Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

Get to know Wesleyan University

School Profile

Suburban campus setting

3,069 undergraduate students

184 graduate students

13% first-generation students

78% are from outside of New England

93% are from outside of Connecticut

13% lived in 62 countries outside the U.S.


16.5% applicants admitted

78% in top 10% of high school class

SAT EBRW Middle 50%: 730-770

SAT M Middle 50%: 750-790

ACT Middle 50%: 33-35

Wesleyan is test-optional. 42% of admitted students did not submit SAT or ACT scores

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45 majors, 32 minors, and 3 certificate programs


Student-to-faculty ratio 8:1

Average class size is 20

Introduction to Wesleyan University

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. Seniors are encouraged to highlight their work in a capstone experience.  Wesleyan's diverse selection of distinctive programs inspire students to think critically and creatively. Opportunities like those at 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 Wesleyan's unique, interdisciplinary approaches to learning.

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.

The Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (JCCP) develops and maintains local partnerships with schools, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and the community at large through the Office of Community Partnerships and WESU-FM 88.1 (all the way left on your radio dial). 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.

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 students from underrepresented groups and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating disparities who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences.

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.

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

Wesleyan maintains an ongoing commitment to fostering diversity and welcoming and supporting low-income students throughout the entirety of their undergraduate career, offering access to the Resource Center, WesMaSS (supporting students with identities historically underrepresented in science and math), FirstThings First (offering first-generation low-income students community and guidance throughout their Wesleyan journey), the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and other resources.

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