Welcome Transfers

Welcome to Wesleyan!

We understand much of what you may experience during this transition based on our history of working with transfer students. You are not a first-year college student; however, you are entering your first year at Wes.

As your class deans, we are here to help you navigate this experience. We recognize that your class year might change depending on credit articulation, so please know that we work closely with one another. The intent of this page is to outline considerations for your transition into Wesleyan as a transfer student. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting you!

Dean Shelissa Newball

Dean Jennifer Wood

Essential Information for Transfer Students

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    Upcoming Events

    Academic Advancement and Student Services Panel
    Hear from our Transfer Class Deans and Directors of Academic Advancement and Student Services, including information on academic advising and support, student involvement, and housing.


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    Explore our alumni profiles and request a one-on-one Zoom meetup to chat about all things Wes.
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    Being a Transfer Student

    Using the Wesleyan website, completing your Academic Road Map in WesPortal, reviewing Academic Regulations, and attending transfer-focused events during Orientation will help provide you with a better understanding of how to achieve success as a transfer student at Wesleyan.

    More about Being a Transfer Student

    Graduation Requirements for Transfer Students

    1. Satisfactory completion of a major
    2. Completion of 32 course credits (with no oversubscribing), 16 of which must come from Wesleyan or Wesleyan-sponsored programs
    3. Cumulative GPA of 74.00 or higher
    4. Minimum of five semesters of residency for entering first-semester sophomores; four semesters for entering second-semester sophomores and juniors
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    Class of 2027 and 2026 Blogs

    The class blogs provide news and information about academic, co-curricular, and community life at Wesleyan. Please consult the class of 2027 or 2026 blog accordingly.

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    WesPortal is a personalized electronic hub featuring information concerning your academic and student life, such as your academic history, pre-registration, and housing assignment.

    WesPortal Login

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    New Student Orientation

    Though you are not a first-year student in college, you are a first-year student at Wesleyan. Our New Student Orientation is designed with the transfer student experience in mind. Be sure to attend sessions offered so you can hit the ground running this fall.

    What You Need to Know About New Student Orientation

    We will be conducting orientation events specifically for transfers. Dates, times, and locations will be finalized and communicated to transfer students over the coming months.

    • Transfer Student Reception
      • Opportunity for transfer students and their families to get to know one another and their deans.
    • Transfer Student Matters
      • A session that addresses the specific needs and questions of transfer students adjusting to Wesleyan. Current transfer students will be in attendance. 
    • Transfer Student Dinner and Panel
      • An opportunity for our new transfer students to meet with their peers and other experienced transfer students over dinner.
    • Transfer students will also have one-on-one Zoom meetings over the summer with their class dean. If those meetings do not happen over the summer, transfer students should create an in-person meeting with their respective class dean during the free time portions of the orientation program.
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    Academic Advising and Course Selection

    Intellectual independence, critical thinking, and exploration of a wide range of traditional and interdisciplinary fields of study are the hallmarks of a Wesleyan liberal arts education.

    As a transfer students you have a number of people ready to assist you with advising and course selection, such as your faculty advisor, class dean, and instructors.

    What You Need to Know about Academics

    Academic Advising and the Advising Relationship

    Developing a strong relationship with your faculty advisor is key to taking full advantage of your Wesleyan educational experience. Your advisor, who will be assigned to you prior to your arrival on campus, will serve as your intellectual guide, answering questions about how to best navigate the curriculum. You will be challenged to undertake coursework in disciplines outside your comfort zone so that you may broaden your understanding of yourself and the world. After you arrive on campus, your advisor will point you to additional resources needed to develop your academic plan. When you declare your major, you will be assigned a new faculty advisor in your major department. Your class dean is another source of academic guidance and support during your time at Wesleyan.

    Academic Resources

    Among the many resources that Wesleyan provides to assist with academic planning, WesMaps (wesleyan.edu/wesmaps), WesPortal (portal.wesleyan.edu), and the Wesleyan University Course Catalog (catalog.wesleyan.edu) are the most important. WesMaps provides complete curricular information for every course taught at the University, including course description, important readings, scheduling information, General Education designations, prerequisites, grading mode, and course format. As a new student, you will utilize WesMaps, Wesvising, the Advising Guidelines, and other resources as you participate in course registration and craft a tentative plan of study to be discussed and approved by your faculty advisor at your orientation meeting.

    WesPortal is your online gateway to the University, with important academic processes, including course registration, drop/add, and declaration of your major. WesPortal also helps you monitor progress towards graduation by providing access to your academic history, General Education Report, credit analysis, and major certification form. Beyond these core academic functions, your WesPortal also provides access to your Wesleyan email and Google Docs accounts, class blogs, enrollment and personal data information, and student account balance and payment tools.

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    Student Involvement

    Student Involvement provides advice, guidance, and acts as a resource for students and student organizations. What You Need to Know About Student Involvement

    Visit WesNest to begin to learn about student life and the close to 300 clubs and organizations at Wes. The Orientation schedule will be posted here as well. Once you have your Wesleyan credentials you will have more access to the site. However, you can still begin to search for organizations and activities you are interested in and connect directly with student organization leaders. Follow us on Instagram @wes.involvement to learn more about the Orientation Program and student life at Wes!

