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Wesleyan Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Wesleyan, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the application fee is $55.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Wesleyan Admissions Stats at a Glance

Wesleyan 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 67%
Mean SAT Score 1417
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 49%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 37%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Wesleyan?

Wesleyan University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Wesleyan is 41%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 21%. Last year, Wesleyan admitted 460 of the 1114 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Wesleyan University

It is extremely difficult to get into Wesleyan. Wesleyan evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Wesleyan accepted 21% of all applicants, around 2,640 of the 12,632 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Wesleyan, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Wesleyan waitlisted 2,302 students. Of those, 1,370 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does Wesleyan Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Wesleyan

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Wesleyan 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Wesleyan must submit the following items. Double check with Wesleyan's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Wesleyan?

Out of all students that were admitted, 31% submitted a class rank. At Wesleyan 67% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school and 98% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Wesleyan University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 31%

Wesleyan considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Wesleyan is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 49% of Wesleyan's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 37% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Wesleyan?

To be competitive with other Wesleyan applicants, you should strive to earn between 1340 and 1510 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Wesleyan 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1510 and 25% of scored lower than 1340, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Wesleyan student is 1417.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Wesleyan students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 670 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Wesleyan students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 670 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Wesleyan?

To be most competitive at Wesleyan, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Wesleyan's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Wesleyan students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

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Transferring to Wesleyan University

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Wesleyan.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Wesleyan during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Wesleyan Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Wesleyan?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Wesleyan.

Does Wesleyan accept transfer credits?

Wesleyan accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Wesleyan accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Wesleyan accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Wesleyan?

No, Wesleyan is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Wesleyan's acceptance rate?

Wesleyan's acceptance rate is 21%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Wesleyan?

Wesleyan's early decision acceptance rate was 41% in 2021.

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Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into Wesleyan? Wesleyan is a selective institution. The Wesleyan acceptance rate is 21%. This means that the institution accepts 20 out of every 100 applicants.



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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 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

1340 - 1510


Math SAT Range

670 - 770


Reading SAT Range

670 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1510 and Above


1340 to 1510


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Wesleyan students is 1417. Applicants with SAT scores of 1510 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Wesleyan, while applicants with SAT scores between 1340 to 1510 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1340 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Wesleyan.

Wesleyan GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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