The Office of Graduate Student Services is available for remote service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Summer hours are Monday-Thursday, 8-4:30. Please contact graduateoffice@wesleyan.edu

Admitted Student Guide

Welcome incoming graduate students.  The new student information below will help you transition to the graduate programs at Wesleyan.   If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl-Ann Hagner, Director of Graduate Student Services, at chagner@wesleyan.edu or Barbara Schukoske, Administrative Assistant V, at bschukoske@wesleyan.edu.

Fall 2020 UPDATED July 8, 2020 

Wesleyan's first priority is the health and safety of our community members.  The plans below may have to be adjusted in response to changing public health conditions. 

Wesleyan will begin fall classes on August 31 (one week earlier than initially scheduled), with the possibility of finishing the semester online after Thanksgiving (there will be no traditional fall break). Students will be asked to avoid large gatherings in the weeks before coming to campus and to take increasing precautions, in addition to wearing masks and social distancing. Students who are able to get tested will be encouraged to determine that they are negative for Covid-19 within 48 hours of traveling to campus. Everyone on campus will be tested shortly after arrival, and there will be frequent testing on a regular basis thereafter. Those on campus who test positive for Covid-19 will be provided with supportive isolation until they are no longer contagious. Students who test positive will be able to continue their coursework remotely.  Additional information on reactivating campus can be found here.  

New International Graduate Student Pre-Orientation and New Graduate Student Orientation will be held online during the week of Aug 24.  Online Graduate Orientation Schedule Fall 2020.     

  • 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.  Cheryl-Ann Hagner, Director, chagner@wesleyan.edu, and Barbara Schukoske, Administrative Assistant V, bschukoske@wesleyan.edu,  are available to help you.  Our summer hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm.  Feel free to contact us to schedule a Zoom meeting or phone call.  

  • International Students/Immigration UPDATED APRIL 29, 2020

    All U.S. embassies and consults worldwide are closed for routine visa services due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  It is not possible to obtain an F-1 visa for new international students who do not have an active SEVIS record at this time. Wesleyan's Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) will contact you to begin the visa application process so you will have what you need when the embassies re-open. 

    Upon acceptance into a graduate program, perspective F-1 visa holders will receive a questionnaire via email from the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA).  The questionnaire is sent after April 1 (for fall admission) or during October (for spring admission).  Please return the completed questionnaire to the OISA  as soon as possible.  This is the first step in the F-1 visa application process. Visa application fee and SEVIS fee (I-901 fee) are the resposibilty 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.

    Foreign Language Teaching Assistants will receive visa information from Ms. Jennifer Bomar, Academic Affairs.

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

    It is the responsibility of the student to monitor the expiration date of their immigration status and, when needed, to seek an extension by contacting OISA or Ms. Jennifer Bomar. 

    For additional information: https://www.wesleyan.edu/immigration/

  • Graduate Housing UPDATED July 1, 2020

    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 Monday, August 17, 2020. Please do not 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:  https://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/grad_housing/grad_options.html

    Applying for Housing
    Applications for graduate housing should be submitted as early as possible and not later than July 1.  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.  The application is available https://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/grad_housing/housing_application.html

    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 Monday, Aug 17, 2020.

    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 admission will open TBD.

    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 17, 2020.

    Description

    Park Washington Apartments: https://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/housing/graduate/Park%20Washington.htm

    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.

  • Health Forms - Immunizations and Vaccinations UPDATED MAY 14, 2020

    What You Need to Know:

    Forms for new graduate students entering Fall 2020:

     Students will receive their Wesleyan Login Credentials in mid-May, 2020. You will be able to upload and complete documents on our electronic medical record system at wesleyan.medicatconnect.com. Please wait until after June 11, 2020 to upload your forms.

    Health History Form

    • Wesleyan University Health History Form (filled out via the Student Health Services' Web Portal, (wesleyan.medicatconnect.com). The due date for completion of this form is July 1, 2020.

     

    Immunizations

    • Obtain a copy of your official immunization record from your provider’s office, which is acceptable for immunization documentation. If that is not available to you, this downloadable immunization form can be accepted in lieu of your official immunization record, but must be completed and signed by your Health Care Provider. The State of Connecticut requirements and the University’s immunization policy can be found here.

     

    Immunization Exemptions

     

    Tuberculosis (TB) Screening

    • Wesleyan University, following recommendations from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, requires Tuberculosis screening for all new students, both domestic and international.

    • All new students must complete the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire found on the Student Health Services' Web Portal, wesleyan.medicatconnect.com after June 11. The TB Screening Questionnaire should be previewed here, to allow time to schedule TB Testing if required. Students with a positive TB screen will need to download/print the Tuberculosis Testing Form and review the form with a Health Care Provider for evaluation and TB testing. For more information regarding tuberculosis screening, click here.

     

    Consent for Treatment Form

     

    Completed Forms/RecordsDue July 1, 2020

    • Once completed immunization records, TB Testing Form (if required), Medical/Religious Waiver (if required), and Consent to Treatment Form (if under 18) can be scanned and uploaded to the Student Health Services' Web Portal, wesleyan.medicatconnect.com under "Document Upload”. 

     

    More Information:

    • New students may schedule an appointment to see a medical provider to review immunization records.
    • If 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.
    • A hold will be placed on enrollment and purchases at the University book store for students who fail to provide a health form or comply with the required screening.  Please note - it takes about twenty-four hours for a hold to clear.

