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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
45 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
From Wesleyan University

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.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 1
Acceptance Rate
17%
SAT Range
1300-1480
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$21,236/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$48,669/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
47%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.48 responses
56%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.59 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.58 responses

Majors

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.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,928Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
81
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
21%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Passionate and creative
    50%
  • Boring and narcissistic, go Wes!
    13%
  • Opinionated
    13%
  • Curious and weird (in a good way)
    11%
  • Friendly and smart
    8%
  • Interesting!
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
56%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.66 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.84 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Unique, passionate, and intellectual
    50%
  • Politically active
    16%
  • Weird and diverse
    16%
  • Hippy Druggy
    13%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Self-infatuated
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $54,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    89%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    90%
    National
    83%
    75%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses

    Wesleyan University Reviews

    702 reviews
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    One of the best decisions I ever made!

    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 :)
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    I LOVE this school! Couldn't be happier with my choice to come here. The students are incredible - everyone is interested in such a wide range of subjects and activities and they're all so passionate about what they're doing! I have friends who are chem majors who also star in plays, film majors who are also varsity athletes, bio majors who are in mock trial, etc. Everyone feels free to be themselves and do what they love and it's such an awesome environment to be a part of.
    It’s an amazing place to be! It is a small school, so the community is very small but I personally prefer that. School spirit is great, athletics are great. I play on the women’s basketball team and I’ve loved every second of it so far. The food gets a little repetitive but I think that’s true for any school. I’ve made relationships with professors that have completely shaped my education and had such a positive impact, the staff is amazing and caring and small class size really lends itself to these kinds of relationships! Overall, and incredible school and well worth it.