International Students

Applying From Outside The US

Applying to Wesleyan
Standardized Tests for Admission
The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars Program
Application Deadlines
Early Decision
Expenses and Financial Aid 
Support for International Students 
For More Information
International Application Statistics
Special Statement about the Use of Agents


Applying to Wesleyan

Wesleyan is one of the most highly selective institutions in the United States, and admission is competitive, with around 10,000 applicants for 745 places. Applicants are expected to have a strong secondary school preparation in English, social science, science, mathematics, and a foreign language. Candidates studying at international schools who have taken national examinations for university admission (GCSEs, ‘A’ levels, Abitur, International Baccalaureate, etc.) are expected to have achieved superior results. A high degree of proficiency in English, as described below, is also required. Wesleyan provides support services for students who speak English as a second language through the English Department and the Writing Workshop.

All students applying for undergraduate admission who have not yet attended a university for one full year will be considered applicants to the first-year class. Those who have completed a year or more at a university will be considered transfer applicants. Please note that students may not discount credit to be considered first-year students.

All first year applicants submit the Common Application. Candidates for the Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship should complete the Common Application plus the Freeman Addendum (supplemental materials). Transfer applicants must complete the transfer Common Application.

If you have graduated from or will graduate from a high school outside of the United States and English is not your first language, you will be required to complete an additional writing essay on the Common Application “Questions” section for Wesleyan.

Standardized Tests for Admission

Applicants regardless of citizenship attending schools outside the US and Canada are not required to submit SAT or ACT test results if actual results for national, standardized, subject-based examinations such as the IGCSE, O-levels, SPM, SLC and ICSE are submitted or, when not available, predicted results such as the 'A' levels, French Baccalaureat, ISC, German Abitur, etc. are submitted by the student's school. Both actual and predicted results would be highly preferred in cases where both are available. Students in an IB curriculum are expected to submit any predicted or actual IB exam results. Applicants in the People's Republic of China, where the SAT is not available, are exempt from this requirement. Students in high schools overseas that follow an American curriculum are not required to submit SAT or ACT. If a student in high school outside the U.S. and Canada cannot present any of the above external exams and is not enrolled in an American curriculum, then he or she will be required to submit ACT or the SAT and two SAT Subject Tests.  Actual exam results should be submitted after matriculation. The test-optional policy does not apply to tests of English proficiency.

Students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or alternatively, the academic modules of the International English Language Testing System examination (IELTS). Students should receive a score that demonstrates sufficient proficiency in the English language to function well in a highly demanding academic environment. A score close to 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL test or a “7” on the IELTS would be evidence of adequate English language ability. A high score - 650 or better - on the critical reading section of the SAT may also demonstrate the necessary English language proficiency and could be used to waive the TOEFL requirement.

We do not accept any alternative proof of English proficiency, including but not limited to AP English, A-level English, IB English, or primary instruction in English. The TOEFL, IELTS, or 650 on the SAT critical reading section are the only proofs of English proficiency we can accept. Please note that if you submit your SAT as proof of English proficiency, you must submit all sections of the SAT, not just the critical reading section. If you plan to use this option, you must select “SAT” as your test to be considered on the Common Application when applying to Wesleyan. 

All standardized examinations must be taken by the end of January. (Freeman Asian Scholarship applicants must take these exams by January 1.) Exams are administered on several dates, with registration deadlines several weeks beforehand.

The College Board SAT Program


Educational Testing Service
(for TOEFL)

International English Language Testing System (for IELTS)


After completing the Common Application form and sending a $55 processing fee (in U.S. currency), your school should forward a secondary school transcript as well as official copies of test results of any government or centrally administered national college examination. The school transcript should provide a detailed list of courses taken in the final four years of secondary school (or secondary school and junior college), the grades received or evaluation of work for each course, and the student’s rank in the class. The information should come directly from the school to Wesleyan, not from the applicant.

Please note that documents not in English must have a certified English translation attached.

