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Wesleyan University: Narrative Description


Middletown, CT 06459-0260
Tel: (860)685-2000
Admissions: (860)685-3000
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1831. Setting: 120-acre small town campus. Endowment: $517.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $7.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $16,370 per student. Total enrollment: 3,217. Faculty: 364 (322 full-time, 42 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 6,568 applied, 28% were admitted. 66% from top 10% of their high school class, 95% from top quarter, 99% from top half. Full-time: 2,766 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 11 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 45 other countries, 85% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 7% black, 9% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 0% 25 or older, 94% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 95% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Twelve College Exchange Program, American University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. One-time mandatory fee: $300. Comprehensive fee: $40,144 includes full-time tuition ($31,456), mandatory fees ($214), and college room and board ($8474). College room only: $5132.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 231 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, eating clubs; 4% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: community service, Students of Color groups, theater (student and faculty productions), campus publications, intramurals. Major annual events: Spring Fling, Fall Ball, homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,627 college housing spaces available; 2,549 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Olin Memorial Library plus 3 others with 1.3 million books, 292,223 microform titles, 6,789 serials, 46,589 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $6.6 million. 190 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 45,000. In central Connecticut, 15 miles south of Hartford and 20 miles north of New Haven, Middletown is an important research and manufacturing center. Buses and railroads serve the area with an airline service nearby. Middletown has 21 churches of all denominations, hospital, three libraries with branches, several inns, motels, theatres and a shopping area. The various civic, fraternal and veterans organizations are active within the city. Parks, tennis courts, basketball courts, ball fields, picnic grounds and swimming pool provide facilities for recreation.

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