College Readiness: Preparation and Access

Wesleyan University is committed to supporting and preparing students from all backgrounds to attend college. The University believes education starts early and thus sponsors a variety of initiatives from pre-Kindergarten to on-campus programs. These partnerships serve three main goals: to strengthen the overall pipeline to college, to increase access to our own campus, and to enrich the Wesleyan undergraduate experience through participation in the programs and by enrolling a diverse student body.


Kindergarten Kickstart: A five-week intensive summer program for children who do not have access to a high-quality preschool program. 

CAUSEProvides mini-grants to local teachers, supports the public schools’ annual art show and writing show, and offers six lectures by college professors to local high school students.

AscendAn afterschool program supporting students’ academic growth and preparation for future educational goals through tutoring, hands-on enrichment programs, and field trips.

WesReads/WesMath/WesWritesConnects higher-level learners in predominantly low socioeconomic elementary schools with Wesleyan tutors for additional support and enrichment. 

Traverse SquareAn afterschool program providing mentoring and academic support to children living in the Traverse Square public housing neighborhood, which is adjacent to the Wesleyan campus.

Wesleyan Science Outreach: An after-school program that uses hands-on activities to make learning scientific concepts fun, enriching, and accessible for elementary students at five Middletown locations.

Woodrow Wilson Tutoring PartnershipAn in-school tutoring service that seeks to improve motivation and confidence among middle school students through one-on-one academic and social support. 

Prospect Math ScienceA year-round enrichment program that challenges middle and high school students to think critically and analytically through field trips, workshops, and an academic summer program.

Upward Bound Math Science: Prepares high school students to apply, enroll, and succeed in college through mentoring, field trips, and a rigorous six-week summer program that emphasize math and science skills.


Admission: For decades Wesleyan has been matriculating low-income and first-generation scholars by working with community-based organizations like Prep for Prep, A Better Chance  and more recently with Questbridge and Posse. We have developed our own programs such as the Freeman Asian Scholars and endowments for Military Scholars and students from Connecticut Community Colleges (Etherington Scholars). Every year since 2004, Wesleyan has hosted a conference for directors of community-based organizations on campus, the only conference of this kind in the country.

Science and Math Scholars: This program seeks to establish a ‘bridging’ program for pre-frosh students (US Permanent Residents or US Citizens) that will prepare them to attend Wesleyan University successfully by providing opportunities for academic preparation and cohort building prior to arrival on campus. This program will be part of a two-year initiative designed to build student confidence and engender success by giving students the skills, academic and social, to navigate Wesleyan. 

Center for Creative YouthA summer pre-college residential program offering four weeks of intensive study in the arts to talented high school students. CCY emphasizes multicultural and interdisciplinary learning, critical thinking and leadership.

High School Scholars: Affords well-prepared juniors and seniors in local-area high schools the opportunity to take one course per semester, based on availability and instructor permission, tuition-free. 

PreCollege: Offers the Wesleyan experience to high-achieving high school students through full-credit and noncredit courses with Wesleyan faculty, both on campus and online. Scholarships are available due to a partnership with the Schuler Scholar Program.

Graduate Liberal Studies: Offers scholarships to teachers from the Middletown area pursuing their Master's degree.

For questions, please contact respective programs or Diana Martinez