I googled “college admissions stock photo” and this is what came up. Can you dig it?
It’s been a rather turbulent few days for Wesleyan in the news, so here’s some positive news for a change. According to the New York Times’ The Choice blog (which has been surging along since the recent departure of its dear leader/resident Wesleyan hound Jacques Steinberg), total applications to Wesleyan rose by 4.18% for a total of 10,942 applicants for fall 2013. Since we’re all suckers for a good comparison chart, here’s how that stacks up with a few peer institutions:
It’s a comfortable leap (and eerily close to last year’s 4.5% rise in applications), but it’s nothing compared to Skidmore’s freakish 42% rise in applications.
Hopefully the number of frosh sharing a Fauver room doesn’t also surge 4.52%.
According to a recent post on the New York Times‘ The Choice blog (maintained, as ever, by Gatekeepers writer and NYT admissions guru Jacques Steinberg), Wesleyan has received 10,437 applications for the class of 2016. That’s a 4.52% increase from last year, making this only the fourth year that applications have exceeded 10,000. It also means 2016 is damn close to topping 2014’s record 10,656 applicants—the most selective year ever. (With any housing luck, this year may well be more selective. Fauver’s looking pretty rough lately.)
Not that the article is all about Wes—Steinberg already wrote a book to that effect. You can view the handy application tally chart and see what’s up at a number of high profile universities across the country, from UC Berkeley (up nearly 17 percent) to Columbia (down 8.9%).
If you remember this weekend, you might remember seeing a lot of unfamiliar faces around. Schools around the country are closed today for a national holiday dedicated either to the gays or celebrating imperialist douchebaggery. Thankfully, we get to stay on campus and serve as zoological exhibits for prefrosh to gawk at. No, that creepy old dude is not stalking you. No, that hot girl in the front row hasn’t been cutting all semester (maybe).
The Choice, our favorite New York Times blog, of course, loves to seize on days like this for priceless pieces. Apparently prefrosh are encountering alcohol beverages at campus social gatherings while visiting colleges, and there is question as to whether they should partake in such hazardous activities or be sober, sensible human beings. The author of the post never drank when visiting colleges, but maybe it’s best to experience campus social life without drinking. Other than the caption on the right, however, one of the real kickers comes from a non-DKE Wes alum commenter:
Ah, the eternal hypocracy of Amerikuns!
Instead of teaching young people the pros and cons of consumption of wine and beer in the home environment that is made illegal! […]
well I remember my admissions visit to Bowdoin, where I was lodged with DKE’s from my hometown,
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]