Wesleyan University is a small, private, liberal arts university, founded in 1831. Intellectual independence, critical thinking skills, and the ability to see the connection between distinct fields of learning are the goals of a Wesleyan education. Students are encouraged to see themselves as scholars, to participate in the exchange of ideas, and to form close working relationships with professors. Wesleyan describes its environment as academically demanding but noncompetitive: one that allows students to find their niche in the classroom, in campus life, and in the wider community. Wesleyan's 240-acre campus is located 15 miles south of Hartford.

Website: www.wesleyan.edu/

Private
Co-ed
3,009
Undergraduate
Students
(55.1%) 1,659 Women
(44.9%) 1,350 Men
208
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
17% of 12,706 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
660-760 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
695 average
660-740 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
32 average
30-34 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$75,843
Tuition and Fees
$57,004
Room and Board
$15,724
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$55,385
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$23,454
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
367
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 29% of classes
10-19 students: 44% of classes
20-29 students: 12% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Middletown Population
47,333
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Hartford, CT; New Haven, CT; Springfield, MA
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
99% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Cardinal
Sororities
1% of women participate
Fraternities
4% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
8.4% Asian
6.8% Black/African-American
13.3% Hispanic/Latino
7.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
61.3% White
3.2% Unknown
International Students
12.1% from 54 countries
First-Year Students Returning
96.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
85.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
14.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   4
Foreign Language   4
Social Studies   4
History   4
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT    
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Required for some February 15
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
45 Wyllys Avenue
City, State, Zip
Middletown, CT 06459
Phone
(860) 685-3000
Fax
(860) 685-3001
E-mail
admissions@wesleyan.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$55
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
17% of 12,706 applicants were admitted
Women
15% of 8,059 applicants were admitted
Men
21% of 4,647 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
813 (37%) of 2,218 admitted students enrolled
Women
450 (37%) of 1,225 admitted students enrolled
Men
360 (36%) of 993 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
38% of 1,080 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
1,965
Students Accepting Wait List Position
1,098
Students Admitted From Wait List
0

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
660-760 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
56%
Score of 600 - 700
33%
Score of 500 - 600
10%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
695 average
660-740 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
58%
Score of 600 - 700
34%
Score of 500 - 600
7%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
32 average
30-34 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
80%
Score of 24 - 29
18%
Score of 18 - 23
2%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 57%
Top quarter: 85%
Top half: 98%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$75,843
Tuition and Fees
$57,004
Room and Board
$15,724
Books and Supplies
$1,200
Other Expenses
$1,915
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
February 15
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001424
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
346 (45.3%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
327 (95.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
327 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
327 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$55,385
Need-Based Gift
Received by 319 (93.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $50,083
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 324 (93.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,687
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 13 (2.7%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
8 (.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $35,118

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,299 (45.6%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,232 (94.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,232 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,232 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$56,471
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,214 (93.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $50,051
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,217 (92.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,606
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 32 (2.7%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
22 (.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $38,615

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
36%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$23,454
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
4.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
2
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
International Students, Veterans
Number of Awards
27
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,524
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Astronomy
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Science
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Studies
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Molecular Biochemistry
  • Music, Other
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Russian Studies
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Psychology, Area and ethnic studies
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Not required

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
367
Part-Time Faculty
71
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
77%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 29% of classes
10-19 students: 44% of classes
20-29 students: 12% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
10-19 students: 35% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 24% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 6% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 24% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 12% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,835,579
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
118
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts

Master's Programs of Study

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry

Location and Setting


Middletown Population
47,333
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Hartford, CT; New Haven, CT; Springfield, MA
Campus Size
316 acres

Weather

Temperature
15.8 average low in January, 80 average high in September
Rain
128 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Middletown
Nearest Train Station
7 mile(s) from campus in Meriden

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
99% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
1%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
Self-defense classes offered by certified instructors

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Cardinal
School Colors
Cardinal red and black

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Crew x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf     x  
Ice Hockey x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Squash x   x  
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf    
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
badminton, equestrian sports, fencing, rugby, sailing, ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
badminton, equestrian sports, fencing, rugby, sailing, ultimate Frisbee, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, ice hockey, soccer, softball, squash, ultimate Frisbee, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, mock trial, athletic clubs, spectrum, burlesque, espwesso
Sororities
1% of women participate
Fraternities
4% of men participate
ROTC
Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,009
Women
1,659 (55.1%)
Men
1,350 (44.9%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,928
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
8.4% Asian
6.8% Black/African-American
13.3% Hispanic/Latino
7.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
61.3% White
3.2% Unknown
International Students.
12.1% from 54 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
208

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
96.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
85.4%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
89%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
90.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
14.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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