Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) was known as the Marion College from 1920 to 1988. It operated as a liberal arts institution which offered Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. The master’s degree programs in business started at about the same time it adapted its present name. The new name indicated the influence of the institution that extended beyond Marion City and even across the State of Indiana. Indiana Wesleyan University is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church.
Every course, lecture, service and activity at IWU is related to its effort to foster an academic community that aims to develop the character, leadership and scholarship of students. IWU offers more than 70 undergraduate and 8 graduate degree programs through its three colleges comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Graduate Studies and the College of Adult and Professional Studies. While the first two colleges offer traditional four-year liberal arts education and traditional semester-based graduate studies, respectively, the College of Adult and Professional Studies offer non-traditional accelerated programs for working adults. The offering of adult courses greatly contributed to the radical increase in enrollment. Wesley Seminary classes are likewise offered at IWU.
IWU’s student population grew from 1,087 to about 15,400 in 23 years. This would include students enrolled in IWU’s main campus in Marion as well as those enrolled in numerous education centers operated by IWU in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. There are 8 such centers in Indiana located at Columbus, Fort Wayne, Greenwood, Indianapolis North, Indianapolis West, Kokomo, Merrillville and Shelbyville. The Ohio education centers are found in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton. Two other education centers have been established in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky. IWU maintains about 200 full-time faculty and more than 1,000 adjunct faculty members to handle classes in the Adult and Professional Studies Program. Student/faculty ratio is 17:1.
For more information about admissions, financial aid or online learning opportunities such as distance education degree programs and online classes, please contact Indiana Wesleyan University.