Illinois Wesleyan University is an independent undergraduate liberal arts college located in Bloomington, Illinois. Founded in 1850, the central portion of the present campus was acquired in 1854 with the first building erected in 1856. It comprises 17 academic departments offering 50 majors and 476 courses.
The University’s mission is to foster the traditional liberal arts of creativity, character, and knowledge. Its motto – Scientia et Sapientia, or “Knowledge and Wisdom” – was coined by famed explorer and Wesleyan Professor John Wesley Powell.