Class Profile: 2021

Profile of Students Offered Admission for Fall 2017

It is not possible to fully convey the individual strengths and differences among students selected for Wesleyan in a statistical profile. What we hope to suggest with these facts is what we value in the admission process. No specific high school program is prescribed for admission but admitted students have taken advantage of the specific curricular offerings of their high school to get the most out of their education, whether through AP courses, International Baccalaureate Diploma, local college courses or simply the most challenging teachers. Their curiosity and love of learning travel with them. Rank in Class and ACT or SAT I & II are generally quite strong but more telling in our assessment are the rigor of academic program and teacher recommendations. The admitted students are diverse in nationality, region, first language, race, ethnicity and socio-economic status. The variety of talents and commitments to school groups, civic and religious organizations, politics and the arts makes successful candidates more likely to contribute to the life of this vibrant community called Wesleyan.

12,453 Applications Received | 2,007 Admitted (16.1%)

  • Class size: 765 (target)
  • 45% of admits are male, 55% female
  • 84% of admits live outside New England; 16% live in 70 other countries including Argentina, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Macedonia, Myanmar, Poland, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, UAE, Uganda, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe
  • English is a second language for 16% of the admitted students
  • 264 international students admitted (13% of all admits)
  • 38% of the admits are students of color (not including international)
  • 15% of admits are the first generation in family to attend college
  • 12% of admits have a Wesleyan alumni/student relative
  • 52% of admits applied for need-based aid (Wesleyan meets full demonstrated need for all those admitted)
  • 1,133 applied in Early Decision (9% of applicants) and 398 were admitted (20% of admission offers)
  • 15 admitted/enrolled QuestBridge Match Scholars and 9 Veterans in Wesleyan’s fourth Posse
  • HS Preparation:
    • 90% have taken calculus
    • 84% have taken biology, chemistry and physics
    • 82% have a fourth year (or equivalent) of one foreign language

ACT and SAT scores

 ACT CompSAT ERWSAT M
Admit 75th %ile 34 770 790
Admit Median 33 750 760
Admit 25th %ile: 32 720 720
77% of admits asked to have test scores considered in the admission process.

Profile of First-Year Students

Class Year2017*2018*2019*2020*2021*
Applicants 10,973 9,477 9,905 12,030 12,453
Admitted 2,181 2,245 2,181 2,129 2,007
Matriculants 753 757 762 782 772
   Men 46% 45% 45% 46% 46%
   Women 54% 55% 55% 54% 54%
Geography (Residence)
   New England 22% 20% 19% 19% 20%
   Mid-Atlantic 34% 34% 35% 33% 31%
   Mid-West 5% 7% 6% 7% 5%
   South 5% 7% 7% 6% 8%
   West 21% 19% 19% 19% 20%
   Outside the USA 13% 13% 14% 16% 17%
Secondary School:
   Public 52% 50% 50% 52% 51%
   Other 48% 51% 50% 48% 49%
Early Decision 51% 47% 48% 48% 51%
Students of Color (including international) 37% 40% 42% 40% 44%
   Asian/Asian-American 17% 22% 20% 21% 23%
   Black/African-American 8% 11% 11% 9% 10%
   Latino/Hispanic 10% 9% 12% 12% 13%
   Native American/Alaskan or Native Hawaiian/ Pac Island 1.6% 0.8% 0.9% 1.2% 1.4%
International Students 9% 9% 11% 13% 15%
Wesleyan Relatives 18% 15% 13% 16% 14%
   Alumni Children 7% 6% 7% 7% 7%
First Generation to Four-Year College 13% 16% 17% 15% 15%
Financial Aid
   Financial Aid 42% 46% 51% 46% 44%
   Grant Aid 37% 43% 46% 43% 40%
Academic Program in HS
   Math through Calculus 83% 81% 82% 82% 83%
   Biology, Chemistry and Physics 83% 84% 81% 81% 84%
   Foreign Language IV 83% 82% 79% 79% 80%
Class Ranking
   Class Rank Reported 37% 31% 28% 40% 34%
   Top 10% 68% 63% 72% 69% 66%
   Top 20% 87% 83% 88% 86% 88%
ACT Median 32 32 32 32 33
SAT Medians:
   ERW (old Verbal/Critical Reading) 705 700 710 730 730
   Math 700 700 710 720 745
   Writing 710 710 710 730 n/a
Transfer Matriculants, Fall 59 58 47 62 52
Total New Students Enrolling 812 815 809 844 824

*as of July 1.
Note: 2018 and forward records all race responses; students can appear in more than one category.