Wesleyan at a Glance

A private, coeducational, non-sectarian school of liberal arts and sciences, offering undergraduate, graduate and PhD degree programs.


  • About 3,000 full-time undergraduates
  • 54% women and 46% men, from 48 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, and 47 foreign countries
  • Around 140 graduate students in the natural sciences, mathematics, and ethnomusicology
  • Around 100 students per year in Graduate Liberal Studies
  • 30% students of color in Classes 2016–2020 (6.8% Black or African American; 7.3% Asian or Asian American; 10.3% Latino or Hispanic; 0.1% Native American; 0.2% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; 5.4% two or more races); 10.1% international students
  • Freeman Asian Scholars Program: full tuition scholarships for 11 of the finest students from Asia per class (1 from each of 11 countries). There are more than 40 Freeman Scholars enrolled today.


  • Over 400 faculty members. All teach undergraduates while remaining active as scholars and researchers.
  • 46% women and 54% men; 20% persons of color
  • 8:1 student-faculty ratio


  • Bachelor of arts, master of arts, master of arts in liberal studies, master of arts in performance curation, master of philosophy in liberal arts, and doctoral degrees (in 6 disciplines)
  • 732 bachelor of arts and 78 graduate degrees were awarded in 2016.

Academic Features

  • More than 1,000 courses offered in 45 major fields of study, 14 minor fields of study and 12 certificate programs
  • More than 800 individual tutorials and private music lessons
  • 8 interdisciplinary programs, 5 centers, 6 colleges, and 12 certificates
  • Wesleyan study abroad programs in Bologna (Italy), Madrid (Spain), and Paris (France), and approximately 150 other pre-approved programs around the world
  • Participant in the Twelve-College Exchange Program


  • 316-acre campus
  • More than 300 buildings, including: Olin Memorial Library; Russell House, a National Historic Landmark; the six-story Exley Science Center; Andrus Public Affairs Center; the Van Vleck Observatory; the Center for Film Studies; the Freeman Athletic Center with a 50-meter swimming pool; the Spurrier-Snyder Rink for skating activities; the 1,200-seat Silloway Gymnasium, the 7,500-square-foot Andersen Fitness Center and the Rosenbaum Squash Center with eight courts; the 11-building Center for the Arts complex; Davison Art Center, a National Historic Landmark; Fayerweather with Beckham Hall; Usdan University Center; Boger Hall (at 41 Wyllys Avenue), which houses the Gordon Career Center, the College of Letters, and the Paoletti Art History Wing; and Allbritton  Hall, which houses the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, among other offices.


  • Wesleyan is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (an 11-member league in NCAA Division III).
  • 29 varsity teams; 16 club sports teams; 8 intramural sports
  • About 700 students participate in intercollegiate sports each year


  • More than 200 student organizations covering a range of interests: martial arts, outdoor activities, community tutoring, a cappella singing, literary magazines, theater and dance troupes, WESU-radio, political organizations, and identity-based groups
  • New groups are formed constantly in response to student interest.

Admission (for Class of 2022)

  • Highly selective, based on individual achievement and promise, with a commitment to enroll a diverse student body and meet full demonstrated need; limited aid available for international students
  • 12,788 applications received; 2,219 students admitted (17.4%); 810 students enrolled
  • 56% women, 44% men enrolled
  • 57% of students enrolled were within the top 10% of their class.
  • Median SAT score for students enrolled: 730 ERW, 750 math; ACT 33
  • Of all students enrolled in the Class of 2022, 39% are students of color (10% Black or African American; 20% Asian or Asian American; 11% Latino or Hispanic; 2.3% Native American); 13% are international students.

Tuition and Financial Aid

  • Tuition, fees, residential comprehensive fee, and estimated cost for books, supplies and miscellaneous expenses for 2018–19 total $69,704 for first-year and sophomores and $71,764 for juniors and seniors, plus a one-time $300 matriculation fee for first-time students only.
  • The Office of Financial Aid at Wesleyan University is committed to enabling admitted students to attend, regardless of the family's financial circumstances. Accordingly, Wesleyan's financial aid program awards assistance solely on the basis of financial need and meets the full demonstrated need of admitted students.
  • In 2017-18, 42% of students received need-based scholarship awards averaging nearly $45,875; Wesleyan scholarships for all four undergraduate classes total nearly $57 million. Each year, the Freeman Asian Scholars program provides merit and need-based aid to eleven incoming students from select countries.


  • Wesleyan was last accredited in 2013 by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.