Information for First-Year Applicants

All first-year applicants must apply by submitting a Common Application or Coalition Application online. Students applying to Wesleyan may choose to apply as either Early Decision or Regular Decision candidates.

Application TypeApplication DeadlineFinancial Aid DeadlineNotification Date
Early Decision I November 15 November 15 mid December
Early Decision II January 1 January 15 mid February
Regular Decision January 1 February 15 late March
Freeman Scholar Program January 1 January 1 late March


Early Decision

The Early Decision program is designed for those students who, after careful consideration, have identified Wesleyan as their first choice. Students applying under Early Decision certify that Wesleyan is their first choice and agree to accept Wesleyan’s offer of admission if extended. Students also agree to withdraw applications submitted to other colleges and not to initiate any new applications.

Regular Decision

First-year applicants who wish to apply to more than one college should apply under the non-binding Regular Decision program. For students who apply under the Regular Decision program, the deadline for applying is January 1st.  Notification of admission decisions will be by April 1st.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed Common Application or Coalition Application, including Wesleyan’s member-specific questions

  2. Secondary School Report and official high school transcript(s)

  3. Counselor Recommendation
  4. Mid-year Grade Report

  5. Two Teacher Evaluations—applicants are encouraged to submit one teacher recommendation from a humanities and social science teacher and one from a math or science teacher

  6. Early Decision Agreement (Early Decision applicants ONLY)

  7. $55 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver

Optional Application Materials

  1. Test Scores—Wesleyan does not require most students to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the application for admission. Students can decide for themselves whether or not their scores reflect their ability and if they would like their test scores to be weighted alongside their day-to-day work in secondary school.  For more details, click here.

  2. Interview—Interviews are not required for admission into Wesleyan, but they are highly recommended. Interviews at Wesleyan are evaluative, play a role in the admission process, and are a valuable opportunity for an exchange of information about both the candidate and the university. Interviews are available on campus or in a student’s selected area through our network of alumni interviews.  For more details, click here.

  3. Supplemental Materials—Applicants may submit supporting materials in music, theatre, visual arts and scientific research that represent a special accomplishment or reflect an education goal. All supplementary materials must be submitted through SlideRoom, which can be accessed through the Common Application. For more details, click here.

  4. Hamilton Prize - The Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity is a four-year full-tuition scholarship to be awarded to the incoming student, beginning with Wesleyan’s Class of 2021, whose work of creative written expression is judged to best reflect the originality, artistry, and dynamism embodied in Broadway’s Hamilton. For more details, click here