Please consult the academic calendar to confirm the start date for the term for which you are applying. Space is very limited in the BLS program. You may not submit an application for Wesleyan's BA degree and BLS degree in the same application period. You may apply for the BLS in a subsequent application period.

Please note: Consideration for international students closes 10 weeks in advance of the term. International students may apply beginning with the fall 2020 academic year.

To apply to study at Wesleyan as a BLS student:

  1. Application: Click here to access the online application.
    1. If you do not have an account yet, click "create account to start a new application"
    2. For application type, select "BLS Degree"
  2. Statement of purpose: Submit a brief (one-page) statement of purpose,  in which you provide: 1) the reasons why you are unable to commit to a residential degree program; and 2) an example of your ability to be a self-advocate.
  3. Writing Sample: Submit a 3-5 page paper submitted for a grade, written in the past 3 years (We do not need the paper with the grade, just the paper itself.) You may also submit a 3-5 page essay on one of the following questions:
    • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
    • Describe a problem you have solved or would like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
    • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
    • Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
    • Share an essay on a topic of your choice. It can be one you have already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
  4. Transcripts:
    1. Please request official sealed high school transcripts and college transcripts to be sent directly to the address below. Official electronic transcripts can be sent to Transcripts must be sent by your current/most recent institution directly to our office. Transcripts sent by students will not be considered.
    2. Please request official transcripts for all previous courses you intend to transfer in as part of your BLS degree. The University will review all courses and include a letter of transfer articulation with admission, indicating which courses will transfer in and for how many credits.
  5. School Report: Have your class dean or equivalent complete the School Official Report (prompt appears in online application). Contact if you have questions regarding this report.
  6. Test/TOEFL scores (if applicable): Please have your score sent directly to the address below or to
  7. Letter(s) of recommendation: Please request at least one academic recommendation (two preferred), from a professor, teacher or academic counselor, if possible. Recommenders will upload recommendations directly to the online application.

Address: All materials should be sent to:
Wesleyan University Continuing Studies - BLS
74 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459

 Application Deadlines (see calendar for complete deadline information)

  • Fall Term: Due to the pandemic, the deadline has been extended. To be considered for Fall 2020, applications must be complete and submitted by Wednesday July 8. (The normal deadline is June 1.)
  • Spring Term: November 1, to participate in January enrollment planning period.

Applicants will hear about acceptance to the BLS program within one month of the deadline.

International Students

International students may apply beginning with the fall 2020 academic year. Current F1 visa status is required for international students who wish to study at Wesleyan University. Students who already hold an F1 visa should contact their Designated School Official to clarify any visa questions or issues. International applicants who require an I-20 from Wesleyan should contact Mary Kelly at Please note that international students must pursue full-time study. 

Consideration for international students who require an I-20 will end 10 weeks in advance of the term.

Admitted Students

  1. Admitted students will be provided with instructions on enrollment.
  2. If you intend to take more than 2 courses in one term, you must complete the Student Immunization Form and bring it to your physician so that they may provide Wesleyan University Health Services with your records.

Accessibility Services
Wesleyan University is committed to making its educational programs and facilities accessible to all. Students with documented accessibility needs that require accommodations should notify the Office of Accessibility Services as soon as possible. For more information about requesting academic and other accommodations, please send email to

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Wesleyan Continuing Studies
74 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459