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Wesleyan University

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1831
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 2,813
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $619,761,000
Admissions Address

237 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Average high school GPA: 4.0
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Nancy Hargrave Meislahn
Admissions office telephone: (860) 685-3000
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered  
Application fee: $55
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
Tuition deposit: $250 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: N/A
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Lab N/A 3
Foreign language 3 4
Social studies 3 4
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 16 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: February 15
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Important
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Important
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 28%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 44%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 26%
Total applicants: 7,242
Total acceptances: 2,012
Total freshman enrollment: 720
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 39%

Male applicants:

Male acceptances: 968
Male freshman enrollment: 365
Female applicants: 4,301
Female acceptances: 1,044
Female freshman enrollment: 355
Out-of-state freshmen: 95%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,108
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 418
Students enrolled from waiting list: 50


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 68%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 91%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 54%
Average high school GPA: 4.0
First-year students submitting GPA: 51%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 93%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 640 - 750
Math: 650 - 730
Combined: 1290 - 1480


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 51.0% 50.0%
600-699 39.0% 40.0%
500-599 9.5% 9.5%
400-499 0.5% 0.5%
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 22%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 28 - 34
Math: 27 - 32
Composite: 28 - 32


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 61.0% 69.5% 49.0%
24-29 35.0% 25.5% 44.5%
18-23 4.0% 4.5% 6.5%
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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