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Wesleyan University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Wesleyan University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, 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?

Quality Badge

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Wesleyan University was awarded 100 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is English language and literature.

Overall Quality

Wesleyan U is ranked #54 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Wesleyan U held the #64 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Wesleyan U is also ranked #2 out of 20 schools in Connecticut.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Wesleyan U?

Acceptance Rate

Wesleyan University has a very low acceptance rate of 16%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Wesleyan U just in case you don't make the cut.

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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

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Wesleyan University is 88%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  88 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 2,976 undergraduates at Wesleyan U with 2,896 being full-time and 80 being part-time.

Wesleyan U Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 98.26 out of 100, Wesleyan U is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  98.26 out of 100
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How Much Does Wesleyan University Cost?

The overall average net price of Wesleyan U is $29,956. 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 +
$7,508 $7,790 $14,311 $23,564 $47,448

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Wesleyan U, approximately 29% of students took out student loans averaging $5,744 a year. That adds up to $22,976 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wesleyan U is 1.6%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan U make about $54,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Wesleyan U students since it is 34% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 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. Middletown is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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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 37 majors graduated from Wesleyan University. Of these students, 1,050 received undergraduate degrees and 82 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
Economics 111 NA
Area Studies 93 NA
General Psychology 85 NA
Political Science & Government 71 NA
General English Literature 68 NA
Child Development & Psychology 50 NA
General Biology 48 NA
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 47 NA
Mathematics 39 NA
Computer Science 38 NA

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

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