See what students say:


Nestled in the middle of Connecticut is Wesleyan University, a historic private liberal arts university that prides itself on an open curriculum that lets students explore interests and activities outside of their major. The school does have general education expectations, which help illustrate pathways through the curriculum; it also offers a flexible framework of four competencies that provide suggestions as to skills and capabilities that students should acquire in their course choices, which is useful with more than 1,000 courses on offer. A 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio means small class sizes, which creates an “enjoyable work environment that promotes learning, questioning, debate, and just overall fun”; this includes interactive learning, “excellent introductory STEM labs, field trips, ample research opportunities, and unique in-class projects.” This experiential philosophy even translates to larger formats: “I’ve had lecture classes that are so open to student questions that they begin to seem more like seminars,” says a student. Seniors are also allowed to “teach student forums on topics they are passionate about and provide a space for current events.”

Inclusivity is a priority, and the school offers courses like Queer Studies and African American Studies. Along with inclusivity, Wesleyan stresses the importance of faculty as teachers and mentors. Professors are “intentional and thoughtful about every aspect of the course” and “patient and understanding when it comes to students needing extensions.” They “embrace students from majors outside their field and encourage academic exploration,” As one student notes, “Every class I’ve taken has made me want to learn more.” In addition, faculty “research is significant, and they use it to compliment the classes,” and they all have “workable office hours and [are] exceptionally accommodating.” The alumni network is similarly willing to assist students: “Whether that is through mentoring us or hiring us as interns, they have been incredibly helpful.”

Student Body

Wesleyan students are “eclectic, artsy, liberal,” diverse, and inclusive. There are many different personalities at Wesleyan, but the one common denominator is that they are accepting. Everyone here “has their ‘thing’ that they are eager to share with others.” One student adds, “No two students share exactly the same combination of interests, which makes Wesleyan a very fun place to make friends.”

Though this “incredibly academically motivated” group is “talented, active, and openminded,” they “don’t tend to be obsessive about academics,” and “there’s a good balance between work and life.” Students say that “it feels like everyone at Wes does a million things, so for many, clubs and other extracurriculars [that] are just as meaningful as classes.” Students do say that as far as sports go, “there are the athletes and non-athletes with very few individuals crossing battle lines.” Still, there is “a strong culture of social acceptance and progressiveness,” and people “come from all over the world and always have such amazing anecdotes to share.”

Campus Life

While many admit that “there is a lot of studying during the week,” they say “it’s easy to find groups to study with” through tutors, study groups, or class-sponsored activities. And students here definitely find time to have fun. Because Wesleyan “is not in a big city, most of the social life is on campus,” and “on the weekends, that can look like parties and performances,” or taking advantage of the “strong arts and music scene,” including “lots of fun concerts, films, comedy shows, or dance performances.” Weekend trips to New Haven or Boston are not out of the question, but most stay local, and “people love to go thrifting at the closest places [and] eat food in Middletown” for their trips off-campus.

Outdoor activities such as hiking are widely undertaken (ultimate Frisbee is very popular here!), and many students join multiple groups and teams. In the winter there’s plenty of snow, “so people like to sled on Foss Hill and have big snowball fights.” Snowball fights aside, “the best days are when it’s nice out in the spring, and everyone sits and eats outside,” and “everyone says hi to everyone.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Admission Office Staff
Front Office Manager

Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission
70 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459-0265



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Center for the Arts
Freeman Athletic Center
Exley Science Center
Olin Memorial Library
Usdan University Center
North College Gordon Career Center Van Vleck Observatory The Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies Freeman East Asian Studies Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Wadsworth Falls State Park
Main Street Restaurants
Adventure Rooms
Lyman Orchards - Pick Your Own, Farm Market, Golf courses, and 1741 Pub & Grill
Gillette Castle and State Park
Brownstone Adventure Sports Park, Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort. Campus is two hours from NYC and Boston

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; (Sat/Sun limited schedule)
M-F 8:30am-5pm (please see website)

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Varies by time of year. Please visit our website - https://www.wesleyan.edu/admission/visit-connect/info-sessions.html

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Refer to the website. If questions, please call the Office of Admission at 860-685-3000

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays


Limited to prospective seniors, 1 night


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bradley International Airport near Hartford is 30 miles north of campus. Taxi service is available from the airport to campus; the Office of Admission will provide the number to call for this service. Middletown Area Transit (MAT) and CT Transit bus services are available to Middletown from Boston, Hartford, New Haven, New York, Springfield, and other cities. Other independent bus companies also serve the area. Hartford Line, Metro North, and Amtrak trains collectively provide rail service between Boston, Springfield, Hartford, Meriden, New Haven and New York.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the South, take I-91 to Exit 18; follow Rte. 66 into Middletown, turning right onto High St. and right onto Wyllys Ave. From the North, take I-91 to Exit 22-S; take Rte. 9 to the Wesleyan exit (Exit 15, Washington St.). Follow Washington St. to the 4th light and turn left onto High St. and right onto Wyllys Ave. The Office of Admission is on the right (yellow building with white trim).

Local Accommodations
See URL below for local accommodations.


Applicants: 14,521
Acceptance Rate: 14%
Average HS GPA: 0.00



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