Wesleyan University, located in a small New England city of 50,000, is a diverse, dynamic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand. Students take advantage of over 1,000 courses in 45 majors, 32 minors and 3 certificate programs in an open curriculum with no core required courses. With an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, students enjoy small class sizes and meaningful interactions with professors.
Professors teach every class at Wesleyan while conducting leading-edge research in their respective fields, creating many opportunities for undergraduates to engage in faculty research projects. Rigorous academic work is tied to real-world issues and concerns through a variety of unique programs such as the Center for Prison Education and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Annually, Wesleyan receives more federal funding for science research than any other small college or university, and many undergraduate science majors see their original research published before they graduate. WesMaSS (Wesleyan Math & Science Scholars) is a highly selective academic program designed to support students from traditionally underrepresented groups pursuing study in mathematics and the natural sciences. Wesleyan also offers a BA/MA program in the natural sciences, mathematics, and psychology, through which students may earn a Master’s degree in the two semesters after earning their BA, with tuition waived.
Campus life is student-driven and vibrant, with more than 275 student clubs, including The Argus (the student newspaper) and other publications; music, dance, theater, film, spoken-word and improv comedy groups; and social justice, activist, and identity-based organizations. Wesleyan has 30 varsity athletic teams that compete in the NESCAC conference in NCAA Division III, as well as active club sports teams. Students engage with the Middletown community through the Albritton Center (the hub of civic engagement at Wesleyan), community-engaged learning and the Center for Community Partnerships. Wesleyan’s unique housing system fosters increasing independence as students move from dormitories to apartments and houses that are part of Wesleyan’s residential network. More than 50% of students choose to study and do research domestically or abroad, often supported by research or internship grants.
Wesleyan alumni go on to careers in every area of industry, technology, government, business, education, entertainment, politics and non-profit work. They include Nobel Prize recipients, MacArthur “Genius” Grant winners, Fulbright scholars, Super Bowl champions, Academy Award winners, groundbreaking scientists, innovative entrepreneurs, political trailblazers, and more.
Wesleyan students gain access to top graduate programs and experience incredible rates of admission to medical and law schools, with more than 80% admitted to a top choice program annually. The Gordon Career Center offers a full array of services to current students and alumni for internships, summer employment and opportunities, and post-Wesleyan employment.