Class of 2024

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 suggest with these facts is what we value in the admission process. No specific high school program is prescribed for admission, but admitted students have taken advantage of the specific curricular offerings of their high school to get the most out of their education, 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. Rank in Class and ACT or SAT I & II are generally quite strong, but more telling in our assessment are the rigor of academic program and teacher recommendations. The admitted students are diverse in nationality, region, first language, race, ethnicity and socio-economic status. The variety of talents and commitments to school groups, civic and religious organizations, politics and the arts makes successful candidates more likely to contribute to the life of this vibrant community called Wesleyan.

Profile of Students Offered Admissions for Fall 2020

12,752 Applications Received | 2,630 Admitted (20.6%)

  • Class size: 785
  • 41% of admits are male, 59% female
  • 83% of admits live outside New England; 13% live in 51 other countries including Botswana, Georgia, Ghana, Iran, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Rwanda, and Senegal
  • English is a second language for 17% of the admitted students
  • 10% are international students
  • 48% of the admits are students of color (including international)
  • 40% are domestic students of color
  • 13% of admits are the first generation in family to attend college
  • 12% of admits have a Wesleyan alumni or student relative
  • 44% of admits applied for need-based aid (Wesleyan meets full demonstrated need for all those admitted)
  • 1,005 applied in Early Decision (8% of applicants) and 415 were admitted (16% of admission offers)
  • 22 are QuestBridge National College Match Finalists (twelfth year in partnership with QuestBridge)
  • 8 are Posse Veteran Scholars (seventh year in partnership with Posse)
  • HS Preparation:
    • 89% have taken calculus
    • 83% have taken biology, chemistry and physics
    • 80% have a fourth year (or equivalent) of one foreign language

ACT and SAT scores

ACT and SAT Scores
  ACT Comp SAT ERW SAT M
Admit 75th %ile: 35 770 790
Admit Median: 34 750 770
Admit 25th %ile: 33 720 730
76% of admits asked to have test scores considered in the admission process

Profile of First Year Students

Profile of First Year Students
Class Year 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024**
Applicants 12,030 12,453 12,788 13,358 12,752
Admitted 2,129 2,014 2,219 2,187 2,630
Matriculants 782 775 810 781 818
   Men 46% 46% 44% 45% 40%
   Women 54% 54% 56% 55% 60%
Geography (Residence)
   New England 19% 20% 20% 21% 19%
   Mid-Atlantic 33% 31% 34% 32% 38%
   Mid-West 7% 5% 5% 4% 5%
   South 6% 8% 7% 6% 6%
   West 19% 20% 19% 19% 18%
   Outside the USA 16% 16% 15% 18% 14%
Secondary School:
   Public 52% 52% 52% 52% 53%
   Other 48% 48% 48% 48% 47%
 Admitted in Early Decision 48% 51% 50% 51% 50%
Students of Color (including international) 40% 44% 39% 44% 41%
   Asian/Asian-American 21% 23% 20% 24% 21%
   Black/African-American 9% 11% 10% 11% 9%
   Latino/Hispanic 12% 13% 11% 12% 12%
   Native American/Alaskan or Native Hawaiian/ Pac Island 1% 2% 2% 2% 2%
International Students 13% 15% 13% 14% 11%
Wesleyan Relatives 16% 14% 15% 16% 18%
   Alumni Children 7% 7% 7% 8% 8%
First Generation to Four-Year College 15% 15% 14% 15% 13%
Financial Aid
   Financial Aid 46% 47% 47% 48% 39%
   Grant Aid 43% 41% 40% 41% 36%
Academic Program in HS
   Math through Calculus 82% 83% 82% 83% 81%
   Biology, Chemistry and Physics 81% 84% 82% 81% 79%
   Foreign Language IV 79% 81% 79% 80% 80%
Class Ranking
   Class Rank Reported 40% 40% 43% 33% 27%
   Top 10% 69% 60% 57% 68% 70%
   Top 20% 86% 87% 83% 84% 92%
ACT Median 32 33 33 33 33
SAT Medians:
   ERW (old Verbal/Critical Reading) 730 730 730 730 740
   Math 720 740 750 760 750
   Writing 730 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Transfer Matriculants, Fall 62 52 44 52 34
Total New Students Enrolling 844 827 854 833 852

Note: Data includes all race responses; students can appear in more than one category

 

*Current year as of June 1st, all prior years as of August 1st

**The Class of 2024 was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and should be considered in that context