Iowa Wesleyan University is named a top tier regional college in the Midwest

Iowa Wesleyan University is named a top tier regional college in the Midwest

January 15, 2016

News Release from Iowa Wesleyan University

Mount Pleasant, IA. – Iowa Wesleyan University is named a top tier regional college in the Midwest, by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings were released in September 2015.

“We are most grateful for this very prestigious recognition in the latest U.S News & World Report ratings and consider it further verification of our excellence and achievement -- all of which benefit our students and graduates,” Steve Titus, president of IWU said. “Iowa Wesleyan University is on its way to becoming the preeminent educational leader and resource as the regional, comprehensive university for southeast Iowa and beyond.”

“We are proud and honored to be listed as a top tier regional college,” Scott Briell, senior vice president of enrollment and communication, said. “Ranking in the top tier, is a tribute to the excellent progress and development of academic excellence, student engagement and fulfilling our new mission. Iowa Wesleyan University is a transformational learning community passionate in educating, empowering and inspiring students to lead meaningful lives and careers,” he said.

Academic institutions are categorized by their mission and region with the gathering of data from each of 12 indicators of academic excellence. The schools are ranked against their peers, according to scores given by U.S. News & World Report.

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, located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa is a fully accredited, coeducational liberal arts university. Founded in 1842, it has a rich history of innovation in education, pioneering in the sciences, educational opportunities for women and service-learning. The academic program at Iowa Wesleyan combines a liberal arts foundation with education in specific career fields, including art, business, English, music, nursing, psychology, teacher education, criminal justice, among others. Service-learning is integrated into the curriculum, ensuring that all students connect classroom learning with service to others. Internships and other field experience opportunities are part of every major, giving student’s hands-on professional experience before graduation. In addition to the on-campus academic program offering degrees in a variety of majors, Iowa Wesleyan offers graduate courses and evening classes at area community colleges in West Burlington and Muscatine. Expanding online programs give students additional opportunities to earn a degree. To see complete information on Iowa Wesleyan, visit

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