Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am - 4:30pm.  To schedule a meeting, please contact us at graduateoffice@wesleyan.edu 

Admitted Student Guide

Welcome incoming graduate students!  The information below will help you transition to the graduate programs at Wesleyan.  We look forward to meeting and working with you and invite you to contact us if you have any questions.  Cheryl-Ann Hagner, Director of Graduate Student Services, and Barbara Schukoske, Administrative Assistant V, can be reached at graduateoffice@wesleyan.edu.

Graduate Orientation for Spring 2022 will take place on Tuesday Jan 18, 2022.

Wesleyan will require all students to receive the COVID vaccine prior to arriving on or returning to campus for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters. Wesleyan requires all students to receive the flu vaccine prior to arriving or returning for the spring 2022 semester.  Every student (with the exception of those who have approved medical or religious exemptions) will need to verify with the University that they are fully vaccinated prior to their arrival. Students can upload their vaccination record to the Davison Health Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs for International Students

 

  • The Office of Graduate Student Services

    The Office of Graduate Student Services is the administrative office for graduate students in the PhD, MA and BA/MA programs and for Foreign Language Teaching Assistants and Graduate Writing Fellows.  Cheryl-Ann Hagner, Director, and Barbara Schukoske, Administrative Assistant V, are available to help you.  Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.  Feel free to contact us to schedule a meeting or phone call.  We can be reached at graduateoffice@wesleyan.edu

  • Graduate Orientation, Fall 2021

    Graduate Orientation will take place in-person in Fall 2021 for students in the PhD, MA, and BA/MA programs, Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAS), and Writing Fellows.  

    Masks are required.  Food and drinks are not permitted in the Orientation sessions.  Pre-packaged breakfast and lunch will be available on the patio behind the Exley Science Center on Tuesday Aug 31. 

    Monday Aug 30
    Pre-Orientation for International Graduate Students and Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAS)

    Highly Recommended

    9am - 11:30am Exley Science Center, Room 150 (Tishler Lecture Hall)  
    Tuesday Aug 31
    Graduate Orientation, Morning Sessions Mandatory for All New Graduate Students (PhDs, MAs, BA/MAs, FLTAs, and Writing Fellows) 9am - 12pm Exley Science Center,  Room 150 (Tishler Lecture Hall).  Breakfast available on the patio behind the building.
    All Graduate Student Lunch Optional 12pm - 1pm Exley Science Center, Patio behind the building.
    Graduate Orientation, Afternoon Sessions Mandatory for new PhDs, MAs and FLTAs.  Optional for BA/MAs and Writing Fellows. 1pm - 4pm Exley Science Center,  Room 150 (Tishler Lecture Hall). 
    Wednesday Sep 1
    Graduate Pedagogy Mandatory for new PhDs and MAs 10am - 11am Exley Science Center, Room 184 (Woodhead Lounge)
    The American Classroom Mandatory for FLTAs 10 am - 11am

    Zoom

    https://wesleyan.zoom.us/my/ehepford

    Tour of Fisk Hall and Classroom Technology Mandatory for FLTAs 11am - 12pm

    Meet Emmanuel Paris-Bouvret in the Center for Global Studies, Fisk Hall.

    Campus Tour RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY SEP 3, 2PM. 
    BA/MA Group Meeting Mandatory for BA/MAs 3:30pm-4:30pm Exley Science Center, Room 184 (Woodhead Lounge)
    Thursday Sep 2
    Chemical Hygiene Mandatory for PhDs, MAs, BA/MAs in laboratory sciences 10am - 1pm  Exley Science Center, Room 150 (Tishler Lecture Hall)
    Friday Sep 3
    Campus Tour  Optional 2-3pm Meet on the patio in front of Exley Science Center, facing Church Street.
  • International Students/Immigration

    The immigration process for international students who are admitted for the fall semester will begin in mid-April.  F-1 students will receive log-in information from the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA).  J-1 students (Foreign Language Teaching Assistants) will receive log-in information from the Office of Academic Affairs.  Use the log-in information to log into the International Student and Scholar Portal and follow the instructions. 

