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Rank: 140

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CTwww.wesleyan.edu
Wesleyan University, along with Amherst and Williams colleges, is one of the historic "Little Three," a trio of prestigious liberal arts schools in New England. Founded in 1831 by Methodists, it has about 3,000 students; they tend to be thoughtful, independent, progressive, and politically aware. Academics are generally characterized by small classes and professors who actively engage with students in programs like the social and political sciences, psychology, and the visual and performing arts. Wesleyan has a generous financial aid policy that offers most students from families that earn under $60,000 a year an aid package with no loans. It's not just affordable, it's also famous: Wesleyan claims composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Michael Bay, and the band MGMT among its alumni. Producing these talented artists requires a stand-out arts program, which Wes has. The Center for the Arts hosts free musical and theatrical events, and has three of its own art galleries. The school's graduation rate is much higher than the national median, nearing 100%. And here's a fun fact: It even has a student-run farm that grows more than 80 varieties of vegetables and herbs and hosts two festivals-- a Pumpkin Fest in the fall and a May Day in the spring -- for the community every year.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$73,000
% of students who get any grants
43%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$25,900
Average price for low-income students
$7,510
admissions
Acceptance rate
16%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
2,887
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
93%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
$43,431
student success
Graduation rate
90%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$16,880
Average salary within 3 years
$59,300
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
47%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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