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Wesleyan Ranks #21 in Forbes Best Colleges


Ladies, gentlemen, others, the time you’ve all been waiting for: college rankings.  In the America’s Top Colleges 2012, as seen by Forbes, Wesleyan ranks…

  • #21 of all colleges, and
  • #20 of all private colleges.

That brings us back to our 2008 ranking (the first by Forbes), but down from ranking at #15 in 2010.  That is, however, much higher than #37 in 2009 and #35 in 2o11.  We ranked fourth in the ‘Cac this year, with Williams at #2, Amherst at #13, and Bowdoin at #14.  What’s so great about our ranking?  As the #20 private college, we get to round out that slideshow with a photograph of our beloved, exquisite Usdan Centre.

Of course, Forbes paints a spot-on portrait of what Wesleyan is like in its Profile:

[…] This university has one of oldest secret societies in the country, Skull and Serpent; the society is active today, but entry and participation are extremely secretive. Wesleyan University competes in NCAA Division III athletics and the school mascot is the Cardinal. The current president of the university is Michael S. Roth. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick graduated from Wesleyan in 1975; Michael Bay, the producer-director behind Transformers, The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and The Island, graduated from Wesleyan University in 1986.

Get ready for that next batch of prefrosh.

Something About College Rankings or Something

Blah blah blah college rankings 2012 blah blah blah US News and World Report blah blah ranked number twelve (same slot as last year) on National Liberal Arts College Rankings blah blah CollegeConfidential freakin’ the fuck out blah blah we’re tied with Washington & Lee blah Wesleyan retained its spot even though admission rate for class of ’15 edged up a bit. Humph humph humph we beat Vassar GO WES!

Do these silly rankings have any use at all? Well, yeah: click into the “Rankings Data” view, cast a critical eye, and go nuts. Check out our 2012 tuition figure (on second thought, don’t), our total enrollment (far larger than most of the list, but hey, we’re a university), and fall 2010 acceptance rate (21%: more selective than Vassar or Hamilton, less still than Bowdoin or Middlebury). Our freshman retention rate (96%) remains a point below most of our deepest rivals, but our six-year graduation rate (94%) puts us up near the top.