Iowa Wesleyan University moves up nine spots in U.S. News & World Report

Written by Theresa Rose on September 13, 2016

Mount Pleasant, Iowa: September 12, 2016 − Iowa Wesleyan University is named by U.S. News & World Report as a Top Tier Regional University for a second consecutive year and moves up 9 spots in the ranking (69 to 60) from one year ago.


“We are delighted by this unprecedented movement.  IW has moved into a new era focused on mission, planning and prosperity. As the regional, comprehensive university for Southeast Iowa, we are passionate about students and their success, and we are passionate about the region we serve.” stated President Steve Titus.


IW’s continued success, as ranked by 12 indicators of academic excellence, can be attributed, in part, to a significant increase in accepted freshmen in the top 25% of their high school class.


The indicators used to capture quality fall into a number of categories: assessment by peers and counselors, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate.


The indicators include input measures that reflect a school’s student body, its faculty and its financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well the institution does its job of educating students.





Iowa Wesleyan University – Celebrating its 175th Anniversary, Iowa Wesleyan University is a transformational learning community whose passion is to educate, empower and inspire students to lead meaningful lives and careers.