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So Apparently Wesleyan is “Economically Diverse”

Paying tuition never looked so bucolic

Paying tuition never looked so bucolic

Please put your iPhone back in your Patagonia sweatshirt pocket for a second. Apparently it’s time to rethink the idea that the Wesleyan student body is entirely made up of students from upper-class families, at least according to new data from the New York Times. In conjunction with an article on colleges recruiting from an increasingly diverse set of economic backgrounds, the Times has published a chart comparing the economic diversity of various schools. And Wesleyan has come out at number 13 on the list.

The chart ranks colleges according to a College Access Index, which is based on the percent of the past few freshman classes who came from low-income families (measured by the share receiving a Pell grant) and on the net price of attendance for low- and middle-income families. The data states that 18% of freshman classes arriving 2012-14 have received Pell grants, and that the average cost for low- and middle-income students is $8,700 a year. This gives Wesleyan a College Access Ranking of 1.5, putting us below Amherst and above Williams, for reference.

The College Bubble: A Higher Ed Round-Up

This begins a weekly[ish] piece presenting recent articles on college and higher education news and issues. 

Just in time for the return of ridiculously expensive trips to Broad Street, U.S. PIRG has put out a study revealing the adverse effects of high text book costs on students’ (especially low-income students’) course decisions, and subsequently, their grades. There’s no other way to say it – this is a f****ed up system.

New Peer Institution Blunt About Its Identity

Are you Wesleyan?

Do you desire…holistic training for the mind, body, and spirit? Do you excel…in the art of extreme creepiness? Are two heads…better than one? Are you…Wesleyan MU?

Monsters University (MU), “famously located” near Monstropolis, appears to be quite the legit institution.  As Chloe Murtagh ’15, who sent me the link, said, “Wow, their website is better than ours!”  But in case you’re wondering: no, this is not a parody of Wesleyan specifically.  The “Go MU!” and “Show Your Pride” boxes on the homepage above are anything but Wesleyan.  A little deceptive, of course, since that athletic field is so reminiscent of Corwin Stadium.

MonstersU

The robust college website is a promotion for Monsters University, a prequel to everyone’s favorite Monsters, Inc.  While the film was originally set to come out this November, it’s been pushed back all the way to June 21, 2013.  In it, we are taken ten years back in the lives of protagonists Sulley and Mike, to when they first meet and are members of the same frat.  In a classic tale of frenemiehood, they start off as rivals before becoming (as anyone who watched the first film knows) BFFs.

The similarities between the Wesleyan and Monsters University sites can be quite detailed, at least in structure.  Take, for example, the “At a Glance” pages: