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The Office of Graduate Student Services is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am- 5pm. 

New Student Information

Welcome incoming students for the Fall of 2014!  The New Student Information packet contains important information that will help you with a smooth transition to the graduate program at Wesleyan.   If you have any questions about the contents of the packet, please contact Cheryl-Ann Hagner, Director of Graduate Student Services, at or Barbara Schukoske, Administrative Assistant V, at

To review your new student packet, please click on the link below:

New Student Information Packet Fall

New BA/MA Student Information Packet Fall

New Student Information Packet Spring

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What is the easiest way to get to Wesleyan from an airport? 

A:  The airport closest to Wesleyan is Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut. 

From Bradley International Airport, Hartford, CT:  Take a taxi to Wesleyan.  It is important to reserve a taxi in advance.  Executive 2000 is the service most often used. 

Executive 2000
(860) 635-8222

From JFK International Airport:  Take a train to New Haven CT, Old Saybrook CT, or Meriden CT and then take a taxi to Wesleyan.  Note:  We do not recommend the Meriden Train Station -- it is remote, without services, and closed on Sunday.  The train stops at an empty platform.  Although it is the closest, it is difficult to manage.

Some current graduate students report that Wisla Express, a private airport transportation service, provides reliable door-to-door pick up and delivery.   You must call in advance to reserve,  860 229-7798.

For additional information on area transportation:

Q.  Am I allowed to live in non-university housing?

A. Yes.

Q.  When will I receive my housing assignment if I've applied to live in university housing?

A.  New graduate students will be notified via email from Residential Life in mid-June that you have an assignment and the type of housing you  will receive (apartment, group house, furnished, unfurnished).  You will be sent your assignment (address and room number) the first week in August.

Q.  If I live in university housing, do I need to pay the first month's rent when I pick up the key?

A.  No.  Rent is automatically deducted from the stipend paycheck for students who receive a stipend.  Students not receiving a stipend receive a charge against their student account and are responsible for writing a check and delivering it to the Finance office.

Q.  Does graduate housing close during academic breaks?

A. Graduate housing remains open during all academic breaks.  Many graduate students remain on campus to continue with their research.

Q.  What is the process for auditing a class?

A.  The process for auditing courses is somewhat informal in that you would not actually register for the course.  You would approach an instructor (via email), express your interest in auditing the course and ask for permission to audit.  At the end of the term, the instructor must then send an email to the Registrar's office asking them to post an audit to your record. 

Q.  When can I apply for a social security number?

A. You may apply for a social security number after you have received your first paycheck from Wesleyan.  You will receive the application form and instructions during Orientation. 

Q.  Do graduate students follow the same class and exam schedule as undergraduate students? 

A.  Graduate classes and exams follow the same schedule as undergraduate classes and exams.  If you are taking classes, it is recommended that you not schedule travel until after the end of the exam period. 

Q.  How can I get a Connecticut Driver's License? 

A. Driver’s license information can be found at the web site for the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Here is a link to information for International Driver Permits:   

Here is a link to requirements for Non-US Citizens:  It is not possible to get a driver’s license on campus.

Q. Is WesCard linked to my stipend?

A. Your Wesleyab ID Card (WesCard) is not related to the stipend. It is related to accessing the library facilities, athletic facilities, and some residence halls.

Q. How to I get my WesCard?

A. You can expediate the WesCard process by uploading your photo before you get to campus. Look in your Portfolio under the Tools and Links Section for WesCard Submission. If   you submit your photo in advance, your card will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive on campus.

Q. When do I get my first stipend payment?

A. We do everything possible so that you will recieve your first stipend payment on September 15. This is dependent on successful completion of forms for the Payroll Office and your providing bank account information for direct deposit. We will review and collect the forms during Orientation. Direct Deposit is made through US banks so International Students will have to open an account at a US bank.

Q. Do I need financial support before my first stipend payment?

A. You should be prepared to have access to some money before you recieve your first stipend check - $1,500 is adequate.

Q. Do I need to notify anyone of my arrival plans?

A. If you will be living in Wesleyan Graduate Housing, you should notify Amy Alfano in the office of Residential Life of your arrival plans.  Email her at so she can arrange to have your apartment keys ready for you. It is also helpful to notify the administrative assistant in your department of your expected arrival date.

Q. How do I sign up for the Student Insurance offered by Gallagher Student Insurance?

A. You may go to the Gallagher web site, create an account (if you are a new user) and either enroll in insurance or waive the enrollment (if you have your own private insurance). Pleasedo this before August 15. The link to Gallager/Wesleyan is