Indiana Wesleyan University Opens its Doors in Naperville

IWU Naperville

Indiana Wesleyan University has a new hometown this year with the opening of a Naperville, Illinois based service center in the western suburbs of the Chicagoland area.

The storefront location, on NEC Route 59 and McDowell Road just south of I-88, not only marks IWU's first physical location in the state of Illinois, but also a foray into a new model for interacting with students and prospective students.

"In the mid-90's, Indiana Wesleyan University was one of the first universities that offered a full degree online," said Rose. "Many schools were doing some electives and a course here and there, but we took the MBA and did it from beginning to end in an online format.

The increasing popularity of online education necessitates a different kind of on-the-ground facility, according to Rose.

Rose said that it remains important to have a physical presence, since a location in a well-trafficked area makes a strong impression on the surrounding community. But that office can be much smaller, offering the support structure needed by a student who does most of their learning from home.

"It [the service center] is not built out with multiple classrooms," Rose said. "It is built out to be a hub of operations to be able to reach students who are interested in going back to school in an online format, creating a local presence in a suburb of Chicago, so that they see it's a real, tangible school."

Students can get online degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels from IWU.

Read the full story on IWU Naperville at the IWU Spectrum blog.


Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church committed to liberal arts and professional education. Over 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Indiana. Nearly 12,500 adult learner study at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online.

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