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By the Numbers – Today (Tuesday) at Noon


By the Numbers is a seminar series sponsored by the Quantitative Analysis Center showcasing student research in the social sciences. This is a forum for students to present ongoing research and receive feedback from students and faculty. If you have done research, are currently doing research, or are just interested in learning more about contemporary topics in the social sciences, we hope to see you there!

Presentations will be by Eric Stephen ’13 and Catherine Doren ’13. Pizza will be provided. More details after the jump: 

Cool Kids Get Cooler

Only 27.2 percent of applicants to the Class of 2012 got in. Only 22 percent of applicants to the Class of 2013 got in. Only 20.5 percent of applicants to the Class of 2014 got in. Only 23 percent of applicants to the Class of 2015 got in (though more 2015 applicants accepted than expected, as we all know).  Now, the Class of 2016 is unseating us all with the most selective rate of admission yet: 19.7%.

The increase in selectivity isn’t just at Wesleyan, however.  The Ivy League reported that every school in the consortium except Brown and Columbia accepted a smaller percentage of applicants this year.  Harvard’s acceptance rate reached a new low of  5.9% and Yale accepted only 6.8%.  In our peer group, Williams accepted 16.7% and Tufts accepted 21.2%.

If you want to know the full details on 2016, check out the Class of 2016 Profile.  If you want to know the full creepy details on 2016, check out WesAdmits 2016.  The specific stats from the Class of 2016 Profile are more-or-less consistent with the current Wesleyan student body.  The characters, however, will always be unique.  Don’t pretend you’re not already creeping either, I seem to have two dozen Facebook friends in the group already.

[Business Insider][Thanks to  tipster #ahaa]

What do Wes Students get in trouble for?

We’re sometimes portrayed as a bunch of pot-smoking hippies, but is there really any evidence of that?  I don’t know, but we seem to be nonviolent druggies and alcoholics:

Disciplinary Actions - On Campus

Comparably, Williams had 3 drug abuse violations and 81 liquor law violations in 2009.  Amherst wasn’t quite as good as Williams, with 47 drug abuse violations and 197 liquor law violations.

The US Department of Education keeps statistics on campus safety, including criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests, disciplinary actions, and fire statistics for all campuses nationwide.  Unfortunately, there are no statistics for student-tipping.  There are some interesting facts hidden in there:

  • Burglaries are the most common criminal offenses on campus (~35/yr).
  • There were a few hate crimes in 2009 based on race and gender.
  • Arrests on campus for drug abuse: 5 in 2007, 9 in 2008, 4 in 2009
  • There were fires in 2009 at Clark, WestCo, Hewitt, High Rise (2), Low Rise, and Church Street (2).

To view the statistics, click here.  I have a sneaking suspicion that the link might break, in which case you might want to try getting there through ed.gov’s homepage.

College Frosh: Who are They? [Depressed]

White, middle-of-the-road, Catholic/atheist kids whose parents went to college and who want masters degrees in business/health.  They want better jobs and want to live a green, gay friendly, light on guns, heavy on taxes, health care providing, affirmative action-less world.  Okay, it’s not quite that simple, but those are some of the things that pop out in a study of this year’s freshmen by UCLA.  View a chart profiling the nationwide class of 2014 here.

The study also found record-low levels of emotional health though.

“The percentage of students reporting good or above-average emotional health dropped from 55.3 percent in 2009 to 51.9 percent in 2010, according to “The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 2010” survey. That marks the lowest point since 1985, when the survey first asked the question.”

“College tuition is higher, so they feel the pressure to give their parents their money’s worth in terms of their academic performance,” she says. “There’s also a notion, and I think it’s probably true, that the better their grades are, the better chance they have at finding a job.”

Women were especially hard hit in their emotional health levels.  Remember folks, OBHS is always there for you (except maybe snow days?).  But, in their attempts to further the depression, commenters on the NYT Facebook page were not so understanding:

  • “Welcome to the real world. Suck it up.”
  • “Wah Wah Wah………… O little babies have some stress?”
  • “It’s not as easy as it looks on “Gossip Girl”, huh? Put down the Four Loko and suck it up.”


We Are Wesleyan

Are you Wesleyan?

Do you contemplate infinity for the fun of it? I don’t know how much of us actually do because the administration doesn’t keep stats on it, but there’s plenty they do keep.

The Class of 2014 Profile is out, detailing aspects of those admitted to the Class of 2014 on the front and those enrolled in 2010-2014 for the first year on the back.  Averaging out the Classes of 2011-2014, here’s what the Wesleyan population looks like:

Click here to view the PDF version because the site keeps unformatting the table here.

If you’re too lazy to view the document, it says that the Wesleyan student is a Caucasian female from the Mid-Atlantic who went to public school but is rich enough to pay full tuition.  She’s taken Calc, Bio, Chem, Physics, and 4 years of a foreign language.  She was in the top 10% of her high school class and scored 700 on each section of her SATs.  She is Wesleyan.  Or no, not necessarily.  There’s plenty of people who fit the description on campus, but not necessarily.  Simply skim the PDF to get a better view of the Wesleyan population.