    The visa application fee and SEVIS fee (I-901 fee) are the responsibilty of the student. Students who currently hold an active F-1 status should contact OISA (oisa@wesleyan.edu) for a SEVIS records transfer from their current school.

    Visas for international students who are sponsored by an organization outside of Wesleyan, such as Fulbright or USAID, will not receive log-in information from Wesleyan.  The sponsoring organization will process the visa. 

    International Students who are new to Wesleyan must complete Form AR-11 and upload it to the Secure Drop Box within 10 days of arriving.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Office of International Student Affairs, oisa@wesleyan.edu.

    Guidelines to Maintaining Status

  • Graduate Housing

    Graduate Students have the option to live in Wesleyan-owned housing or in housing units that are privately owned.  

    Wesleyan housing is available to graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate program and their immediate family members (domestic partners/spouses and children or legal dependents).  Rentals are organized through the Office of Residential Life.  Graduate student housing opens on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 for the fall semester and Monday Jan 16, 2022 for the spring semester. Please notify Residential life if you must arrive before this date.

    Types of Wesleyan Housing

    There are three options for Wesleyan graduate housing: one-person apartments, group housing, and family housing.  Descriptions of available housing and rental rates are posted on the Office of Residential Life website.

    Applying for Housing
    Applications for graduate housing should be submitted as early as possible and not later than July 1 for the fall semester.  Every effort will be made to meet the housing preference stated on the application.  Housing is provided on a space-available basis and is not guaranteed. Upon receiving notification of the housing assignment, students are given the opportunity to decline Wesleyan University housing prior to signing the lease.   Application for Grad Housing

    Lease

    Students must sign a binding lease with the University upon receiving keys for their unit.  A security deposit of $200 is required upon signing the lease.  Signing the lease indicates an agreement to live in Graduate Housing for the duration of one academic year.  All leases end on May 31st of each year.

    Rental Insurance

    Wesleyan highly recommends that each resident of Wesleyan graduate housing consider purchasing a rental insurance policy.  Information on a commonly used rental insurance policy can be found here: https://www.nssi.com/

    Important Dates

    Applications for Wesleyan graduate housing for admission in the fall semester are due before July 1.  Assignments for Wesleyan graduate housing will be made by mid-July.  Wesleyan graduate housing for fall admission will open on Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021 for the fall semester.

    Applications for Wesleyan graduate housing for admission in the spring semester are due as soon as possible upon accepting the offer of admission.  Assignments are made on a space-available basis.  Wesleyan graduate housing for Spring 2022 admission will open after Jan 15, 2022.

    Contact Information

    If you have any questions about Wesleyan graduate housing please contact the Office of Residential Life at 860-685-3550 or reslife@wesleyan.edu

  • Graduate Housing - Foreign Language Teaching Assistants

    Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) will each be assigned to a furnished aparment residence in the Park Washington apartment building at 256 Washington Street, Middletown.

    Application

    FLTAs are not required to submit a housing application.

    Move-In Date

    FLTAs may arrive and move into their residence on or after Monday, August 24, 2021.

    Description

    Park Washington Apartments

    Leases

    FLTAs must sign a binding lease with the University within the first two weeks of arriving on campus. A security deposit of $200 is required upon signing the lease. Signing the lease indicates an agreement to live in Graduate Housing for the duration of one academic year. All leases end of May 31st of each year.

    Rental Insurance

    Wesleyan highly recommends that each resident of Wesleyan graduate housing consider purchasing a rental insurance policy. Information on a commonly used rental insurance policy can be found here: https://www.nssi.com/

    Contact Information

    If you have any questions about Wesleyan graduate housing please contact the Office of Residential Life at 860-685-3550 or reslife@wesleyan.edu

     

  • Graduate Housing - BA/MA Students (Fall Admission)

    BA/MA students who are required by their academic department to be on campus conducting research in the summer between the completion of the BA and the start of the MA who wish to live in Wesleyan graduate student housing in the Fall, may apply to live in graduate student housing during the summer. Residential Life will make every effort to accommodate these requests.

    BA/MA students who are required by their academic department to be on campus conducting research in the summer between the completion of the BA and the start of the MA who do not plan to live in Wesleyan graduate student housing in the Fall, should make arrangements to move into an off-campus location for the summer.

