Wesleyan University

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School Overview

Wesleyan University is secular, liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut that is privately owned and operated. It is also one of the few undergraduate colleges that focuses almost exclusively on instruction in the arts and sciences. Wesleyan also offers master’s and PhD degrees in several academic and professional disciplines. Most PhD programs focus on sciences and mathematics. A large portion of graduates at Wesleyan go on to earn PhDs in various fields of study.

Wesleyan College is a women-only private liberal arts college located in Macon, Georgia. Established in 1836, this college was the first to have a female-only student body. Wesleyan is known for its excellent academic programs. This school lists the following as its four cornerstones:

1) Academics
Wesleyan College offers excellent fine and liberal arts academic programs. It also offers professional study programs. Because of its small class sizes, students at Wesleyan have easy access to professors.

2) Women
Wesleyan College is dedicated to helping young women grow intellectually, socially, and personally. Students have plenty of opportunities to lead and serve. Wesleyan College encourages students to set ambitious goals and creates the environment where students can succeed.

3) Faith
Wesleyan College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Students of all faiths are welcome to attend the school. Wesleyan promotes the Judeo-Christian ethic, and incorporates it into curriculum. Students are encouraged to provide service while at Wesleyan.

4) Community
Wesleyan encourages individualism while simultaneously creating an environment where students grow as a whole. The school encourages people to serve in the local community.

Various academic programs are available to Wesleyan students. The school offers liberal arts, neuroscience, education, and engineering programs. Students from all states and over 20 foreign countries attend Wesleyan College.

There are numerous other benefits to attending this school. Students are taught in small classes where learning is enhanced. Also, there are plenty of leadership opportunities available to students. They have the option of chairing committees, serving as captains of athletic teams, and participating with academic clubs. Since Wesleyan fosters a supportive environment, shy freshman often leave Wesleyan confident graduates.

There are 32 undergraduate degree programs available at this school. In addition to traditional majors, students have the option of creating individualized majors. Wesleyan caters to students interested in graduate professional studies by offering pre-med, engineering, pre-dental, and other programs. Women interested in engineering can take advantage of dual-degree programs with nearby schools, including Auburn University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Mercer University.

Programs are also available for working professionals interested in additional education. Wesleyan College offers executive education programs, including a master’s of business administration program.

Wesleyan College sponsors various types of extracurricular activities. The school sponsors 6 varsity teams and various student organizations. There are also 13 academic honor societies for gifted students, including musical clubs.

Students can also participate in class pep rallies and student written and performed plays where ticket proceeds are used to sponsor scholarships.

General Information

Admission Office

70 Wyllys Avenue

Middletown, CT 06459-0260

(860) 685-3000

Fax: (860) 685-3001

Contact: Nancy Meislahn

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Main Address

237 High Street

Middletown, CT 06459

(860) 685-2000


Total undergrads: 2,772

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 715

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,748

Graduate enrollment: 377


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Annual Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $36,806 $38,634 $40,092 $42,084 +4.97%
Books and Supplies $1,205 $1,333 $1,333 $1,333 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,130 $10,636 $11,040 $11,592 +5.00%
Other $1,205 $1,332 $1,332 $1,332 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $49,346 $51,935 $53,797 $56,341 +4.73%
In-state Off Campus $38,011 $39,967 $41,425 $43,417 +4.81%
In-state with Family $38,011 $39,967 $41,425 $43,417 +4.81%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $31,361
In-state Student Fees $20
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $31,361
Out-of-state Fees $20

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 372 52%
Grant or scholarship aid 324 45% $10,100,906 $31,176
• Federal grants 91 13% $652,339 $7,169
• Pell grants 91 13% $336,589 $3,699
• Other federal grants 91 13% $315,750 $3,470
State/local government grant or scholarships 20 3% $44,900 $2,245
Institutional grants or scholarships 323 45% $9,403,667 $29,114
Student loan aid 289 40% $1,119,764 $3,875
• Federal student loans 259 36% $905,424 $3,496
• Other student loans 30 4% $214,340 $7,145

All Degrees and Programs

Total of All Education Programs 902 99 10 1
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 130
African-american/black Studies 19
American/united States Studies/civilization 36
East Asian Studies 17
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 13
French Studies 23
German Studies 3
Italian Studies 6
Latin American Studies 9
Russian Studies 3
Spanish and Iberian Studies 1
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 51 9 3
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 28 7
Molecular Biochemistry 23
Molecular Biology 2 3
Computing and Information Sciences 10
Computer Science 10
Education 1
Education 1
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 70
English Language and Literature 55
English Language and Literature/letters, Other 15
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 13
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature 8
History 49
History 49
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 5 63
Humanities/humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 5 63
Mathematics and Statistics 28 2 1
Mathematics 28 2 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 30
Ancient Studies/civilization 4
Science, Technology and Society 26
Natural Resources and Conservation 9
Environmental Studies 9
Physical Sciences 62 14 6
Astronomy 5 2
Chemistry 21 6 6
Geology and Earth Science 4
Physical Sciences 21
Physics 15 2
Psychology 122 2
Physiological Psychology/psychobiology 43
Psychology 79 2
Social Sciences 217
Anthropology 15
Archeology 1
Economics 60
Economics, Other 16
Political Science and Government 60
Social Sciences, Other 25
Sociology 40
Visual and Performing Arts 106 9
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 14
Cinematography and Film/video Production 2
Dance 9
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 9
Film/cinema/video Studies 38
Fine/studio Arts 13
Music, Other 23 7
Above data represents first majors only.
(-) Indicates that a program is not offered at this level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: $55
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 27%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 95%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program: Recommended
TOEFL: Recommended

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 10,657
Percent Admitted: 21%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 34%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 635 (25th Percentile)
  • 740 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 660 (25th Percentile)
  • 740 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 650 (25th Percentile)
  • 750 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 30 (25th Percentile)
  • 33 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 30 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 28 (25th Percentile)
  • 33 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Central/Eastern European Studies B
East Asian Studies B
French Studies B
Gay/Lesbian Studies B
German Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Molecular Biochemistry B
Molecular Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Classics B
East Asian B
French B
German B
Italian B
Japanese B
Romance Languages B
Russian B
Spanish B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Ancient Studies/Civilization B
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B
Neuroscience B
Science, Technology & Society B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Wesleyan University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (860) 685-2000
Website: www.wesleyan.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://apply.commonapp.org
Address: 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT 06459
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,230
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 90%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 3,230 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $57,334
Out-of-state Tuition: $57,334
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 47%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $50,786

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Wesleyan University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Wesleyan University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 101
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 233
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 41
History 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Mathematics and Statistics 111
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 22
Physical Sciences 452
Psychology 22
Social Sciences 84
Visual and Performing Arts 1661
Grand total 149287

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Wesleyan University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $57,334
Out-of-state $57,334
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $56,724
Out-of-state $56,724

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 376 47%
Grant or scholarship aid 332 41% $50,786
Student loan aid 185 23% $7,102

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,290 43% $50,586
Federal student loans 730 24% $4,699

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Wesleyan University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Wesleyan University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 13,264 5,008 8,256
Percent admitted 100% 20% 14%
Percent admitted who enrolled 6% 7% 5%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Wesleyan University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,230
Undergraduate enrollment 3,018
Graduate enrollment 212

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Wesleyan University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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