Iowa Wesleyan College is a fully accredited, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1842, it has a rich history of innovation in education, pioneering in the sciences, educational opportunities for women and service-learning, to name just a few. Graduates include Dr. James Van Allen, space scientist who discovered the Earth’s radiation belts that now bear his name, and Dr. Peggy Whitson, NASA astronaut who has served as station commander for the International Space Station. Seven female Iowa Wesleyan students founded the P.E.O. Sisterhood on campus in 1869. The academic program at Iowa Wesleyan combines a liberal arts foundation with education in a specific career fields, including art, business, English, music, nursing, psychology, teacher education, 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 students hands-on professional experience before graduation.
In addition to the on-campus academic program offering degrees in a variety of majors, Iowa Wesleyan offers evening classes at area community colleges in West Burlington and Muscatine. A growing online program gives students additional opportunities to earn a degree.
Located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa Wesleyan offers a variety of arts and cultural opportunities for southeast Iowa. Art shows, concerts, lectures, and plays take place throughout the year and most are open to the public at no charge. The Clifford and Maxine Manning Speaker Series brings noted theologians and religious speakers to campus each year while the Haselmayer Endowment for the Arts sponsors events such as performances by the Montana Repertory Theatre and the American Shakespeare Center. The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra is based on campus.
The College is a provisional member of the NCAA Division III. IWC Tiger athletes compete in baseball, basketball, golf, football, track, cross country, soccer, softball, volleyball. The Tigers participate in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) for all sports except football; the football team is playing in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). IWC is a member of the United States Small College Athletic Association (USCAA). This affiliation provides Tiger teams an opportunity to participate in national championship tournaments for which they qualify.