We invite you to get connected at Iowa Wesleyan University and welcome you into our community.

Whether you  are a first-year student, are coming from a community college or a four-year institution you will find Iowa Wesleyan University is an ideal place to receive your degree.

Admissions Procedure

  1. Complete and submit an Application for Admission.
  2. Request that all official transcripts from all previous colleges attended be sent to our Office of Admissions, even if all prior course work is listed on your last college transcript. Have an official copy of your high school transcript sent to our Office of Admissions, unless you have 24 or more semester hours of previous college credit.
  3. Schedule a visit to connect with professors & coaches, take a tour of campus, and get all of your questions answered.
  4. After January 1, File FAFSA.
  5. Submit your deposit. Congratulations on becoming a Tiger!
  6. If you plan to live on campus, submit a copy of your TB/MMR results and the housing application.
  7. If you plan to participate in athletics, submit a copy of your completed physical form.
First-Year Students

Full Admission

A first-year applicant must meet the following criteria to be considered for full admission to Iowa Wesleyan University:

  • have a composite score of 19 or above on the ACT or a score of 900 or above on the SAT,
  • have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale).

Conditional Admission

Applicants may be admitted on a conditional basis, subject to review of their performance after one semester at Iowa Wesleyan University, if they meet the following two requirements:

  • have a composite score of 17-18 on the ACT or a score of 820-890 on the SAT.
  • have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).

Committee Admission

Applicants not meeting the minimum criteria may petition the Admissions Advisory Committee for committee admission. Additional information,including teacher recommendations a personal statement or interview, may be required as part of this process. More information on this process is available from the Office of Admissions.

Transfer Students

Candidates for transfer admission (having 10 or more semester hours of college) must meet the following guidelines to be considered for admission to Iowa Wesleyan:

  • a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better from all previous college work,
  • have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in all major and general education courses; activity courses taken as electives, such as choir or weight-lifting, are not to be included in the g.p.a. calculation,
  • be in good standing from the previous institution attended.

Also taken into consideration when determining if a transfer student is granted full admission, conditional admission or is required to go before the Admissions Advisory Committee for admission, is the student’s past performance in college core courses and major courses, as well as the overall difficulty of the courses previously taken.

A transfer student who is not granted full or conditional admission may petition the Admissions Advisory Committee for committee admission. Additional information,including faculty recommendations and a personal statement or interview, may be required as part of this process. More information on this process is available from the Office of Admissions.

Credit Transfer

A course was taken at a regionally accredited college or university, in which the content and depth are similar to a course taught at Iowa Wesleyan University, may be accepted for transfer.

Iowa Wesleyan will accept up to 64 credit hours from community colleges and up to 94 credit hours from four-year institutions. The final 30 semester hours must be completed at Iowa Wesleyan University.

Please contact us if you have any questions about credit transfers or completing the admissions procedure.

International Students

Residents of the United States, its territories, dominions and possessions who are not native speakers of English are also required to demonstrate English proficiency through either the TOEFL Examination or the ELS Level 112.

International students seeking admission to Iowa Wesleyan College should submit official high school or college transcripts translated into English and a TOEFL score report. An English-speaking student may submit an ACT or SAT in place of the TOEFL. In order to be considered for admission, an international student must show English proficiency with a minimum score of 500 on the TOEFL, or have completed level 112 from any English Language Service center. The EIKEN STEP test is also permitted in place of the TOEFL for students from Japan.

Adult & Graduate Students

Applicants must also submit copies of transcripts covering all work attempted or completed at each college or university previously attended. The form and transcripts should be submitted before or during the first 12 credit hours enrolled. Unofficial photocopies of transcripts are acceptable for initial evaluation purposes; official copies are required prior to formal admission to a degree program.

Applicants who have no previous college work will be required to provide high school transcripts. High school transcripts may be requested from transfer students. GED scores are acceptable.

Persons who are not pursuing a degree are not required to submit the application form or transcripts unless specifically requested to do so.

After an applicant’s file is complete, official admission status will be conveyed to the applicant.

Adult and Graduate Studies students are classified as those students who are admitted through the Office of Adult and Graduate Studies and who are pursuing courses and/or degrees available through the evening or online Adult and Graduate Studies schedule. Such students will be eligible for any and all Federal/State grants and loans for which they qualify. Enrollment for students classified as Adult and Graduate Studies will be strictly based on the Adult and Graduate Studies pper-credit-hourtuition rate to a maximum of 9 credit hours during a given term* and will be eligible for any or all qualifying financial aid with the exception of Iowa Wesleyan University grants and scholarships. Adult and Graduate Studies students, who need to enroll in a course offered during the day, must be pre-approved by the Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies and the Academic Dean. Students desiring to change their classification must petition the Academic Dean and the Chief Business Officer for approval.

*Students may petition the Committee of Academic Standards to enroll in more than the maximum credits allowed in a given term and, if approved to do so, will be subject to a per-credit overload fee.

Any full-time day student who desires to switch to the evening program to seek a degree exclusively through the Adult and Graduate Studies program must be in good academic standing, and have the written approval of the Academic Dean and Chief Financial Officer. Transfer credit policies are listed in the Student Admission section of this catalog.

Military Personnel & Veterans

Iowa Wesleyan University welcomes current military members or veterans. We are a Principles of Excellence Participant, a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium and on the 2013 List of Military Friendly Schools. We also are a Yellow Ribbon school and participate in vocational rehabilitation.

If you served on Active Duty, you might be eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For example, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for educational and housing expenses to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

If you are currently serving in the military, you may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program. Check your eligibility status and the amount for which you qualify with your Service prior to enrolling.

If you are the spouse or child of a service member who is serving on active duty Title 10 orders in the paygrades of E1-E5, O1-O2, or W1-W2, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Department of Defense for education, training, and/or the occupational license and credentials necessary for a portable career.

If you are the spouse or child of a service member, you may be eligible for transfer of the service member’s Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to you.