     

  • Graduate Housing - BA/MA Students (Spring Admission)

    BA/MA students who complete the BA in December may have the option to live in Wesleyan undergraduate housing for the last semester of the BA program and should inquire with Residential Life about availability.  They must move to Wesleyan graduate housing or off-campus upon starting the MA program.

    Residential Life will release BA/MA students who complete the BA in December from the requirement to live in Wesleyan undergraduate housing during the final semester of the BA program.  Students may move off-campus for the final semester of the BA program and remain off campus for the MA program. 

     BA/MA students must make an appointment with Residential Life to discuss and clarify their choice.

  • Flu Vaccine
    Wesleyan is requiring all students receive a flu shot prior to the start of the spring 2022 semester. Every student (with exception of those who have approved medical or religious exemptions) will need to verify receipt of flu vaccine by uploading a copy of your vaccination paperwork in WesPortal>COVID-19 Resources>Flu Vaccine Upload. 
  • Health Forms - Immunizations and Vaccinations - Domestic and International

    Required Health Forms for PhD and MA Students, Writing Fellows, and Foreign Language Teaching Assistants

     

     Students will receive their Wesleyan login credentials in early May. Use those credentials to access the student health services web portal and see instructions and links to complete and upload the required forms related to health history, immunizations, TB screening, and consent for treatment. 

    The deadline to upload forms and records is July 1 for students starting in the fall semester and Jan 15 for students starting in the spring semester. 

    More Information:

    • New students may schedule an appointment to see a medical provider to review immunization records.
    • If you are unable to complete the above requirements, please contact the health center for assistance. We can be reached at healthforms@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2470.

     

           

  • Health Forms - Immunizations and Vaccinations - BA/MA Students

    Student health records maintained at the Davison Health Center will be carried over from the BA to the MA while students are pursuing the MA degree. 

    To fully qualify for enrollment, all incoming students must meet certain health standards set by the State of Connecticut and the university. These include compliance with vaccination against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Meningitis and Tuberculosis blood testing and possible testing for Hepatitis B. Immunization records on file will be reviewed for compliance with State of CT guidelines. The Davison Health Center will notify students of any missing immunizations.

  • Health Insurance - Domestic and Interntational

    University policy mandates that all students maintain health insurance in order to avoid potentially difficult and costly medical situations and to ensure that medical services outside the University Health Center are covered.  Wesleyan University contributes a portion of the health insurance premium for graduate students who receive a stipend. Graduate students who do not receive a graduate stipend (ex: BA/MA students and students who are in ABD-NOT status) are responsible for the total premium.  

    All students will be charged for University insurance unless you complete the form requesting a waiver for a comparable private insurance. Please note: The deadline to submit the 2021-2022 Wesleyan University Annual Insurance Decision Form for Graduate Students is August 11, 2021 for students enrolling in the fall semester.  

    Wesleyan provides the following options for health insurance coverage:

    1. Gallagher Student Health Insurance Plan: Please see the Gallagher web site for policy information and rates.  Graduate students selecting this plan are responsible for enrolling by the enrollment deadlines posted on the University Health Services web site.   

      Summary of Coverage

      Brochure

      Gallagher FAQ

      Gallagher Student Health Insurance Rates for Graduate Students

       
      Instructions for obtaining your Gallagher Student Health Insurance ID card:

      1. Visit wellfleetstudent.com. Enter your school name in the “Find Your School” search box.
      2. If you have created a Wellfleet account in the past, log in.
      3. If you have not created a Wellfleet Account, click “Create New Account” and complete the registration process.
      4. Use the “Student Options” tab located at the top of the page to view, email or print your ID card.


    2. CIGNA: This plan is limited to full-time, degree-seeking graduate students who receive a stipend.  It is not available for non-degree seeking students such as foreign language teaching assistants, German exchange students or Writing Fellows.  Enrollment is processed through the Wesleyan Office of Human Resources. Rates are on a MONTHLY basis. Graduate Students are not eligible to participate in the Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey. 

