Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University


Wesleyan University is a highly selective private liberal arts university that attracts a diverse student body from all over the world. It is dedicated to the outreach and support of underrepresented students in the United States and beyond. Approximately 35% of undergraduates are students of color and 17% are first generation college students. Wesleyan University will meet 100% of demonstrated financial need. Located in the small New England city of Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan extends to students the flexibility of an open liberal arts curriculum at a top-notch research university. Campus can be described as a vibrant intellectual atmosphere populated by students that champion inclusivity and differences in thought and engagement.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Transportation Assistance Program & Admission Workshops

The Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) encourages first-generation, low-income, and other under-represented students to consider Wesleyan among their top college choices during their senior year of high school. For the students selected, Wesleyan arranges and subsidizes transportation to the University for those students unable to afford a visit to campus. The office of admission also works closely with guidance counselors and community-based organizations to administer admission workshops throughout the country during the travel season in the fall. Learn more about Transportation Assistance Program & Admission Workshops

Academic Advising & Support Pathways to Inclusive Excellence (PIE)

The purpose of PIE is to increase a sense of community amongst students, faculty, and staff. The goal is to remove obstacles along the pathways to secondary and post-secondary education for a wide range of education seeking students. Our programs support local CT elementary and high school aged students. Wesleyan also offers programs to support Wesleyan students during and following their time at Wesleyan. PIE provides support for students who come from historically under-represented backgrounds. Together, these five communities make up the Pathways to Inclusive Excellence (PIE): -- The Upward Bound Math-Science Program -- Wesleyan Mathematics and Science Scholars Program -- Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program -- Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship -- Posse Veteran Scholars Program Learn more about Pathways to Inclusive Excellence (PIE)

Student Diversity

  • 2,900
  • 48/52
  • 17%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 20%
  • 9%
    Black or African American
  • 12%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 55%
  • 6%
    Two or more races
  • 7%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 13%

Student Success

  • 95%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 92%
    Six-year graduation
  • 93%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 98%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 385
    Full-time faculty
  • 67
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 8:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Psychology, Economics, English Language and Literature, Political Science and Government, Biology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Ajua Campos (Latino Students Association), Ujamaa (Black Student Association), Shakti (South Asian Students Organization), Women of Color Collective, Student of Color Coalition, Black and Latino Brotherhood, West Indian Students Association, African Students Association, Korean Student Association, Muslim Student Association, First-Class Organization


Cost of Attendance

  • $50,312
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $300
    Required Fees
  • $13,950
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $54,092,385
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $49,274
    Average aid package
  • $22,959
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 14%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 46%
    Students with financial need
  • 46%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 44%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 12,030
    # of applicants
  • 17%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 33
    ACT Composite
  • 700—770
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 700—780
    SAT Math
  • 700—780
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $55
    Application Fee
  • $55
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date