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About Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University is a private, 4-year university located in the city of Fort Worth, Texas. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Texas Wesleyan was originally founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in the late 1800s. The school's name at the time of its founding was Polytechnic College. It became Texas Women's College in 1914; however, the college was forced by financial difficulties to merge with the Texas Wesleyan Academy during the Great Depression, creating the new Texas Wesleyan College and reopening its doors to men.

From that time, the school grew and expanded, adding programs and eventually becoming a university in the late 1980s. The university currently enrolls about 3,200 students, and more than 500 of them live on-campus in one of Texas Wesleyan's resident complexes that include two residence halls and one apartment-style complex.


Texas Wesleyan University offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs. Students can study liberal arts, religion or theater in the university's School of Arts and Letters. The school of Natural and Social Sciences grants degrees in areas like biology, criminal justice and psychology. Students can earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the School of Business and the School of Education.

The school's graduate programs in nurse anesthesia offer master's and doctoral degrees. Finally, students can earn a Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan's School of Law. Education, health professions and legal professions are all popular fields of study at Texas Wesleyan University.


Students who wish to apply to Texas Wesleyan University as incoming freshmen should be high school graduates who have completed at least four units each of mathematics and English, three and a half units of social sciences, three units of natural sciences, two units of a foreign language and eight elective units. The university requires that students have a high school GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum SAT score of 920 or a minimum ACT score of 19. An average GED score of 500 is also accepted.

In order to apply, students can create an account on the school's website or apply through Applytexas.org. After submitting an application, applicants should have their official high school transcripts and standardized test scores sent to the school's admissions office. In 2011, more than 900 students applied for fall admission to Texas Wesleyan University and over half were accepted.

Tuition and Financial Aid

As of 2012, full-time undergraduate students paid about $10,500 in tuition and fees per semester, while graduate tuition varied depending on the program. In the 2011-2012 academic year, students living on-campus paid less than $7,000 for room and board, plus an estimated $3,285 for other living expenses. A FAFSA can be filled out in order to determine a student's eligibility for financial aid.

Texas Wesleyan University offers scholarships to incoming students based on their high school GPA and SAT or ACT score. In the 2010-2011 academic year, almost all first-time Texas Wesleyan students received some type of financial aid.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation United Methodist**
Academic Calendar Semester***
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 3,180 (1,723 undergraduate)**
Student Housing 3 resident complexes*
Schools and Programs 6 schools and more than 60 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Bilingual and multilingual education (51)
Master's: Nurse anesthetist (118)
Doctorate: Law (229)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 21% in 4 years and 37% in 6 years (students beginning in Fall 2005)**
Admission Rate 52% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 168 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 59% for full-time and 27% for part-time in 2010-2011**
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students In 2011: SAT 1009, ACT 20.98*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions*
Decision Notification Date Rolling decisions*
Tuition (2012) $9,361 per semester (tuition only)
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: federal grants (66%), state and local grants and scholarships (68%), institutional grants and scholarships (96%), student loans (61%)**
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 99% in 2011**

Sources: *Texas Wesleyan University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1201 Wesleyan Street, Fort Worth, TX 76105
  • Phone: (817) 531-4422
  • Website: www.txwes.edu

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