      For information about the CIGNA plan and rates:

      CIGNA OAPIN (HMO)
      CIGNA OAP (POS)
      CIGNA OAP HSA (High Deductible)
      Vision Care
      Enrollment Form

      CIGNA Premiums for Graduate Students:   If you have any questions concerning the CIGNA plan, please contact  benefits@wesleyan.edu


    3. Private Insurance:  Students may elect to provide their own insurance and must submit proof of insurance using the waiver form on the Gallahger Student Insurance web site.  Failure to provide proof of insurance and submit the waiver form will result in automatic enrollment in the Gallagher student health plan.  Fees for the Gallagher student health plan will be billed to the student’s account..

    Foreign Language Teaching Assistants must purchase the Gallagher Student Health Insurance Plan and may not elect to provide their own insurance. Questions related to the signing up for Gallagher and coverage should be directed to Ms. Joyce Walter, Director of the University Health Center, at jwalter@wesleyan.edu. Questions related to immigration matters surrounding insurance should be directed to Academic Affairs.

  • Health Insurance - BA/MA Students

    University policy mandates that all students maintain health insurance in order to avoid potentially difficult and costly medical situations and to ensure that medical services outside the University Health Center are covered. Wesleyan provides the following options for health insurance coverage of BA/MA Students:

    1. Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk: Please see the Gallagher web site for policy information and rates: https://www.gallagherstudent.com/. Graduate students selecting this plan are responsible for enrolling by the enrollment deadlines posted on the University Health Services web site https://www.wesleyan.edu/healthservices/insurance/index.html.

    2. Students may elect to provide their own insurance and must submit proof of insurance to the Office of Graduate Student Services. Students will be required to sign an insurance waiver form. Failure to provide proof of insurance and submit a signed waiver form will result in automatic enrollment in the Gallagher health plan. This one-time charge will be billed to your student account.

    Attention Fall Graduate Students: The deadline to submit the 2021-2022 Wesleyan University Annual Insurance Decision Form for Graduate Students is August 11, 2021.

  • Stipends - Domestic and International

    Many graduate students receive a stipend.  Stipend payments are disbursed twice each month on the 15th and the last day of the month.  Payments are made via direct deposit to a U.S. bank account. 

    Half of each month's rent will be deducted from each stipend payment for students that reside in university housing. 

    The stipend period starts for new graduate students on September 1.  The stipend year ends on May 31.  If a graduate student is continuing in the program, the stipend payments will continue through the summer and following academic year, without interuption.  

    A limited number of dependency allowances are available each year to graduate students who have dependents living with them and whose stipend is the only source of income in the family. The dependency allowance application must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Student Services by Sep 15.  When approved, dependency allowance payments are made via direct deposit on the 15th of each month.

    Please direct questions about stipends to Cheryl-Ann Hagner, Director of Graduate Student Services, 860-685-2223, chagner@wesleyan.edu.

     

  • Payroll Forms -Domestic Students - Required

    Complete Documents Required by US Students and follow the instructions to upload before you arrive on campus.  The US Employment Verification form (I-9) is available at this link.  The other required forms, including the Direct Deposit form, federal income tax form (W-4), and Connecticut income tax form (CT W-4) are accessible through your Portal/My Information/Payroll Help.

    You will need your bank account number and routing number to complete the direct deposit form.  You will need identification in the form of either a Passport or a US driver's license and US social security card to complete the I-9 form.    

    Submit documents before the first Friday in September to be paid on September 15. ALL REQUIREMENT FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE STIPEND PAYMENTS CAN BE PROCESSED.

    BA/MA students and Writing Fellows who worked for Wesleyan while undergraduate students do not need to submit new forms.  If you did not work for Wesleyan as an undergraduate, please follow the instructions to complete and upload the forms. 

  • Payroll Forms - International Students and FLTAs - Required

    UPON ARRIVAL TO THE U.S.

    Submit documents before the first Friday in September to be paid on September 15.  YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL REQUIRED FORMS AND MEET WITH THE FOREIGN NATIONAL TAX SPECIALIST BEFORE STIPEND PAYMENTS CAN BE PROCESSED.

