass students serve as community advisors and assist with residence hall programming. Men live in McKibbin Hall, while women live in Sheaffer-Trieschmann Hall.

Our residence halls are all tobacco and alcohol-free for a safer, healthier living environment. Residence halls offer wireless internet access and basic cable. Each hall has laundry facilities and kitchens equipped with a stove, microwave and refrigerator. Lounge areas provide places to gather. Upperclass students may be eligible to live in the Nemitz Suites, which offers suite-style apartments on campus.

Contact Information

To learn more about Iowa Wesleyan University or schedule a campus visit, contact the Office of Admissions at or by calling 319-385-6231 or toll free 800-582-2383.