Wesleyan is one of the most highly selective institutions in the United States, and admission is competitive, with around 12,000 applicants. Applicants are expected to have a strong secondary school preparation in English, social science, science, mathematics, and a foreign language. Candidates studying at foreign schools who have taken national examinations for university admission (GCSEs, ‘A’ levels, Abitur, International Baccalaureate, etc.) are expected to have achieved superior results. A high degree of proficiency in English, as described below, is also required. Wesleyan provides support services for students who speak English as a second language through the English Department and the Writing Workshop.

All students applying for undergraduate admission who have not yet attended a university for one full year will be considered applicants to the first-year class. Those who have completed a year or more at a university will be considered transfer applicants. Please note that students may not discount credit to be considered first-year students.

Application TypeApplication DeadlineNotification Date
Regular Decision January 1 late March
Transfer Fall March 15 mid May
Transfer Spring November 1 mid December
Freeman Scholar Program January 1 late March


Interviews are not required as part of the admissions process, but we encourage prospective students to arrange them if possible. An interview can provide an opportunity to speak with a member of the admission staff about the academic, extracurricular, and social life of the University. If you will be visiting the United States while applying to colleges, a campus visit is strongly encouraged. Please contact the Office of Admission at (860) 685-3000 as soon as your travel itinerary is definite. If you cannot visit campus, you may be able to schedule an interview with an alumnus/a representative in your area from mid-August through December. To see if there is an alumnus/a interviewer in your area, please refer to the interview section of the admission site. We may also be able to arrange an interview via Skype. Prospective students may interview only once, either on- or off-campus, and not before May of their junior year.


The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars Program provides full tuition scholarships for a four-year course of study at Wesleyan toward a bachelor’s degree for 11 exceptionally able Asian students. One citizen is selected from each of those 11 countries: The People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. To qualify, students must be citizens or permanent residents of one of these countries (and not dual U.S. citizens or permanent residents). Transfer applicants are not eligible for Freeman Asian Scholarships


Wesleyan’s Office of International Student Affairs offers many services and programs to support the international student population including advice on personal and cultural matters, assistance with visas, insurance, career planning, and academic expectations. It is also a resource for general problem solving related to such areas as housing, financial matters, traveling, and emergencies. OISA develops programming and events throughout the year including special orientation for international students.


Candidates with questions about undergraduate admission should write to Tara Lindros, Associate Dean of Admission, Wesleyan University, 70 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT 06459-0265, U.S.A., or send an e-mail to Questions regarding graduate admission should be sent directly to the appropriate department. Visit Wesleyan’s home page often for updated calendars of campus events, our course book, alumni in the news, and more.

Wesleyan University is fully committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


Total Number 1241 1309 1582 1863 1601
Financial Aid Requested 437 442 492 598 822
No Financial Aid Requested 442 565 777 972 778
Freeman Asian Scholarship 362 302 313 293 342
Number of Countries Represented 94 105 101 139 102


Total Number 158 177 170 203 213
Financial Aid Requested 29 25 31 28 42
No Financial Aid Requested 116 141 126 162 171
Freeman Asian Scholarship 13 11 13 13 16
Number of Countries Represented 44 41 48 48 47


Total Number 55 70 64 71 70
Financial Aid Requested 9 9 10 10 16
No Financial Aid Requested 35 50 43 50 54
Freeman Asian Scholarship 11 11 11 11 11
Number of Countries Represented 22 24 26 29 29


  • Standardized Tests for Admission

    College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations: The University will grant first-year students up to two credits for a score of 4 or 5 received on an AP examination, provided that they then take at least one upper-level course in the appropriate department at Wesleyan.

    International Baccalaureate (IB): Students with superior results on their IB Higher Level may be awarded up to two credits by the appropriate department of the University. Some departments award credit for scores of 5 or better, others require a score of at least 6. Most departments will award this credit only after students take an upper-level course in that subject at Wesleyan. All students with IB diplomas are admitted as first-year students.

    British ‘A’ Levels: Students with superior ‘A’ level results may petition the appropriate department of the University for up to two credits (the equivalent of two semester courses) for an ‘A’ level passed.

    Wesleyan will apply towards graduation a maximum of two credits of any kind earned before matriculation by entering first-year students. While a maximum of two credits will be counted toward the Wesleyan degree, all such credits that have been duly approved by Wesleyan departments will be listed on the student’s transcript. This limit applies to Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and ‘A’ level exams as well as any college courses taken elsewhere. More information about graduation requirements can be found here 

  • Expenses and Financial Aid

    Tuition and required fees for first-year students in 2014-2015 are $48,272. The average student budget for all costs, not including transportation but including room, board, and personal expenses, is $63,893.

    Wesleyan and U.S. federally sponsored financial aid are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Financial aid for foreign students, however, is extremely limited and is awarded on the basis of both exceptional qualifications and demonstrated need. In addition to the 11 Freeman Asian Scholars, we expect to offer financial assistance to approximately 30 foreign students from a pool of approximately 600 such applicants. The full financial need of all undergraduate students, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, is met with a combination of loans, part-time employment, and grants. No financial aid is available for foreign transfer students.

    Foreign students living outside the United States and applying for aid are required to file the ProfileTM Form of the College Scholarship Service (CSS).  If you plan to apply for financial aid at any point during your four years of study, then you must apply for financial aid at the time you apply for admission.

    If financial aid is NOT needed, foreign students must submit documentation verifying sufficient personal resources or outside scholarships to meet the expense of four years at Wesleyan at the time of application. Please use the International Student Certification of Finances form. Click here for instructions on how to complete the form. 
  • Visa Information

    Wesleyan supports international undergraduate, graduate and visiting scholar students who hold a F1 or J1 visa by providing immigration services before arrival to campus and during their stay at the university.

    To learn more about visa and immigration services at Wesleyan click here.