    • Go to Documents Required by F-1 or J-1 students and follow the instructions.

    • Email Christine Rodrigue at ict@wesleyan.edu to schedule an appointment to review your required U.S. tax documents and forms, social security number application procedures, and annual U.S. tax reporting responsibilities. 
     
    IMPORTANT - Work Authorization Extension

    Students requesting a program extension MUST do the following upon receipt of the new I-20 to extend work authorization and avoid disruption of pay:

    1. Upload the most recent I-20 that indicates your program extension dates to your Sprintax TDS Document Exchange.
       
    2. Email ict@wesleyan.edu to notify the International Compensation and Tax Dept. that your new I-20 is in your TDS profile.  Please type ‘Program Extension Work Authorization’ in the email Subject line.    

    If you did not work for Wesleyan as an undergraduate, please follow the instruction above to complete your information and upload your documents.

    ANNUALLY

    • Students who enter the U.S. in F, J, M or Q visa status are generally considered non-resident aliens for income tax purposes during the first five calendar years presence in the U.S.  Non-resident aliens are taxed under a separate set of IRS rules than U.S. citizens, permanent residents or resident aliens.  Compensation and miscellaneous payments are be subject to income tax withholding and/or reporting. 

    • Receive a W2 earnings statement from the Payroll Office by each January 30.  If a student receives a check from Wesleyan Payroll anytime during a calendar year, s/he will receive a W2 earnings statement the following January.  Create a folder labeled ‘Wesleyan Income Taxes-Tax Year 20xx’ and save all tax documents together in a safe place.

    • Receive a 1042-S statement from the Finance Office by each March 15.  If a student receives a non-qualified scholarship and/or a tax treaty exemption from Wesleyan during a calendar year, he/she will receive a 1042-S statement by the following March.  Save in the Wesleyan Income Taxes folder.  A 1042-S form is not issued for a student who receives a qualified scholarship.

    • All non-resident alien students who receive either a W2 or 1042-S statement during a calendar year are required to file a U.S. federal income tax return, or Form 1040NR/NR-EZ, by the following April 15.

    • All non-resident alien students who do not receive income during a calendar year are required to complete a Statement of Exempt Individuals, or Form 8843, and submit to the IRS by the following June 15.

    • Wesleyan provides its international students access and instructions to a web-based tax filing software called Sprintax Tax Preparation.  You can also find a link in your Wesleyan portfolio under Campus Applications.  We strongly recommend non-resident alien students use Sprintax Tax Prep to prepare their 1040NR, 1040NR-EZ and/or 8843 forms.  The software is easy to use and accurate.  The International Compensation and Taxation office (ICT) will provide instructions and login information each tax season in March.

     

     

  • Wesleyan Email Username and Password
    An email will be sent in early May (for fall admission) or in November (for spring admission) to the personal email address of each new graduate student with the student's Wesleyan email username, temporary password, and instructions on how to access Wesleyan email from off-campus.  It is highly recommended that new students sign into Wesleyan email soon after receiving the instructions.  Wesleyan uses email as an official means of communicating with students.
  • Graduate Electronic Communication

    There are two list-serves available for communication within the graduate community.

    ogss-announce@wesleyan.edu

    • This list is comprised of the Wesleyan email address of all graduate students.
    • This list will be used for important announcements from the Office of Graduate Student Services or from Wesleyan.
    • This list is not used to communicate information that is not official Wesleyan business i.e. rental advertisements and rideshare requests.
    • Students may not unsubscribe from this list.
    • Students may not post notices to this list.


    gsa@wesleyan.edu
     

    • This list is used for messages that are not official announcements from this office or from Wesleyan.  It is for sharing informal information such as rental opportunities or rideshare requests.
    • The personal email address of each new incoming graduate student is added to this list.  Personal email addresses will be replaced with Wesleyan email addresses when they are assigned in early June.
    • Students may unsubscribe from this list. 
    • Students may post to this list. 
    • Students who have unsubscribed and would like to re-subscribe may contact Barbara Schukoske at bschukoske@wesleyan.edu.


