About Wesleyan University

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.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate17%
Application Deadline15-Nov
Application Fee55
SAT Range
ACT Range

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.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Wesleyan University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    40 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    21 Students rated off-campus housing 2.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    40 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    39 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    39 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    39 Students rated school activities 4.4 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    40 Students rated local services 3.6 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    39 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Wesleyan University?

12 Students rated Wesleyan University

Tofarati - 03/19/2024

Wesleyan University offers a vibrant liberal arts education with a diverse student body and engaging faculty. Its strong emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and ample research opportunities make it a top choice for those seeking a well-rounded academic experience.

Gifty - 12/22/2019

In my opinion visiting Wesleyan University the campus is really beautiful and very easy to navigate and just walking on campus is a good exercise because the classes are far from the dorm, but that might depend on where you live. The food there is so amazing, not the biggest diversity, but everyone there is so nice and caring. Visiting that campus made me feel like it was a second home I just enjoyed the vibe that I got when I was on that campus.

Nicole - 07/03/2019

Wesleyan is a great school with a lot of diversity. The sports are great and people come to support our games. There are many extracurricular activities as well, ranging from clubs to recreational sports. The academics is most impressive at Wesleyan. A degree from this wonderful university can truly help you get a job anywhere.

Katherine - 06/01/2019

Wesleyan is a fantastic moderate-sized liberal arts school. It is a wonderful community, and just the right size. Small enough that you don't get lost in the masses, and there's a sense of unity and intimacy, but big enough that there are a wide variety of opportunities for students to get involved in a variety of activities that they are interested. It is rigorous with academic excellence, but by no means a cutthroat competitive atmosphere--on the contrary, very collegial and supportive.

Wesleyan University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Wesleyan University?

    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 _____.

  2. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    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.

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  3. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    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.

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  4. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    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.

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    Every possible interest group, social class, race, ethnicity and background, in addition to ice cream flavor and sexual orientation is represented in my classmates.

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  6. What are the academics like at your school?

    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.

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  7. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    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.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    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.

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  9. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    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!

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    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.

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  11. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Because the campus is small, gossip travels quickly and some student communities on campus tend to be subtley exclusive.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    It is extremely academically challenging

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  13. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    A lot of people are under the impression that Wesleyan is a school for liberal druggies and hipsters that happen to be smart.

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  14. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    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.

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  15. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Wesleyan is a liberal roller-coaster where people have fun and truly care about one another.

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  16. What's unique about your campus?

    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.

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  17. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who are narrow minded should not attem this school.

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  18. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Nothing. I feel that I was well-informed about everything regarding the school before I came

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  19. Describe the dorms.

    Alex shows us his freshman year dorm and recalls some vivid memories of life there.

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  20. What are your classes like?

    Difficult, time-consuming, heavy reading loads, but rewarding. I appreciate my classes and the education I am receiving more and more with each passing semester. I no longer learn just to get a good grade at the end of the semester. One of the greatest feelings is realizing that something you learned in your Physics for Future Presidents class can help you in your Issues in Contemporary Historiography class.

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  21. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    People eating in Usdan, the new campus center at Wesleyan.

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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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$110K & UP

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