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Academics

Wesleyan University is a liberal arts school in Middletown, Connecticut that “allows students to explore a broad spectrum of subjects” through an “open curriculum” without core requirements beyond your major. Classes are “challenging, but aren’t so difficult that you don’t have time for extracurriculars and friends.” Plus, the small class sizes allow for connections and opportunity. One first-year student says they have already been “recommended as a TA to another professor.” Faculty members are “experts in their field and make learning challenging, yet rewarding,” and these “exceptional” professors “not only teach, but carry out their personal research as well, making sure to keep updated in this field.” In particular, students “have raved about the college of social studies, the college of letters,” and the “writing and the film” departments. Wesleyan also boasts the “highest STEM funding of any NESCAC school.” In addition to career development through the Gordon Center, Wesleyan students benefit from an “altruistic alumni network that takes pride in school culture and the well-being of current students.” And, students note, “because of Wesleyan’s no loan/ reduced-loan policy, the school is a very affordable option to students who come from a low income background.”

Student Body

The Wesleyan “unofficial motto is ‘Keep Wes Weird,’ and it’s a credo students take seriously, whether it means playing their electric mandolin on Foss Hill or sleeping in the middle of the dining hall as their senior art thesis.” Wesleyan offers a “mixed bag of athletes, artsy kids, and hardcore STEM kids,” who “like to stay busy,” which extends to the prominent “political and social activism” on campus. The size of the campus is “perfect for meeting new students (even in your third or fourth years) and this helps drive students toward classes and activities that may not be on their radar at first.” The open curriculum means you’ll find students “with an array of interests that may seem strange outside of the Wesleyan Bubble, such as a double major in Theater and Molecular Biology, or a varsity athlete who finds time to be heavily involved with dance and theater.” “Wesleyan’s greatest strengths are its diversity and its willingness to engage in the hard questions,” one student remarks. It’s a community of “individuals who aren’t afraid to be themselves” and who “appreciate the differences in others.” Students come from a diverse set of backgrounds, including “firstgeneration/low-income” students, some who report experiencing “a bit of culture shock,” as first years, but stress that “most of the students here are friendly and easy to talk to.” If you are “trying to find yourself (on a personal, spiritual, academic level), Wesleyan is a good place to do that.” “It’s truly amazing to me how such a small school can be so engaged, energetic, and exciting.”

Campus Life

Wesleyan students are “committed to academics and many take more than a full course load,” so studying is the common activity on weeknights. On the weekends, students tend to “sleep in, go to brunch, and then do some work in the afternoon.” Wesleyan offers “theatrical or artistic performances throughout the semester,” as well as “movies in the on-campus theater,” where they show movies Wednesday to Saturday, and “a plethora of fun events like dance group performances, theater performances, athletic competitions, lecture series.” There are “winter or Halloween festivals that go on in Middletown (about a ten to fifteen minute walk from campus” and “Wes kids also love murder mystery parties.” Sitting on Foss Hill when the weather is nice is the “most quintessential Wesleyan activity,” and students praise the housing, where “you progress from dorms to apartment-style living to wood frame houses as seniors,” along with “program houses.” Wesleyan hosts the “most competitive athletic teams in NESCAC Division III sports,” so “there are a lot of athletes on campus” and “many games students can attend, such as soccer, hockey, lacrosse, and football.” Weekends bring a mix of people together at the parties thrown by “senior houses, frats, and program houses like Art House and Music House.”

Overview

Applicants
12,360
Acceptance Rate
16%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
660 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 760
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 33

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 1


Other Admission Factors

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7.8:1
Total Faculty
441
with Terminal Degree
383

244
Men
197
Women
92
Minority
27
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
85%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
90%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • French Studies.
  • Italian Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies.
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Science, Technology and Society.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Archeology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, Other.


Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Michael Bay '86
Feature Film Director, Transformer Films

Bill Belichick '75
Head Coach, NFL New England Patriots

Jennifer Chayes '78
Managing Director, Microsoft and Distinguished Scientist

John Hickenlooper '74
Governor of Colorado

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

Lin-Manuel Miranda '02
Emmy, Tony, and Grammy-award winning composer, lyricist, rapper and actor

Bozoma Saint John '99
Chief Brand Officer, Uber

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
85%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
90%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$55,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$117,700

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$57,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$129,400

Percent High Job Meaning
59%

Percent STEM
22%


Students Say

Wesleyan's Gordon Career Center works with students to translate their education into a lifetime of meaningful work. The Center helps undergrads identify both careers that may be of interest and the skills they'll need to thrive within those industries. The Center also hosts several amazing programs to help students land great internships and obs. These include Connect@WES, an annual event designed to teach students how to build professional networks. Undergrads rotate through one-on-one sessions with alumni, parents, and employers and receive feedback on their personal pitches. The Center also coordinates Winter on Wyllys, a collection of winter break career programs that include job shadow opportunities, intensive career education seminars, and practical skills training.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$47,653

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$47,206

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,396

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
39%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,930

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$46,960

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$54,314
Required Fees
$300
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,060
Comprehensive Fee

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
2,976
Foreign Countries Represented
53

Demographics

8.14%
Asian
6.48%
African-American
11.33%
Hispanic
54.07%
Caucasian
2.77%
Unknown
11.71%
International

54% female
46% male
92% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
100%
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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Accessibility Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Laura Patey

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
292
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
1
Number of Religious Organizations
10

4% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

20% 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/inclusion and www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/resourcecenter

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.

96/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
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
23%

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

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
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 March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Macintosh, Dell, HP

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Admission Office Staff
Front Office Manager

Address
Stewart M. Reid House, Admission Office
70 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459-0265

Phone
860-685-3000

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 Usdan University Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Gillette Castle and State Park
Goodspeed Opera House
Westfarms Mall, Clinton Premium Outlets
Lyman Orchards
Wadsworth Falls State Park
KidCity children's museum, O'Rourke's Diner, 2 hours to NYC and Boston

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; (Sat/Sun limited schedule
M-F 8:30am-5pm (please see website)
860-685-3000

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies by time of year

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 Visiting Center

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 30 miles north of campus. Taxi service is available from the airport to campus; the Admission office will provide the number to call for this service. Peter Pan, Greyhound, and/or CTTransit Express 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 New Haven and Meriden.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the South, take I-91 to Exit 18; follow Rte. 66 into Middletown, turning right onto High St. and right onto Wyllys Ave. From the North, take I-91 to Exit 22-S; 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. The Admission office is on the right (yellow building with white trim).

Local Accommodations
The Inn at Middletown (70 Main Street, Middletown, 860-854-6300); 5 minutes from campus. The Radisson Hotel (100 Berlin Rd., Cromwell; 203-635-2000), 10 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 is less expensive if you request 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.


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