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 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%|
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.
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.
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.
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|State Residency||Not Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
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||√|
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|
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.
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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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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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
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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First-Year Applications are Due
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
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.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1510 and Above
1340 to 1510
1340 and Less
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.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
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