Career Outcomes

See the table below for both general career outcomes data for the Wesleyan student body, and professional school outcomes data for Law and Health Professions:

  • General Career Outcomes

    Wesleyan graduates pursue a wide array of professional paths. The following information represents outcomes data on the Class of 2023 collected by the Gordon Career Center through December 31, 2023. Our knowledge rate is 90%, which includes data collected through surveys, employers, Wesleyan faculty and staff, and social media.

  • Law School Outcomes

    The annual acceptance rate for Wesleyan seniors and alumni applying to law school is higher than the national average, which, for 2020-2021, was 68.32% (with a high of 75.60% over the past five years).  Wesleyan’s acceptance rate for all graduates for 2020-2021 was 85.71%.  Over the past five years, acceptance rates at U.S. law schools for graduating seniors from Wesleyan have ranged from a low of 76.92% to 100% (three out of five years).

    Each year, Wesleyan graduates attend the most competitive and respected law schools in the country. For the past two years, these schools included Boston University, University of Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Fordham, Georgetown, Harvard, University of Michigan, New York University, Northwestern University, Notre Dame, Penn, Stanford, and Yale.

  • Health Professions Outcomes

    The acceptance rate for Wesleyan graduates applying to medical, and dental school (based on AAMC, AACOM, and ADEA data*) is significantly higher than the national average. In terms of the make-up of the applicant pool, 60-70% have completed at least one to three years of growth and professional development (GAP year) before applying to medical, dental, or other programs such as physician assistant, nursing, optometry, or pharmacy.

    Over the last seven years (2016-2022 entering class), acceptance rates at U.S. Medical schools for all applicants with a Wesleyan BA has ranged from 51% to 76%**. The national average is 41-46%. Wesleyan graduates with overall grade point averages of 3.6 or above have fared even better, with acceptance rates to allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools, averaging from 51% to 77%. Please note that the 51% is associated with the 2020 applicant year and reflects applicants who applied with a less than optimal patient care exposure and physician shadowing experience due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

    In regards to the MCAT score, in the 2022 entry year cycle, the acceptance rate for applicants with scores greater than 512 was 79%; and an acceptance rate of 67 % for those applicants with an MCAT of 508 or higher.

    For the 2022 entry year pool, 32% of the Wesleyan applicants applied to both MD and DO programs. Of these applicants, 72% were accepted to osteopathic schools of medicine with MCAT scores as low as a 507 (please note that total MCAT score ranges from 472 to 528; with four sections that each have a minimum score of 118 points and a maximum score 132 points).

    Please note that the applicants’ GPA and MCAT are only two of the many criteria taken into consideration by health professions admission committees. Leadership, clinical experience, patient care exposure through shadowing, laboratory and clinical or translational research experience, breadth and depth of academic preparation and the demonstration of the competencies the health professions programs are looking for in their applicants are also very important. Wesleyan’s liberal arts curriculum trains students in the kinds of thinking and skills necessary to becoming a successful health professional, including a thorough preparation in natural sciences. 

    *Because different colleges and universities use various methods to calculate their “percentages,” please note that for our calculations we use the national databases, such as the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and count all applicants with a Wesleyan undergraduate degree who applied in any given year.

    **Data for all known applicants to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools and dental schools with Wesleyan undergraduate degrees based on figures from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). We include in our denominator all reported applicants to medical and osteopathic schools and dental schools who received their undergraduate degree from Wesleyan and released information about their application and admission status to us through the AAMC, AACOM, or the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

    This Table highlights the medical schools that have matriculated more than three Wes alumnae between 2010 and 2024.

    This Table highlights dental dental schools that have matriculated Wesleyan alumnae between 2003 and 2023.