See what students say:

Academics

Simply put, Wesleyan University is "a quirky liberal arts school where people learn to think and be creative." Academic freedom is paramount here and students revel in the fact that general education requirements are "optional." A grateful film student explains, "The flexibility of the academic program has… let me explore a variety of different disciplines and [given me] a holistic education." While the university is an academic powerhouse, it's especially known for its "amazing" arts programs and "really fantastic" science departments. Fortunately, no matter what they choose to study, Wes undergrads all benefit from "small class sizes" which "facilitate discussion and student-teacher relationships." In general, students here tend to find their professors "engaging" and "captivating to listen to." It's also abundantly clear that instructors are "devoted to and enthusiastic about the academic well being of their students." As one amazed psychology major shares, "They want you to interact with them outside of class, and even to invite them to lunch." And, most importantly, Wes professors want to "see that you succeed." All in all, students proudly report that a Wesleyan education "is about discovering your passions, both in and out of the classroom, and finding ways to pursue them."

Student Body

Wesleyan students "are nothing if not eclectic." An English major gushes, "As a general rule, Wesleyan is filled with unique, interesting, and passionate students. I have met a wide range of incredible people with very diverse experiences." And you can rest assured that "everybody is interested in something---politics, film, activism, literature, environmentalism, music." Nevertheless, when pressed, many undergrads here admit that "the quintessential Wesleyan student is somewhat bohemian/alternative in their lifestyle choices and artistic sensibilities, appreciative of that which is outthere/different, socially progressive/liberal, ambitious and hard-working yet laid back relative to students at other schools." Or, as a government major succinctly puts it, "If you think of the stereotypical hipster, that's Wesleyan." Moreover, Wes students happily describe their peers as "unbelievably… intelligent." Indeed, "you can have an intellectual and life-changing conversation with almost every person you come across." They also love the fact that the university manages to attract "a high percentage of international students" which allows for a myriad of unique perspectives. And, overall, there is "an extremely social and vibrant atmosphere where everyone wants to learn from each other." One economics major vigorously agrees concluding, "It's truly amazing to me how such a small school can be so engaged, energetic, and exciting."

Campus Life

Undergrads at Wesleyan assure us that "there's never a moment of boredom." Of course, that's to be expected given that "there are a few hundred clubs and student organizations, ranging in subject matter from journalism to environmentalism…to politics…and so on." More specifically, Wesleyan has a very "vibrant" arts scene. To begin with, a number of students are involved in "theatre, dance, film production, and other projects like that." Additionally, "there are 50+ bands on campus, and on every weekend night there are three or more concerts going on, which many students attend." There's also a popular weekly "film series…that plays contemporary and classic films." We've been told that "it's great." Beyond the arts, "there are a lot of social justice groups that are very active [both] at Wesleyan and in the Middletown community [at large]." Many students can also be found attending "speaker events…sports games and teach-ins." Moreover, Wes undergrads are great about making their own fun as well, whether that involves "sledding" down Foss Hill or hosting "wine and cheese nights." And while there "isn't a huge Greek life scene here," an American studies major confirms that "there are still tons of fun parties."

Overview

Applicants
11,928
Acceptance Rate
18%

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 740
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 750

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 760

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
30 - 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

Academic

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7.8:1
Total Faculty
450
with Terminal Degree
386

239
Men
211
Women
94
Minority
35
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

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
$41,149

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$42,457

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,153

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
43%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,495

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

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,174
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
$15,456
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
2,971
Foreign Countries Represented
53

Demographics

7.28%
Asian
6.80%
African-American
10.30%
Hispanic
55.20%
Caucasian
4.67%
Unknown
10.06%
International

54% female
46% male
92% are out of state
98% are full time
2% 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
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

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.

95/99
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, 2017.

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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