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Applying as a Non-Degree Student

All completed and official application materials should be received at least two weeks prior to the first day of class. Please consult the academic calendar to confirm the start date for the term for which you are applying. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students wishing to participate as Community Scholars for more than one term should write to nondegree@wesleyan.edu to discuss continuation.

Please note: Consideration for international students closes 12 weeks in advance of the term.

To apply to study at Wesleyan as a Community Scholar for the Spring and Fall semesters:

  1. Read and understand the policies outlined in the Wesleyan University Student Handbook.
  2. Complete and submit the online Community Scholar Application, including a brief (one-page) statement of purpose. 
  3. Have an official, sealed transcript sent directly to: Continuing Studies, 74 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT 06459. Official electronic transcripts can be sent to nondegree@wesleyan.edu. Transcripts must be sent by your current/most recent institution directly to our office. Transcripts sent by students will not be considered.
  4. Have your class dean or equivalent complete the School Official Report (prompt appears in online application). Contact nondegree@wesleyan.edu if you have questions regarding this report.
  5. Have your TOEFL score (if applicable) sent directly to: Wesleyan University Continuing Studies, 74 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT 06459 or nondegree@wesleyan.edu.
  6. If you would like to become a Residential Scholar (space permitting), read the Housing Contract and contact Sarah-Jane Ripa for further information.
  7. The admissions committee reviews applications on a rolling basis. Once your application file is complete, you will be notified. Once the admissions committee has met, you will be informed of your admission status by email.

International Students
Current F1 visa status is required for international students who wish to study at Wesleyan University. Students who already hold an F1 visa should contact their Designated School Official to clarify any visa questions or issues. International applicants who require an I-20 from Wesleyan should contact Mary Kelly at mgkelly@wesleyan.edu. Please note that international students must pursue full-time study. 

Consideration for international students who require an I-20 will end 10 weeks in advance of the term.


Admitted Students

  1. Once admitted, determine which courses you would like to take, then complete and submit a Community Scholar Registration Form. The form will be sent to you upon acceptance into the program.
    • Community Scholar courses are entered the last business day prior to the beginning of the term. Community Scholars are not guaranteed any particular courses during registration, but may participate in the Drop/Add process.
  2. Students taking more than 2 courses must complete the Student Immunization Form, and bring to your physician so that they may provide Wesleyan University Health Services with your records. If you are seeking housing, request the Residential Scholar Housing Form.
    • Housing may not be available in any given semester. Students who are seeking to become Residential Scholars may not be notified of their residency until the week classes begin.
Transferring Courses to Another Institution
Wesleyan will issue an official transcript after grades are received. Since each institution of higher education has its own credit transfer policy, visiting students should contact their own registrar about transferring credits.

Students with Disabilities
Wesleyan University is committed to making its educational programs and facilities accessible to people with disabilities. Students with a documented disability that requires accommodation should notify the Office of Disabilities Services as soon as possible by submitting the Disabilities Services Notification Form. Information about requesting housing, academic and other accommodations is available at the office's website, or you may write to Laura Patey, Associate Dean for Academic Resources, at lpatey@wesleyan.edu

For More Information
For more information about studying at Wesleyan as a Community Scholar, please contact the office of Continuing Studies:

Wesleyan Continuing Studies
74 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459
860-685-2900
nondegree@wesleyan.edu