Class of 2025

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 2021

13,145 Applications Received | 2,540 Admitted (19.3%)

  • Class size: 919
  • 43% of admits are male, 57% female
  • 81% of admits live outside New England; 11% live in 64 other countries including Bahrain, Egypt, Ghana, Jamaica, Lebanon, Oman, Morocco, Somalia, and Zimbabwe
  • English is a second language for 15% of admitted students
  • 9% of admits are international students
  • 42% of admits domestic students of color
  • 49% of admits are students of color (including international)
  • 13% of admits are the first generation in family to attend college
  • 10% of admits have one or more Wesleyan alumni or student relatives
  • 45% of admits applied for need-based aid (Wesleyan meets full demonstrated need of all those admitted)
  • 888 applied in Early Decision (7% of applicants) and 488 were admitted (19% of admission offers)
  • 20 are QuestBridge National College Match Finalists (thirteenth year in partnership with QuestBridge)
  • 9 are Posse Veteran Scholars (eighth year in partnership with Posse)
  • HS Preparation:
    • 86% have taken calculus
    • 82% have taken biology, chemistry and physics
    • 80% 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: 33 720 740
59% of admits asked to have test scores considered in the admission process

Profile of First Year Students

Class* 2021 2022 2023 2024** 2025
Applicants 12,453 12,788 13,358 12,752 13,145
Admitted 2,014 2,219 2,187 2,640 2,540
Matriculants 775 810 781 782 919
   Men 46% 44% 45% 40% 47%
   Women 54% 56% 55% 60% 53%
Geography (Residence)
   New England 20% 20% 21% 20% 23%
   Mid-Atlantic 31% 34% 32% 38% 36%
   Mid-West 5% 5% 4% 5% 4%
   South 8% 7% 6% 6% 6%
   West 20% 19% 19% 17% 21%
   Outside the USA 16% 15% 18% 14% 10%
Secondary School:
   Public 52% 52% 52% 53% 53%
   Other 48% 48% 48% 47% 47%
 Admitted in Early Decision 51% 50% 51% 50% 51%
Domestic Students of Color 32% 28% 32% 33% 33%
Students of Color (including international) 44% 39% 44% 41% 39%
   Asian/Asian-American 23% 20% 24% 21% 20%
   Black/African-American 11% 10% 11% 9% 10%
   Latino/Hispanic 13% 11% 12% 13% 12%
   Native American/Alaskan or Native Hawaiian/ Pac Island 2% 2% 2% 2% 1%
International Students 15% 13% 14% 10% 8%
Wesleyan Relatives 14% 15% 16% 18% 15%
   Alumni Children 7% 7% 8% 8% 7%
First Generation to Four-Year College 15% 14% 15% 14% 10%
Financial Aid 47% 47% 48% 43% 46%
   Grant Aid 41% 40% 41% 37% 42%
Academic Program in HS
   Math through Calculus 83% 82% 83% 81% 79%
   Biology, Chemistry and Physics 84% 82% 81% 79% 82%
   Foreign Language IV 81% 79% 80% 79% 79%
Class Ranking
   Class Rank Reported 40% 43% 33% 28% 25%
   Top 10% 60% 57% 68% 69% 76%
   Top 20% 87% 83% 84% 93% 91%
ACT Median 33 33 33 34 34
SAT Medians:
   ERW (old Verbal/Critical Reading) 730 730 730 730 750
   Math 740 750 760 750 750
Transfer Matriculants, Fall 52 44 52 32 36
Total New Students Enrolling 827 854 833 814 955

*As of August 1st

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