Wesleyan University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$59,086
4.2% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$22,845
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
1.18%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
20.9%
12,632 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
3,053
97.3% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
90.9%
682 Graduates

About

Wesleyan University is a higher education institution located in Middlesex County, CT. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Wesleyan University were General Political Science & Government (100 degrees awarded), General Psychology (94 degrees), and Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (71 degrees).

In 2020, 1,194 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Wesleyan University. 57.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (624 degrees), 4.62 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (135 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Wesleyan University is $59,086, which is $30,686 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Wesleyan University is $59,086, which is $30,686 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $22,845.

In 2020, 42% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 23% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$59,086
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Wesleyan University was $59,086. The cost of tuition at Wesleyan University is $30,686 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$22,845
2020 Value
4.54%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Wesleyan University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $22,845. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Wesleyan University grew by 4.54%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,724
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Wesleyan University was of $15,724 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 4.41% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

42%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
23%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

42% of undergraduate students at Wesleyan University received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 2.33% with respect to 2019, when 43% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.18%
2018 Default Rate
4
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Wesleyan University was 1.18%, which represents 4 out of the 338 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Wesleyan University received 12,632 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 4.76% annual decline. Out of those 12,632 applicants, 2,640 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 20.9% acceptance rate.

There were 3,053 students enrolled at Wesleyan University in 2020, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Wesleyan University has an overall enrollment yield of 27.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

20.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
2,640
Accepted Out of 12,632

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Wesleyan University was 20.9% (2,640 admissions from 12,632 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 16.5%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −4.76%, while admissions grew by 20.8%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
N/A
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Wesleyan University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Wesleyan University has a total enrollment of 3,053 students. The full-time enrollment at Wesleyan University is 2,970 students and the part-time enrollment is 83. This means that 97.3% of students enrolled at Wesleyan University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Wesleyan University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 54.5% White, 11.2% Hispanic or Latino, 7.83% Asian, 6.52% Two or More Races, 5.54% Black or African American, 0.0655% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0328% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Wesleyan University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.5%), followed by White Male (24.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.12%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (24.6%), followed by White Female (23.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.22%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

97.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Wesleyan University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,053 students. The full-time enrollment at Wesleyan University is 2,970 and the part-time enrollment is 83. This means that 97.3% of students enrolled at Wesleyan University are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Wesleyan University was 87%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Wesleyan University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,665
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    343
  3. Asian
    239

The enrolled student population at Wesleyan University is 54.5% White, 11.2% Hispanic or Latino, 7.83% Asian, 6.52% Two or More Races, 5.54% Black or African American, 0.0655% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0328% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 59 students (1.93%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 174 more women than men received degrees from Wesleyan University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Wesleyan University is white (624 degrees awarded). There were 4.62 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (135 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Wesleyan University is General Political Science & Government (100 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (94 degrees) and Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (71 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Wesleyan University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Cultural & Gender Studies (138 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (83 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (24 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wesleyan University are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (403,342 people), Other managers (321,152 people), Postsecondary teachers (251,917 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (191,189 people), and Chief executives & legislators (146,834 people).

The most specialized majors at Wesleyan University are Cultural & Gender Studies (138 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (83 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (24 degrees), English (81 degrees), and Social Sciences (280 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wesleyan University are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Physicians, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Wesleyan University are Cultural & Gender Studies (138 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (83 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (24 degrees), English (81 degrees), and Social Sciences (280 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wesleyan University are Elementary & secondary schools (516,490 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (503,185 people), Legal services (316,868 people), Computer Systems Design (250,968 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (201,989 people).

The most specialized majors at Wesleyan University are Cultural & Gender Studies (138 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (83 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (24 degrees), English (81 degrees), and Social Sciences (280 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Wesleyan University.
Most Common
  1. 100 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 94 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 71 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Wesleyan University was General Political Science & Government with 100 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

510
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
684
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 510 degrees were awarded to men at Wesleyan University, which is 0.746 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (684).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 49 degrees were awarded to men at Wesleyan University in Econometrics & Quantitative Economics, which is 2.23 times more than the 22 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 73 degrees were awarded to women at Wesleyan University in General Psychology, which is 2.81 times more than the 26 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

84%
100% Completion Time
89%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 84% of students graduating from Wesleyan University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 89% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 90% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Wesleyan University is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.05% of graduates (14 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    624 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    135 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    90 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Wesleyan University is white (624 degrees awarded). There were 4.62 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (135 degrees).

3.85% of degree recipients (46 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    352 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    272 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    80 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Wesleyan University is white female (352 degrees awarded). There were 1.29 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (272 degrees).

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Operations

Wesleyan University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.13B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $87.5M (7.74%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Wesleyan University had a total salary expenditure of $218M. Wesleyan University employs 118 No academic ranks, 106 Professors, and 87 Associate professors. Most academics at Wesleyan University are Male Professors (76), Male No academic ranks(59), and Female No academic ranks (59).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wesleyan University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 107 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 81 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 74 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.13B
2020 Endowment
4.71%
growth from 2019

Wesleyan University has an endowment valued at about $1.13B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Wesleyan University grew 4.71% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.09B higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $7.64M - Federal
  2. $161k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Wesleyan University received $7.64M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $161k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$101M
2020 Salaries
4.2%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Wesleyan University paid a median of $101M in salaries, which represents 46.3% of their overall expenditure ($218M) and a 4.2% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.51% growth from 2018 and a 3.83% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$42.9M
Instructional Salaries
384
Number of Employees

In 2020, Wesleyan University paid a total of $42.9M to 384 employees working as instructors, which represents 42.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
118 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
107 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Wesleyan University were No academic rank with 118 employees; Professor with 106 employees; and Professor with 87 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wesleyan University were Office and Administrative Support with 107 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 81 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 74 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male No academic rank
  3. Female No academic rank

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Wesleyan University was Male Professor with 76 employees, Male No academic rank with 59 employees, and Female No academic rank with 59 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Wesleyan University.

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