private liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut
Wesleyan University ( (listen) WESS-lee-ən) is a private liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut. Wesleyan is a baccalaureate college that emphasizes undergraduate instruction in the arts and sciences but also grants research master's and PhD degrees in many academic disciplines.Founded in 1831 as a men's college under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church and with the support of prominent residents of Middletown, the now-secular university was the first institution of higher education to be named after John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. The college became fully co-educational in 1970 after briefly accepting female applicants from 1872 to 1909; the college's reversal on accepting women led to the establishment of Connecticut College in 1912. Along with Amherst and Williams, Wesleyan belongs to the Little Three, a non-academic athletic rivalry between the three liberal arts colleges.
Wesleyan University has produced distinguished alumni in the arts and sciences, literature, politics and government, business, journalism, and academia. Its alumni include 13 Pulitzer Prize winners such as playwright and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, 14 Rhodes Scholars, three Truman Scholars, three Guggenheim Fellows, seven MacArthur Fellows, and 156 Fulbright Scholars. Additionally, four Nobel Laureates have been associated with the university. Other prominent alumni include 34 members of United States Congress, 16 presidential cabinet members, 11 governors, six directors and heads of U.S. federal agencies, several CEOs and founders of Fortune 500 companies, and two attorneys general of the United States.
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