Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University was founded in 1831 by Methodist leaders and Middletown citizens. Instruction began with 48 students of varying ages, the president, three professors, and one tutor; tuition was $36 per year.

Named for John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, Wesleyan is among the oldest of the numerous originally Methodist institutions of higher education in the United States. The Methodist movement originated in England in the 1720s, and was particularly important for its early emphasis on social service and education. From its inception, Wesleyan offered a liberal arts program rather than theological training. Ties to the Methodist church, which were particularly strong in the earliest years and from the 1870s to the 1890s, waxed and waned throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. Wesleyan became fully independent of the Methodist church in 1937.

Wesleyan’s first president, Willbur Fisk, a prominent Methodist educator, set out an enduring theme at his inaugural address in September 1831. President Fisk stated that education serves two purposes: “the good of the individual educated and the g... [ Read All ]


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Wesleyan Station
Phone: 860.685.3779
Website: http://www.wesleyan.edu/a

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Our Aims

At Wesleyan we prepare our students to face a rapidly changing world with confidence and the sense of responsibility to want to make the world a better place. This strategic plan for the period 2005-2010 describes continuing curricular innovations and renewed commitments to international studies and to science. It outlines priorities for academics, campus life, student aid, and physical infrastructure.


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Department and information about the department

The Department of Art and Art History is the administrative umbrella for two distinct major programs: Art and Art History. Majors within the department can be pursued in both areas. Students majoring in one area are allowed to count toward the 34 courses required for graduation up to 18 courses in the department. (University regulations regarding the maximum number of courses allowed in a department should be applied to the major itself: Art History or Art. Intradepartmental double majors may take up to 20 courses within the department if necessary to fulfill requirements of both majors.) In addition to listed courses, a limited number of tutorials, internships, and teaching apprenticeships are available under specific conditions. Prior approval must be obtained to transfer credit from another institution. Review and approval by a faculty member in the area of study must also be made after completion of such course work.

The department is based in the Center for the Arts, an eleven-building complex within Wesleyan University. The Departments' resources in the CFA include the Davison Art Center, a university teaching museum with a...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description


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Information For  Undergraduates

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Information For  International Students



The Wesleyan University Alumni Association is dedicated to advancing the University's commitment to intellectual, moral and social development. The Association seeks to promote the lifelong relationship forged among all members of the Wesleyan community. Through association with one another and the University, Wesleyan alumni can assist in the preservation of a challenging educational setting for succeeding generations of students.


Student Support

In support of the University’s academic mission, Student Services and Campus Programs have primary responsibility for the coordination of services and programs relating to students’ co-curricular experience. Student Services and Campus Programs are comprised of the Office of Residential Life, WesWELL, the Office of Health Education and the Office of Health Services, the Office of Community Service and Volunteerism, the Davenport Campus Center, the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, the University Chaplains, and the Office of International Student Services. Working closely with administrative staff from these areas, the dean of student services, the assistant dean of student services, and the dean of campus programs are responsible for providing a variety of programs, experiences, services and leadership opportunities that support and complement students’ academic experience. This office also advises the Student Judicial Board; you may want to consult with the deans on matters related to the student judicial system. The dean and assistant dean of student services are also a resource for students who are ...  [ Read All ]

Student Life

The office of Student Activities and Leadership Development provides advice, guidance and acts as a resource for students and student organizations. Our goal is to help student organizers be successful in planning social, cultural, intellectual, political, and recreational programs. The office enhances out-of-classroom experiences that promote personal development and leadership training.



Working in partnership with students and collaboratively with other members of the Wesleyan Community, the Office of Residential Life strives to provide a safe and supportive residential environment which complements and extends students’ educational experience. Student-centered programs and services are developed and implemented with an emphasis on holistic individual and community development, student leadership, individual responsibility, advocacy of academic inquiry, and freedom of thought, opinion and expression in the spirit of mutual respect. These are the hallmarks of the Wesleyan residential experience, and provide the essential foundation for a quality liberal education within a diverse and dynamic community.


How To Apply

Students and their parents often ask, "What are the most important factors in getting into Wesleyan?" Here is the answer in brief: When we read an application, we do not merely look at test scores and grades. We look at all parts of your completed application for the story it tells about your achievement to date and your potential to benefit from Wesleyan's educational program. Some of the traits we look for when we review your application are:
Genuine intellectual curiosity. Did you pursue a topic or topics in high school with real personal enthusiasm? What do your teachers tell us about your engagement with a topic?

Ability to succeed in a rigorous and broad-based academic program. Did you achieve in top courses in a full range of subjects in your high school? (Ideally, we like you to have taken courses in five core areas -- English, social science, math, science, and foreign language -- each year of high school.)

Demonstrated social involvement. Did you engage in a community or school activity that shows enthusiasm for acting collectively? Have you developed leadership qualities?

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Visit us (open days)

The Office of Admission is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All events begin at the Stewart M. Reid House, 70 Wyllys Avenue. No pre-registration is necessary for campus tours or group information sessions.