Class Profile: 2022

Profile of Students Offered Admission for Fall 2018

It is not possible to fully convey the individual strengths and differences among students selected for Wesleyan in a statistical profile. What we hope to suggest with these facts is what we value in the admission process. No specific high school program is prescribed for admission, but admitted students have taken advantage of the specific curricular offerings of their high school to get the most out of their education, whether through AP courses, International Baccalaureate Diploma, local college courses, or simply the most challenging teachers. Their curiosity and love of learning travel with them. Rank in Class and ACT or SAT I & II are generally quite strong, but more telling in our assessment are the rigor of academic program and teacher recommendations. The admitted students are diverse in nationality, region, first language, race, ethnicity and socio-economic status. The variety of talents and commitments to school groups, civic and religious organizations, politics and the arts makes successful candidates more likely to contribute to the life of this vibrant community called Wesleyan.

12,788 Applications Received | 2,223 Admitted (17.4%)

  • Class size: 825
  • 45% of admits are male, 55% female
  • 82% of admits live outside New England; 15% live in 63 other countries including Brunei, Burkina Faso, Guyana, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Tanzania, The United Kingdom and Zimbabwe
  • English is a second language for 16% of the admitted students
  • 272 international students admitted (12% of all admits)
  • 45% of the admits are students of color (including international)
  • 14% of admits are the first generation in family to attend college
  • 11% of admits have a Wesleyan alumni or student relative
  • 51% of admits applied for need-based aid (Wesleyan meets full demonstrated need for all those admitted)
  • 1,080 applied in Early Decision (8% of applicants) and 403 were admitted (18% of admission offers)
  • 19 admitted/enrolled QuestBridge Match Scholars and 10 Veterans in Wesleyan’s fifth Posse
  • HS Preparation:
    • 88% have taken calculus
    • 84% have taken biology, chemistry and physics
    • 83% have a fourth year (or equivalent) of one foreign language

ACT and SAT scores

  ACT Comp SAT ERW SAT M
Admit 75th %ile: 35 760 790
Admit Median: 34 740 760
Admit 25th %ile: 32 710 730
75% of admits asked to have test scores considered in the admission process

Profile of First Year Students

Class Year 2018* 2019* 2020* 2021* 2022
Applicants 9,477 9,905 12,030 12,453 12,788
Admitted 2,245 2,181 2,129 2,014 2,223
Matriculants 757 762 782 775 825
   Men 45% 45% 46% 46% 45%
   Women 55% 55% 54% 54% 55%
Geography (Residence)
   New England 20% 19% 19% 20% 20%
   Mid-Atlantic 34% 35% 33% 31% 33%
   Mid-West 7% 6% 7% 5% 5%
   South 7% 7% 6% 8% 7%
   West 19% 19% 19% 20% 19%
   Outside the USA 13% 14% 16% 16% 14%
Secondary School:
   Public 50% 50% 52% 52% 51%
   Other 51% 50% 48% 48% 49%
Early Decision 47% 48% 48% 51% 49%
Students of Color (including international) 40% 42% 40% 44% 39%
   Asian/Asian-American 22% 20% 21% 23% 20%
   Black/African-American 11% 11% 9% 11% 10%
   Latino/Hispanic 9% 12% 12% 13% 11%
   Native American/Alaskan or Native Hawaiian/ Pac Island 0.8% 0.9% 1.2% 1.5% 2.3%
International Students 9% 11% 13% 15% 13%
Wesleyan Relatives 15% 13% 16% 14% 15%
   Alumni Children 6% 7% 7% 7% 7%
First Generation to Four-Year College 16% 17% 15% 15% 14%
Financial Aid
   Financial Aid 46% 51% 46% 47% 44%
   Grant Aid 43% 46% 43% 41% 39%
Academic Program in HS
   Math through Calculus 81% 82% 82% 83% 81%
   Biology, Chemistry and Physics 84% 81% 81% 84% 82%
   Foreign Language IV 82% 79% 79% 81% 80%
Class Ranking
   Class Rank Reported 31% 28% 40% 40% 32%
   Top 10% 63% 72% 69% 60% 66%
   Top 20% 83% 88% 86% 87% 86%
ACT Median 32 32 32 33 33
SAT Medians:
   ERW (old Verbal/Critical Reading) 700 710 730 730 730
   Math 700 710 720 740 750
   Writing 710 710 730 n/a n/a
Transfer Matriculants, Fall 58 47 62 52 44
Total New Students Enrolling 815 809 844 827 869


Note: Class of 2018 and forward records all race responses; students can appear in more than one category

*as of August 1st