Advanced Standing

College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations: The University will grant first-year students up to two credits for a score of 4 or 5 received on an AP examination, provided that they then take at least one upper-level course in the appropriate department at Wesleyan.

International Baccalaureate (IB): Students with superior results on their IB Higher Level may be awarded up to two credits by the appropriate department of the University. Some departments award credit for scores of 5 or better, others require a score of at least 6. Most departments will award this credit only after students take an upper-level course in that subject at Wesleyan. All students with IB diplomas are admitted as first-year students.

British ‘A’ Levels: Students with superior ‘A’ level results may petition the appropriate department of the University for up to two credits (the equivalent of two semester courses) for an ‘A’ level passed.

Wesleyan will apply towards graduation a maximum of two credits of any kind earned before matriculation by entering first-year students. While a maximum of two credits will be counted toward the Wesleyan degree, all such credits that have been duly approved by Wesleyan departments will be listed on the student’s transcript. This limit applies to Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and ‘A’ level exams as well as any college courses taken elsewhere. More information about graduation requirements can be found here.

The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars Program

The Freeman Foundation, sponsor of the Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars Program, was established in 1994 through the bequest of Mansfield Freeman, Wesleyan class of 1916, a businessman, benefactor, and longtime resident in Asia. Each year, the Program provides full tuition scholarships for a four-year course of study at Wesleyan toward a bachelor’s degree for 11 exceptionally able Asian students. One citizen is selected from each of those 11 countries: The People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. To qualify, students must be citizens or permanent residents of one of these countries (and not dual U.S. citizens or permanent residents). Transfer applicants are not eligible for Freeman Asian Scholarships. Applicants must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS. Both examinations must be taken by January 1. Additional background information and essays are also required. Students from these 11 countries who apply for a Freeman Scholarship may also be considered as candidates for regular admission if no financial aid is needed. The application for the Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship requires an addendum (supplemental materials) to the Common Application. For more information and an application, please write to Kora J. Shin, Office of Admission, or send an e-mail to

Application Deadlines

All parts of the first-year application must be submitted to the Office of Admission no later than January 1. All candidates will be notified of the admission decision before April 1. The fall transfer deadline is March 15th with notification by May 15th. The spring transer deadline is November 1st, with notification by December 15th. All parts of the application must either be in English or be accompanied by a certified English translation.

After you apply, you will be notified by e-mail about how to access our new applicant portal to monitor receipt of your application materials.

Early Decision

The Early Decision Program is available to first-year applicants who, after careful consideration, have decided that Wesleyan is their first choice. The Early Decision program is beneficial to both the applicant and to Wesleyan: the applicant can have his or her college choice settled early, and the admission committee can be made aware that Wesleyan is the applicant’s first choice. The Early Decision applicant has two possible application deadlines:

Option I:

Application Deadline: Nov. 15
Notification: Dec. 15

Option II:

For those students who arrive at a final choice somewhat later, and who wish to have their senior year, first semester grades included in their applications.

Application Deadline: Jan. 1
Notification: Feb. 15

Non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents applying for financial aid cannot apply through the Early Decision process. The entire international applicant pool should be evaluated before awarding limited financial aid.


Interviews are not required as part of the admissions process, but we encourage prospective students to arrange them if possible. An interview can provide an opportunity to speak with a member of the admission staff about the academic, extracurricular, and social life of the University. If you will be visiting the United States while applying to colleges, a campus visit is strongly encouraged. Please arrange a campus visit as soon as your travel itinerary is definite.  If you cannot visit campus, you may be able to schedule an interview with an alumnus/a representative in your area from mid-August through December. We may also offer interviews via Skype if you are unable to schedule another type of interview.  Prospective students may interview only once, either on- or off-campus or virtually, and not before May of their junior year.

