Class of 2013 – Largest Applicant Pool Ever

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

45 thoughts on “Class of 2013 – Largest Applicant Pool Ever

  1. Anonymous

    I am a prefrosh, and I applied to Wes primarily because of its excellent academic reputation and programs. This was the only factor by which I first considered colleges; it was later that I did my digging to find the feel of the school. It is neat that a liberal arts school can have one of the best library systems in the country while also maintaining a vibrant social scene.

    I am a musician, with a number of self-released songs, and the student body at Wes seems very into independent and student-created music.

    I’m also considerably liberal, and I’m certainly never afraid to voice my opinions. I got the sense that this would be par for the course at Wes.

    Wesleyan really did (and does!) seem like a perfect fit for a number of reasons.

    On MGMT: While it wasn’t directly a catch for me, the vibrant musical scene certainly was. Don’t tell anyone, but while MGMT makes fun and catchy songs, I don’t really like them that much (yet!).

    I’m very excited to see you all at WesFest!

  2. Anonymous

    I am a prefrosh, and I applied to Wes primarily because of its excellent academic reputation and programs. This was the only factor by which I first considered colleges; it was later that I did my digging to find the feel of the school. It is neat that a liberal arts school can have one of the best library systems in the country while also maintaining a vibrant social scene.

    I am a musician, with a number of self-released songs, and the student body at Wes seems very into independent and student-created music.

    I’m also considerably liberal, and I’m certainly never afraid to voice my opinions. I got the sense that this would be par for the course at Wes.

    Wesleyan really did (and does!) seem like a perfect fit for a number of reasons.

    On MGMT: While it wasn’t directly a catch for me, the vibrant musical scene certainly was. Don’t tell anyone, but while MGMT makes fun and catchy songs, I don’t really like them that much (yet!).

    I’m very excited to see you all at WesFest!

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  4. Anonymous

    I’m another prefrosh and it’s definitely the liberal and activist spirit that attracted me to Wes. With Obama, kids seem to be embracing this spirit more.

    Also, my I know a bunch of kids from my class who applied because there was no supplement so they figured ‘why not’.

    And, yeah, not MGMT. I think only people who would have applied to Wes even before the spike know them/that they went there.

  5. Anonymous

    I’m another prefrosh and it’s definitely the liberal and activist spirit that attracted me to Wes. With Obama, kids seem to be embracing this spirit more.

    Also, my I know a bunch of kids from my class who applied because there was no supplement so they figured ‘why not’.

    And, yeah, not MGMT. I think only people who would have applied to Wes even before the spike know them/that they went there.

  6. Anonymous

    It’s not just Stuy.

    Horace Mann, a private school in NYC, sent over 45 applications to Wes this year. With class sizes ~180, this is incredible. Horace Mann has sent fewer than 10 students here over the past four years so this is an impressive figure. Wesleyan appears to be creeping into the consciousness of students everywhere. Attribute it to good press, if you will. Wesleyan has enhanced its brand name, even if there is no measurable “MGMT,” “Santigold,” or “In The Heights” factor.

  7. Anonymous

    It’s not just Stuy.

    Horace Mann, a private school in NYC, sent over 45 applications to Wes this year. With class sizes ~180, this is incredible. Horace Mann has sent fewer than 10 students here over the past four years so this is an impressive figure. Wesleyan appears to be creeping into the consciousness of students everywhere. Attribute it to good press, if you will. Wesleyan has enhanced its brand name, even if there is no measurable “MGMT,” “Santigold,” or “In The Heights” factor.

  8. Anonymous

    having read about this 22% surge over and over again in the past – i dunno – 5 months?

  9. Anonymous

    having read about this 22% surge over and over again in the past – i dunno – 5 months?

  10. Anonymous

    Looking through profiles of senior interviewers (I know not totally representative of Wes bla bla bla) made me feel like I’d be accepted here.
    I don’t know, the people I talked to were very interested, interesting, and smart, while students from other schools were “fine”.

  11. Anonymous

    Looking through profiles of senior interviewers (I know not totally representative of Wes bla bla bla) made me feel like I’d be accepted here.
    I don’t know, the people I talked to were very interested, interesting, and smart, while students from other schools were “fine”.

  12. prefrosh (#5 again)

    Then again, the MGMT argument does have some truth to it. Wesleyan applicants are self selective, and many of them are your stereotypical I’m-from-NYC-and-I-wear-Ray-Bans-while-I-protest-gentrification yupster. Meaning, while a vast majority of the incoming class has heard of MGMT, MGMT was probably not the driving force behind their decision. It’s your typical case of causation vs. correlation.

  13. prefrosh (#5 again)

    Then again, the MGMT argument does have some truth to it. Wesleyan applicants are self selective, and many of them are your stereotypical I’m-from-NYC-and-I-wear-Ray-Bans-while-I-protest-gentrification yupster. Meaning, while a vast majority of the incoming class has heard of MGMT, MGMT was probably not the driving force behind their decision. It’s your typical case of causation vs. correlation.

