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Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate14%

Wesleyan Admissions

Wesleyan University is extremely difficult to get into. In 2022, Wesleyan University accepted just 14% of all applicants. In 2023, just 2,096 out of the 14,521 students who applied were accepted.

If you are applying to Wesleyan University, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the application fee costs $65.

Students who submit their applications to Wesleyan University for fall semester should hear back from Wesleyan University by April 1.

Wesleyan University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Wesleyan University's admissions stats.

Wesleyan University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 78.8%
Mean SAT Score 1391
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 52%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 24%
Waitlist Yes

Wesleyan University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Wesleyan University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 1 February 15
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 1 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Wesleyan University?

Wesleyan University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Wesleyan University is 55%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 14%. Last year, Wesleyan University admitted 494 of the 900 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to college because they believe it will boost their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

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

More on Wesleyan University Admissions

Is Wesleyan University Challenging To Get Into?

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

In 2022, Wesleyan accepted 14% of all applicants, about 2,096 of the 14,521 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.

Transferring to Wesleyan University

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

For Students Waitlisted to Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Wesleyan University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines 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 apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Wesleyan University

What does Wesleyan University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Academic GPA Important
First Generation Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered

Make sure to check with Wesleyan University for more information on admission factors.

Wesleyan University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

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

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Wesleyan University?

Wesleyan University has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 24.1% submitted a class rank. At Wesleyan University 78.8% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school and 99.44% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Wesleyan University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA –
3.75 and 3.99 –
3.50 and 3.74 –
3.25 and 3.49 –
3.00 and 3.24 –
2.50 and 2.9 –
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Wesleyan University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Wesleyan University 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 2022, 52% of Wesleyan University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 24% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Wesleyan University?

To be competitive with other Wesleyan University applicants, you should strive to score between 1310 and 1505 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Wesleyan University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1505 and 25% of scored lower than 1310, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Wesleyan University student is 1391.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Wesleyan University students scored 760 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Wesleyan University students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

To be most competitive at Wesleyan University, you should strive to earn between 30.5 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Wesleyan University'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 30.5 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Wesleyan University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.5.

More Information on Transferring to Wesleyan University

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

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 University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Wesleyan University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Wesleyan University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Wesleyan University.

Does Wesleyan University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Wesleyan University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

βœ… Wesleyan University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Wesleyan University?

❌ No, Wesleyan University is test optional, so you can decide whether to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Wesleyan University's acceptance rate?

βœ… Wesleyan University's acceptance rate is 14%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Wesleyan University?

βœ… Wesleyan University's early decision acceptance rate was 55% in 2021.

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Wesleyan Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into Wesleyan? Wesleyan is a selective institution. The Wesleyan acceptance rate is 14%. This means that the institution accepts 14 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1310 - 1505


Math SAT Range

660 - 760


Reading SAT Range

660 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1505 and Above


1310 to 1505


1310 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Wesleyan students is 1391. Applicants with SAT scores of 1505 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Wesleyan, while applicants with SAT scores between 1310 to 1505 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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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