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About Wesleyan

Wesleyan University is a private, nonprofit school located in the suburban setting of Middletown, CT, less than an hour from Hartford, CT; New Haven, CT; Springfield, MA.

Founded in 1831, the institution currently enrolls around 3,053 students a year, including 2,852 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $1,131,000. For each full-time student, Wesleyan spends about $37,557.

2021 Admissions Facts About Wesleyan

Acceptance rate: 21%

Mean ACT score: 32

Mean SAT score: 1417

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: April 1

What is Wesleyan University's acceptance rate?

Admission to Wesleyan is extremely difficult. The acceptance rate at Wesleyan is 21 percent.

The mean SAT scores for students who get into Wesleyan is 1417. The mean ACT scores is 32.

In 2021, 2,302 applicants were waitlisted and 133 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Wesleyan a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

About 87 percent of students who start at Wesleyan come back for their second year of college. Out of the 750 students who started at Wesleyan as first-time freshman, 649 graduate within four years.

Around 91 percent of students who started at Wesleyan earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $23,876 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Wesleyan sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Wesleyan a good school for YOU?

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All applicants will receive an admissions decision by April 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. Or, visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about Wesleyan and get personalized recommendations for other colleges that might be perfect for you.

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


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Wesleyan ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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34 and Above


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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

Not available


Math SAT Range

670 - 770


Reading SAT Range

650 - 740

Wesleyan Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Wesleyan is like? There are approximately 3,230 students enrolled at Wesleyan, including 3,018 undergraduate students and 212 graduate students. 97% 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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