Wesleyan University

Academic Highlights

  • Wesleyan has an open curriculum, with no core course requirements. The University has established General Education Expectations that are designed to encourage breadth within the student educational experience. Wesleyan University is dedicated to providing a bold, rigorous education in the liberal arts, and values putting ideas into practice.

  • With 45 majors, 31 minors, and 3 certificate programs to choose from, Wesleyan students have the flexibility to explore their many academic interests and passions.

  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 8:1 and the average class size is less than 20 students.

  • The faculty's commitment to research and scholarship creates unparalleled opportunities for undergraduates to participate in faculty research and does not come at the expense of teaching (professors teach every class at Wesleyan). Seniors are encouraged to highlight their work in a capstone experience.

  • The Wesleyan McNair Program assists students from underrepresented groups with preparing for, entering, and progressing successfully through post-graduate education.

  • The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program seeks to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences, and aims to reduce over time underrepresentation of minority groups on faculties. 

  • The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners through support of cutting-edge scholarship, high-impact teaching practices, rigorous debate, and broad dissemination of work pertaining to public life.

  • Service Learning integrates experiences outside the classroom with an academic curriculum taught within the classroom. As one form of experiential education, service learning seeks to broaden students’ understanding of course content through activities that are, at the same time, of service to the campus and/or surrounding community.

  • The Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (JCCP) is the home of community engagement at Wesleyan University. Guided by the principles of mutual respect and collective responsibility, the JCCP focuses on developing and maintaining local partnerships with schools, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and the community at large through the Office of Community Partnerships, the Center for Prison Education, and WESU-FM 88.1 (all the way left on your radio dial).

  • Wesleyan's diverse selection of distinctive programs inspire students to think both critically and creatively. Opportunities like The Shapiro Center for Writing, the Quantitative Analysis Center, the Center for the Humanities and the Fries Center for Global Studies are just a few of the unique, interdisciplinary approaches to learning students immerse themselves in.

  • The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship supports students and alumni interested in creating and sustaining programs, businesses, and organizations that advance the public good.

  • Wesleyan participates in Dual Degree Programs in engineering which give students both a B.A. from Wesleyan and a B.S. in engineering from Columbia, Dartmouth, or Caltech.

  • Take advantage of the BA/MA program in the natural sciences, mathematics and psychology, through which you can earn a BA and MA in five years, and tuition for the 5th year is waived.