It’s that time of year again. And no, I’m not talking about the holidays, I’m talking about Early Decision Season! Children across the country (but let’s be honest, mostly on the coasts with a tiny bit of Chicago sprinkled in) chose to give their souls and their next four years to Wesleyan, and we’ve happily taken (some of) them in. I remember last December all too well and it’s not a time I want to revisit. That’s just me though. Anyway, @prefrosh, congratulations on your acceptance to Wesleyan University’s Class of 2021! Thanks to you guys, I’m only a freshman and even I feel old!
If you’re a prefrosh reading this right now, my advice to you is get ready for a wild ride. You’re gonna get a lot of people asking you, “Didn’t Hillabae go there?” to which you will say “nope”. I won’t lie, 60% of the reason I even applied here to begin with was because Marshall, Ted, and Lily were Wes grads. I’ll save you the trouble and tell you that that’s not the same reason most of my, and probably also your, classmates had for applying.
Well folks, for the past four years, I’ve been Wesleying’s dedicated Early Decision Correspondent, and alas, the time has come for me to make my last Early Decision acceptances post and pass the torch on to some other bitch who likes combing through Wesleyan’s College Confidential threads (Lord help that poor soul).
Today, admissions sent Early Decision letters to the class of 2020. That means that the majority of these lil prefrosh were born in 1998, and a couple were born in ’99 (maybe even one or two in 2000?!?!?!). DAMN. WE’RE A BUNCH OF ARCHAIC MOTHERFUCKERS.
It’s that time of year again when Wes students complain about how old they are: Early Decision notifications have been sent to the class of 2019, and around 300-350ish kiddos are now officially coming to Wesleyan this fall. Also, just to throw in some math: Most members of this class were born in 1997 (some in 1996 and even 1998).
The College Confidential thread is ridiculously boring this year (step up your game, prefrosh), so instead, here’s some chatter from the latest cardinals via Twitter:
Yes, I know, we all feel really fucking old.
Breaking news: Some of the youngsters of the class of 2018 (yes, meaning most of them were born in 1996) have been accepted to Wes through Early Decision, and they are now officially part of the Wesleyan community. Holla at all the prefrosh who are reading this post, and welcome to the Bestleyan.
Oh the little ED applicants.
As usual, however, no one really cares about the actual members of the class; we’re all in it for the WesAdmits 2018 page (which does in fact exist already!). Prefrosh who are reading this: Save yourself some awkwardness when you get to campus and know your WesAdmits etiquette.
- About 70% of the upperclassmen on WesAdmits are totally trolling the shit out of you. When they say really random things things like, “All Wesleyan dorms are being equipped with froyo machines next year!”, they’re expecting you to be gullible. Last year one of my friends convinced an entire group of freshmen that Summerfields was getting a Starbucks express line.
- Don’t talk about all the other colleges you were going to apply to. You got into Wesleyan ED; those other colleges don’t mean anything now. Stop trying to impress everyone with how you were going to apply to Brown ED but didn’t because you were too authentic for that Ivy League life.
- Don’t post pictures of you holding your acceptance letter on WesAdmits. Some weird upperclassmen will turn it into their Facebook cover photo. Plus it just looks awkward.
- Do NOT for the love of all that is Wesleyan friend request everyone in the WesAdmits Facebook group. It’s been two years since I got into Wesleyan, and to this day, every time my friends and I see the kid from my class year who friended 350+ Wes ED classmates back in December 2011, someone yells, “That’s the dude who friended all the people on WesAdmits!”
Well, it’s that time of year again. Forget the eggnog and The Chanukah Song, Wesleyan’s Early Decision letters for the class of 2017 (don’t you feel old?) went out today.
So for all the
derping cool excited prefrosh reading this, CONGRATS and welcome to Wesleyan (WESLEYAN IS THE BESTLEYAN). I was you last year: cutting class to go home early and sit in front of the computer; letting my mother drive me to and from school even though I had my own vehicle (she was afraid I would speed to get home); freaking out as I clicked the “Show decision” button on Wesleyan’s website; reading Our Dear Leader Zach’s posts about the 2016 acceptances (awkward moment when he emailed me about doing this post and referenced his past acceptance posts which I’d read as a prefrosh…).
