Wesleyan University

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?

2023 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 246 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts / sciences and humanities.

Overall Quality

Wesleyan U was not ranked in College Factual's Best Overall Colleges report this year. This may be because not enough data was available.

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 21%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Learn more about Wesleyan University admissions.

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 89%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  89 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wesleyan University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 87% 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  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Wesleyan U the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 84%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  84 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Wesleyan University.

Wesleyan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,852 undergraduates at Wesleyan U with 2,836 being full-time and 16 being part-time.

How Much Does Wesleyan University Cost?

The overall average net price of Wesleyan U is $28,813. 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 +
$4,782 $7,475 $11,936 $17,900 $49,134

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 25% of students took out student loans averaging $7,965 a year. That adds up to $31,860 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wesleyan U is 1.1%. 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 $68,102 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Wesleyan U students since it is 60% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 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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Contact details for Wesleyan U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT 06459
Phone: 860-685-2000
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wesleyan.university
Twitter: http://twitter.com/wesleyan_u

Wesleyan University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 38 majors graduated from Wesleyan University. Of these students, 1,034 received undergraduate degrees and 68 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
General Psychology 96 NA
Economics 96 NA
Political Science & Government 93 NA
Area Studies 79 NA
General English Literature 63 NA
Child Development & Psychology 48 NA
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 46 NA
Computer Science 41 NA
Mathematics 34 NA
Science, Technology & Society 33 NA

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

Online Learning at Wesleyan U

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 2,945 students took at least one online class at Wesleyan University. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 2,945 359
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Wesleyan University.

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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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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