Wesleyan Early-Decision Applications Up 40%

A New York Times article reported today that Wesleyan Early-Decision Round I applications increased by forty percent. While this year was initially speculated to show a dip in applications, due to the nation’s financial crisis, Wesleyan’s rate is currently unprecedented.

Wesleyan’s competition has also seen significant increases in early-decision applications: Dartmouth, Middlebury at 10 %, Haverford at 14 %, Pomona at 20 %. Wesleyan’s rivals, Williams and Amherst, rates have remained stagnant.

Greg Pyke, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions at Wesleyan remarked on the outstanding increase:
“It’s hard to believe that one group of 17-year-olds has become more decisive than the group you saw the previous year. So maybe it’s that in a time of economic uncertainty, people want something settled.”

To what should we attribute this increase in applications? Could it be due to all of the press Obama conjured for the University this past summer? Or the success of Wesleyan alumni in mainstream music (MGMT, Santogold)? Why are we out-competing our competition?

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20 thoughts on “Wesleyan Early-Decision Applications Up 40%

  1. Anonymous

    Yes I’m sure Santogold’s new album is the reason for this seismic increase in early applications

  2. Anonymous

    Yes I’m sure Santogold’s new album is the reason for this seismic increase in early applications

  3. William

    Bowdoin isn’t Wesleyan competition?The exemption is a bit conspicuous considering that the information you publish is in the article with Bowdoin mentioned.

  4. William

    Bowdoin isn’t Wesleyan competition?

    The exemption is a bit conspicuous considering that the information you publish is in the article with Bowdoin mentioned.

  5. johnwesley

    I think we have to wait and see whether it translates into more RD apps. Wes will still reserve the same 40% of the class for its ED picks. Still, it bodes well.

  6. johnwesley

    I think we have to wait and see whether it translates into more RD apps. Wes will still reserve the same 40% of the class for its ED picks. Still, it bodes well.

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