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Founded in 1831, Wesleyan University. is a Private college. Located in Connecticut, which is a city setting in Connecticut, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 2,971 full time undergraduate students, and 235 full time graduate students.
The Wesleyan University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 8:1. There are 372 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Wesleyan University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Most Selective, with ,20% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 6 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
98% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 92% were in the top quarter, and 69% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Wesleyan University.
40 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.
21 Students rated off-campus housing 2.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
40 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.
39 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.
39 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.
39 Students rated school activities 4.4 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.
40 Students rated local services 3.6 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.
39 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.
11 Students rated Wesleyan University
I think Wesleyan University as a second home, where I have friends that support me and help me through my day and my classes as well as any emergency situations. I can talk to my professors who are very helpful to make sure I understand the course content and succeed in the class
I'm almost done with my first year at Wes and I could not have been happier with the decision I made to go here. I love the environment we have here, and the feeling of being in a school that's not too big and at the same time not too small. I feel like there is room for anyone to try anything, and the majority of people you meet are super friendly and ready to help you with whatever. The classes can be really challenging and you will need to learn how to manage your time wisely, and if you're like me, not spread yourself too thin by doing a thousand things. There's a space here for anyone, and a lot of the students are really involved in activites within and without their major.
My overall opinion of Wesleyan University is that it is a place where everyone is accepted for who they are and the extraordinary are embraced with open arms. I am constantly surrounded by people who love to learn and love to ask questions, which, I believe, has made me more of a curious student outside of the classroom. I think that the social scene mixed with the athletics and academics creates the perfect balance that I believe should be found on every college campus.
When one first arrives on Wesleyan University’s campus, they become mesmerized by the institution’s architectural style. The majority of buildings are composed of red bricks that are stacked in a way that makes the buildings both interesting and different. These interesting and different buildings reflect the classes being taught within them as well as the students who take them.
The university provides classes that are as interesting and as different as their buildings as their titles are like none you will have ever heard of before. These interesting and different titles make it that much easier for students to select classes that they are eager about, which translates into an easier time getting excited to go to class and studying. The people who attend this university are as interesting and as different as the buildings and classes as they are all very passionate about something. Whether their passion stems from art, politics, or sports, hearing them speak about their passion is very enthralling and a great way to pass the time.
In general, Wesleyan University is an interesting and different place that is great for those who are very passionate when it comes to what they are studying and want to be exposed to classes and people that they will not run into anywhere else.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Wesleyan University is 17%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Not at all. Wesleyan is super diverse, and the people that do fit these stereotypes are 99 percent of the time open to anything else. Never have I found a place so supportive of its students, in their work, hobbies, and future plans.
The stereotypical Wesleyan student is an intelligent, passionate, quirky vegetarian hippie who smokes a little pot, wants to save the world, and hates Fox news.
The best thing about Wesleyan is that the infrastructure and administration really encourages student initiative - the campus is really owned by the students and you can feel that. Granted, there is always something about the administration that the students are taking issue with, but overall I think that students have a lot more control and freedom at Wesleyan than they would at most other schools.
I think that Wesleyan is a really good size - small enough to feel as if you recognize most people that you see, but big enough that I was still meeting new people during my senior year, and I never felt socially stifled.
Being from the Midwest, most people either haven't heard of Wesleyan, think that I went to Ohio or Illinois Wesleyan, or that I went to Wellesley. I'm pretty sure that over half of the time that people say "oh, that's a good school," they are actually thinking of Wellesley, but whatever.
Middletown doesn't have a lot to offer, aside from a lot of really good restaurants and a killer roller rink. This doesn't really matter, though, because there is always a lot going on on campus. Every weekend there are concerts, plays, parties, movies etc. Almost everything that happens on campus is either free or just costs a couple of dollars.
Every possible interest group, social class, race, ethnicity and background, in addition to ice cream flavor and sexual orientation is represented in my classmates.
As a government major at Wesleyan, my biggest frustration as an underclassman was just getting into high-demand classes. I think that this is a common complaint - while class sizes are capped to be small, it is hard to get into courses in really popular majors, especially as an underclassman or non-major. One cool thing about Wesleyan is that there are hardly any requirements outside of your major, so I was able to take a lot of really varied courses (ie. Theater and Music of Indonesia, Westerns)
Students study pretty hard/often, I think, but generally also manage to balance having a social life. Intellectual conversation definitely happens outside of class, but students aren't particularly competitive. Most Wesleyan students are really excited about whatever they're learning, which results in a culture that cares more about the education that we're getting rather than on how we'll use it to earn money in the future.
Wesleyan's social and extracurricular scenes are what makes it the happening place that is. Each week is chocked full of student music shows (I'd say at least 5 shows a week), art openings, cultural events, and random specific activities. The staggering diversity of the student body's interest shows through this process. If you can't find a niche at Wesleyan that interests you, then college probably isn't your thing.
This was my first choice school, and I applied ED. I would say though, that the general feel on campus is much more liberal and friendly than the other school I was considering.
Finding the right college and being happy in college is one of the biggest challenges in a student and parent's life. However, always keep everything about this process in perspective, it will not be the end of the world if you do not get in to your first choice, I promise! Look at colleges that perhaps were not originally on your list, you may find that a college that was not on it might now be your first choice! Do not let your mind be influenced solely by prestige when looking at colleges, there are so many choices and types of schools, keep in mind that a school should fulfill you academically, socially, economically, etc., always keeping in mind the high amount of loans that you might have to pay after graduation! Stay overnight at a college you are applying to, this will give the student an insider view into the school. In college, explore activities outside of your comfort, try something you might never have done before. Make friends with different kinds of people, don't limit yourself! Work hard in school, and make time to socialize as well, this is truly a once in a lifetime experience!
Wesleyan is best known for being a liberal school that provides an outstanding education in an open and accepting environment. We're tree huggers and deeply invested in contributing in a substantial way to the world when we leave here. Sometimes I think we're known for being radical thinkers, but radical in wanting change in unfair circumstances, and never ever to the point of violence.
Because the campus is small, gossip travels quickly and some student communities on campus tend to be subtley exclusive.
A lot of people are under the impression that Wesleyan is a school for liberal druggies and hipsters that happen to be smart.
It is extremely academically challenging
Wesleyan is a liberal roller-coaster where people have fun and truly care about one another.
There are so many opportunities to make friends, yet it seems that if you do not form relationships quickly, it becomes too late. People quickly form groups and it is difficult to "break into" the groups.
The best thing about Wesleyan is the amount of choices you have when it comes to your academic major. Many students double, even triple major, and many majors here are extensive interdisciplinary programs. The students here also tend to be honest and friendly about their lives and academic careers, making it pretty easy to make friends.
People who are narrow minded should not attem this school.
Alex shows us his freshman year dorm and recalls some vivid memories of life there.
Nothing. I feel that I was well-informed about everything regarding the school before I came
People eating in Usdan, the new campus center at Wesleyan.
Wesleyan has a reputation for poor sports teams, but that doesn't hold true across all sports. That said, it's by no means a sports school--there will be maybe a couple hundred students at the typical home football games. If you're looking for a scene where absolutely EVERYONE is there on game day, Wes may not be your school.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
53% of students
attending Wesleyan University receive some sort of financial aid.
22% were awarded federal grants.
While 28% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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