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4 College Sophomore

Academics: All of my professors are easy to talk to and are glad to sit down talk with you about anything.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I feel our curriculum is challenging which is good, however there are many teachers who are full of themselves. When you try to talk to teachers about your grades they do not listen. Many teachers try to integrate internet tests and activities, and not try to fix the problem when it fails to work. Finding financial aid is very difficult, and the workload is a lot. We have tutoring by other students, but it does not always help. The popular study areas would be the lounges, library, and spots outside.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love my classes for my major. My teachers are extremely helpful and nice. Many students will have it way easier when they declare a major.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Each department area requires the same requirements, which are time, effort, and workload. The only difference would be the the type of assignments, research studies, and performances that would be completed.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I have already declared my major as political science. My courses are very good and I enjoy them. The professors help you every step of the way.

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As noted on the school's website, Wesleyan offers undergraduate degrees in 31 major and 26 minor academic programs, creating a diverse curriculum that equips women with knowledge and skills to create their own futures. As a liberal arts college, Wesleyan provides an eclectic foundation designed to challenge a student to her fullest potential and permit her to flourish in all areas of academia. All divisions are considered to be strong assets to the school; yet, certain departments within each group are more substantial than others, including English, psychology, biology, business, and education, just to name a few. As a result of the rising demand for science and business programs, Wesleyan has adjusted its financial distribution in a manner that gives these two divisions a larger concentration of funding. Due to this emphasis, other departments like foreign languages, art, and physics lack sufficient resources, therefore, being weaker in overall quality and potential. That being said, however, those departments persevere around necessity and develop rigorous courses that benefit students majoring in those areas.

Although a few qualities of academia are not up to standard, Wesleyan’s reputation remains justified through the dedication of faculty members. Every professor has high expectations of his or her students and teaches the subjects with unparalleled excellence and enthusiasm. Even if they do not always follow the syllabus word for word, the professors are one of Wesleyan’s greatest treasures.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
46
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
29
Total FT Faculty
46
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$55,703
Full-Time Retention Rate
81%
Graduation Rate
48%
Programs/Majors Offered
32
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 87%
  • 20 to 49 students: 12%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
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
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Professional Studies
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 15%
  • Elementary Education: 5%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Urban semester
Online Courses
Wesleyan offers hybrid courses, which are courses that meet 50 percent in class and 50 percent online. Hybrid courses range from "Elementary Spanish" to "Math Reasoning."
Best Places to Study
  • The Academic Center
  • The Hurdle CafĂ©
  • Joshua Cup
  • Smart room in the Academic center
  • Trice A and Trice B
  • Willet Library cubicles
  • Willet Library, first and third floors
Tips to Succeed
  • Be open-minded; Wesleyan is very unique compared to other academic institutions.
  • Be yourself.
  • Buy and use a planner.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. Tutors are available for students free of charge.
  • Don't get overinvolved with extracurricular activities. Pick a few organizations or volunteer groups to commit to that will work with your schedule.
  • Establish a close relationship with your professors. They want to be there for you.
  • Go to class! Most professors have an attendance policy.
  • Make new friends!
  • Make time to study, and do your homework.
  • Respect others, and you will be respected in return.
  • Take advantage of a professor's availability.
Did You Know?
  • Most students select their own adviser to help them manage their schedule. It is common for someone to take anywhere from 12 to 17 credit hours each semester.
  • Course registration is conducted online. After being cleared by her adviser, a student is able to add or drop a course within a given period of time stated by the registrar's office.
  • Don't see a desired major listed in Wesleyan's academic catalog? The self-designed interdisciplinary major allows a student to create her own program of study.
  • Wesleyan offers a master's of education program!

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 19 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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