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Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate19%
Acceptance Rate19%

About Wesleyan

Wesleyan University Overview

Wesleyan University is a private, nonprofit school in the suburban setting of Middletown, Connecticut. Wesleyan was founded in 1831 and the school presently has around 3,581 students per year, including 3,385 undergraduate students. Wesleyan ensures on-campus housing for up to 2,973 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 98% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! January 1, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Wesleyan by April 1.

Student Involvement at Wesleyan

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Wesleyan's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Wesleyan students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Wesleyan has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Wesleyan has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Wesleyan on the Student Life page.

2022 Wesleyan Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 19%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 55%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 51%
Tuition $63,722
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $65,227

Is Wesleyan a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better sense of what Wesleyan offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Wesleyan University

It is extremely difficult to get into Wesleyan. Wesleyan admitted 19% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 13,067 applications received in 2022, 2,540 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wesleyan

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 95% of students who start at Wesleyan return for their second year of college. Wesleyanhas a six year graduation rate of 91 for undergrads. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Wesleyan Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Wesleyan directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Wesleyan University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Wesleyan's endowment was valued at $1.7 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Wesleyan spends about $30,493 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Wesleyan

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Wesleyan meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Wesleyan full-time are awarded $65,227 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $24,873 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Wesleyan.

Based on this information, how does Wesleyan sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Wesleyan a good school for you?

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Where is Wesleyan University Located?

Wesleyan is located in the suburban setting of Middletown, Connecticut, in the suburbs of Hartford ; New Haven ; Springfield and MA.

If you would like to see Wesleyan for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 91 to Middletown, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Bradley International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Wesleyan and Middletown are like without leaving home.

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College Info

45 Wyllys Avenue Middletown, CT 06459

Campus Setting: Suburban

Wesleyan Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Wesleyan is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Wesleyan is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Wesleyan University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Wesleyan ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


31 to 34


31 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Wesleyan is 32. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Wesleyan. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Wesleyan SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1310 - 1490


Math SAT Range

650 - 760


Reading SAT Range

650 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1490 and Above


1310 to 1490


1310 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Wesleyan students is 1391. Applicants with SAT scores of 1490 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Wesleyan, while applicants with SAT scores between 1310 to 1490 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1310 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Wesleyan.

Wesleyan Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Wesleyan is like? There are approximately 3,581 students enrolled at Wesleyan, including 3,385 undergraduate students and 196 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 8% percent are from CT and 92% percent of students are from other states.


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