Given the limited availability of alumni interviews outside the U.S., international applicants are encouraged to interview with InitialView, a third-party service that conducts interviews in -person in China or via an online video platform for those in other countries.  You will be able to share the interview with multiple colleges of your choice.  The conversation will be recorded and sent to the Wesleyan Office of Admission for review.  InitialView does not grate or grade the interview.  The deadline for completing the interview is the application submission deadline date for ED1, ED2 and Regular decision rounds.  Please note that the InitialView interview is not Wesleyan-specific and the interviewer will not be able to answer Wesleyan-specific questions.  To schedule an InitialView interview, please click here.

Expenses and Financial Aid

Tuition and required fees for first-year students in 2015-2016 are $48,704. The average student budget for all costs, not including transportation but including room, board, and personal expenses, is $64,508.

Wesleyan and U.S. federally sponsored financial aid are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Financial aid for non-U.S. citiens or permanent residents, however, is extremely limited and is awarded on the basis of both exceptional qualifications and demonstrated need. In addition to the 11 Freeman Asian Scholars, we expect to offer financial assistance to approximately 30 foreign students from a pool of approximately 800 such applicants. The full financial need of all undergraduate students, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, is met with a combination of loans, part-time employment, and grants. No financial aid is available for international transfer students.

Foreign students living outside the United States and applying for aid are required to file the Profile TM Form of the College Scholarship Service (CSS).  If you plan to apply for financial aid at any point during your four years of study then you must apply for financial aid at the time you apply for admission.

If financial aid is NOT needed, foreign students must submit documentation verifying sufficient personal resources or outside scholarships to meet the expense of four years at Wesleyan at the time of application. Please use the International Student Certification of Finances form. Click here for instructions on how to complete the form. 

Support for International Students

Wesleyan’s Office of International Student Affairs offers many services and programs to support the international student population including advice on personal and cultural matters, assistance with visas, insurance, career planning, and academic expectations. It is also a resource for general problem solving related to such areas as housing, financial matters, traveling, and emergencies. OISA develops programming and events throughout the year including special orientation for international students.

For More Information

Candidates with questions about undergraduate admission should write to Tara Lindros, Associate Dean of Admission, Wesleyan University, 70 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT 06459-0265, U.S.A., or send an e-mail to Questions regarding graduate admission should be sent directly to the appropriate department. Visit Wesleyan’s home page often for updated calendars of campus events, our course book, alumni in the news, and more.

Wesleyan University is fully committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

For information about majors, departments, the curriculum, and course descriptions visit our website at

International Application Statistics

Class 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total Number 1309 1582 1863 1601 1828
Financial Aid Requested 442 492 598 822 1009
No Financial Aid Requested 565 777 972 778 819
Freeman Asian Scholarship 302 313 293 342 259
Number of Countries Represented 205 101 139 102 115

Admitted Students

Class 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total Number 177 170 203 213 212
Financial Aid Requested 25 31 28 42 41
No Financial Aid Requested 141 126 162 171 171
Freeman Asian Scholarship 11 13 13 16 11
Number of Countries Represented 41 48 48 47 45

Matriculating Students

Class 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total Number 70 64 71 70 80
Financial Aid Requested 9 10 10 16 11
No Financial Aid Requested 50 43 50 54 58
Freeman Asian Scholarship 11 11 11 11 11
Number of Countries Represented 24 26 29 29 27

Special Statement about the Use of Agents

Teachers and administrators from an applicant’s current or most recent school attended should complete the Secondary School Report, in order for the Admission Committee to get information about an applicant’s academic work, participation in activities, and role in the school community. A student’s academic record prior to enrolling at Wesleyan is of utmost importance. A student’s transcript should be sent to Wesleyan directly from the student’s school, not from any outside organizations. When translation of any documents is necessary, it must be certified.

Wesleyan also requires that each applicant’s personal statements and essays be their own work. An essay that is not written by an application will disqualify him/her from consideration. The purpose of the personal statement is for the Admission Committee to learn more about the applicant’s own ideas, background, and writing ability in English.
Wesleyan does not authorize anyone outside of the United States to represent the Office of Admission, not does it establish relationships with persons or organizations that confer preferential treatment in the admission process. Only Wesleyan faculty, staff, and authorized alumni representatives can represent Wesleyan.