Each year, the Office of University
Communications collects objective and comparative measures of Wesleyan's
strengths from data compiled by outside sources. Following is a brief list
of recent findings:
No. 1 in National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding among Liberal
This is an objective ranking based on available NSF funding data. Between
2001 and 2003 Wesleyan received $14.49 million in NSF funding (this reflects the most
recent data available – Wesleyan was also No. 1 in the previous survey that ran
up to 2001). Next closest was Mt. Holyoke at $5.31 million. Carleton was
3rd, Barnard 4th and Wellesley 5th.
No. 1 in Science and Math Publications Among Liberal Arts Peers
Also objective and a very significant ranking within the scientific
community, this data set runs between 1994-2004 and shows that Wesleyan had
a little less than 1,061 scientific publications during this period.
Williams was No. 2 with just over 508 publications. Rounding out the top
were Wellesley No. 3, Swarthmore No. 4, Amherst No. 5.
No. 10 in the 2006 U. S. News & World Report Rankings of Liberal Arts
This is probably the best-known national ranking list.
Wesleyan also ranked within U.S. News:
No. 6 in Peer Assessment
This number reflects Wesleyan's over-all academic reputation and perception
of excellence among peer institutions.
No. 7 in Economic Diversity
This ranking was determined by the percentage of students receiving Pell
Grants within U.S. News’ top 25 ranked schools. While not a perfect gauge of
economic diversity, "Pell figures are the best available gauge of how many
low income undergrads there are on a given campus," according to the
No. 3 among All National Universities & Colleges by Washington Monthly
This magazine ranks schools by “not what colleges can do for you, but what
colleges are doing for the country…Are our colleges making good use of our
tax dollars? Are they producing graduates who can keep our nation
competitive in a changing world?” The full rankings and methodology can be
No. 8 Wesleyan Athletics Power Ranking among Div. III Schools by NCSA
The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) recently gave Wesleyan a
power ranking of 8 nationally among Division III schools. According to NCSA,
the rankings were developed to encourage student-athletes and parents to
take a comprehensive approach to choosing a school based on its overall
merits. Colleges and universities are given a ranking based on academics,
athletics, and student-athlete graduation rates. Last year Wesleyan was
ranked 13th in this survey. The full rankings can be seen at
under 2006 Rankings, then clicking Division III.
No. 10 of Top 50 Colleges in the U.S. for African Americans as Ranked by
Black Enterprise magazine.
1. Florida A&M; 2. Howard University in Washington, DC; 3, North Carolina
A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C.; 4, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.;
5, Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga.; 6, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.; 7,
Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.;
8, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.; 9, University of Pennsylvania,
10, Wesleyan University.
Wesleyan is a Top 30 Private School according to Reform Judaism magazine’s
"Insider's Guide to Jewish Campus Life”
“Created for high school and college students, the guide’s centerfold
documents colleges by Jewish population – the top 30 private and top 30
public North American school Jews choose. It also includes expert
information on getting into top universities, why it is important to choose
a Jewish-friendly school, finding Jewish-related scholarships and loans, and
making the best of the college experience.” The full list can be seen at