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Wesleyan University Overview

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

What Is Wesleyan University Known For?

1,096 Undergraduate Awards
$54,906 Avg Cost After Aid
16% Acceptance Rate
  • Wesleyan U has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1.
  • Students at Wesleyan U have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • 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.
  • Students who graduate from Wesleyan U with a bachelor's degree make about $54,700 a year. That's 34% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.0 years for students from Wesleyan U to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Wesleyan University Rankings

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.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Area Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#115 Most Popular Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#122 Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#164 Most Popular Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#190 Most Popular Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#195 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts 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
#53 Highest Paid Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Graduates College Factual
#53 Highest Paid Liberal Arts General Studies Graduates College Factual

Where Is Wesleyan University?

Location of 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 neither required nor recommended
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
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?

16% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 16%, Wesleyan U is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 19%, and the acceptance rate for women is 14%.

Can I Afford Wesleyan University?

$54,906 Net Price
27% Take Out Loans
1.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Wesleyan U is $54,906. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Wesleyan U, approximately 27% of students took out student loans averaging $5,828 a year. That adds up to $23,312 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wesleyan U is 1.4%. 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

2,937 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,018 undergraduate students at Wesleyan U, with 2,937 being full-time and 81 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Wesleyan U

There are also 212 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,937 full-time undergraduates at Wesleyan U, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Wesleyan U

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Wesleyan U Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 217
Black or African American 162
Hispanic or Latino 327
White 1,578
International Students 405
Other Races/Ethnicities 248

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.

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 118 0 0 118
General Psychology 104 4 0 108
Economics 103 0 0 103
Political Science & Government 86 0 0 86
General English Literature 75 0 0 75
Child Development & Psychology 69 1 0 70
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 49 0 0 49
General Biology 40 4 1 45
Mathematics 35 3 2 40
Computer Science 34 1 0 35
Science, Technology & Society 35 0 0 35
Fine & Studio Arts 35 0 0 35
Chemistry 24 7 2 33
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 22 5 3 30
Ethnic Studies 30 0 0 30
History 27 0 0 27
Music 20 7 0 27
Sociology 26 0 0 26
Other Social Sciences 25 0 0 25
Drama & Theater Arts 24 0 0 24
Liberal Arts General Studies 1 22 0 23
Natural Resources Conservation 19 0 0 19
Philosophy 18 0 0 18
Physics 14 1 3 18
Anthropology 17 0 0 17
English Literature (Other) 11 0 0 11
General Physical Sciences 6 3 0 9
Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 4 0 7
Religious Studies 6 0 0 6
Classical & Ancient Studies 5 0 0 5
Arts & Media Management 0 5 0 5
Romance Languages 4 0 0 4
Biological & Physical Science 4 0 0 4
Classical Languages & Literature 3 0 0 3
Dance 3 0 0 3
Archeology 1 0 0 1
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,096 67 11 1,174


*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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