Students Say

Tucked away in Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University is a dynamic institution “committed [to] catering to its undergraduates.” The school certainly attracts those with a high level of “intellectual interest and curiosity” and students “really engage their education in a meaningful way.” Fortunately, there’s a “lack of…competitive cutthroat [behavior which] really promotes a community of learning.” Undergrads at Wesleyan also appreciate “the lack of core curriculum,” which gives students the flexibility to really “explore new areas” and “obtain a broad education.” Academics here are “very challenging” but students find their classes immensely “rewarding.”

Overview

Applicants
9,390
Acceptance Rate
24%
Average HS GPA
3.76

Test Scores

SAT Reading
640 - 740
SAT Math
650 - 740
SAT Writing
650 - 760
ACT Composite
29 - 33

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Overall

Students Say

Tucked away in Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University is a dynamic institution “committed [to] catering to its undergraduates.” The school certainly attracts those with a high level of “intellectual interest and curiosity” and students “really engage their education in a meaningful way.” Fortunately, there’s a “lack of…competitive cutthroat [behavior which] really promotes a community of learning.” Undergrads at Wesleyan also appreciate “the lack of core curriculum,” which gives students the flexibility to really “explore new areas” and “obtain a broad education.” Academics here are “very challenging” but students find their classes immensely “rewarding.” This is wholly due to professors who are “always available and eager to speak with students, and have a terrific passion for their work.” Many of them maintain “intimate relationships with students” and a junior tells us that “having a meal with a professor at their home is not a rare occurrence.” While a few students find that “the administration is full of red tape,” others insist that they are “generally very responsive to student needs” and “very invested in the happiness of the students.” As one senior concludes, “I feel that the administration as well as faculty work hard to make Wesleyan a strong community where everyone’s voice matters.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
396
with Terminal Degree
359

214
Men
182
Women
71
Minority
32
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
93%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • East Asian Studies
  • Latin American Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Molecular Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurobiology and Neurosciences

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts
  • Fine and Studio Arts
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Prominent Alumni


Herb Kelleher, '53
CEO-Southwest Airlines

Jay Levy, MD '60
HIV/AIDS Researcher/Professor of Immunology

Joss Whedon '87
Creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Screenwriter

Bill Belichick '75
Head Coach, NFL New England Patriots

Daphne Kwok '84
Chair, Nat'l Council of Asian Pacific Americans

Dana Delaney '78
Emmy Award winning actress whose (China Beach)

Sebastian Junger '84
Author of a Perfect Storm

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
97
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

The total retail price here for tuition, room and board, and everything else comes to about $62,500 per year. Financial aid here is beyond generous, though, and the full financial need of all undergraduate students is met with a combination of loans, parttime employment, and grants.

Bang For Your Buck

There’s a Wesleyan alum wherever you go, and a Wesleyan degree will open doors for you for the rest of your life. The university eliminates loans in the financial aid package for most families with incomes under $40,000 and reduces packaged loans for other low income families so that many financial aid students can graduate with no loans or much reduced loan indebtedness. A student reveals that she “received a very good financial aid packet.” The average freshman grant is $39,761.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$42,797

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$41,532

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,688

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,959

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
37%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$39,760

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$49
Required Fees
$270
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Undergrads at Wesleyan are fairly adamant about the fact that they cannot “be pigeon-holed.” While many insist “there are no typical students,” others concede that there “are a few traits that often connect [everyone].” Most people “are interested in engaging with the world around them, often in hopes of improving it.” Indeed this is a “passionate” group who are very “sociallyconscious, politically aware, and [into] activism.” Moreover, Wesleyan students are “driven,” “intellectually curious” and “eager to learn and experience new things.” These are kids who are “serious about academics” but also know how to “relax and have fun.” They are also “very proud to be part of a diverse community” and are always excited to “meet new people.” Another commonality is that undergrads here tend to “have a variety of interests.” As a Spanish and film studies double-major illustrates, “Your best friend might be captain of the football team and double-majoring in chemistry and art studio.” Perhaps most importantly, students at Wesleyan “aren’t afraid to associate with many different kinds of people.” A content senior sums up, “Students here are committed to creating a strong and close-knit community made up of openminded people.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,928
Out of State
92%

International
10%
Foreign Countries Represented
46

Demographics

9.55%
Asian
7.72%
African-American
10.75%
Hispanic
58.24%
Caucasian
7.34%
Unknown
9.55%
International

