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Colleges / Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University

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

Wesleyan Admissions

If you want to apply to Wesleyan, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 1 and the fee for the application costs $65.

Students who apply to Wesleyan for fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Wesleyan Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Wesleyan 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 76%
Mean SAT Score 1391
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 51%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 27%
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 January 15 April 1

Applying Early to Wesleyan?

Wesleyan 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 I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ 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 is 55%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 19%. Last year, Wesleyan admitted 494 of the 900 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early to 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 the chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Discover 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 Difficult To Get Into?

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 19% of all applicants, approximately 2,540 from 13,067 applicants.

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

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Wesleyan

In 2022, Wesleyan waitlisted 3,585 students and 2,031 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 10 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Wesleyan?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. 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 on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Wesleyan

Curious about the factors that are considered by Wesleyan 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
Academic GPA Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

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

Wesleyan 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
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?

Wesleyan 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, 25% submitted a class rank. At Wesleyan 76% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school and 99% 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 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 considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 51% of Wesleyan's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 27% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Wesleyan?

To be competitive with other Wesleyan applicants, you should strive to score between 1310 and 1490 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Wesleyan 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1490 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 student is 1391.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Wesleyan students scored 760 or higher and 75% of students scored 650 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 650 or higher.

What is 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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on 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 send your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Wesleyan's acceptance rate?

✅ Wesleyan has an acceptance rate of 19%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Wesleyan?

✅ Wesleyan'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 19%. This means that the institution accepts 19 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 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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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

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