Watch out class of 2013 – you should be hearing back from Wes by this week.
The New York Times published an article yesterday about the record number of applications which top colleges received this year, despite the state of the economy. More students than ever applied to some of the most competitive schools, including the Ivy Leagues, but most liberal arts schools saw a drop in applications.
Except, of course, Wesleyan, which had a record number of applications – 10,065, which is up 22% over last year’s admissions cycle (which was also a record). If you remember from back in November, Early Decision applications were already up 40% from last year. Only 22% of applicants were accepted this year, as opposed to 27% last year.
Possible reasons are many – without mentioning specific current presidents or successful alumni music acts, Wes has gotten a ton of positive press in the past year, and even though tuition is pretty high, admissions is still need-blind.
The article originally didn’t mention Wesleyan, but an addendum was added online earlier today after many commenters wondered about the notable omission. The writer of the article, Jacques Steinberg, also happens to be the author of The Gatekeepers, a behind-the-scenes look at Wesleyan’s admissions for the Class of 2004 – maybe he didn’t want to seem biased?
Anyway, President Roth has a gracious message for aspiring prefrosh:
In meeting applicants over the last several months, I am humbled by the extraordinary talents of those hoping to join our community. The competition, especially this year, is very intense. Many smart, accomplished and hard working high school seniors will not be accepted. There isn’t anywhere near enough room at our small university for all the qualified people who want to be here. That’s why the Admissions team works so hard in finding the right fit between applicant and school. As many of you know, our applicant pool surged by more than 22% this year, and that means the staff of Admissions had to give the same level of attention to thousands more applications. I am proud of the work they’ve done and grateful for their efforts.
Here’s another Roth piece in the Huffington Post about how the economy affected admissions in the Class of 2013, at Wes and nationally.
Good luck, class of 2013 applicants – hope it works out.
NY Times: For Top Colleges, Economy Has Not Reduced Interest (Or Made Getting In Any Easier
Roth Blog: Thick Envelopes, Tough Decisions
Huffington Post: How the Economy of 2009 Affects the Class of 2013