Student Profile: Nearly 700 students from across the U.S. and more than 20 countries; 35% minority; 14% international. Of last incoming class: Avg. SAT 990 (critical reading and math); Avg. ACT 20 (composite); Avg. HS GPA 3.4.
Faculty: 85% of faculty members hold the highest degrees in their fields. Student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1; no classes are taught by teaching assistants.
Expenses: 2013-14 Tuition: $19,500 USD a year; Room & Board: $8,400 USD a year; more than 95% of undergraduate students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans.
History. Chartered in 1836, Wesleyan was the first college in the world to grant degrees to women. Every year since then, Wesleyan women have been making history. First for Women isn’t just a claim to fame — it’s a philosophy that separates our learning community from all others. We’re anchored in tradition and guided by an innovative spirit, and we take our role as a pioneer in women’s education seriously. We are proud of our affiliation with The United Methodist Church.
Recognition. Wesleyan is regarded as one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges and is consistently recognized for academic excellence. According to the seventh annual report of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), Wesleyan outperformed the Top 10% of colleges and universities nationally in all five categories studied: active and collaborative learning, enriching educational experiences, level of academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, and supportive campus environment.
Academic & Student Life. Students from across the U.S. and more than 20 other countries value a rigorous academic program renowned for its quality. An exceptional faculty teaches classes in seminar style. A student-faculty ratio of 10:1 ensures that each student is more than just a grade or a number. The acceptance rate of Wesleyan students into medical, law, business, and other graduate programs is exemplary. Beyond the academic, Wesleyan offers a thriving residence life program, NCAA Division III athletics, championship IHSA equestrian program, and meaningful opportunities for spiritual development and community leadership.
Degree Programs. Wesleyan offers undergraduate degrees in 31 major and 27 minor academic programs, as well as eight pre-professional programs, and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Students also have the opportunity to self-design their own major, combining two or more interdisciplinary major programs. Because Wesleyan students are advised individually by faculty mentors, a large number of students are able to double-major. Undergraduate courses are offered during the day and evening. Wesleyan also offers a dual-degree program in engineering with the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama; and Mercer University in Macon. Wesleyan's two graduate programs enroll both men and women — the Executive Master of Business Administration and the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education.
Affordability. Wesleyan offers a strong merit scholarship program and is recognized as one of the nation’s most affordable selective colleges. Because we are committed to helping every qualified young woman afford a Wesleyan education, we set our tuition well below that of most private colleges. In fact, according to the editors of USA TODAY and The Princeton Review, Wesleyan is among the nation’s Best Value Private Colleges because of our low cost of attendance and near-perfect academic ratings. Wesleyan raises millions of dollars each year for student scholarships, grants, and campus jobs.
Campus. Our beautiful 200-acre wooded campus, along with historically significant buildings, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Wesleyan College Historic District. Wesleyan is nestled in a northern suburb of Macon, about ninety minutes south of Atlanta. Beautiful, white-columned Georgian-styled buildings surround a classic quadrangle that plays host to many college events. Our 150-year-old trees are a beautiful contrast to our recently renovated residence halls; multi-million-dollar athletic, wellness, and equestrian facilities; and a state-of-the-art science center.