Class of 2023

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 2019

13,358 Applications Received | 2,187 Admitted (16.4%)

  • Class size: 781
  • 45% of admits are male, 55% female
  • 82% of admits live outside New England; 16.5% live in 58 other countries including Brunei, China, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, The United Kingdom and Zimbabwe
  • English is a second language for 17% of the admitted students
  • 279 international students admitted (13% of all admits)
  • 49% of the admits are students of color (including international)
  • 13% of admits are the first generation in family to attend college
  • 11% of admits have a Wesleyan alumni or student relative
  • 50% of admits applied for need-based aid (Wesleyan meets full demonstrated need for all those admitted)
  • 1,102 applied in Early Decision (8% of applicants) and 403 were admitted (18% of admission offers)
  • 22 admitted/enrolled QuestBridge Match Scholars
  • 9 Veterans in Wesleyan’s sixth Posse
  • HS Preparation:
    • 90% have taken calculus
    • 84% have taken biology, chemistry and physics
    • 83% have a fourth year (or equivalent) of one foreign language

ACT and SAT scores

  ACT Comp SAT ERW SAT M
Admit 75th %ile: 35 770 790
Admit Median: 34 740 780
Admit 25th %ile: 33 710 740
79% of admits asked to have test scores considered in the admission process

Profile of First Year Students

Class Year 2019* 2020* 2021* 2022* 2023*
Applicants 9,905 12,030 12,453 12,788 13,358
Admitted 2,181 2,129 2,014 2,219 2,187
Matriculants 762 782 775 810 781
   Men 45% 46% 46% 44% 45%
   Women 55% 54% 54% 56% 55%
Geography (Residence)
   New England 19% 19% 20% 20% 21%
   Mid-Atlantic 35% 33% 31% 34% 32%
   Mid-West 6% 7% 5% 5% 4%
   South 7% 6% 8% 7% 6%
   West 19% 19% 20% 19% 19%
   Outside the USA 14% 16% 16% 15% 18%
Secondary School:
   Public 50% 52% 52% 52% 52%
   Other 50% 48% 48% 48% 48%
 Admitted in Early Decision 48% 48% 51% 50% 51%
Students of Color (including international) 42% 40% 44% 39% 44%
   Asian/Asian-American 20% 21% 23% 20% 24%
   Black/African-American 11% 9% 11% 10% 11%
   Latino/Hispanic 12% 12% 13% 11% 12%
   Native American/Alaskan or Native Hawaiian/ Pac Island 0.9% 1.2% 1.5% 2.3% 2%
International Students 11% 13% 15% 13% 14%
Wesleyan Relatives 13% 16% 14% 15% 16%
   Alumni Children 7% 7% 7% 7% 8%
First Generation to Four-Year College 17% 15% 15% 14% 15%
Financial Aid
   Financial Aid 51% 46% 47% 47% 48%
   Grant Aid 46% 43% 41% 40% 41%
Academic Program in HS
   Math through Calculus 82% 82% 83% 82% 83%
   Biology, Chemistry and Physics 81% 81% 84% 82% 81%
   Foreign Language IV 79% 79% 81% 79% 80%
Class Ranking
   Class Rank Reported 28% 40% 40% 43% 33%
   Top 10% 72% 69% 60% 57% 68%
   Top 20% 88% 86% 87% 83% 84%
ACT Median 32 32 33 33 33
SAT Medians:
   ERW (old Verbal/Critical Reading) 710 730 730 730 730
   Math 710 720 740 750 760
   Writing 710 730 n/a n/a n/a
Transfer Matriculants, Fall 47 62 52 44 52
Total New Students Enrolling 809 844 827 854 833


Note: Class of 2018 and forward records all race responses; students can appear in more than one category

*as of August 1st