Information for First-Year Applicants

Wesleyan is where disciplines converge and coalesce, where passions are infused with purpose, and where explorers and achievers come from around the world to become their best—and most authentic—selves in a vibrant, inclusive community.

At Wesleyan you can chart your unique academic path and follow it to a life that inspires you.

  • Develop the knowledge, skills, and capacity for critical thinking that will prepare you for a life of meaningful work.
  • Ask challenging questions, take bold risks, and leap far beyond your comfort zone.
  • Engage with people who are like you—and not at all like you—and shape the future together.

At Wesleyan, you don’t have to choose between all the things that inspire you.

Discover your and + more at Wesleyan.


Early Decision or Regular Decision?

When to apply depends on whether Wesleyan is at the top of your college list.

  • The Early Decision program is designed for those students who, after careful consideration, have identified Wesleyan as their first choice. Students applying under Early Decision certify that Wesleyan is their first choice and agree to accept Wesleyan’s offer of admission.  If  extended, students also agree to withdraw applications submitted to other colleges and not to initiate any new applications.
  • First-year applicants who wish to apply to more than one college should apply under the non-binding Regular Decision program.

Application Process

At Wesleyan, we look for the story your application tells about your achievement and potential, in light of the academic and social resources available to you.

All first-year applicants must apply by submitting a Common Application or Apply Coalition, powered by Scoir.


Financial Aid

Affordability and Aid

For each student who is selected for admission, Wesleyan is committed to providing the full amount of financial aid the student is qualified to receive based on our determination of financial need. The commitment to meet a student’s full need extends to every year of enrollment.


Application Deadlines

Applying as: Admission Deadline: Financial Aid Deadline: Notification:
Early Decision I November 15 November 15 mid-December
Early Decision II January 1 January 1 mid-February
Regular Decision January 1 January 15 late March