Wesleyan University

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Wesleyan University is an elite liberal arts school located in Middletown, Connecticut about 2 hours from either New York or Boston. Downtown Main Street is just 3 blocks from campus with a surprisingly diverse assortment of restaurants for a small town. Life at Wesleyan revolves around the beautiful campus with Foss Hill being the place to be on sunny days.

Visitor Information: Tour Wesleyan

Stay: The Inn at Middletown is the only hotel within walking distance to campus, located on Main Street in Middletown. The Marriott and Hampton Inn are a ten-minute drive, but not as “boutique” as the Inn.

One student’s tip: "Book in advance — I know Sophomores whose families already have their room reservations for graduation!" (Good advice especially if you are only visiting on a weekend)

Coffee: Brew Bakers on Main Street has everything from coffee to breakfast to lunchtime salads and sandwiches– it’s a popular spot for students to hang out and do their work. Pi Café is located in the Exley Science Center lobby, a good place to grab a coffee before the tour.

Breakfast: O’Rourkes Diner is a landmark in Middletown, featured in Diners, Drive-in and Dives,  it’s been serving students and locals alike since 1941. Wes Wings, right on campus, is a student favorite for all meals and especially popular on the weekends for brunch.

Lunch: New England Emporium has an extensive menu of crepes, salads and sandwiches with many vegetarian options. Café 56 bills itself as food of “the Americas” and is popular for their sandwiches—a combination of a taco and a sandwich. Both restaurants also have full breakfast menus.



Casual: One student told us: “Tibetan Kitchen has the best fried rice I’ve ever had--it’s very casual and cash only, just go!” Krust and Mondo both serve stellar wood fired pizzas. Mikado has the best sushi in Middletown.


A Step Up: Esca is where Wes kids take their parents when they are visiting for excellent Italian food.

Late Night Snack: We hear that the Whey Station may be the “most amazing food truck ever” serving gourmet grilled cheese’s Thursday-Saturday nights from 10pm-2am. Nora Cupcakes on Main Street is open till 10 pm on the weekends for cupcakes; vegan and gluten free options are available.

Local Attractions: Miller’s Pond and Wadsworth Falls are both gorgeous nature retreats,  just ten min drive from campus – students hang out and swim at Millers in the fall and spring and like to bring a book and hang out with friends on weekends. Stop by the Center for the Arts on campus, there is usually great exhibits!


Wesleyan is the most diverse, creative, intelligent, interesting, welcoming, and inclusive community. There are no boundaries – from what you can achieve academically (open curriculum: wooo!) and socially (so easy to become involved in anything, everyone is so caring and inclusive, nothing is restricted to specific groups, everyone is involved in different things.) There is a place for everyone to find/create a home at Wes. Even after only just one year, Wes truly does feel like home and I couldn’t be happier.
— Charlotte
The community by far—everyone is so eclectic and welcoming and talented!
— Greta






School Colors

Black & Cardinal

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

ED1, ED2








New England

Admissions Office

70 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459-0260

(p) (860) 685-3000
(f) (860) 685-3001

Nancy Meislahn, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Joss Whedon
Bill Belichick
Paul Weitz


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