    Information Technology Services (ITS)

    Wesleyan's investment in Information Technology is part of the overall commitment to the well-rounded liberal arts education for all students.  We regard the ability to engage technology as one of the essential capabilities that Wesleyan graduates must develop for the 21st century.  For more information about the technology and services offered to Wesleyan's students, staff and faculty click on the following link: http://www.wesleyan.edu/its/

     

  • WesCard - Wesleyan ID (Identfication Card)

    A student's WesCard allows access to the University libraries, dining facilities, the Freeman Athletic Center, and some Wesleyan-owned graduate housing facilities.  The Middletown Cash Program allows students  to make a deposit to their WesCard and use the card to purchase meals at local restaurants, use laundry facilities on campus, purchase books or other items at the University Bookstore, and make purchases at participating Middletown merchants. Information about the Wesleyan ID and instructions on how to obtain your Wesleyan ID

    You can expediate the WesCard process by uploading your photo before you get to campus.  Go to WesPortal>Offices & Services>WesCard>WesCard Photo  to submit your photo in advance of your arrival.  Your card will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive on campus.

    Direct questions or concerns to Cathy-Lee Rizza, Assistant Director of Student Accounts/WesCard Office, at crizza@wesleyan.edu or at (860) 685-5300.

  • WesCard - Wesleyan ID - BA/MA Students

    BA/MA students must get an updated Wesleyan ID card that indicates status as a graduate student. You may opt to use the photo from the BA ID card or to use a new photo.  

    Direct questions or concerns to Cathy-Lee Rizza, Assistant Director of Student Accounts/WesCard Office, at crizza@wesleyan.edu or at (860) 685-5300.

  • Planning for Arrival Expenses

    It is recommended that graduate students arrive prepared with access to approximately $2000 US dollars to get settled at Wesleyan.   Depending on the situation, students could incur expenses for the following:

    Wesleyan Graduate HOUSING DEPOSIT 

    A $200 housing deposit is due when the student signs the lease. The deposit can be cash, money order, personal check, cashier's check, or wire transfer.  The deposit will be returned with interest when the student leaves University housing.  Any charges incurred by Physical Plant or Residential Life will be deducted from the deposit.

    HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM

    University policy mandates that all students maintain health insurance.  Graduate student health insurance premiums vary depending on the type of insurance that is selected.  The fee for Gallagher Student Insurance is added to the student's Student Account by the end of September.  Wesleyan electronically sends a billing statement to every Wesleyan student account holder via the assigned Wesleyan email account. Each bill must be settled with Student Accounts within 30 days.  The premium for students who enroll in Cigna insurance will be deducted from the student's paycheck.  For information on making payments to the Student Account:  Payment Methods

    HEALTH IMMUNIZATIONS AND VACCINATIONS

    The State of Connecticut requires proof of certain immunizations.  Students requiring lab tests or vaccines will experience fees of approximately $150-$350. For more information please see the section on Health Forms/Immunizations and Vaccinations.


    GROCERIES AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

    Wesleyan's Transportation department offers a free local grocery shuttle service every Sunday from 12:30pm-3:30pm. The shuttle van leaves from the Usdan University Center and travels to two local grocery stores -- Aldi and Price Chopper -- and returns to the Usdan Center.

    The Graduate Student Association hosts a shopping trip during arrival week to bring students to local stores to purchase household items (i.e. bedding, kitchen supplies, etc). 

    LAUNDRY

    Laundry facilities are available on campus.  Students use their WesCard or Mac-Gray Card (depending on the place of residence) to pay for use of the washers and dryers.  For information about laundry on campus: https://www.wesleyan.edu/wescard/Laundry/Index.html

    BOOKS

    Books that are required for classes are sold at the University book store.  Payment is via credit card, cash, or check. 

    GSA FEE

    $40 will be charged to each graduate student's student account for the Graduate Student Association student activity fee.

    TIPPING ETIQUETTE

    Tipping for many services is customary in the US. Be prepared to tip waiters at sit-down restaurants, bartenders, barbers/hairdressers, taxi drivers, and food delivery folks.  Calculate the tip as a percentage of the total bill:  15-20% is considered standard in most communities.

