Wesleyan at a Glance


  • About 2,900 full-time undergraduates
  • 52% women and 48% men, from 49 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and 52 foreign countries
  • Around 200 graduate students in the natural sciences, mathematics, and ethnomusicology
  • Around 200 students per year in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program
  • 31% students of color in Classes 2014–2017 (7% Black or African American; 8% Asian or Asian American; 10% Latino or Hispanic; .07% Native American, .1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; 6% two or more races); 8% international students
  • Freeman Asian Scholars Program: full tuition scholarships for 11 of the finest students from Asia per class (1 from each of 11 countries). There are more than 40 Freeman Scholars enrolled today.


  • 385 faculty members. All teach undergraduates while remaining active as scholars and researchers.
  • 48% women and 52% men; 17% persons of color
  • 9:1 student-faculty ratio


  • Bachelor of arts, master's degree, master of arts in liberal studies, master of philosophy in liberal arts, and PhD in 6 disciplines
  • 785 bachelor of arts and 81 graduate degrees were awarded in 2013.

Academic Features

  • More than 900 courses offered in 40 departments, 44 major fields of study, 7 minor fields of study
  • More than 900 individual tutorials and private music lessons
  • 13 interdisciplinary programs and 10 certificates
  • Wesleyan-sponsored international programs in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, with a special relationship with a program in Japan, and 150 other approved programs
  • Participant in the Twelve-College Exchange Program


  • 316-acre campus
  • More than 300 buildings including: Olin Memorial Library; Russell House, a National Historic Landmark; the six-story Exley Science Center; Andrus Public Affairs Center; the Van Vleck Observatory; the Center for Film Studies; the Freeman Athletic Center with a 50-meter swimming pool, the Spurrier-Snyder Rink for skating activities, the 1,200-seat Silloway Gymnasium, the 7,500-square-foot Andersen Fitness Center, and the Rosenbaum Squash Center with eight courts; 11-building Center for the Arts complex; Davison Art Center, a National Historic Landmark; Fayerweather with Beckham Hall; the Usdan University Center; 41 Wyllys Avenue (formerly the Squash Buildling and now housing the Career Center, the College of Letters, and the art history department); and the Allbritton Center (housing the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Center for Community Partnerships, and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship).


  • Wesleyan is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (an 11-member league in NCAA Division III).
  • 29 varsity teams; 16 club sports teams; 8 intramural sports
  • About 700 students participate in intercollegiate sports each year


  • More than 200 student organizations covering a range of interests: martial arts, outdoor activities, community tutoring, a cappella singing, literary magazines, theater and dance troupes, WESU-radio, political organizations, and ethnic interest and support groups
  • New groups are formed constantly in response to student interest.

Admission (For Class of 2017)

  • Highly selective, based on individual achievement and promise, with a commitment to enroll a diverse student body and meet full demonstrated need; limited aid available for international students
  • 10,973 applications received; 2,181 students admitted (19.9%); 753 students enrolled
  • 54% women, 46% men enrolled
  • 68% of students enrolled were within the top 10% of their class.
  • Median SAT score for students enrolled: 705 verbal, 700 math, 710 writing; ACT 32
  • Of all students enrolled in the class, 37% are students of color (8% Black or African American; 17% Asian or Asian American; 10% Latino or Hispanic; 1.6% Native American); 9% are international students.

Tuition and Financial Aid

  • Tuition, fees, residential comprehensive fee, and estimated cost for books, supplies and miscellaneous expenses for 2013–14 total $59,914, plus a one-time $300 matriculation fee for first-time students only.
  • The Office of Financial Aid at Wesleyan University is committed to enabling admitted students to attend, regardless of the family's financial circumstances. Accordingly, Wesleyan's financial aid program awards assistance solely on the basis of financial need and meets the full demonstrated need of admitted students.
  • In 2012–13, 46% of students received need-based scholarship awards averaging $39,026; scholarships for all four undergraduate classes exceeded $47 million. The Freeman Asian Scholars program provides merit and need-based aid to eleven incoming students from select countries.


  • Wesleyan was last accredited in 2013 by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.