Wesleyan University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, & More

Wesleyan University Library
Wesleyan University Library. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Wesleyan University is highly selective with an acceptance rate of just 18% in 2016. Successful applicants nearly always have grades that are well above average. The SAT and ACT are optional. Other application requirements include essays, meaningful extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Wesleyan University Description

Located on a 340-acre campus in Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. While Wesleyan does have several graduate programs, the university has the feel of a liberal arts college with a predominantly undergraduate focus. Wesleyan has an impressive 8 to 1 student to faculty ratio, and the university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences have earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Students at Wesleyan are highly engaged in the campus community, and the university offers over 200 student organizations. On the athletic front, Wesleyan competes in the NCAA Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference. The university fields 29 varsity teams.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 3,206 (2,971 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46 percent male / 54 percent female
  • 98 percent full-time

Costs (2016–17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,912
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,950
  • Other Expenses: $1,465
  • Total Cost: $67,527

Wesleyan University Financial Aid (2015–16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 53 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 46 percent
    • Loans: 31 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $44,953
    • Loans: $6,221

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 87 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 91 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Wrestling, Tennis Squash, Swimming, Golf, Soccer, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Squash, Field Hockey, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse

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Wesleyan University Mission Statement

"Wesleyan University is dedicated to providing an education in the liberal arts that is characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism. At Wesleyan, distinguished scholar-teachers work closely with students, taking advantage of fluidity among disciplines to explore the world with a variety of tools. The university seeks to build a diverse, energetic community of students, faculty, and staff who think critically and creatively and who value independence of mind and generosity of spirit."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics