Class of 2026

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 illustrate with this data are some of the attributes we value in the admission process. While no specific high school program of study is prescribed for admission, admitted students have made the most of their secondary school educations, 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. Although rank in Class and ACT or SAT I and II are generally quite strong, more significant in our assessment are the rigor of academic programs and strength of teacher recommendations. Admitted students are diverse in nationality, region, first language, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. We find that successful students who have developed a variety of talents and made commitments to school activities, civic and religious organizations, politics, and the arts are more likely to contribute to the life of this dynamically diverse Wesleyan community.

Profile of Students Offered Admission for Fall 2022

14,521 Applications Received | 2,097 Admitted (14.4%)

  • Class size: 753
  • 48% of admitted students are male, 52% female; 3.2% reported gender(s) different from their legal sex
  • 83% of admits live outside New England; 13% live in 62 other countries including Bhutan, Egypt,
    Ghana, Jamaica, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Somalia, and Zimbabwe
  • English is a second language for 16% of admitted students
  • 10% of admits are international students
  • 46% of admits are domestic students of color
  • 55% of admits are students of color (including international)
  • 16% of admits are the first generation in their family to attend college
  • 12% of admits have one or more Wesleyan alumni or student relatives
  • 47% of admits applied for need-based aid (Wesleyan meets the full demonstrated need of all those
    admitted)
  • 1030 applied in Early Decision (7% of applicants) and 421 were admitted (20% of admission offers)
  • 35 are QuestBridge National College Match Finalists (fourteenth year in partnership with QuestBridge)
  • 6 are Posse Veteran Scholars (ninth year in partnership with Posse)
  • HS Preparation:
    • 86% have taken calculus
    • 82% have taken biology, chemistry and physics
    • 78% have a fourth year (or equivalent) of one foreign language

ACT and SAT scores

  ACT Comp SAT ERW SAT M
Admit 75th percentile: 35 770 790
Admit Median: 34 750 770
Admit 25th percentile: 34 720 740
60% of admits asked to have test scores considered in the admission process

Profile of First Year Students

Class* 2022 2023 2024** 2025 2026
Applicants 12,788 13,358 12,752 13,145 14,521
Admitted 2,219 2,187 2,640 2,540 2,097
Matriculants 810 781 782 919 753
  Legal Sex
     Men 44% 45% 40% 47% 49%
     Women 56% 55% 60% 53% 51%
  Gender Identity
     Male 49%
     Female 49%
     Nonbinary 2%
Geography (Residence)
   New England 20% 21% 20% 23% 21%
   Mid-Atlantic 34% 32% 38% 36% 35%
   Mid-West 5% 4% 5% 4% 4%
   South 7% 6% 6% 6% 7%
   West 19% 19% 17% 21% 20%
   Outside the USA 15% 18% 14% 10% 13%
Secondary School:
   Public 52% 52% 53% 53% 50%
   Other 48% 48% 47% 47% 50%
 Admitted in Early Decision 50% 51% 50% 51% 54%
Domestic Students of Color 28% 32% 33% 33% 32%
Students of Color (including international) 39% 44% 41% 39% 42%
   Asian/Asian-American 20% 24% 21% 20% 23%
   Black/African-American 10% 11% 9% 10% 10%
   Latino/Hispanic 11% 12% 13% 12% 11%
   Native American/Alaskan or Native Hawaiian/ Pac Island 2% 2% 2% 1% 1%
International Students 13% 14% 10% 8% 11%
Wesleyan Relatives 15% 16% 18% 15% 18%
   Alumni Children 7% 8% 8% 7% 8%
First Generation to Four-Year College 14% 15% 14% 10% 13%
Financial Aid 47% 48% 43% 46% 42%
   Grant Aid 40% 41% 37% 42% 38%
Academic Program in HS
   Math through Calculus 82% 83% 81% 79% 80%
   Biology, Chemistry and Physics 82% 81% 79% 82% 80%
   Foreign Language IV 79% 80% 79% 79% 76%
Class Ranking
   Class Rank Reported 43% 33% 28% 25% 25%
   Top 10% 57% 68% 69% 76% 79%
   Top 20% 83% 84% 93% 91% 92%
ACT Median 33 33 34 34 34
SAT Medians:
   ERW (old Verbal/Critical Reading) 730 730 730 750 740
   Math 750 760 750 750 760
Transfer Matriculants, Fall 44 52 32 36 43
Total New Students Enrolling 854 833 814 955 796

*As of August 1st

**The Class of 2024 was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and should be considered in that context.  Forty-seven first-year students delayed enrollment until the Spring of 2021.  They were included as part of the Class of 2024.