The only thing more exciting than the new recruits for the class of 2017: WESADMITS 2017. For those of you unfamiliar with Wesleyan’s string of WesAdmits pages, they are a source for all things Wesleyan (and not-so-Wesleyan):
- Meet ‘n’ greets with your future peers (“You’re from New York too? Let’s be BEST FRIENDS <333”).
- Questions relating to Wesleyan life (“How many circuses come to Wes every year?”).
- Questions that are absolutely freaking random and don’t relate to Wesleyan life at all (“What are you favorite 1982 sitcoms?”).
- Trolling upperclassmen who write bizarre shit and confuse the hell out of prefrosh (“This sophomore said on WesAdmits that Wesleyan has a Chipotle and a Starbucks! So excited!”).
- The source of your class’ first WesCelebs/class personalities (shout out to my roomie…who was WesAdmits 2016 famous).
- An opportunity to creepily stalk people (and then awkwardly see them around campus 9 months later…).
- A space where internet friendships grow and die (sometimes) when you get to campus (holla at my homeboy Bruno Machiavelo ’16…our internet friendship survived real life!).
Read after the jump to see all of the kooky things prefrosh (and their parents) have been saying on the Wesleyan College Confidential message board/chat room/comments section/random overacheivers spazzing out on the internetzzz place.
“;alsjdg;skjf;dgkjas;dklfgj FREAKING OUT!!”: Life Before College Finals
Here they come, here come the bastards. Like zombies emerging from the damp earth of Foss Chill, a few select members of the Wesleyan Class of 2016 (the last Wesleyan class I will ever substantially get to know, sad-face) will tear open their “big envelope” today (just kidding, it’s all online now) and promptly swarm the CollegeConfidential/Facebook/Twitter/Whateversphere with the profoundly un-cynical giddiness that only a purebred prefrosh can bring.
According to Wesleyan Admissions site, ED applicants can view their decisions online at 3 pm today. That’s t-minus thirty minutes and counting:
For both Early Decision 1 and Spring Transfer applicants the online decision page will be available this year from 3:00 pm EST Tuesday, December 13th through 5:00 pm EST Friday, January 6th. The login link below will be live at that time.
For those students whose applications are denied, letters will be available online only. Related materials will be mailed to students who are admitted or offered a place on the waitlist.
As tradition goes, prefrosh are already going nuts over at the caged madhouse that s CollegeConfidential, though it’s nothing compared to the swarm of emotions you can expect after 3:00:
Yup, it’s that time of year again. High school seniors are entering their second semester and falling prey to that lovely disease, senioritis (which some of us have yet to recover from).
Caren Osten Gerszberg has been blogging about her daughter’s college search process for the New York Times for some time now, and you might remember she was accepted ED to Wesleyan. Now, she and other prefrosh are being reminded not to slack off:
The following day, the mail arrived with a letter addressed to Nicole from the office of admissions at Wesleyan, which had accepted her under its binding early decision program last fall.
This letter had a much less congratulatory tone. It read:
As your thoughts and energy turn to your final term of high school, I want to remind you how important it is to keep your academic focus. At this point the single most important thing you can do to prepare for four tremendous years at Wesleyan is to keep your ‘nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the wheel.’
To be more specific, we expect you to continue the courses that you committed to take, to maintain achievement commensurate with your ability, and to sustain your extra-curricular commitments and leadership. […]
Unfortunately, last summer I had to write too many warning letters to entering frosh as the result of their spring semester performance.
I am writing to you now because I don’t want to write to you in July.
All these kids want to do is sit around in class, have a crazy prom, and finally fail a few classes. But no, ol’ Wes has to tell them they have to keep being good if they want to have their even crazier college experience. Did you receive one of these letters as a prefrosh? Did it work?