     

  • Banking

    Stipend payments are made via direct deposit to a US bank.  The list below includes local banks within walking distance of Wesleyan.

    Citizen’s Bank, 225 Main Street, Middletown
    www.citizensbank.com
    Telephone: (860) 685-8800

     Wells Fargo ATM, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown
    2nd location: 111 Washington Street, Middletown
    www.wellsfargo.comTelephone: (800) 869-3557

     Bank of America, 267 Main Street, Middletown
    www.bankofamerica.comTelephone: (860) 343-5541

     Liberty Bank, 315 Main Street, Middletown
    www.liberty-bank.comTelephone: (888) 570-0773

     Webster Bank, 363 Main Street, Middletown
    www.websteronline.comTelephone: (860) 638-6930

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the easiest way to get to Wesleyan from an airport?

    From Bradley International Airport, Hartford, CT:  Take a taxi to Wesleyan.  It is important to reserve a taxi in advance.  Executive 2000 is the service most often used. 

    Executive 2000
    (860) 635-8222
    https://www.mytaxicoupon.com

    From JFK International Airport:  Take a train to New Haven CT, Old Saybrook CT, or Meriden CT and then take a taxi to Wesleyan.  Note:  We do not recommend the Meriden Train Station -- it is remote, without services, and closed on Sunday.  The train stops at an empty platform.  Although it is the closest, it is difficult to manage.

    Some current graduate students report that Wisla Express, a private airport transportation service, provides reliable door-to-door pick up and delivery.   You must call in advance to reserve,  860 229-7798.

    For additional information on area transportation: https://www.wesleyan.edu/about/visitors/transpor.html

  • What is the process for auditing a class?
    Students must request permission to audit the course from the instructor of the course.  If permission is granted, the student attends the class and participates as per the agreement with the instructor.  At the end of the course, the instructor must email the Registrar's office (registrar@wesleyan.edu) to request the audit be added to the student's transcript.  Student's should not register for the course.
  • Is WesCard linked to my stipend?
    Your Wesleyan ID Card (WesCard) is not linked to the stipend. the Wesleyan ID card is related to accessing the library facilities, athletic facilities, laundry facilities, and some Wesleyan-owned housing units. 
  • How do I get my WesCard?

    You can expediate the WesCard process by uploading your photo before you get to campus.  Go to WesPortal>Offices & Services>WesCard>WesCard Photo  to submit your photo in advance of your arrival.  Your card will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive on campus. 

  • When do I get my first stipend payment?
    Receiving the first stipend paycheck is dependent on successful completion of forms for the Payroll Office and your providing bank account information for the direct deposit. We will review and collect the forms during Orientation. Direct Deposit is made through US banks; International Students must open an account at a US bank. If the required paperwork is in place, you will recieve your first stipend payment on September 15.
  • Do I need to notify anyone of my arrival plans?
    If you will be living in Wesleyan Graduate Housing, you should notify Megan Conte in the office of Residential Life of your arrival plans.  Email her at mconte01@wesleyan.edu so she can arrange to have your apartment keys ready for you. It is also helpful to notify the administrative assistant in your department of your expected arrival date.
  • Can graduate students be on the meal plan?

    The most flexible and cost effective way for graduate students to dine on campus is to use Middletown Cash, not a meal plan.  The exception is for BA/MA students who receive a meal plan stipend. 

    The process:

    1. Make a deposit to Middletown Cash and the value is added to your WesCard.
    2. Deposits may be electronic via credit card, or cash or check in person at the WesCard office.
    3. You deposit as much as you want at intervals you choose (the minimum is $5).
    4. You use your card at all Bon Appetit Dining venues on campus including the Daniel Family Commons on the third floor of Usdan.
    5. You use your card at many eateries and locations downtown.

     

    The benefits of using Middletown Cash are:

    1. You are not locked into using a certain number of points per semester.
    2. You have no risk of losing points if they aren’t used.
    3. You are not required to pay thousands of dollars up front.  You choose how much to put into your account and when.
    4. Middletown Cash follows you for as long as you are enrolled in the university.


    Information about Middletown Cash:  https://www.wesleyan.edu/wescard/glspgradinfo.html