     

           

  • 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 - UPDATED JUNE 29, 2020

    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 2020-2021 Wesleyan University Annual Insurance Decision Form for Graduate Students is September 15, 2020.

    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:  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. For a summary of coverage click here for the Wesleyan Brochure on Student Insurance.

      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 Ms. Jennifer Bomar in Academic Affairs at jbomar@wesleyan.edu.

  • Health Insurance - BA/MA Students UPDATED June 29, 2020

    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 2020-2021 Wesleyan University Annual Insurance Decision Form for Graduate Students is September 15, 2020.

  • Stipends

    Many graduate students receive a stipend.  The stipend period starts for new graduate students on September 1 and runs through May 31. 

    Stipends are paid bi-monthly on or around the 15th and last day of each month.  Half of each month's rent will be deducted from each stipend payment for students residing in university housing.

    Stipends are paid via Direct Deposit.  New students will complete a Direct Deposit form during Orientation.  You will need your bank account number and routing number to complete the form.

    New students will complete a US Employment Verification form (I-9) during Orientation.  You will need identfication in the form of either a Passport or a US driver's license and US social security card to complete the form.    

    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  Information on the dependency allowance click here. For applications click here.   When approved, payments will be made via Direct Deposit on the first pay period of each month.

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

     

  • Domestic Students/Income Taxes

    Domestic graduate students are responsible for determining their own tax liability and will complete federal income tax form (W-4), and Connecticut income tax form (CT W-4) during Orientation. Stipend payments are not processed until these forms are completed and submitted.  

    Questions regarding tax forms or tax status may be directed to the Payroll Office at payroll@wesleyan.edu.  Be sure to identify yourself as a graduate student.

  • International Students/Income Taxes

    Students who enter the United States in either an F-1 or J-1 visa status are usually considered non-resident aliens for income tax purposes during the first five calendar years present in the U.S.  Compensation and miscellaneous payments may be subject to income tax withholding and/or reporting.  Collection of information and data assists Wesleyan in determining a student's tax residency status.  Non-resident aliens are taxed under a separate set of IRS rules than U.S. citizens, permanent residents or resident aliens.

    BEFORE ORIENTATION 


    DURING ORIENTATION 
    • Make copies of your passport, visa, I-20/DS-2019 and I-94 and upload them to the secure drop box.  
    • Complete and sign a USCIS Employment Eligibility Verification, or I-9 form, and upload to the secure drop box.

    AFTER ORIENTATION 

    • Chirstine Rodrigue, Wesleyan's senior accountant/tax specialist, will contact you to schedule an appointment to complete U.S. Federal and CT state income tax withholding statements (W4 forms).
    • If applicable, a Tax Treaty Exemption Statement, or 8233 form, will apply.  More than 60 countries have tax treaties with the U.S.  If a treaty benefit is available to a student, the student may take advantage of the benefit and should sign a tax treaty form each year in January.
    • You will complete a Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding, or W-8BEN form.

     

    ANNUALLY

    • Receive a W2 earnings statement from the Payroll Office each January.  If a student receives a check from Wesleyan Payroll anytime during a calendar year, he/she will receive a W2 earnings statement the following January.  Create a folder labeled Wesleyan Income Taxes and save all tax documents in a safe place.
    • Receive a 1042-S statement from the Finance Office each February.  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 the following February.  Save in the Wesleyan Income Taxes folder.  A 1042-S form is not issued for a student who receives a qualified scholarship.
    • All students who receive either a W2 or 1042-S statement during a calendar year are required to file a U.S. federal income tax form, or 1040NR, by the following April 15th.
    • All students who do not receive income during a calendar year are required to complete a Statement of Exempt Individuals, or 8843 form, and submit to the IRS by the following June 15th.
    • Wesleyan provides its international students access and instructions to a web-based tax filing software called FNTR.  We strongly recommend non-resident alien students use FNTR to prepare their 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ or 8843 forms.  The software is easy to use and accurate.  Instructions and passwords are provided to students by the Payroll Office every year during February/March.
  • Wesleyan Email Username and Password - UPDATED MAY 15, 2020
    An email will be sent in mid-May 2020 (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. For information about the Wesleyan ID and instructions on how to obtain your Wesleyan ID, please see:  https://www.wesleyan.edu/wescard/glspgradinfo.html

    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.  Visit the WesCard office in North College soon after beginning the MA portion of the program.

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

  • New Graduate Student Checklist

    Before you arrive

    • Apply for graduate housing before July 1
    • Complete and submit the health forms by July 15
    • Enroll in or waive Gallagher student health insurance by July 15
    • Submit your photo for WesCard before Aug 15

    Upon arrival

    • Open a US bank account (International students)
    • Sign lease at the Office of Residential Life, lower level of North College
    • Pick up your WesCard at the WesCard office, first floor of North College

    During Orientation week

    • Attend Pre-orientation on Aug 31 (international students)
    • Attend Graduate orientation starts on Sep 1 (all new graduate students)
    • Attend Enrollment Day appointment (all new graduate students) – bring documents from your Orientation packet including:
      • your bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit form
      • your passport or US drivers license and US security card for employment verification form
      • your passport, visa, I-20, DS-2019, alien change of address form (international students)
      • tax forms (domestic students
  • 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