Greetings from Middletown!
We are just days away from welcoming the Wesleyan Class of 2018 and already have Common Apps ready to download for the Class of 2019! What a difference a year makes. And, a great way to introduce my reason for writing today:
I want to remind counselors of the important decision we made in May: Beginning with the 2014-2015 application review cycle, Wesleyan will no longer require SAT or ACT scores for most applicants. There are a few exceptions such as homeschooled students and others without traditional grades; the details of our new policy can be found here.
Additionally, in a move to keep Wesleyan as affordable as possible for low-income families, we have increased by 50% the income eligibility for financial aid packages with no loans. Starting with this class, most students from families earning less than $60,000 a year will be packaged with grants and work-study–and no loan expectation. Students who are Pell Grant eligible and from families that earn more than $60,000 may qualify for a reduced-loan package. Wesleyan asks students to borrow no more than a total of $19,000 over four years. And, of course, we continue to be committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of all who are admitted.
This email is being sent to those counselors who had one or more applicants to Wesleyan in the past year. Please share this message with other counselors in your school or in your larger circle of colleagues to help us spread the word to students who will benefit from these policy changes. Creating access for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students has long been a priority at Wesleyan and we see these initiatives as further opening opportunities for students who are a good match with all that Wesleyan offers.
Be in touch if you have questions—here’s to a great year ahead for us all!
Nancy Hargrave Meislahn
Dean of Admission & Financial Aid