Wesfest is almost here, and with it come gaggles of prefrosh. 2,201 students were admitted, and hundreds of them will be here this week. Here’s what we know about them so far.
According to the Argus, this is the most demographically diverse pool of admitted students ever, both racially and geographically. Over a third of them are students of color, with 237 African-American, 233 Hispanic or Latino, 290 Asian-American and 21 American Indian or Alaska Native students admitted. And that doesn’t count international students, who make up a decently high 6% of those admitted (down from last year’s historical high of 7%) – meaning that at least 40% of the class of 2013 is likely to not be white.
The majority of admitted students are from the Northeast U.S. (big surprise), but there are also many more from the South this year, and some more from the West Coast.
They also seem to be more diverse in academic interests. 85% of admitted students indicated interest in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) departments, as opposed to 68% of students in the class of 2012 who did.
UH OH, they will be boring! Kidding, I am a science major being facetious. Besides, even if you are appalled by this NSM encroachment, these kids are young and impressionable. The Sociology, English, Art Studio, etc. departments will have plenty of time to woo these kids once they get here and lose faith in empirical knowledge after learning some critical theory, or whatever.
Judging from the very high interest in Wesleyan this year, Wesfest will probably be even more packed than usual. Last year at least 530 students from the class of 2012 attended, and I’d guess significantly more from ’13 will show up this year, waiting to be impressed (unless they applied ED, in which case they already have been).
Demographics aside, many of the admits seem to have made up their minds already. The Office of Admissions actually created a Facebook group for admitted students, which is weird (and probably means discussions like this one from last year are a bad idea), but it’s already got 667 members and some active discussing. Members of the class of 2013 also created a Mix CD Exchange group, which is adorable.
So it seems like a promising bunch. Prepare for the onslaught, and if you come across wandering groups with red knapsacks, show them what Wes is all about. If you haven’t signed up to host prefrosh yet, you can still do so here. It’s a good time, do it!