Or, “;alsjdg;skjf;dgkjas;dklfgj FREAKING OUT!!”
Consolation: the weather may suck (view from Olin today), and your already exploding stress levels are jumping to miserable heights, but at least you’re not a high school senior anxiously awaiting the verdict from your first-choice school. I remember that anticipation. I don’t miss it.
Tomorrow at this time, Early Decision applicants for Wesleyan’s Class of 2015 (get used to that number—you’re going to be seeing it a lot on this blog) will have received a “yes,” “no,” or “maybe” from Wesleyan’s Office of Admission. As reported last week, Early Decision applications increased by 3% and demonstrated increased diversity. Like last year, decisions will be posted online, largely rendering the large envelope/small envelope panic a thing of the past:
Applicants to Wesleyan are encouraged to participate in our online notification. For both Early Decision 1 and Spring Transfer applicants the online decision page will be available this year from 3:00 pm EST Monday, December 13th through 5:00 pm EST Monday, December 20th.
Oh, and you know what that means: hundreds of screaming prefrosh on Facebook, so get pumped to judge meet your future classmates (or successors) in the least representative and most consistently obnoxious venue for mass social interaction. (Side-note to accepted students: try to avoid the fake groups.) Meanwhile, for a glimpse into the minds of caged, foaming-at-the-mouth applicants, you can always head over to the College Confidential forums, which generally bills itself as the web’s top destination for, well, caged, foaming-at-the-mouth applicants. In a thread for the “Official Wesleyan Class of 2015 ED,” a poster by the username of “halestorm” sums up the general mindset fairly accurately:
Early Decision I applications for Wesleyan were due November 15th. So how’d we do? Better. 3% better. Wesleyan received 515 applications in the ED I cycle, up from 500 last year. Yeah, 15 isn’t the hugest increase, but a 3% increase is better than any decrease. We’ll take what we can get.
In contrast, Williams went up only 1.3% and Amherst actually experienced a loss of 5.06%, making Wesleyan’s increase the largest of the Little Three. In the NESCAC, however, Hamilton tops it out with a 24.1% increase. In the category of “Universities with Binding Early Admission” so far, Lafayette had the biggest gain at 56.32% and Elon had the biggest loss at 14.7%.
In his post on the Times’ The Choice blog, Jacques Steinberg (who wrote a book featuring admissions at Wesleyan) notes what makes Early Decision special:
binding early programs continue to be a lightning rod for families and counselors; an applicant who applies under such a program, and commits to attend if accepted, loses the ability to not only field financial aid offers from other colleges, but also forfeits at least some potential leverage to persuade that institution to sweeten its scholarship proposals.
The chart I’ve extracted above shows the NESCAC results with Lafayette and Elon added in. Check out Steinberg’s post for information about other schools.
[NYT – The Choice]
ZOMG! Future members (and rejects hopefuls) of the Class of 2014 get their admissions decisions tomorrow (Friday, that is), according to an email sent to all ED 1 applicants:
Early Decision Round One applicants to Wesleyan are invited to participate in our online notification. The online decision notification page will be available from 3:00 pm EST Friday, December 11 through 5:00 pm EST Friday, December 18. During that period applicants will be able to log on to the link below to access their admission decision letter.
Totally makes me nostalgic for college admissions (not). Wes applications somehow magically grew 10% this year, which is even more absurd given last year’s highly publicized 20% jump. From Roth’s blog last week:
Last year our applicant pool was as strong as ever, and it was more than 20% larger. Most university observers expected us to have some decline in apps this year, which is the normal rhythm at schools like ours. But the latest figures show that we have continued to grow—this year by more than 10% over last. The geographical and cultural diversity of the pool continues to improve, and the academic credentials of our applicants are truly impressive. I’m glad I don’t have to read the files!
If you know any ED applicants, be sure to wish them luck and give that whole “everything will work out in the end and you’ll be happy no matter what” speech. That one never gets old.*
*Actually, yes it does.