Overview

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

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 740
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 760
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 33

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Selectivity Rating

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


Students Say

This small university in Connecticut is a classic New England liberal arts school, albeit one that produces the second highest number of undergraduates who go on to earn PhDs in all fields of study in the United States. Students say that the “open and engaging student culture” is Wesleyan’s greatest strength: Students are “at the heart of global issues” thanks to the “vibrant student culture and activism.” In this close-knit community, “students, faculty, and the administration work together to take passion and ideas beyond the farthest limits imaginable.” The “flexible and passionate” professors at Wes typically hold anywhere from three to five office hours a week, making them extremely accessible for students. Instructors “promote great discussions, ask questions of the students, and really listen to the answers.” “Any time a concept or idea in class is unclear, I know I can always rely on them to meet with me afterwards,” says one student. The academic experience is “rigorous but not competitive,” and an open curriculum ensures that a student “never theoretically have to take a class [they are] not interested in.” At Wesleyan, education extends beyond the classroom; students “teach each other every day through intellectual discourse and extracurricular activities.” Wesleyan is all about “promoting dialogue and...seeing the world with a big picture mindset.” There is “a mature emphasis on emotional and physical well-being” on the part of the student body, and people feel free to be themselves and “pursue [their] passions with the support and acceptance of [their] peers.”

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$43,900

Median Mid-Career Salary
$93,900

Alumni with High Job Meaning
62%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
92

Students Say

The Career Center at Wesleyan offers a number of services and resources for students looking to explore their interests and plan for their futures. One-on-one academic and career counseling is available; the Center sponsors career fairs and offers resources to help students network with alumni and prospective employers;?it schedules workshops to help student build their professional and job-seeing skills; and it also provides a variety of resources for students looking for opportunities overseas. Students seem happy with the opportunities the school affords them, and report that “there’s not a single class I’ve taken here that I won’t carry with me after college.” Out of Wesleyan alumni visiting Payscale.com, an unusually high 62 percent report feeling as though they derive meaning from their jobs.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

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
$48,704
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 Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


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

Students Say

Wesleyan is a group of “happy students who are always smiling and engaging in conversations with new and familiar faces.” “We all came to this school because we enjoy the eclectic nature of the student body,” says a student. Most people here have a specific issue they are very passionate about (i.e. energy conservation, racial discrimination, or gender identity) and “have their own way in expressing and addressing such issues, whether it’ s through art, writing or organizing a march.” With all students living on campus, everyone “is close together all the time, and extremely inclusive,” and “you are really are able to make connections with older students who can serve as mentors, role models, and friends.”

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

The social life at Wesleyan is “extremely vibrant, with several parties and concerts dominating every weekend night.” “A typical weekend can be filled with exorbitant amounts of performances and sports events.” There is a small Greek life here, including co-ed frats, for those who want it with “multiple Greek houses that are always busy on the weekends, as well as the senior housing area.” There are also “plenty of clubs and activities for students to participate in who aren’t as in to the party scene.” Whether they are “discussing 18th century political theory with friends, protesting current events in Usdan [the university center], performing community service in Middletown, or working out in Freeman,” students are never bored. Interests run the width of the world here, and “it is common to fill both stands for football as well as auditoriums for shows.” “You rarely find an athlete or musician who just participates in their sports team or band and does not do anything else,” says a student. Almost nobody leaves on the weekends, so the campus is “constantly lively,” and the social scene is generally centered on musical performances. “Any given weekend night, there are at least three different concerts going on, both student bands and visiting artists.” People here are “extremely well-rounded” and capable of talking about a variety of topics, making them “excellent dinner conversation guests.” The autonomy given to students both in the classroom and out is applauded by all. As one student offers: “Go out! Stay in! Read or Party! It’s all your choice!”

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.

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.