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Wesleyan University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Wesleyan University admissions are strongly competitive as can be perceived by its acceptance rate of 16%. In 2018, the university only admitted 2219 applicants out of a pool of 12788. The class size for 2018 was 810.

The average GPA of admitted students is 3.92. Wesleyan University is strongly competitive for SAT and ACT scores as the ACT median composite of admitted students is recorded at 34 and the median SAT ERW and SAT M scores are 740 and 790, respectively.

  • The undergraduate applicants can apply through the Common Application or the Coalition Application.
  • The university has an online application portal for its graduate applicants.
  • Early decision program: It certifies that Wesleyan is the first choice of the applicants and they agree to accept Wesleyan's offer of admission if extended. Students have to withdraw applications submitted to other colleges and not initiate any new applications as well.
  • The Wesleyan admission deposit is 250 USD.


Application PortalCommon Application
Coalition Application
Application Fee55 USD
Average GPA3.92
Acceptance Rate16%
SAT scoresSAT ERW: 740
SAT M: 790
ACT median composite34
Tuition (Annual)54314 USD
Application PortalApply Online
Application FeePh.D. in Ethnomusicology and MA in Music programs: 85 USD
Ph.D. and MA (science and mathematics): NA
StipendVaries based on the course

Wesleyan University Admission Deadlines

Early decision INovember 15
Early decision IIJanuary 1
Regular ApplicationJanuary 1
Fall Transfer ApplicationMarch 15
Spring Transfer ApplicationNovember 1
Application DeadlinesVaries based on the course

Wesleyan University International Admissions

Wesleyan’s Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) supports the international student population of Wesleyan University by offering many services and programs including advice on personal and cultural matters, assistance with visas, insurance, career planning, and academic expectations. It also acts as a resource for general problem solving related to areas such as housing, financial matters, traveling, and emergencies.

If the applicant does not need financial aid they must submit documentation verifying sufficient personal resources or outside scholarships to meet the expense of four years at Wesleyan at the time of application.

Wesleyan provides immigration services before arrival to campus and during the stay at the university to international undergraduate, graduate and visiting scholar students who hold an F1 or J1 visa.

Language Requirements for International Students 

Because English is the language of instruction at Wesleyan, English language proficiency must be demonstrated before admission to the University. Therefore, it is recommended that applicants living outside the US for whom English is not their first language demonstrate proficiency with standardized testing.

Internet-based TOEFL100
Paper-based TOEFL600
Critical Reading Section of the old SAT650
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the new SAT700

Wesleyan University Undergraduate Admissions

Following are the undergraduate requirements for Wesleyan University admissions:

  • Personal essay
  • Secondary school report form & transcript
  • Counselor recommendation
  • Two academic teacher evaluations, preferably one from a humanities or social sciences teacher and one from a math or science teacher.
  • Test scores: SATor ACTscores are not required to be considered for admission as this is a test-optional university. This means that students can decide for themselves whether or not their scores reflect their potential and if they would like their test scores to be weighed alongside their day-to-day work in secondary school.
  • Supplemental materials
  • Course Requirements:
    • 4 years each of English and History/Social Science
    • A single Foreign Language through the fourth year
    • 3 laboratory sciences including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
    • Math through Calculus
    • Transfer Applicants

A credit review is provided with the offer of admission, but generally, coursework will be credible and will help to determine transfer admission eligibility if:

  • The course was taken on a college campus
  • The course is similar to a course offered by a Wesleyan department or is from a department or program available at Wesleyan
  • A grade of C- (B- for a summer course) or better was earned

Wesleyan University Graduate Admissions 

The Office of Graduate Student Services (OGSS) is the administrative center for graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs at Wesleyan. General responsibilities of this center include graduate admission, academic records, registration and enrollment, payroll and stipend maintenance, billing, health insurance administration, and graduation/commencement.

Wesleyan University Graduate Courses Admissions

Application Portal: Common for all graduate courses

Application Fee: NA

CourseApplication DeadlineMinimum English Language Proficiency
Biology Graduate ProgramJanuary 1TOEFL scores
Ph.D. ChemistryJanuary 1TOEFL scores
Mathematics & Computer Science Graduate ProgramFebruary 15TOEFL scores
Physics Graduate ProgramJanuary 31Minimum TOEFL score internet-based: 80;
computer-based: 213;
paper-based: 550
Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Graduate ProgramApril 1TOEFL scores

Supporting documents include:

  • Transcripts for undergraduate and any graduate studies
  • Three recommendation letters from the persons listed on the online application
  • Essay/personal statement/statement of purpose

The university represented 37 countries in the Class of 2022, A total of 271 international students were admitted (12% of all admits) which indicates that the university is extremely favorable for international students.

The Office of International Student Affairs provides advice and guidance on every aspect of adjustment to life at Wesleyan. They organize International Student Orientation (ISO) when the international students arrive and provide on-going support on topics of particular interest to them, coordinate support for undergraduate international students who remain on campus during official university breaks and offer one-on-one support. Their goal is to smooth the way of international students into U.S. academic culture and to help them integrate on all levels into the vibrant and challenging intellectual and social community that is Wesleyan University.

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