At A Glance


The mission of Iowa Wesleyan College is to prepare students to succeed in a changing global environment.  Iowa Wesleyan is a four year liberal arts college providing quality individualized learning experiences that combine the development of the intellect with adaptive life skills.


One of the first goals of the pioneers in this new western territory was to build an institute of higher learning. The settling of this rapdily developing southeast corner of the Iowa Territory involved monumental effort, so their goal of a literary institute was based on a clear vision and bold determiniation. And so, only eight years after the platting of this community, the Territorial Legislature granted a charter for the Mount Pleasant Literary Institute on February 17, 1842.


Iowa Wesleyan College is a four-year coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences related to the United Methodist Church. Iowa Wesleyan College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.The Commission is located at 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413. Telephone: 1.800.621.7440. Website:

Quick Facts

Iowa Wesleyan College is a four-year independent liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in a variety of majors

Located just four blocks north from downtown Mount Pleasant, the Iowa Wesleyan campus sits on 60 acres.

Class Size
Classes at Iowa Wesleyan average 10 students with a 9:1 student-faculty ratio

650 full and part-time students

James Harlan Statue

James Harlan Statue

The statue of James Harlan, former U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Interior, advisor to Abraham Lincoln and two-time president of Iowa Wesleyan, returned home to Iowa Wesleyan on Thursday, August 28, 2014.

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