Indiana Wesleyan University (commonly referred to as IWU) is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts university in Marion, Indiana that is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church denomination. IWU is the largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the largest private university in Indiana.
The University offers various liberal arts (including 87 undergraduate majors) and professional educational programs leading to the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Education, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Divinity degrees, along with a doctoral program in Organizational Leadership.
In 2007, the University was named "One of the Top Masters Universities in the Midwest" by U.S. News and World Report, ranked 62nd among 138 schools. In the 2008 edition, IWU jumped up to 31st in the rankings and in the 2009 edition, the University moved up to 28th. In the 2010 edition, Indiana Wesleyan was moved to the new "Regional Universities" category and the University was ranked 33rd out of 172 universities in the Midwest region. In the 2011 edition, IWU moved up to 28th. Also in the 2011 edition, IWU was ranked 11th among Regional Universities in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" section of the report.
Indiana Wesleyan's total enrollment has grown substantially over the past 20 years, from a student total of 2,000 in 1987 to over 15,000 in 2008. This rapid growth has made IWU the largest institution in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the largest private university in the state of Indiana, and the fastest-growing university in Indiana.
Indiana Wesleyan University is noted for its award-winning 345-acre (1.40 km Sq) main campus in Marion, Indiana. During the past two decades, nearly $250 million has been spent on new construction and renovation, and the campus is valued in excess of $360 million. Since 1990, over 50 construction projects have been completed, including 20 residence halls and 16 academic/administrative buildings, along with 11 adult and professional studies structures around the Midwest. Fort Wayne-based architectural firm, Design Collaborative, has designed the majority of the campus facilities.
Society of World Changers:
The Indiana Wesleyan University Society of World Changers was established in 2003 "to honor exemplary individuals who are impacting their professions with a vibrant Christian faith, who embody the mission and vision of the University, and whose lives demonstrate ways students can become world changers."
The University's music department is most noted for its premier choir, the University Chorale, directed by music department chair, Dr. Todd Guy. Throughout the year, the eighty voice ensemble regularly travels to many states, singing in churches across the country and performing before thousands of people each year. Most notably, the Chorale has performed several times at the internationally recognized Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, California and Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The group has also toured throughout Europe on several occasions, and recently was selected to sing at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
The University offers nine intercollegiate sports for both men and women. The Wildcats compete in the Crossroads League and are the conference's winningest school. IWU is also a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I in all sports except for men's and women's basketball (DII) and National Christian College Athletic Association Division I.
The men's sports began MCC Play in 1968 and the women's sports began MCC play in 1986. The University holds the record for MCC conference championships with 121 titles. The University has 24 national championship titles, including 1 NAIA national championship from the record-setting 2006-2007 women's basketball team that went 38-0. The other 23 titles are NCCAA national championships.