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Wesleyan University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Wesleyan University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Wesleyan U offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Wesleyan University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Wesleyan University was awarded 53 badges in the 2021 rankings.

Overall Quality

Wesleyan U landed the #36 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Wesleyan U is also ranked #2 out of 19 schools in Connecticut.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Wesleyan U?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Wesleyan U since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 16%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

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Wesleyan University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Wesleyan U is an impressive 8 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Wesleyan University is 87%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  87 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wesleyan University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 95% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Wesleyan University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  95 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Wesleyan U for first-time, full-time students is 92%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  92 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Wesleyan U

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,018 undergraduates at Wesleyan U with 2,937 being full-time and 81 being part-time.

Wesleyan U Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 98.35 out of 100, Wesleyan U is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  98.35 out of 100
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How Much Does Wesleyan University Cost?

The overall average net price of Wesleyan U is $26,291. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Wesleyan U

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,287 $6,719 $12,190 $18,901 $43,600

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Wesleyan U, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Wesleyan U, approximately 27% of students took out student loans averaging $5,828 a year. That adds up to $23,312 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wesleyan U is 1.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Wesleyan U Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Wesleyan U with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $54,700 in their early years. This is good news for future Wesleyan U graduates since it is 37% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Wesleyan University make the most money.

Location of Wesleyan University

Located in Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of Wesleyan U is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of Wesleyan University

Contact details for Wesleyan U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT 06459
Phone: 860-685-2000

Wesleyan University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 38 majors graduated from Wesleyan University. Of these students, 1,096 received undergraduate degrees and 78 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Area Studies 118 NA
General Psychology 104 NA
Economics 103 NA
Political Science & Government 86 NA
General English Literature 75 NA
Child Development & Psychology 69 NA
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 49 NA
General Biology 40 NA
Mathematics 35 NA
Science, Technology & Society 35 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Wesleyan University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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