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.
The inclusion of courses that fulfill Wesleyan’s general education expectations is vital to the student’s educational experience at Wesleyan. To assist in the experience, the faculty has divided the curriculum into three areas: natural sciences and mathematics (NSM), the social and behavioral sciences (SBS), and the humanities and the arts (HA). The faculty has assigned a general education designation to a course when appropriate, as well as established a distributional expectation for each general education area.
The Wesleyan program for undergraduate Research in the Sciences encourages active participation of students in research in science laboratories on the Wesleyan campus. Stipend support is provided for summer research in the Sciences. Normally, this support is directed to students working with Wesleyan faculty.
The Office of International Student Affairs provides advice and counsel on every aspect of international students' adjustment to life at Wesleyan--cultural, academic, personal, financial, and immigration. The Office also organizes International Student Orientation and ongoing programs that explore the complexities and intersections among U.S. diversity, international issues, and global citizenship.
Wesleyan is located in the Connecticut River Valley region which includes charming small cities and towns, historical sites, museums, places to shop, scenic drives, and river views. The lodgings listed below are situated within a reasonable driving distance from the University.
The chief exhibition area in Olin Library is in the east corridor of the main floor, between Special Collections and the Campbell Reference Center. At least four exhibitions a year are prepared by Special Collections & Archives on subjects designed to explore the variety, interest, and scholarly value of the library's collections.
Visits to the Health Center are free; however, limited, incidental charges for in-house testing (i.e. rapid mono/strep) will be charged to the student account for students with private insurance (we also accept cash or check). Students may request a claim statement to file to insurance. Routine laboratory testing sent to Quest is billed directly from the vendor to insurance plans.
The Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) is the legislative and deliberative body of the Wesleyan College Body. The WSA is composed of 37 members divided amongst eight standing committees:
Wesleyan University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
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