What You Need to Know About Wesleyan University

One of the liberal arts colleges that seem to proliferate across the northeastern United States Wesleyan is considered to be among the best examples of its type in the country. With a reputation for diversity and a home to students with a progressive mindset, Wesleyan University offers students a wide range of study options including some outstanding arts-related majors. This blog will delve into various aspects of Wesleyan University, shedding light on its location, student cohort, admissions process, undergraduate majors, faculty-student ratio, graduation rate, and the net cost of attending.


Having been founded in 1831 as an all-male Methodist college, Wesleyan University quickly showed a willingness to challenge the status quo by becoming one of the first colleges to admit female students in 1871. Unfortunately, the experiment didn’t last and between 1912 and 1970 Wesleyan returned to being an all-male environment.


Wesleyan University is situated in the small town of Middletown, Connecticut, equidistant from New York and Boston. Middletown offers a blend of small-town charm and urban convenience with plenty of restaurants and bars that cater to the college crowd. While towns like Hartford, Providence, and New Haven are not far away, the lack of public transport means that Middletown can feel a little claustrophobic if you don’t have your own transport. The campus is located on the edge of the town centre and is made up of an eclectic mix of architectural styles surrounded by areas of grass.

Student Cohort:

With a student population of a little under 3,600, Wesleyan University is larger than Amhurst, Swarthmore, and Williams colleges, to which it is often compared. As a university, rather than a college, Wesleyan does offer postgraduate courses, but the student numbers for this are small meaning that undergraduate students are the heart of the university. The student body is proudly diverse, politically minded, and fiercely independent, creating an environment that is creative and politically charged. When not engaged in their academics students are likely to be debating/demonstrating over various issues or engaged in community service which is a big part of college life for many students. The diversity of the student body extends to where students call home, 61 different countries are represented in the university’s international student population, making up approximately 20% of the student cohort.


·      Acceptance Rate

The university admissions process seeks to identify academically talented and intellectually curious individuals. According to the most recent data, out of the 14,500 applicants, just 2,096 were offered places giving an acceptance rate of 14.4%.

·      Acceptance GPA

The university doesn’t provide official figures about the average GPA for accepted students however unofficial data suggest that it is around 3.8 on a 4.0 scale. Regarding standardized tests, the median scores of admitted students are 1420 for the SAT and 32 for the ACT.

·      Additional Requirements:

All new applicants to Wesleyan will apply using the Common or Coalition App but in addition to the standard application requirements, applicants must provide a school transcript, recommendations from two teachers, and a third recommendation from the school counselor. As a test-optional institution, Wesleyan doesn’t require applicants to provide a SAT or ACT score, however, they can do so if they choose. One aspect of the application process that makes Wesleyan stand out from nearly all other private colleges is that there are no supplemental college-specific essays.

Types of Admissions

Wesleyan offers three different admissions types Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision. Early Decision applicants commit to attending the college if accepted, while Early Action allows students to apply early and receive an admission decision without a binding commitment. The deadline for Early Decision I is November 15th while Early Decision II and Regular Decision share a deadline of January 1st.


·      Undergraduate Majors

Wesleyan offers an open curriculum, meaning that there are few restrictions as to what courses a student needs to complete in order to graduate. That said, as a liberal arts college, Wesleyan is committed to ensuring that all students gain a broad education across different disciplines. It achieves this by offering seminars for first year students that cover humanities and the arts, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics. This is followed in the second year when students apply to major in one of seven multidisciplinary colleges which between them offers 45 different majors.

·      Standout Offerings

Wesleyan offers many strong majors including economics, molecular biology, psychology, and government, but it also has several standout offerings. There is a renowned Film Studies program that combines critical analysis and hands-on production. Students have access to a vast film library, production studios, and a vibrant film community. Another outstanding offering is East Asian Studies which offers advanced language courses and a focus on cultural fluency and boasts an authentic Japanese tea room.

·      Faculty/Student Ratio

Students benefit from small class sizes and a close-knit academic community. The faculty/student ratio is approximately 1:8, ensuring personalized attention and mentorship opportunities. This intimate learning environment fosters meaningful relationships between students and professors, promoting intellectual growth and collaborative learning.

·      Graduation Rate:

The graduation rate at Wesleyan College CT is consistently high, with an average of 85% of students graduating within four years and 91% by the sixth year. The college’s commitment to academic support, engaged learning, and comprehensive advising contributes to an impressive graduation rate.

·      Net Cost of Attending: 2024-25

Tuition $69,652
Activity Fee $390
New Student Matriculation Fee $300
Green Fund Fee (optional)† $30
Food and Housing $19,872
Books and Supplies and Personal Expenses $2,750
TOTAL First Years: $92,994
Continuing Students: $92,694
*Direct Loan origination fees $44

 † An optional opt-out fee set by students to fund sustainable projects on campus.

This cost varies depending on factors such as residency status and choice of program. All admissions are made on a need-aware basis meaning that admissions teams will know if you require financial support to attend. If a student who requires financial support is admitted, Wesleyan will ensure financial support for the four years of study.


Wesleyan College CT is an exceptional institution that combines academic excellence, cultural diversity, and a nurturing environment. With its prime location, selective admissions process, comprehensive majors, distinguished faculty, high graduation rate, and commitment to affordability, Wesleyan University continues to be a sought-after destination for students seeking a transformative educational experience.

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