Iowa Wesleyan’s Enrollment Surge

Written by Anna Greiner on September 8, 2016

Iowa Wesleyan University’s campus is buzzing with excitement as enrollment numbers surge for a second straight year.  In 2015, Iowa Wesleyan achieved a record setting 62% increase in its incoming class.  This fall saw an increase of 50% above last year making it the largest incoming class in four decades. As a result, Iowa Wesleyan’s incoming class enrollment has increased 150% in just two years.  Overall enrollment is currently nearing its five-year projection for 2020.

A renewed commitment to student retention has also resulted in a dramatic increase of 35% over the last three years.

“We are seeing a campus full of activity and promise,” said Nick Boone, Vice President for Enrollment Management.  “We have a record number of Iowa students and a diverse group of international students representing twenty-two countries. Southeast Iowa will certainly benefit from the impact of our comprehensive regional university.”

As Iowa Wesleyan celebrates its 175th anniversary of the university, the surge in enrollment correlates with the successful advancement of the university’s five-year strategic plan and the mission of the university.  “We have entered into a new era for Iowa Wesleyan University; an era of growth and expansion and of high aspiration.  We have successfully completed year one of our strategic plan, Wesleyan 2020, accomplishing fourteen of the thirty-seven initiatives in the first year alone. We are honored to welcome this new class to Iowa Wesleyan in this time of unprecedented momentum,” said President Steve Titus.