Wesleyan University is one of the premier liberal arts institutions in the United States. It was founded in 1831 by Methodist leaders and Middletown citizens. The University is known for the excellence of its academic and co-curricular programs.

Wesleyan University is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (an 11-member league in NCAA Division III).

Ranking Profile:

- Wesleyan University is ranked 12th among National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News & World Report (2011).

- 11th among the 100 most expensive colleges in the US by Total Cost for the 2009-2010 school year (Campusgrotto.com).

- Princeton Review gave the University both a selectivity rating and an academic rating of 97 out of 99 (2009 edition).

- Wesleyan holds the Washington Monthly survey's No. 1 average liberal arts college ranking in the nation.

- On "StateUniversity.com - U.S. University Directory", which takes a statistical approach to rankings, Wesleyan is ranked 14th among both liberal arts colleges and national research universities (tied with Swarthmore College, Middlebury, Carleton College, and the University of Notre Dame), and is tied for 4th among liberal arts colleges.

- In the Forbes Magazine ranking of American colleges, which combines liberal arts colleges and national research universities in one list, Wesleyan University is ranked 21st.

- According to a study entitled "Revealed Preference Ranking" published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, which combines national research universities and liberal arts colleges, Wesleyan is ranked 22nd, and 5th among liberal arts colleges alone.

- According to the Wall Street Journal, Wesleyan University is one of the top "feeder schools" to elite graduate medical, law, and business schools.

- Black Enterprise has ranked Wesleyan 14th overall among the magazine's top 50 universities and colleges for African Americans, and 5th among liberal arts colleges alone.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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