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 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 socioeconomic 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 2020

12,752 Applications Received | 2,640 Admitted (20.7%)

  • Class size: 782
  • 41% of admits are male, 59% female
  • 83% of admits live outside New England; 12% 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 admitted students
  • 10% are international students
  • 40% are domestic students of color
  • 48% of the admits are students of color (including international)
  • 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 423 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 Comp SAT ERW SAT M
Admit 75th percentile: 35 770 790
Admit Median: 34 750 770
Admit 25th percentile: 33 720 730
78% of admits asked to have test scores considered in the admission process

Profile of First Year Students

Class* 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 2,640
Matriculants 782 775 810 781 782
   Men 46% 46% 44% 45% 40%
   Women 54% 54% 56% 55% 60%
Geography (Residence)
   New England 19% 20% 20% 21% 20%
   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% 17%
   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%
Domestic Students of Color 29% 32% 28% 32% 33%
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% 13%
   Native American/Alaskan or Native Hawaiian/ Pac Island 1% 2% 2% 2% 2%
International Students 13% 15% 13% 14% 10%
Wesleyan Relatives 16% 14% 15% 16% 18%
   Alumni Children 7% 7% 7% 8% 8%
First Generation to Four-Year College 15% 15% 14% 15% 14%
Financial Aid 46% 47% 47% 48% 43%
   Grant Aid 43% 41% 40% 41% 37%
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% 79%
Class Ranking
   Class Rank Reported 40% 40% 43% 33% 28%
   Top 10% 69% 60% 57% 68% 69%
   Top 20% 86% 87% 83% 84% 93%
ACT Median 32 33 33 33 34
SAT Medians:
   ERW (old Verbal/Critical Reading) 730 730 730 730 730
   Math 720 740 750 760 750
   Writing 730 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Transfer Matriculants, Fall 62 52 44 52 32
Total New Students Enrolling 844 827 854 833 814

*As of August 1st

**The Class of 2024 was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and should be considered in that context.  There are 47 first-year students delaying enrollment until the Spring of 2021.  They are included here as part of the Class of 2024.