Academic Advising

The Office of Adult and Graduate Studies provides information and academic advising for prospective, new and current students who are degree seeking through the online program.

Basic Online Course Expectations

Email: Students are required to use their official IW issued email account – for all University related matters.

Computer and Internet: Students are responsible for ensuring they have access to a reliable up-to-date computer, updated virus protection, and Internet connection to access the course materials and complete course activities. The student will need to make alternate arrangements in case of unexpected computer and Internet problems.

Credit: Students taking an online course should expect to spend approximately 12 – 15 hours per week on course-related matters (per three-credit course). The time required for each course should considered when deciding how many credits to register for each term.

Online Classes and the Learning Management System

Iowa Wesleyan University currently uses Canvas to support all online courses. The IW online classrooms can be accessed by going to

Canvas is a learning management system designed to help universities manage all classroom activities, such as creating and delivering educational content, assessing students, tracking their results, and promoting communication and collaboration between students and faculty.

Browser Requirements: All modern browsers are supported including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11 and Edge. IE 10 or below is not supported.

Technical Support for Online Students

Questions regarding the IW student portal and/or IW email accounts may be directed to the Iowa Wesleyan Help Desk at 319-385-6251 or email Hours are Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm CT.

Canvas offers 24/5 full support for instructors and students via forums and email. Support for critical issues is available to administrators over the weekend.

Campus Activities

Online students are admitted to activities offered on the IW campus without cost. This includes athletic, musical, recreational/entertainment and cultural events. Admission fees may be required for certain activities, and online students must pay for any activity requiring payment from other IW students. Online student identification must be shown for free entry. Free admission for online students is not transferable to family members or friends.

Campus Services

All online students are invited to make use of on-campus services and technology resources.

  • The entire IW campus is “wi-fi” enabled, with access permitted via an IW Username/Password.
  • The John Wesley Holland Student Union includes the Student Development Office, the University Bookstore and a snack bar where students gather. There is also a lounge for students in Room 210 of the Science Hall.
  • The J. Raymond Chadwick Library provides research information and assistance, interlibrary loan services, a computer lab, and a comfortable, quiet place to study. The OASIS is located on the top floor of Chadwick Library. The OASIS helps students strengthen specific skills–such as reading or note-taking–and coordinates a tutoring program. Evening appointments can be arranged by calling 319.385.6334.
  • The Student Union houses the Student Development Office, Career Development Office, and the Internship Office.
  • The Howe Student Activity Center contains three conference rooms, a technology-intensive classroom, a walking/jogging track and fitness room, in addition to indoor athletics facilities.
  • Administrative offices located in the P.E.O. Memorial Building include the offices of Adult and Graduate Studies, the Registrar, the Academic Dean, and the President.
  • The offices of Business Affairs and Financial Aid are located on the ground level of the Chapel Auditorium.

Honors Recognition for IW Online Students

Honors recognition for IW Online students is issued at the end of each academic year. In order to qualify for this honor, students must be classified as an IW Online student, while accumulating at least 15 semester hours of coursework completed through a full academic year and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better. Students who meet this criteria will be awarded a Badge of Prestige for their efforts.

Online undergraduate students carrying 12 credit hours or more during any given academic semester are eligible for Honors Recognition via the Dean’s List. The Dean’s List is issued following each semester to honor students who have shown high scholastic attainment during that semester. In order to be included, a student must be classified as a degree candidate and have attained a grade point average for that term of 3.50 or better on a load of 12 credit hours or more, with no incomplete grades recorded at the time the list is declared