FAQs

  • Does Wesleyan accept the Coalition Application?
    Wesleyan is a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success.  Beginning July 2017, for the class entering Fall 2018, Wesleyan will also accept the new Coalition Application.  More information can be found here.
  • Will the print/paper version of the application still be available?

    CA4 (the current Common Application) is an online-only application and therefore will not be available in paper form or as a downloadable document for mailing. Students can still print-preview an application, but the print-preview version must not be mailed to any school to which you are applying. The print-preview shown to the student is identical to the document that colleges see.

  • Can I receive credit for AP, IB, or college courses taken in high school?

    Wesleyan awards up to two course credits for AP, IB or college courses taken prior to matriculation. While a maximum of two credits earned before matriculation may count toward the Wesleyan degree, all such credits that have been approved by Wesleyan departments will be listed on the student’s transcript. This applies to Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advance-Level exams, as well as any college-level courses taught by a college teacher in a college setting, provided that the course meets Wesleyan’s transfer credit criteria. We do not offer advanced standing. Please go here for more information.

  • What is the average GPA for students admitted to Wesleyan?

    Wesleyan does not calculate an average GPA for admitted students nor do we recalculate high school core GPA. Our application review process is a holistic one; we evaluate your entire high school transcript, including course selection and grades achieved.

  • What are Wesleyan’s requirements for teacher recommendations?

    The Wesleyan admission committee wants to see two teacher recommendations. These recommendations should come from teachers who know you well and who can speak to the quality of your work in the classroom. We want to know about your academic engagement, your curiosity, and your willingness to go above and beyond minimum requirements. Wesleyan prefers that one teacher recommendation come from a math or science teacher, and the other come from an English or social studies teacher. While this is not required, we feel that this is the best representation of you as a student in different areas of the curriculum and shows your fit with the liberal arts education we offer. We also suggest that teacher recommendations be from 11th or 12th grade, if possible.

    Music, art or other elective instructors may write a recommendation for you, but they do not count as one of the two academic subject teacher recommendations.

  • What is the role of the interview in the admission process?

    Interviews at Wesleyan are evaluative, play a role in the admission process, and are a valuable opportunity for an exchange of information about both the candidate and the university. Interviews either on campus or with an alumnus locally are not required, but are highly recommended. We have no preference for which type of interview you choose to do but do not allow students to have both—only one per applicant. Click here to schedule an interview.

  • Is it possible to defer enrollment at Wesleyan for one year if I am admitted?

    Yes. Typically, 20 to 25 students are granted deferred enrollment in each class. The non-refundable $250 admission deposit must first be paid to secure matriculation. Upon approval, Wesleyan will grant deferred admission for one year. In order to obtain approval, applicants must submit a plan for their “gap year.” Deferred enrollment requests must be submitted in writing (letter or email) and approved prior to June 1st. Students granted a deferral cannot submit further admission applications to other institutions or enroll full-time in any other institution of higher education. Once the student’s request for deferment is received and approved, a formal letter acknowledging their deferred status will be sent. An essay, briefly describing deferral activities and reaffirming intention to enroll at Wesleyan is required by March 1st of the deferral year

  • What is your score cutoff for admission?
    There is no cutoff or minimum score at Wesleyan. The admission committee uses a personal, reader-driven, holistic review process which has always considered every applicant’s complete application, regardless of test scores. Every complete application is read in its entirety by an admission officer.
  • If I submit my scores, do you superscore?

    Yes, Wesleyan will use the best critical reading, math, and writing scores across any testing dates, and will use the best of each section of the ACT to recalculate a new composite score.

  • Are AP scores used in the admission process?
    Typically only self-reported (not official) AP scores are available as part of the application. Sometimes AP scores are on a transcript, or students submit copies of AP score reports. Wesleyan may consider AP scores, but grades in AP classes are more critical in our review process.