    WesNest is our campus social organizer where you can learn more about campus life and student organizations. It is convenient to have WesNest available on your mobile device. Download Corq the WesNest mobile app. This is a quick and easy way to view the orientation schedule and find events on campus in the future!

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    Housing & Dining

    Residential Life: Wesleyan University believes that living on campus is a crucial component of the overall college experience. Therefore, the University has a four-year residential requirement for all undergraduate students. Residential living is based on a model of increasing independence, supported by a variety of options that include program houses, community-based living programs, wood-frame houses, apartments and residence halls. 

    Campus Dining: For information about University meal plans, food options, dining locations, and more, please visit the Dining website.

    What You Need to Know about Housing

    Transfer students are assigned to single and double rooms in residence halls near returning students so it is easier for them to make connections with other students. You also have the option of living in Writers' Block, one of the theme communities.

    To learn more about housing options appropriate for transfer students, visit Residential Life. If you have any questions, feel free to submit a help ticket through your WesPortal.



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    Health Services

    University Health Services provides comprehensive primary care of illness and injury and is open for appointments with physicians and advanced practitioners six days a week. For descriptions of services and office information visit the Health Services site. What You Need to Know about Health Services
    • All incoming students must upload completed health/immunization forms by July 5 via our electronic portal. You will find instructions and forms to download for immunization/health compliance. Your Wesleyan email credentials should be available in early June. Once you have your credentials, please upload forms at https://wesleyan.medicatconnect.com. Follow instructions on the landing page.
    • Please make sure you have records to show compliance with mumps, measles, rubella (MMR), varicella (chicken pox), and updated meningitis vaccination, as well as tuberculosis screening.  You must also show proof of having a recognized CDC Covid vaccination and booster shot.
    • Completed health information and immunization records must be on file with the Davison Health Center before you can register for classes.
    • All students will be charged for University insurance the first week in July; charges will be reversed for those with waivers showing comparable private insurance.
    • Go to gallagherstudent.com/wesleyan to waive or enroll in University insurance. Health insurance waivers are due by August 15.

    More Information:

    • International students will be scheduled to see a nurse as part of International Student Orientation to review immunization records.
    Parents are welcome to visit the Davison Health Center or contact us by phone, but students over 18 years of age are entitled to full medical information privacy protection. The Health Center can discuss details of evaluation or treatment only with the student’s signed consent.
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    Information Technology Services (ITS)

    Information Technology Services (ITS) oversees the maintenance and management of Wesleyan’s computing facilities and services. Cardinal Technologies is the service-oriented division of ITS and provides both equipment sales and support and printing services. What You Need to Know about ITS
    • WesPortal is a secure system that allows students online access to their course schedule, grades, academic history, student accounts, Moodle (a web-based tool for sharing course assignments and materials), and more. You will be sent a WesPortal account in early June.
    • The ITS student helpdesk provides phone and on-site technical support for student computing issues.
    • Wireless network access is provided throughout campus. Residence halls, upperclassman housing in wood frames, and program housing have wireless-only connectivity to the Wesleyan network on Eduroam.
    • Cardinal Service Center (CSC) is located in Exley Science Center and offers computer repair services for both Apple and PC computers: (860) 685-2700
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    Campus Store

    Learn more about the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore's two locations!

    What You Need to Know about the Campus Store
    • The Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore is located on Main Street in Middletown. RJ Julia Booksellers provides students with all of their course materials, apparel, gifts, and school supplies. Follow them on Instagram @wesrjjulia for up to date information.
    • The Campus Store in the Usdan University Center is a second location of the RJ Julia Bookstore. They carry technology, apparel, school, and dorm supplies. They are an Apple Authorized Campus Store, but they also sell Dell and Windows computers/accessories. Follow them on Instagram @wescampusstore to learn about Apple's back-to-school promotion as soon as it's announced. 
    • Both stores accept Middletown Cash and Student Account for payment. Place an order online for items from either store at www.wesleyanrjjulia.com. Home shipping or in-store pick up available at both locations. 
    • The Campus Store is conveniently located in Usdan for arrival day pick up! This summer, place an online order for your bedding, computer, dorm essentials, school supplies, and Wesleyan gear, and it will be ready for quick pick up when you get to campus! If you start unpacking and realize you forgot your toothbrush or computer charger, stop by anytime to get all your essentials.    
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    Your personalized WesCard is your ID card and your University dining and library card. It is also your key to the residence halls and campus facilities. Keep it safe! What You Need to Know about WesCard
    • You need to upload a 2x2", front facial photo of yourself, without wearing sunglasses or a hat, and not using filters to be used on your WesCard by July 1. The photo can be uploaded in WesPortal under the New Student Checklist and Resources sections.
    • You can pick up your WesCard on Arrival Day when you check in for Orientation.
    • You can also choose to load your WesCard with Middletown Cash, an optional debit account that you can use on and off campus for various retail items such as books and supplies at RJ Julia Bookstore or at the Campus Store, at Usdan, and also for services such as mailing, vending, and dining out.

