- 4 Year
- MIDDLETOWN, CT
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- Academicsgrade A+
- Valuegrade A+
- Diversitygrade A+
- Campusgrade A minus
- Athleticsgrade B
- Party Scenegrade A minus
- Professorsgrade A
- Locationgrade B minus
- Dormsgrade A minus
- Campus Foodgrade A+
- Student Lifegrade A
- Safetygrade B minus
At Wesleyan, your major doesn't limit you. It liberates you. In our open curriculum, students get the flexibility to explore their many academic interests and passions, take chances, and embrace failure as a necessary part of success. Bringing a creative approach to every endeavor becomes second nature. And bridging disciplines and forging partnerships is a constant theme, as students learn to take initiative, question the status quo, and flourish in an academic culture that prizes collaboration over competition.
With our distinctive scholar-teacher culture, creative programming, and commitment to interdisciplinary learning, Wesleyan challenges students to explore new ideas and change the world. Our graduates go on to lead and innovate in a wide variety of industries, including government, business, entertainment, and science.
The students who thrive at Wesleyan have—or aspire to—a unique fearlessness. They have the courage and audacity to want to shape the world in which we live.
Wesleyan University Rankings
Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.
Will You Get In?
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 48 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 60 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 59 responses
Most Popular Majors
- Psychology104 Graduates
- Economics103 Graduates
- English86 Graduates
- Political Science and Government86 Graduates
- Physiological Psychology69 Graduates
- North American Studies55 Graduates
- European and Russian Studies49 Graduates
- Film and Video Studies49 Graduates
- Liberal Arts and Humanities41 Graduates
- Biology40 Graduates
College of Film and the Moving Image
Founded on Wesleyan’s liberal-arts tradition, CFILM fosters the study AND practice of visual storytelling. Students and faculty approach the moving image in a collaborative manner that combines historical, formal, and cultural analysis with filmmaking at beginning and advanced levels.
- Passionate and creative49%
- Boring and narcissistic, go Wes!13%
- Curious and weird (in a good way)10%
- Friendly and smart8%
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene. 67 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 85 responses
- Unique, passionate, and intellectual49%
- Politically active18%
- Weird and diverse15%
- Hippy Druggy13%
- Home away from home3%
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 28 responses
Wesleyan University Reviews
Social scene is extremely cliquey, people stick with their freshman year group and scene very divided amongst athletes/others. Wesleyan is advertised as a progressive artsy utopia and while some students are like that, a lot of rich kids from the east coast and jocks dominate the social scene. That being said, there are also a lot of really interesting, passionate, unique individuals.
Clubs are generally very weak, beside the arts, athletics, and theatre. Really hard to find a community because the clubs are so inconsistent.
Overall, I got a good quality education but was disappointed by the social scene. Based off the advertisement I seemed like a perfect fit, but the school was largely not what was advertised. Im generally extroverted and felt very lonely.
Wesleyan is like a giant sandbox where passionate people get to test drive all their crazy ideas. We plant gardens, run food co-ops, volunteer at prisons and schools, build art installations on campus, write plays, print sex-themed magazines, lead protests....it is a great place to discover how your personal interests intersect with participating in and supporting local communities. If you have a cool concept, there are the resources and people who will encourage you to make it a reality.
The academics are stellar because of the professors. Besides being knowledgable, they are incredibly accessible: you can always stop by their office to ask for help on a problem set, discuss a topic, or just chat about life. They are there to help you learn and succeed.
If you are an open-minded, curious person looking for an intimate, quirky, intellectual college, I encourage you to come to Wes :)