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Wesleyan University Overview

Wesleyan University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Middletown, Connecticut. Middletown is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Wesleyan University Known For?

1,128 Undergraduate Awards
$56,713 Avg Cost After Aid
21% Acceptance Rate
  • Wesleyan U has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1.
  • The 2% student loan default rate at Wesleyan U is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Wesleyan U.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 87% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Wesleyan U bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $54,700 a year. That's about 34% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average Wesleyan U student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Wesleyan University Rankings

We have ranked Wesleyan U as #98 out of 2,587 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Wesleyan U also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Connecticut ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Wesleyan U has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#59 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#132 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Wesleyan U.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Most Popular Area Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular General Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Ethnic, Culture & Gender Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Liberal Arts & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Most Popular Physics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#111 Most Popular Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#124 Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#127 Most Popular Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#143 Most Popular Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Wesleyan U has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#14 Best Liberal Arts Schools College Factual
#16 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools College Factual
#16 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Schools College Factual
#16 Best Humanities Schools College Factual
#56 Best Schools Grad Degree

Where Is Wesleyan University?


Contact details for Wesleyan U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT 06459
Phone: 860-685-2000

How Do I Get Into Wesleyan U?

You can apply to Wesleyan U online at:

Admission Requirements for Wesleyan U

Submission Required?
High School GPA considered but not required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Wesleyan U?

21% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
If you plan to apply to Wesleyan U, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 21%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 23%, and the acceptance rate for women is 20%.

Can I Afford Wesleyan University?

$56,713 Net Price
25% Take Out Loans
1.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Wesleyan U is $56,713. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Wesleyan U, approximately 25% of students took out student loans averaging $7,965 a year. That adds up to $31,860 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wesleyan U is 1.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Wesleyan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,836 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,852 undergraduate students at Wesleyan U, with 2,836 being full-time and 16 being part-time.


There are also 201 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,836 full-time undergraduates at Wesleyan U, 42% are male and 58% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Wesleyan University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 223
Black or African American 163
Hispanic or Latino 327
White 1,547
International Students 325
Other Races/Ethnicities 251

Geographic Diversity

Connecticut students aren't the only ones who study at Wesleyan University. At this time, 41 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 64 countries are represented at Wesleyan U. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Canada.

Online Learning at Wesleyan University

359 Took All Classes Online
2,945 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2019-2020, 2,945 students took at least one online class at the school.

Wesleyan University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Area Studies 117 0 0 117
Economics 100 0 0 100
Political Science & Government 100 0 0 100
General Psychology 94 5 0 99
Child Development & Psychology 67 6 0 73
General English Literature 66 0 0 66
Science, Technology & Society 46 0 0 46
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 42 0 0 42
Fine & Studio Arts 41 0 0 41
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 36 2 2 40
Computer Science 36 1 0 37
History 37 0 0 37
Physics 30 7 0 37
General Biology 30 3 2 35
Mathematics 33 0 2 35
Liberal Arts General Studies 10 20 0 30
Other Social Sciences 28 0 0 28
Sociology 27 0 0 27
Anthropology 24 0 0 24
Chemistry 21 0 2 23
Ethnic Studies 21 0 0 21
Music 13 6 2 21
Philosophy 20 0 0 20
Drama & Theater Arts 20 0 0 20
General Physical Sciences 17 0 0 17
English Literature (Other) 15 0 0 15
Natural Resources Conservation 13 0 0 13
Biological & Physical Science 6 0 0 6
Astronomy & Astrophysics 4 2 0 6
Religious Studies 4 0 0 4
Arts & Media Management 0 4 0 4
Dance 4 0 0 4
Classical & Ancient Studies 3 0 0 3
Romance Languages 2 0 0 2
Archeology 1 0 0 1
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,128 56 10 1,194


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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