Frequently Asked Questions about the Waitlist


  • When is my reply due?

    Please reply before May 1. We may be able to offer some students a place in this fall’s class immediately after the common May 1 deadline for deposits at most colleges and universities. Please reply online through WesCheck. You will receive an acknowledgment e-mail within 24 hours.

  • Should I pay a deposit to another school which I would attend if I am not offered a place at Wesleyan from the waitlist?

    Yes. You need to reserve your place elsewhere in case Wesleyan is unable to offer you admission. The deposit is usually non-refundable and due May 1.

  • Is the waitlist ranked?

    No, the waitlist is not ranked. However, as each application was read, the deans made notes and recommendations.

  • Can I send supplementary material?

    You may send an email describing your interest in attending Wesleyan to applicant@wesleyan.edu. Should we go to the waitlist, we presently have all of the required materials to shape our decision. Therefore, submitting updated grades or additional letters of recommendation is not necessary.

  • Is there anything I can do to increase my chances of being admitted?

    Not really. Aside from the letter indicating the strength of your interest (mentioned in #4), you have already made your best case.

  • How long does the waitlist stay in effect?

    Most activity on the waitlist will start in early May, once we have heard from all the students we have admitted. However, there is an inevitable “ripple effect” when other colleges go to their waitlists and some of those who deposited at Wesleyan choose to accept an offer of admission from another institution. These waves can go on until the end of June. We notify all those still waiting as soon as we know that we will not have the opportunity to admit any more people from our waitlist.

  • If I am offered a spot in the class, when will I be able to view my financial aid package?

    If your financial aid application is complete, you will be able to view your financial aid package online as soon as your offer of admission is posted. Please make sure all of the required financial aid documents have been submitted before May 1.

  • How can I learn more about Wesleyan?

    In addition to all of the content available on the Wesleyan website, there are also virtual tours and information sessions on the Admission page you may choose to engage. While these sessions are geared primarily toward

Questions about the Waitlist for Early Decision Applicants


  • When is my reply due?
    Early Decision 1 applicants should reply by January 15 and Early Decision 2 applicants should reply by March 15. Please reply online through WesCheck. You will receive an acknowledgment e-mail within 24 hours.
  • Should I pay a deposit to another school which I would attend if I am not offered a place at Wesleyan from the waitlist?
    Yes. You need to reserve your place elsewhere in case Wesleyan is unable to offer you admission. Enrollment deposits are usually non-refundable and due May 1.
  • Is the waitlist ranked?
    No, the waitlist is not ranked. However, as each application was read, the deans made notes and recommendations should we need to admit students from the waiting list.
  • Can I send supplementary material?
    You may send an email stating your interest in attending Wesleyan to applicant@wesleyan.edu. Should we go to the waitlist, we presently have all of the required materials to shape our decision. Therefore, submitting updated grades or additional letters of recommendation is not necessary.
  • Is there anything I can do to increase my chances of being admitted?
    Not really. Aside from the letter indicating the strength of your interest mentioned above, you have already made your best case in your application.
  • How long does the waitlist stay active?
    Should we need to use the waiting list, most activity will start in early May, once we have heard from all the students we have admitted. However, there is an inevitable “ripple effect” when other colleges go to their waitlists and some of those who deposited at Wesleyan choose to accept an offer of admission from another institution. These waves can go on until the end of June. We notify all those still waiting as soon as we know that we will not have the opportunity to admit any more people from our waitlist.
  • If I am offered a spot in the class, when will I be able to view my financial aid package?
    If your financial aid application is complete when you are offered admission, you will be able to view your financial aid package online as soon as your offer of admission is available. You will receive a copy in the mail soon after. Please make sure all of the required financial aid documents have been submitted before May 1.
  • How can I learn more about Wesleyan?
    If you are offered a spot in the class, you will only have one week to deposit and secure your place. In addition to researching more about Wes through our website, we will be hosting virtual events for admitted students throughout the spring. Though geared for admitted students, we welcome your participation.

Questions about the Fall Transfer Waitlist