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Wesleyan Admissions Information

Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT (map)


Wesleyan University is a private, liberal arts institution in Middletown, Connecticut. It ranks 12th in U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 list of the nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges. Founded in 1831, the University is widely recognized for its high research productivity and diverse faculty. Wesleyan is ranked seventh among universities with the highest percentage of full-time African-American faculty members. It also ranks second among colleges with the most graduates that go on to earn PhDs. Wesleyan is regularly recognized as a “Little Ivy” for its strong academic reputation and rigorous courses. Distinguished university alumni include best-selling author Robin Cook, renowned physicist Daniel Freedman, and current governor of Vermont Peter Shumlin.

Wesleyan offers a variety of athletic programs ranging from Basketball and Baseball to Field Hockey and Judo. While the school offers more than 200 clubs and organizations, this number is subject to nearly constant increases, as the school allows for the creation of clubs based on student interests. The campus is located just 15 miles from Hartford, and about 25 miles away from New Haven.



Basic Info

Main Address: 237 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459
Phone Number: (860) 685-2000  
Website: www.wesleyan.edu  


Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III, Club, Intramural, and Intercollegiate Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 2,854  
Percent out-of-state: 92%  
Percent international: 6.8%  
Female to Male ratio: 52:48  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 9:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
Area and Ethnic Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Physical Sciences
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
Semester At Sea
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Urban Semester
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Apartments For Married Students
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus ministries
Concert band
Music Ensembles
Pep band
Student newspaper
Choral groups
Film society
Jazz Band
Musical Theater
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #2, Number of graduates that go on to earn PhDs
  • Voted #11, Best College Library
  • Voted #19, Most Politically Active Students
  • Ranked #12, America's Best Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Voted #19, Best College Theater

Admissions Information

With an annual acceptance rate of about 21%, Wesleyan is one of the nation's most selective universities. Admissions officials note that a candidate's secondary school record, character, class rank, GPA, application essay, recommendations, and standardized test scores are the most important factors in the selection process. Other factors include a student's talents, ethnicity, and status as a first-generation college student. The University may also consider an applicant's alumni relation, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, geographical residence, interview, and work experience.

All applicants are required to submit an application essay, standardized test scores, a secondary school report, a midyear school report, and two academic teacher evaluations. Wesleyan offers a binding early decision option, and about 43% of Early Decision applicants are admitted to the University.

Admissions address: 70 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459-0260
Phone number: (860) 685-3000  
Fax number: (860) 685-3001  
Admissions Website: http://www.wesleyan.edu/admission/  
Email: admissions@wesleyan.edu  
Contact Person: Nancy Meislahn, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid  
Number of first-year applications received: 10,657  
Percent of applicants admitted: 21%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay
Standardized Test Scores
Secondary School Report
Midyear School Report
Two Academic Teacher Evaluations

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes (SAT or ACT)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest section scores across test dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3959  
ACT code: 0614  
Learn more about other Academically Challenging New England schools:
Bryant   Trinity   Williams College   Tufts  

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