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This Indiana Wesleyan campus is a faith-based university located approximately an hour and a half north of Indianapolis, in Marion, IN. The university offers degrees and minors for students from the associate through master's level. Residential undergraduates who are seeking a bachelor's degree can choose degrees from 16 schools and divisions such as Art & Design, Communication and Theatre, Music, and Natural Sciences.

Overview of Indiana Wesleyan University–Marion

On the other hand, Indiana Wesleyan also offers a wide range of online degree programs. Virtual students have an even wider range of program options. Students in pursuit of a bachelor's degree have many choices, including, but not limited to accounting, cyber security, web development, management, and marketing.

Meanwhile, back on the real campus, residential students find plenty of extra-curricular activities to help them unwind from their studies. IWU provides a healthy assortment of athletic and recreational activities to suit all tastes. There are intramural sports such as flag football, racquetball, and ultimate Frisbee, but also a whole recreation center that includes fitness machines, a weight room, and a climbing wall. If that weren't enough, there's always the option of venturing off campus on an adventure trip that will create memories for a lifetime.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 71%
Year Founded 1920

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,188


Undergraduate Student

Male 999
Female 1,854

Graduate Student

Male 117
Female 218

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Top Rankings For Indiana Wesleyan University–Marion

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Male 1,487
Female 2,876


Male 1,011
Female 1,927

Acceptance Rate67%

Male 68%
Female 67%

Enrollment 672

Male 161
Female 148
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline March 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Wesleyan is a private university and so their tuition is the same for all students, regardless of their state of residence. Thus, all full-time students pay tuition of $27,000 plus books and supplies, which are estimated to cost $1,300. The room and board for an on-campus student is currently around $10,000 that includes those ancillary expenses we all pay. The total cost of a year at Wesleyan is thus around $39,000.

To help cover these costs, most students pursue some form of financial aid. In fact, 100% of all students receive grants or scholarships that average $16,000 per student. This alone reduces tuition costs to $11,000. Then, 65% of students take student loans that average $7,600.

When all is said and done, the net cost of a year at Wesleyan ranges from $17,000 to $26,000, depending on a family's income bracket. The middle of the pack, families with an income of $48,000-$75,000 face a net educational cost of $18,000. Given the long-term value of an education, this is terrific.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $21,619
Average Total Aid $16,864
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $8,768

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $27,296
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $27,296
  • Books and Supplies - $1,384
  • Room & Board - $8,768
  • Other - $2,084


The Wesleyan name is synonymous with strong academics and Indiana's Marion campus is no exception. The educational statistics demonstrate that students are very pleased with their education. In fact, they are not only retained for a second year, but they tend to continue on and graduate. There are surely many factors at play here, but one chief academic fact in play are favorable class sizes.

First year students on Wesleyan's Marion campus tend to return to campus in high numbers. That is, 79% of students find the school's classes, campus resources, and social outlets of high value, and something worth returning for. Just as importantly, a high percentage of students graduate. The school reports that 71% of first-year students graduate from the school. Thus, the students who meet at first-year orientation have a better-than-chance likelihood of graduating together, or within a year or two.

The factor that may explain these terrific retention and graduation numbers is class size. At Indiana Wesleyan – Marion, the average class size is 13, a figure that any student or administrator should be happy with. In fact, most students will find that their upper level courses have far fewer than 13 students, so they can pursue topics in greater depth and detail.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,188

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 194 Total Graduates / 30%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 158 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 12 Graduates
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 9 Graduates
Art Therapy/Therapist 8 Graduates
Theology and Religious Vocations 79 Total Graduates / 12%
Pastoral Studies/Counseling 38 Graduates
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other 11 Graduates
Youth Ministry 10 Graduates
Religious/Sacred Music 8 Graduates
All Education Majors 57 Total Graduates / 9%
Elementary Education and Teaching 30 Graduates
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 6 Graduates
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 5 Graduates
Music Teacher education 5 Graduates
All Business Majors 50 Total Graduates / 8%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 45 Graduates
Accounting 11 Graduates
Finance, General 8 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 8 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 40 Total Graduates / 6%
Exercise Physiology 23 Graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 13 Graduates
Biochemistry 4 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 35%

Outcome & Salary

Given the price of an education, students and their families are usually interested to know what their return on investment will be. While there is no way to truly place a dollar figure on an education, we can look at starting salaries for graduates. Considering all graduates and all degree types, the base salary range is $23,000 to $62,000. the top earners from Wesleyan have bachelor's degrees in some form of nursing. Of the top ten degree types, the lowest earners are teachers with education degrees, who enter their classrooms earning $35,000.

Regardless of how much a graduate earns in their first years in the workforce, Wesleyan alumni have such a strong academic background that they are sure to thrive over the long-term.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $41,700
College Grads Average Salary $65,175
College Grads Mid Career Salary $59,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $651,750
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,245,750
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $86,476
10 Year Projected ROI $565,274
20 Year Projected ROI $1,159,274
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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