2008 has been the most competitive year ever for admissions to top colleges, but according to the NYTimes, the most desirable schools are also admitting more students off wait lists than usual this year due to significant upheavals like changes in EA and ED programs, as well as expansion of financial aid options at top schools.
Wesleyan is a pretty desirable school, but no word on how this is affecting us as well until the Office of Admissions releases some info about the retention rate of admitted students.
What we do know are some cold hard facts about those already admitted into the class of 2012, courtesy of the Argus. Wes managed to admit 27% of applicants this year (1% more than last year) despite a surge in the number of applications:
With an applicant pool of 8,250, the University has admitted 2,242 students for the prospective class of 2012.
…Though the University is waiting to hear back from the majority of admitted students, 269 have already committed through the early decision program. Nearly 46 percent of the early decision applicants were accepted.
More than one-third of the students offered admission are students of color from the U.S. and abroad. Ten percent speak English as a second language and 14 percent are the first generation of their family to attend college. The University also admitted more students from outside of New England and international students this year.
Seems like a more heterogeneous group than usual (i.e. not mostly upper-middle-class white kids from the vicinities of New York/L.A./Boston), but these are only preliminary statistics about those admitted, not about who will actually be here in the fall. Though this year’s WesFest was apparently highly attended, indicating that these prefrosh are an enthusiastic bunch.
And with 535 members already in the Facebook group, which boasts 117 lively discussion topics (i.e. “Why Wes > Harvard“, “Polaroids, anyone?“, “protein synthesis“) before they’re even out of high school, this is clearly an ambitious group. By popular demand, here is a gem from the “Are you down?” Facebook thread:
“for the past four years i have lived a life of crazy debauchery including everything from vodka dorm room parties to drinking wine in the afternoon along with the californian favorite pot
lets just say i wouldnt have it any other way
and i am just wondering who else is down with whatever whenever…”
Have no fear, debauched Californian – here at Wesleyan, being “down like a clown, Charlie Brown” will almost certainly guarantee you a place… somewhere. Although once you’re past orientation week you might want to maybe reconsider the benefits of speaking about your excesses in rhyme, and also quickly jot down a list of where you see yourself in four years. Just sayin’.