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Wesleyan University Admission Requirements

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Your chances of getting into Wesleyan University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Wesleyan University
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Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Very High 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Wesleyan University is 19.4%.  Its admission rate is the 3rd lowest in Connecticut and the 60th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Wesleyan University and can you get accepted?

Wesleyan University is a very highly competitive school to get into. You have a low chance of acceptance even if you meet the admission criteria. It's important that you meet their GPA requirements to get through the first round of consideration. Last year, only 2,540 out of the 13,067 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 8 percent on standardized admission tests. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. 36% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Wesleyan University?

19% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Wesleyan University you should:

  • Score 1410 on the SAT
  • Score 32 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Wesleyan University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Wesleyan University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

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Wesleyan University SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Wesleyan University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 51% of students submitted SAT scores and 27% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Wesleyan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 650
Math 25th Percentile 650
Composite 25th Percentile 1300
SAT Scores for Wesleyan University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 750
Math 75th Percentile 760
Composite 75th Percentile 1510
Average SAT Score 1410

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Wesleyan University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Wesleyan University is 1410 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1300-1510. Students who get into Wesleyan University score in the top 12 percent of all SAT test takers..  Wesleyan University ranks #3 in the state of Connecticut and #73 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1410 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Wesleyan University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1300 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1300, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1190, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Wesleyan University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1410 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1405, you have around a 19% chance of being admitted. A 1510 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 31% chance of getting in.

Wesleyan University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1510 and Above Good >31%
1405 to 1510 Avg + 19%-31%
1300 to 1405 Avg - 11%-19%
1195 to 1300 Reach 6%-11%
Less than 1195 Low <6%
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Wesleyan University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Wesleyan University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 34
Math 25th Percentile 28
Composite 25th Percentile 31
ACT Scores for Wesleyan University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 33
Composite 75th Percentile 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Wesleyan University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Wesleyan University is 32, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 31 and 34.  The school ranks #2 in Connecticut and #52 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 32. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 31 and score in the score in the top 5 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 30.

27 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Wesleyan University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Wesleyan University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Wesleyan University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 32 score has around 19% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 36% with a 34 ACT score.

Wesleyan University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >36%
32 to 34 Avg + 19%-36%
31 to 32 Avg - 13%-19%
30 to 31 Reach 9%-13%
Less than 30 Low <9%
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High School Class Rank

76% of Wesleyan University freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. For your application to be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Wesleyan University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 76%
Top 25% of class 0%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Wesleyan University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,129 4,938 13,067
Accepted 1,440 1,100 2,540
Acceptance Rate 18% 22% 19%
Enrolled 480 430 910
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 39% 36%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 25 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Wesleyan University is $55.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Wesleyan University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Wesleyan University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Wesleyan University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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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.


Does Wesleyan University prefer SAT or ACT?

51% of students submit their SAT scores to Wesleyan University. 27% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Wesleyan University?

19% of those who apply are granted admission to Wesleyan University. Admission competition is very high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Wesleyan University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1300 and 1510. The average SAT score is 1405. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Wesleyan University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. The average ACT score is 32. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.