Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college located in Middletown, Connecticut and situated on a famously beautiful 360-acre campus which overlooks the Connecticut River. Established in 1831 by Methodist leaders and Middletown citizens, Wesleyan University began with just 48 students, a president, three professors, one tutor and an annual tuition of only $36. Named after John Wesley, founder of Methodism, Wesleyan University is among the oldest of the originally Methodist institutions of higher education in the United States. From its inception, Wesleyan offered a liberal arts program rather than theological training and the school has always been known for its curricular innovation. Between the years of 1872 and 1912, Wesleyan pioneered in the field of coeducation, though it was not until the 1970’s that the university became completely coeducational.
Academic ProgramsWesleyan University is accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and awards Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in 40+ major areas of study along with Masters of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in approximately six fields of study. Students may choose from over 1,000 course options through the Wesleyan’s 45+ departments, including Wesleyan’s College of Social Studies; College of Letters; College of the Environment; College of Integrative Sciences; Science and Mathematics; Astronomy program; Science in Society Program; Music; Film Studies; and Theater.
A BA/MA program in the natural sciences, mathematics, and psychology is also available as a formal curricular option for students interested in intensive research experience. This program provides a strong professional background for further advanced study or employment in industry. Wesleyan also offers a Graduate Liberal Studies program which delivers courses in a blended learning format, allowing students to complete certain percentage of class hours through online learning.
Student LifeWesleyan has a current enrollment figure of over 3,200, more than two-thirds of which are undergraduate students. Several residence halls, each with its own personality and advantages, provide housing option for undergraduate students. Students live in communities with at least one upper-class student serving as a Resident Advisor (RA). RA’s help to develop a sense of community, provide opportunities for social and educational growth, and serve as a helpful resource for fellow students. Each residential unit includes a laundry room with card-operated washers and dryers and high-speed and wireless internet access.
A number of student groups exist on campus, including organizations focused on activism, service, performance and visual arts, Greek life, sports, and etc. Wesleyan’s Office of Community Service and Volunteerism (OCS) helps to foster community building within the university and surrounding area by providing students with opportunities to participate in volunteer work and supporting student-sponsored social action initiatives. As an NCAA Division III school and a member of the Little Three colleges (an unofficial athletic conference between Amherst, Williams, and Wesleyan Colleges), sports also play a significant role in the life of a student. Nearly 30 varsity teams exist and approximately 600 students participate in competitive sports.