Wesleyan University

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237 High Street

Middletown, CT 06459

Phone: (860) 685-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Wesleyan University is a private institution that was founded in 1831. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,940, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 316 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Wesleyan University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 17. Its tuition and fees are $46,944 (2013-14).

Wesleyan University is located in Middletown, Conn., overlooking the Connecticut River. The school offers about 200 student organizations, including several a cappella groups. Greek life has a long history at Wesleyan, with several fraternities and sororities on campus, including the coed fraternity Eclectic Society, as well as secret societies like the Skull and Serpent. Wesleyan’s athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference. The college is also part of the unofficial Little Three athletic conference with Amherst and Williams. Freshmen are required to live on campus, along with the majority of students who live in campus residence halls, apartments or houses.

Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program offers students a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. Wesleyan also grants other graduate degrees through its Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs. Wesleyan was one of the first colleges to attempt coeducation by admitting female students from 1872 to 1912; however, after 1912, women were not officially admitted again until 1970. Students of color were first admitted in the 1960s. Wesleyan is also among the oldest of the originally Methodist colleges in the country. Nearly 50 percent of student study abroad through 150 programs located in 50 countries worldwide. Notable alumni include Robert Allbritton, owner and publisher of Politico; Michael Bay, who directed "Armageddon" and "Pearl Harbor"; and actor Bradley Whitford of the TV series "The West Wing" and film "Billy Madison."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

We believe that liberal education should instill capacities for critical and creative thinking that can address unfamiliar and changing circumstances, engender a moral sensibility that can weigh consequence beyond self, and establish an enduring love of learning for its own sake. With the help of our faculty, Wesleyan students develop their own unique programs of study, which reflect their own interests and address capabilities we believe are essential to effective participation in a global society. Our faculty are active, well-known scholars, and the community is intellectually lively, so students have resources and support for accomplishing serious scholarly work as undergraduates.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1831
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $616,195,000


When applying to Wesleyan University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at Wesleyan University is $55. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 20.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 20.9%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Wesleyan University is 9:1, and the school has 68.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Wesleyan University include: Psychology, General; Political Science and Government, General; Economics, General; English Language and Literature, General; and Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 95.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 87%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 9%
Political Science and Government, General 7%
Economics, General 6%
English Language and Literature, General 6%
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology 5%

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Student Life

Wesleyan University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,940, with a gender distribution of 48.3 percent male students and 51.7 percent female students. At this school, 99 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 1 percent of students live off campus. Wesleyan University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,262
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Wesleyan University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Wesleyan University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Wesleyan University, 35 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Wesleyan University.

Students who have cars on campus 35%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Wesleyan University, 48.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $39,026.

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Tuition and fees $46,944 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,825 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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