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Wesleyan University – Middletown, CT

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About Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University is a private, nonsectarian university of liberal arts and sciences for men and women.  Wesleyan offers its 2800 students the comfortable atmosphere of a relatively small school along with the facilities, faculty and research opportunities usually found only at larger universities.  Established in 1831, Wesleyan has a long tradition of sustaining a remarkably diverse, close community of learning.  It is among the most selective institutions in the country.  All financial aid is need-based, we meet the full demonstrated need of all students, and admission is aid blind for all US citizens and Permanent Residents of the US.

Wesleyan ranks first in federal research funds awarded for the support of scientific research among the Top 20 US Liberal Arts Colleges as listed by US News and World Report. These data are compiled by the National Science Foundation, and are for the years 1999-2001 (the most recent data compiled and published).

Basic Information
Institution Type Private
School Size Medium (2,000 - 15,000 students)
Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation No Preference or affiliation
Student Body
Acceptance Rate Less than 25%
Out of State Students 75% - 100%
Single Sex or Co-ed? Co-educational
Underrepresented Students 15% - 20%
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities Services for the visually impaired
Wheelchair access
Services for the hearing impaired
Services for the learning disabled
Services for students with speech and communication disorders
Athletics Division III Teams
Intercollegiate Programs
Intramural Programs
Applying to Wesleyan University
Average High School GPA N/A
Average SAT: Mathematics 700
Average SAT: Critical Reading 700
Average SAT: Writing 710
Average ACT Composite 31
Required Tests Neither test is required
Essay Required
Interview Not Required
Financial Information
In-state Tuition $35,000 - $39,999
Out-of-state Tuition $35,000 - $39,999
Academic Information
Degrees Masters
3/2 Engineering Program
Bachelor of Arts
Specific Programs Independent Study
Research Opportunities
Student employment services
Student designed major
Study abroad
Double Major
Work-study program
Honors Program
View Programs and Majors at Wesleyan University
Scholarship Name
Web Site
Application Deadline No Deadline

Wesleyan is committed to enrolling a diverse student body – including those from wide-ranging economic backgrounds. Here’s what you need to know about how we handle financial aid: if you’re admitted, we meet your full demonstrated need, making it possible for you to attend Wesleyan whatever your financial circumstances.

Beginning with the entering class in 2008, Wesleyan has eliminated loans in favor of outright grants for most students with a family income below $40,000. On our website below, we have outlined the ways a Wesleyan education can be a manageable cost for you and your family.

To help give you a sense of how financial aid packages are caclulated, here you will find some sample packages: 

These samples show that you do not have to be wealthy or even well off to consider affording Wesleyan. We are committed to helping you receive a Wesleyan education without incurring unmanageable need-based debt. In 2011-12, our students received financial aid awards ranging from $3,500 to $55,300. These students came from families with annual incomes between $0 and $285,000.

A Wesleyan education can be surprisingly affordable.  For a preliminary idea of how much you would be expected to contribute, see the Wesleyan Net Price Calculator.

Application Process
Contact Mr. James Huerta, Assistant Dean of Admission
Phone: 8606852953
Fee Waivers
Fee Waiver Name
Web Site
Application Deadline No Deadline

The Wesleyan application fee of $55 will be waived for Ventures Scholars.  When you apply please email  and include “Venture Scholars Fee Waiver” in the subject line.

Application Process
Contact Mr. James Huerta, Assistant Dean of Admission
Phone: 8606852953
Early Admission
Early Admission Name Early Decision I (Nov. 15) and Early Decision II (Jan. 1)
Web Site
Application Deadline No Deadline

Wesleyan builds each class around a strong nucleus of students who have decided that Wesleyan is their first choice school.  From 40% to 50% of each entering class is admitted through Early Decision.  Wesleyan offers two options under the Early Decision Program. Option I is designed for students who have decided early in the fall that Wesleyan is their first choice. The application deadline is November 15 with notification by December 15.  Option II recognizes that some students arrive at a final college choice later than others. It also accommodates students who wish to have their senior year first semester grades included in their application. The application deadline is January 1 with notification by February 15.

Students applying under Early Decision certify that Wesleyan is their first choice and agree to accept Wesleyan’s offer of admission if extended. Students also agree to withdraw applications submitted to other colleges and not to initiate any new applications.

Wesleyan notifies all applicants electronically for all admission decisions.  Instructions on how to view your online decision letter will be sent via e-mail prior to the notification date.  Related materials will be mailed to students who are admitted, deferred or waitlisted.   For those students whose applications are denied, letters will be available online only.

For more information on applying Early Decision to Wesleyan, follow the link below:

Application Process The Common Application Early Decision Form can be downloaded here.
Contact Mr. James Huerta, Assistant Dean of Admission
Phone: 8606852953


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