Tuition Rising. Again.

Here’s proof that you should actually open the newsletter email you get from The Wesleyan Connection:

Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees voted on Feb. 26 to increase tuition and residential comprehensive fees by 3.8 percent for the 2011-12 academic year.

Continuing its commitment to a strong financial aid program, Wesleyan will increase its budget for aid by 11.8 percent. Wesleyan admits first-year students without regard to their financial circumstances and meets, through grants and loans, the full demonstrated need of all students eligible for financial aid.

Tuition will be $43,404 for all students in 2011-2012. For freshman and sophomores, the residential comprehensive fee will be $12,032. For juniors and seniors, the fee will be $13,678.

Personally, the first thing that struck me about this is that I had to learn about it via The Connection.  We get all-campus emails about Beta three times a year but neither we nor our parents are immediately notified of tuition increases?  Either way, this isn’t the first raise we’ve seen in a while.  Tuition rose 5% for the 2010-2011 year, and financial aid rose a similar 11% (more here).  For those of you that care about rankings, that made us the fourth most expensive college in the country.

The email goes on to defend Wesleyan’s success, but does include an interesting tidbit from President Roth: “Our fastest growing major is the interdisciplinary study of Neuroscience and Behavior, which underscores the desire of faculty and students to explore those exciting areas between traditional disciplines where the most far-reaching discoveries are being made.”  Wow, we’re science-y nowadays, aren’t we?

The post also adds on that “Applications to Wesleyan have risen by 22 percent since 2008,” but neglects to mention the percent change in applications from last year to this year.  In case you missed it, overall applications are down 5.5% from last year (see Argus).

In related news, Apple’s new iPad 2 was unveiled today and will be available March 11.

[Wesleyan Connection]

  • Ayn Rand

    Gotta love how everyone loves to get offended for no real reason in particular.

  • Ol’ Reilly

    Thanks for the demeaning attitude towards the sciences Wesleying! Love Ya!

    • Anonymous

      How exactly is “we’re science-y nowadays, aren’t we?” demeaning?

    • No, I didn’t mean to be demeaning. It’s just somewhat interesting from a liberal arts college, though not outrageous.

      • Booger

        science fits in perfectly with what we do here, when we do it in our style. have you met profs. stewart or chernoff or manju? or liz lerman? check it out, it’s really cool and trippy shit.

      • Alum ’10

        Two things:
        1) Tuition goes up every year. Why do you make this sound like it’s surprising? It’s risen between 3.5% and 5.5% pretty much every year since forever.

        2) Science is part of the traditional liberal arts curriculum. From Wikipedia: “The term liberal arts denotes a curriculum that imparts general knowledge and develops the student’s rational thought and intellectual capabilities, unlike the professional, vocational and technical curricula emphasizing specialization. The contemporary liberal arts comprise studying literature, languages, philosophy, history, mathematics, and SCIENCE.”

        • Just because tuition goes up every year doesn’t mean it’s not newsworthy and/or distressing every year.

  • MayDay

    Yo fuck this.