52% female
48% male
92% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Wesleyan students have eclectic interests and passions and the social scene really reflects that. An intellectual group, undergrads can frequently be found deep in conversation with their peers, discussing anything from “the ethics of grading [or] the rendering of astrophysics into tangible graphics [to] the analysis of the feminist meanings of a Spanish worksheet.” Of course, you shouldn’t let this deceive you. These students also know how to kick back and have fun. “From the traditional frat party, to a gathering at a program house, [to] a performance or movie with friends in somebody’s living room, Wesleyan offers a variety of social scenes for students to get involved in.” Activities certainly run the gamut. An African American studies major shares, “For fun, people go to performances, sporting events, lectures, protests, restaurants, open mics, parties, campus events, etc.” On any given day these lucky students might enjoy “anything from an Indian dance festival to an open forum on the economic recession to a frat party that’s also a charity event for a school in Kenya.” Of course, Wesleyan students are also quite adept at making their own fun and they can be found “sledding on the snow, rolling down the hill, playing Duck Duck Goose, [and] having awesome corny dance parties.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
99%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
94
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
220
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
10

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cardinals)
16 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Cardinals)
15 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.wesleyan.edu/queer

Minority Support Groups: www.wesleyan.edu/mosaic

Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Yale University

Sustainability

Wesleyan’s Sustainability Office and Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES) collaborate regularly to develop strategies to promote conservation and reduce Wesleyan’s carbon footprint. The university has committed to carbon neutrality by 2050. SAGES produced the campus’s first climate action plan in 2010 and is now creating a new Sustainability Action Plan, which will be released in 2015. The school is dedicated to green building practices, and its two most recent construction projects received LEED Gold and Platinum certification, respectively. Wesleyan has completed numerous energy conservation projects, including building envelope improvements, HVAC upgrades, and a campus-wide switch from oil to B20 bioheat. Wesleyan generates most of its own power, with solar panels on the Office of Admissions and Freeman Athletic Center and two natural gas cogeneration facilities. All residential energy savings go directly to Financial Aid through the Wes to Wes program. Through low-flow water fixtures, Wesleyan has reduced its water consumption by 13.1 million gallons annually. The Sustainability Office manages composting programs for residences, and pre- and post-consumer composting in the main campus dining hall. Wesleyan’s students are actively involved in promoting sustainability on campus, including an on-campus farm, local food CSA, permaculture club, and outing club.

Green Rating
94
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
21%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
90

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
61

Average Number of PC's per Lab
27

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Macintosh, Dell, Gateway, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office Staff

Address
The Stewart Reid House
70 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459-0265

Phone
8606853000

Email
admission@wesleyan.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Center for the Arts
Freeman Athletic Center
Center for Film Studies
Olin Memorial Library
Van Vleck Observatory
Freeman East Asian Studies Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Gillette Castle and State Park
Goodspeed Opera House
Dinosaur State Park
Lyman Orchards
Wadsworth Falls State Park
KidCity children's museum, O'Rourke's Diner

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
Sept-May: 8:30am-5pm; 9am-noon Jun-Aug: 8:30-5pm
8606853000

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Call for times
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
10:30am and 2pm M-F

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Limited to prospective seniors, 1 night

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bradley International Airport near Hartford is 20 miles from campus. Taxi service is available from the airport to campus; the admissions office will give you the number to call for this service. Peter Pan and Greyhound bus service is available to Middletown from Boston, Hartford, New Haven, New York, Springfield, and other cities. Amtrak service from New York and Boston stops in Meriden, 10 miles west of Middletown.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the south, take I-91 to Exit 18; from there, follow Rte. 66 into Middletown, turning right onto High St. and right onto Wyllys Ave. From the north, take I-91 to Exit 22S; from there, take Rte. 9 to the Wesleyan exit (Washington St.). Follow Washington St. to the 4th light and turn left onto High St. and right onto Wyllys Ave.

Local Accommodations
The Inn at Middletown (70 Main Street, Middletown, 860-854-6300; 2 minutes from campus Radisson Hotel (100 Berlin Rd., Cromwell; 203-635-2000), 5 minutes from the campus, has a special rate for college visitors, a health club, and glass-domed indoor pool. The Holiday Inn (4 Sebethe Dr., Cromwell; 203-635-1001) is a little bit farther from campus, but it's much less expensive if you get the college visitor rates. The Ramada Inn (275 Research Pkwy., Meriden; 203-238-2380) also offers a special rate for college visitors. The Hampton Inn (10 Bee St., Meriden; 203-235-5154), 15 minutes from campus, is another good low-priced alternative.