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Location
Middletown, CT
Undergrads
2,932
Tuition
$45,928
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Economics professors are usually pretty good... Wes has some really bad professors though too.

5 College Student

Academics: I am a physics major planning to embark on the 3-2 engineering program. Aside from this I am also deeply invested in music and theater. I think Wesleyan is the best place to involve yourself in what you want to do. You can spread yourself as far as you want or as focused as you want and you will have a magnificent educational experience either way.

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5 College Student

Academics: Sometimes not all of the classes you want will be available the semester you wan, but you will find a new class that will amaze you and can even give you something more than you could ever expect.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: This is a rigorous university with a highly educated faculty.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Academics for the grad program are challenging, but not overly so. You need to bring a sense and ability of how to handle yourself academically but support is available. Below a "B" does not receive credit.

3 people found this useful Report
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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 11th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 37th
    Smartest Professors
  • 72nd
    Best Course Variety
  • 113rd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 164th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anya Morgan
Hometown
Los Angeles
Major
English and French
Grad Year
2014
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Wesleyan is characterized by the simultaneous freedom and seriousness associated with its academics. While students certainly like to have a good time, they put academics first—not because they are obsessed with grades, but rather because they are truly interested in what they are studying. The lax gen-ed requirements allow students to take classes they want to take, and apart from the occasional easy math/science class students take to fulfill a requirement, most classes are challenging and engaging. Professors are very present and available to students, and most are super friendly—it would not be unusual for a professor to invite his or her students to have lunch with him/her to continue a discussion from class.

Course selection, however, can be an arduous and frustrating process, as there are often so many courses that sound interesting, but are hard to get into. The registration process includes a confusing chart that you make for yourself with first and second choices, and then everyone's preferences are plugged into an algorithm. After you get into your initial classes, you participate in a "drop/add" period, where you basically beg professors to let you into their classes and they either say "yes" or "no." The whole process is rather stressful, but the quality of the classes you do get into makes up for it.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
9:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
339
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
36
Total FT Faculty
339
Faculty with Terminal Degree
92%
Average Faculty Salary
$94,753
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Graduation Rate
91%
Programs/Majors Offered
49
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 67%
  • 20 to 49 students: 28%
  • 50 or more students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 4%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Olin Library
  • Science Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Be yourself-really. You'll eventually find your circle.
  • Chat up your professors. Most are genuinely interested in student input and output.
  • Don't be afraid to try new things.
  • Don't be intimidated by others' achievements or abilities; everyone has something different to offer.
  • Don't get sucked into the "protest everything" mentality.
  • It's important enough to say twice: try new things!
  • Join lots of clubs and activities early on. It's a great way to meet new people and discover new interests.
  • Performance ensembles are a great way to have fun, meet people, play music, and earn a few extra credits without worrying about a huge study-load.
  • The Career Resource Center is a great way to fill your summer with exciting opportunities.
Did You Know?
  • In 1953, Wesleyan first offered its Graduate Liberal Studies Program, the first ever liberal studies program designed specifically for adults.
  • Former president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, taught history and political economy at Wesleyan from 1888 to 1890.
  • Wesleyan's Olin Library and the Lincoln Memorial were designed by the same architect.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 25 responses

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Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 26 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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