Liberal Learning

A Wesleyan University education is characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism. At Wesleyan, students work at the highest levels, discovering what they love to do and applying their knowledge in meaningful ways. Wesleyan has no core requirements— students are free to design their academic experience as they please.  They work with advisors on a continuous basis to customize a broad and rich itinerary of study in three intellectual spheres: the arts and humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences and mathematics.

Wesleyan is  a relatively small school, and students benefit from close teacher-student interaction, first-rate facilities, award-winning faculty, and access to the kinds of research opportunities that are usually found at larger universities.

Academics

When students direct their own education, they learn to think independently, explore questions from multiple points of view, and develop habits of a liberal education. With the freedom to sample liberally from across the curriculum, students experience the surprise and intellectual excitement of unexpected ability in fields new to them, leading to fruitful connections across subject areas that do not traditionally intersect. Such depth of study provides new ways of seeing, with students posing questions from one discipline to the assumptions of another.

The faculty has identified 10 essential capabilities that all Wesleyan students should acquire: writing; speaking; interpretation; quantitative reasoning; logical reasoning; designing, creating and realizing; ethical reasoning; intercultural literacy; information literacy; and effective citizenship.

The University offers 45 majors, 14 minors, and 12 certificates. To learn more about academics at Wesleyan, we encourage you to visit our Academics page.

Distinctive Programs

Wesleyan’s unique selection of distinctive programs inspires students to engage in critical thought and harness their creative energy through liberal learning. A sampling of these programs include: the Quantitative Analysis Center, the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the College of the Environment, the College of Film and the Moving Image, the Center for the Humanities, the Center for Global Studies, the Shapiro Creative Writing Center, and the Center for African American Studies.

To learn more about our distinctive programs, visit our Distinctive Programs page.

Student Life

Wesleyan students mix interests in unpredictable and surprising ways. While exploring interests outside academics - whether in the arts, sports, political and social issues, languages, travel, the outdoors, internships ( the list goes on) - students find balance, expand their circle of acquaintances, cultivate personal networks, and build leadership skills.

Wesleyan boasts over 275 student-run clubs and organizations ranging from the performing arts, to politics and activism, to award winning student publications. Wesleyan is a founding member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), which is widely recognized as the gold standard of Division III sports. Twenty-nine varsity teams compete in the following sports: baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling.

All of this happens on a completely residential campus where students benefit from a distinctive and  progressive model of on-campus housing. The residential experience at Wesleyan is built on giving students a new sense of independence. Wesleyan guarantees on-campus housing for all fours years, with meaningful transitions from the first year to the fourth. Sharing a double in a residence hall with more than a hundred neighbors is typical for first years. Sophomores may upgrade to program houses with a dozen like-minded residents. Juniors and seniors may rise into apartments and wood-frame houses with a handful of good friends. Ultimately, the model prepares students to live on their own as active and engaged citizens in a greater community.

To learn more about student life and our progressive independence housing model, visit our Student Life website.

Admission Website

Please refer to the Wesleyan University Admission Website at wesleyan.edu/admission for more information.

Deadline Information for First-Year Student Applicants

  • Early Decision I: November 15
  • Early Decision II: January 1
  • Regular Decision: January 1

Applicants in the Early Decision I program will be notified of their decision in mid-December. Those in the Early Decision II program will be notified in mid-February, and those in the Regular Decision pool will be notified in late March.

Students interested in applying to Wesleyan as a transfer applicant should complete the Common Application.

Required Application Materials

  • Completed Wesleyan Coalition Application 
  • General Application Essay
  • Secondary School Report Form and Transcript
  • Two Teacher Evaluation Forms or Letters of Recommendation (preferably one from humanities and one from math or science)
  • Mid-year Report
  • $65 application fee (all applicants seeking financial aid will have their application fee waived)
  • Early Decision Agreement Form for those applying Early Decision

Applicants may also choose to submit the optional materials listed below.

  • Standardized test scores
  • Supplemental materials that demonstrate evidence of significant talent, such as a completed project in art, music, theater, film, or science

We encourage you to visit our website for further information on applying to Wesleyan and our test-optional policy.

Financial Aid

Wesleyan is committed to enrolling a student body that is socioeconomically diverse. By meeting the full demonstrated need of every admitted student, we make it possible for all students to attend regardless of financial circumstances.

Most students from families who earn less than $120,000 will be offered a financial aid package that is without loans. Wesleyan students at family income levels above $120,000 who qualify for need-based institutional aid are not expected to borrow more than a combined total of $19,000 over the course of their entire Wesleyan undergraduate education: $3,500 as a first-year, $4,500 as a sophomore, $5,500 as a junior, and $5,500 as a senior.

Wesleyan considers DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and undocumented students who graduate from a US high school as domestic candidates for admission and financial aid.

  • Wesleyan University's MyinTuition Quick College Cost Estimator can be found here.
  • Wesleyan University’s Net Price Calculator can be found here.
  • Graduation rate: 90%
  • Percentage of students on financial aid: 48%
  • Percentage of students who graduate with no loan debt: 62%
  • Total cost of attendance: $82,250
  • Average need based grant award: $54,530

Learn more about financing your Wesleyan education at wesleyan.edu/finaid.

Additional Information