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Academics

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Deteriorating rapidly, so few new faculty old ones die and the academics go with them

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I guess they are OK, thats what my parents are paying for, but really if I was honest with them, I made a huge mistake, profs are nice generally but not really engaging not much research or opps, I hate the TA's too many of them, many profs call off classes and really I think the school continues to try to live off the reputation it had in the 70's, but really its not much anymore i have so peved, I could have done so much better, but I settle and my mom was legacy, my mistake, dont make the same one

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Fantastic academics. It isn't called a "Little Ivy" for no reason.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great academics offered, very accurate ratings on ratemyprofessor. Students are very helpful and friendly.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Fairly rigorous course load, but if you do well here you're basically into any graduate or medical school you want. There is a great program where you can stay a fifth year, tuition free, and get your masters degree (whoa! cool!)

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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
50
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

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 24% Joss Whedon - creator of several TV series
  • 12% John Perry Barlow - lyricist for the Grateful Dead
  • 12% Bill Belichick - head coach, New England Patriots
  • 12% Michael Bay - action film director
  • 6% Daniel Handler - author (aka "Lemony Snicket")
  • 6% Eric Asimov - NYT restaurant columnist/editor
  • 6% Dar Williams - folk singer
  • 6% Matthew Weiner - Creator of Mad Men
  • 6% MGMT
  • 6% Carter Bays, Craig Thomas (HIMYM creators)
  • 6% Lin Manuel Miranda - actor and writer
  • 0% Ambrose Burfoot - executive editor, "Runner's World"
  • 0% Gerald Baliles - former governor of Virginia
  • 0% Dr. Laman Gray Jr. - cardiovascular surgeon
  • 0% Dr. Herbert Benson - cardiologist, author
  • 0% Miguel Arteta - film director
  • 0% MGMT - indie band

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 26 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 27 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.

How often do you:    Based on 6 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% This was my dream school.
  • 33% This was one of my top choices.
  • 17% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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