  14. prefrosh (#5 again)

    Haha @ 10!
    @ Beau: Honestly, I don’t know why I ended up choosing Wesleyan. I will say that it wasn’t the image of Wes that Admissions projected. I noticed this year that people are starting to realize that a liberal arts education does have some worth. I come from a large public high school in NYC, where 10+% of the kids end up in ivies. Out of my graduating class of ~800, almost 100 kids applied to Wes this year. I know many of them applied due to lack of a supplement, but many of them genuinely wanted to attend a liberal arts college. Wesleyan’s reputation for public service does have something to do with it. MGMT and Santogold do not.

  15. prefrosh (#5 again)

    Haha @ 10!
    @ Beau: Honestly, I don’t know why I ended up choosing Wesleyan. I will say that it wasn’t the image of Wes that Admissions projected. I noticed this year that people are starting to realize that a liberal arts education does have some worth. I come from a large public high school in NYC, where 10+% of the kids end up in ivies. Out of my graduating class of ~800, almost 100 kids applied to Wes this year. I know many of them applied due to lack of a supplement, but many of them genuinely wanted to attend a liberal arts college. Wesleyan’s reputation for public service does have something to do with it. MGMT and Santogold do not.

  16. Anonymous

    I’m a prefrosh (accepted early decision) and I fell in love with Wes when I visited the school on my brother’s college touring. I was 12.

    Has anyone considered the possibility that Wesleyan is just an excellent school that is finally gaining recognition?

  17. Anonymous

    I’m a prefrosh (accepted early decision) and I fell in love with Wes when I visited the school on my brother’s college touring. I was 12.

    Has anyone considered the possibility that Wesleyan is just an excellent school that is finally gaining recognition?

  18. Anonymous

    MGMT isn’t that famous nor that strongly associated with Wes. the bump is mostly from Obama. people associated with Wes think MGMT = Wes, but not really.

  19. Anonymous

    MGMT isn’t that famous nor that strongly associated with Wes. the bump is mostly from Obama. people associated with Wes think MGMT = Wes, but not really.

  20. Anonymous

    I’m a prefrosh. Obviously to me, I’m not one of the “extra 22%” who decided to apply, so I don’t know what caused it, but it could’ve been the election… Just that lots of people got interested in politics and felt that “liberal” was more of a defining characteristic of them, and looked for schools with that quality than in years past. Maybe.
    I honestly have no idea.
    Not MGMT.

  21. Anonymous

    I’m a prefrosh. Obviously to me, I’m not one of the “extra 22%” who decided to apply, so I don’t know what caused it, but it could’ve been the election… Just that lots of people got interested in politics and felt that “liberal” was more of a defining characteristic of them, and looked for schools with that quality than in years past. Maybe.
    I honestly have no idea.
    Not MGMT.

  22. Beau

    Prefrosh, I am interested to hear what it is about Wes that convinced you to apply. Was it, as you write, the liberal slant (result? outcome?) of last year’s election?

  23. Beau

    Prefrosh, I am interested to hear what it is about Wes that convinced you to apply. Was it, as you write, the liberal slant (result? outcome?) of last year’s election?

  24. prefrosh

    I brought that up today in my HS in NYC. A lot of people don’t even know about MGMT. Stop being ignorant. If anything, it’s the liberal slant caused from this year’s election.

  25. prefrosh

    I brought that up today in my HS in NYC. A lot of people don’t even know about MGMT. Stop being ignorant. If anything, it’s the liberal slant caused from this year’s election.

  26. Anonymous

    From the NYTimes comments:

    [38. March 30, 2009
    1:46 am

    …As for the anomaly of the 22% rise in applicants to Wesleyan (not to mention the much higher rise in early decision applicants), while I am biased, I think I can safely conclude that this is due to the rising mainstream popularity of Wesleyan due to new young stars like MGMT and Lin Manuel Miranda (Tony award winner of In the Heights fame). The fact that MGMT and Miranda are NYC based probably increased the popularity of the school in the NYC/tri-state area, which is where the majority of the student body is from.

    — AJD]

    GROAAAAN. Does anyone actually think MGMT is why we have the highest number of applications ever?

  27. Anonymous

    From the NYTimes comments:

    [38. March 30, 2009
    1:46 am

    …As for the anomaly of the 22% rise in applicants to Wesleyan (not to mention the much higher rise in early decision applicants), while I am biased, I think I can safely conclude that this is due to the rising mainstream popularity of Wesleyan due to new young stars like MGMT and Lin Manuel Miranda (Tony award winner of In the Heights fame). The fact that MGMT and Miranda are NYC based probably increased the popularity of the school in the NYC/tri-state area, which is where the majority of the student body is from.

    — AJD]

    GROAAAAN. Does anyone actually think MGMT is why we have the highest number of applications ever?

  28. Anonymous

    sheek is the best wesleying poster there is. comprehensive, thoughtful, and always formats correctly!!!

  29. Anonymous

    sheek is the best wesleying poster there is. comprehensive, thoughtful, and always formats correctly!!!

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