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Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut

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Wesleyan University overview
Location Middletown, Connecticut
Online wesleyan.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Wesleyan University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college located in Middletown, Connecticut, approximately 16 miles south of Hartford. Established in 1831, the institution offers a diverse liberal arts curriculum and is known for its interdisciplinary approach to education. Wesleyan's campus is set on around 360 acres, featuring predominantly Collegiate Gothic architecture and providing on-campus housing options for students, including residential colleges. The university is known for being highly selective and offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, with notable strength in the arts and sciences. It has a distinguished history in the film studies program and a strong emphasis on writing across all disciplines. Though not primarily known for its athletic teams, Wesleyan competes in the NCAA Division III as the Cardinals and is a part of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

In the most recent statistical year 14,521 prospective students applied, and 2,096 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 743 enrolled in the school.  3,130 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 123 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $63,722 plus fees of $600. Wesleyan University is ranked 33 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Wesleyan University is rated within the top 8% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Wesleyan University overview
SAT 1320/1510
ACT 31/34

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Jan 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Wesleyan University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$600
Room and Board $18,180
Budget for Other Expenses$1,470
Total One Year Cost$85,172

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$58,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

92% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Wesleyan University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 24%
Visual and Performing Arts 14%
Ethnic Studies 12%
Psychology 11%
English and Literature 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=130697 IPEDS survey data for Wesleyan University.

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