Class Profile: 2020

Profile of Students Offered Admission for Fall 2016

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.

12,030 Applications Received | 2,129 Admitted (17.7%)

  • Class size: 782
  • 44% of admits are male, 56% female
  • 84% of admits in 2016 live outside New England; 16% live in 59 other countries including Armenia, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mauritius, Morocco, Nepal, Poland, Rwanda, Slovakia, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Vietnam
  • English is a second language for 17% of the admitted students
  • 249 international students admitted (12% of all admits)
  • 35% of the admits are students of color (not including international)
  • 13% of admits are the first generation in family to attend college
  • 12% of admits have a Wesleyan alumni/student relative
  • 49% of admits applied for need-based aid (Wesleyan meets full demonstrated need for all those admitted)
  • 1009 applied in Early Decision (8% of applicants) and 381 were admitted (18% of admission offers)
  • 16 admitted/enrolled QuestBridge Match Scholars and 10 Veterans in Wesleyan’s third Posse
  • HS Preparation:
    • 90% have taken calculus
    • 85% have taken biology, chemistry and physics
    • 83% have a fourth year (or equivalent) of one foreign language

ACT and SAT scores

 ACT CompSAT CRSAT MSAT W
Admit 75th %ile 34 770 780 780
Admit Median 33 740 740 750
Admit 25th %ile: 32 700 700 700
79% of admits asked to have test scores considered in the admission process.

Profile of First-Year Students

Class Year2016*2017*2018*2019*2020*
Applicants 10,503 10,973 9,477 9,905 12,030
Admitted 2,103 2,181 2,245 2,181 2,129
Matriculants 756 753 757 762 782
   Men 46% 46% 45% 44% 46%
   Women 54% 54% 55% 56% 54%
Geography (Residence)
   New England 17% 22% 20% 19% 19%
   Mid-Atlantic 35% 34% 34% 35% 33%
   Mid-West 6% 5% 7% 6% 7%
   South 7% 5% 7% 7% 6%
   West 22% 21% 19% 19% 19%
   Outside the USA 12% 13% 13% 14% 16%
Secondary School:
   Public 49% 52% 50% 50% 52%
   Other 51% 48% 50% 50% 48%
Early Decision 49% 51% 47% 48% 48%
Students of Color (including international) 39% 37% 40% 42% 39%
   Asian/Asian-American 18% 17% 22% 20% 20%
   Black/African-American 11% 8% 11% 11% 9%
   Latino/Hispanic 10% 10% 9% 12% 12%
   Native American/Alaskan or Native Hawaiian/ Pac Island 0.4% 1.6% 0.8% 0.9% 1.1%
International Students 8% 9% 9% 11% 13%
Wesleyan Relatives 16% 18% 15% 13% 16%
   Alumni Children 7% 7% 6% 7% 7%
First Generation to Four-Year College 16% 13% 16% 17% 15%
Financial Aid
   Financial Aid 48% 42% 46% 51% 47%
   Grant Aid 44% 37% 43% 46% 43%
Academic Program in HS
   Math through Calculus 80% 83% 81% 78% 82%
   Biology, Chemistry and Physics 82% 83% 84% 81% 81%
   Foreign Language IV 75% 83% 82% 79% 79%
Class Ranking
   Class Rank Reported 44% 37% 31% 28% 40%
   Top 10% 69% 68% 63% 72% 69%
   Top 20% 89% 87% 83% 88% 86%
ACT Median 31 32 32 32 32
SAT Medians:
   Verbal/Critical Reading 700 705 700 710 730
   Math 700 700 700 710 720
   Writing 710 710 710 710 730
Transfer Matriculants, Fall 58 59 58 47 62
Total New Students Enrolling 814 812 815 809 844

*as of August 1.
Note: 2018 and forward records all race responses; students can appear in more than one category.