Information for First-Year Applicants

All first-year applicants must apply by submitting a Common Application or Coalition Application online. Students applying to Wesleyan may choose to apply as either Early Decision or Regular Decision candidates.

Application Type Application Deadline Financial Aid Deadline Notification Date
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
Freeman Scholar Program January 1 January 1 late March

Early Decision

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.

Regular Decision

First-year applicants who wish to apply to more than one college should apply under the non-binding Regular Decision program. For students who apply under the Regular Decision program, the deadline for applying is January 1st.  Notification of admission decisions will be by April 1st.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed Common Application or Coalition Application, including Wesleyan’s member-specific questions

  2. Secondary School Report and official high school transcript(s)

  3. Counselor Recommendation

  4. Mid-year Grade Report
  5. Two Teacher Evaluations—applicants are encouraged to submit one teacher recommendation from a humanities and social science teacher and one from a math or science teacher

  6. Early Decision Agreement (Early Decision applicants ONLY)

  7. $65 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver

Admission Standards

Students eligible for admission must have a high school diploma (or its recognized equivalent) or be beyond the age of compulsory school attendance (17) and meet the criteria for homeschooled students.

The following are recognized as the equivalent of a high school diploma:

  • A GED certificate
  • A state certificate awarded after passing an authorized test and that the state recognizes as equivalent to a high school diploma
  • An academic transcript showing that the student has successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's degree

Optional Application Materials

  1. Test Scores—Wesleyan does not require most students to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the application for admission. Students can decide for themselves whether or not their scores reflect their ability and if they would like their test scores to be weighted alongside their day-to-day work in secondary school.  For more details, click here.

  2. Interview—Interviews are not required for admission into Wesleyan, but they are highly recommended. Interviews at Wesleyan are evaluative, play a role in the admission process, and are a valuable opportunity for an exchange of information about both the candidate and the university. Interviews are available on campus or in a student’s selected area through our network of alumni interviews.  For more details, click here.

  3. Supplemental Materials—Applicants may submit supporting materials in music, theatre, visual arts and scientific research that represent a special accomplishment or reflect an education goal. All supplementary materials must be submitted through SlideRoom, which can be accessed through the Common Application. For more details, click here.

Financial Aid for First Year Students

For each student who is selected for admission, Wesleyan is committed to providing the full amount of financial aid he or she 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. Students who indicate on their application that they will NOT be applying for financial aid and are admitted WILL NOT be considered for Wesleyan financial aid during their first two (2) semesters at Wesleyan.

For more information, visit the Financial Aid website.