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    Student Accounts

    The Student Accounts Office is responsible for billing and collection of tuition, fees, and miscellaneous charges that students incur while attending Wesleyan.

    For information on Financial Aid, please visit the Financial Aid website.

    What You Need to Know about Student Accounts
    • Student Accounts issues electronic statements each semester for tuition, fees, and the residential comprehensive fee.
    • Your first e-statement of the academic year is sent in July and is payable within 30 days. When statements are ready to be viewed online, an email will be sent to your Wesleyan email address and to your Authorized Users. (You can set up your parents, guardians, or others as Authorized Users through your Student Account online.)
    • Students and Authorized Users can make payments via e-check, personal check or money order, wired international payments through Flywire (for payments from outside the United States), or direct bank wire. For direct bank wire instructions, contact student-accounts@wesleyan.edu.
    • Wesleyan University does not accept payment by debit or credit card.

    More Information:

    • Wesleyan offers interest-free, 5-month payment plans to allow families to finance each semester of university costs. Each semester, there is a $45 enrollment fee. The fall plan begins on August 15 and may cover standard charges for the fall term beginning in September. For more information, visit the Student Accounts website.
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    Financing Your Education

    A Guide to Resources and Strategies for Wesleyan University Students

    There are many ways to pay for a university education and many resources available to make the costs more manageable. The following guidelines, primarily designed for domestic students, summarize those resources and outline useful strategies in financial planning.

    What You Need to Know about Financing Your Education

    Programs for all Students and Parents

    Family circumstances vary widely, and so do the means for meeting the cost of a year at Wesleyan. Family resources—including student and parent income, assets, and loans—will most likely be the primary source of financing. Need-based financial aid is available for qualifying students who applied during the application process. Other financial strategies and resources that many families use include the monthly payment plan, outside scholarship support (which initially reduces self-help amounts for financial aid recipients), and supplemental loans.

    It is best to inquire about these programs early to understand your options for making Wesleyan affordable. Optional tuition insurance is offered through A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. Application to Dewar must be made prior to the first day of class. For more information, visit collegerefund.com.

    How Wesleyan Bills Students

    Students are charged one semester at a time for tuition, fees, and the residential comprehensive fee. If a student is receiving financial aid, the pending credits for the financial aid are subtracted from the account total, as long as the student has provided the Office of Financial Aid with all necessary certifications and documents.

    The account balance, minus tentative credits for any financial aid not yet posted to the account, is the amount the student is responsible for paying. The full amount due must be paid within 30 days of the billing date. Fall semester charges are posted in July. Spring semester charges are posted to the student account in January. Students are not permitted to enroll unless the full amount due is paid or otherwise satisfied.

    Financing Options 

    See current financing information

    Some FAQs

    When should we make arrangements for a payment program?

    Program enrollment can begin when the semester charges are posted to the student account.

    When should we apply for an educational loan?

    Complete loan processing, including approval, may require several weeks. In order to receive loan proceeds prior to fall enrollment, applications for any educational loan should be in process by January 15.

    Are any campus jobs available to students who are not receiving financial aid?

    Yes. Preference is given to students who are authorized to work as part of their financial aid awards, but about one-third of the on-campus jobs typically are held by non-financial aid students. Non-university jobs are also available in the local community.

    If we did not apply for financial aid but would like to explore this option, what should we do?

    For US citizens and permanent residents, please contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss any special circumstances or changes that may have occurred since your admission to Wesleyan. In general, if you applied to Wesleyan without seeking financial aid, you must be enrolled one year before becoming eligible to receive Wesleyan financial aid.

    Who receives student account access?

    The student has primary access to their student account. The student can enable guests to view their student account online or make online payments. For more information, visit the Student Accounts website.

    What forms of payment are accepted by Wesleyan?

    • E-check or paper check
    • Wire transfer
    • Flywire for international money transfer
    • Private educational loan
    • Monthly payment plan
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    Final Transcripts

    Final transcripts become part of your permanent record and are an important tool for you and your advisor in planning your academic program at Wesleyan. What You Need to Know about Final Transcripts
    • You must submit final transcripts to the Office of Admission NO LATER THAN JULY 1.
    • First-year students: Ask your secondary school counselor to submit your final transcript electronically through the Common Application website (Final Report Form), Slate.org, or via email to applicant@wesleyan.edu, or mail to Office of Admission, Wesleyan University, 70 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT 06459.
    • Transfer students: Request that your current institution send a final transcript to Wesleyan’s Office of Admission.


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    University Calendar 2024-2025

    View updated Academic Calendar

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    Honor Code and Code of Non-Academic Conduct

    Students at Wesleyan are given a great deal of independence and, in turn, are expected to act responsibly as members of a community that includes all students, faculty, staff, and other Middletown residents. Read more about the Honor Code and Code of Non-Academic Conduct in the Student Handbook.

    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.