Applying to Wesleyan
Frequently Asked Questions
many students attend Wesleyan and how many students are in a typical entering
- Wesleyan enrolls a total
of approximately 2900 undergraduate students and we currently enroll around 745
first year students and 60 transfer students each fall.
many students apply to Wesleyan?
- That number changes each
year. We received 10,973 first-year applications for Fall 2013.
many of those applicants were offered admission?
- For the Fall 2013, 2181
first year students were offered admission to Wesleyan.
Wesleyan accept the Common Application?
- Wesleyan accepts the
Common Application and we do not have our own separate, institutional
application. You can find the Common Application here.
Wesleyan have a supplement to the Common Application?
- Yes. We urge
students to submit the Wesleyan Common Member Questions along with the
Common Application. The Writing Supplement may be submitted after the
application has been submitted.
- Will the print/paper
version of the application still be available?
- CA4 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.
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, 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
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
important is class rank? What if my school does not calculate it?
- Class rank helps us to
put your classroom achievement into your school’s context. While we would
prefer that class rank be reported, we understand that many school’s policies
differ and we do not penalize students who are not ranked.
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.
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.
it possible to defer enrollment at Wesleyan for one year if I am admitted?
- Yes. Deferred enrollment
requests must be submitted in writing (letter or email) and approved by
June 1st. Upon approval, Wesleyan will grant deferred admission for one year.
Typically, 20 to 25 students are granted deferred matriculation in each class.
In order to obtain approval, applicants must submit a plan for their “gap
year.” Students granted a deferral cannot make any further admission
applications to other institutions or enroll full time in any other institution
of higher education. Interested students must also submit their admission
deposit by May 1st. Once the student’s request for deferment is received and,
if 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.
have a disability. Should I disclose my disability during the admission
process? How do I obtain accommodations as a student at Wesleyan?
- At least 6% of students
at Wesleyan have identified themselves as having a disability. Whether to
disclose during the admission process is up to you. The Office of Admission
does not discriminate on the basis of disability. As is with all students,
students who are admitted must meet the standards and be qualified for
admission. Some students choose to share this information with admission
officers. Others choose to speak only with the Office of Student Affairs which
has aStudent Guide to Disability Services. Information
disclosed to disabilities services staff is not shared with the Office of
Admission unless the prospective student provides written permission. Students
who require accommodations should review the Office of Student Affairs web site for
getting registered with the office and making requests for accommodations.