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Middletown, CT
Undergrads
2,932
Tuition
$45,928
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 604 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life is not what Greek life is normally like. They have nice parties, good music, but it's not a big thing.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's northeast weather. It's cold in the winter, hot in the summer. I'm used to it. The foliage in the fall and snow in the winter is beautiful, though.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm a freshman and I live in a single. It's pretty relaxed and easy to live in. I love my privacy, but my dorm in particular does not have a friendly social atmosphere

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Diversity: You'll find all different types of people at WES.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers glitch and take a while to log on.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties are either at senior houses or frats for the most part. You can usually find something fun to do. Many different events for many different types of people.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Economics professors are usually pretty good... Wes has some really bad professors though too.

3 College Senior

Diversity: The university is pretty homogeneous, but no one wants to admit it. Just look at Amherst or Williams College if you want a reference point.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Middletown definitely has great eating options. It's Only Natural is a nice place to eat.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I know strange people sometimes appear on campus in people's dorm rooms.

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: ResLife is probably the campus administrative office that impacts students the most. They are asinine. Without them, the university would probably be a much better place to live.

4 College Senior

Computers: The computers are pretty great; impressed. They're maintained by a student organization too, and that's pretty cool.

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2 College Senior

Transportation: If you care about travel and don't have a care, don't go to Wesleyan.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorms are nicer than houses if you care about the fact that it costs more to live in a house, but you don't get the niceties of someone taking care of your bathroom. Houses are better than dorms if you know how to take care of yourself. It's frustrating that you can't live off-campus unless you have a medical illness accompanied by a doctor's note.

3 College Senior

Majors: The workload is meh, there are no facilities, internship opportunities are decent, and the program overall is boring.

4 College Senior

Majors: Everything is awesome about computer science except the fact that professors are really bad at telling you what the requirements for an honors degree are.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I wouldn't notice them if it weren't for the fact that they get special housing privileges.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Team performance is pretty weak across the board. You have to take into account that this university is filled with kids that have been given gold stars their entire lives, so they think they're great at what they do. Of course, that only plays out within the confines of the campus. If you look at any of the performing div III unis, you'll see that Wes is weak at best.

3 College Senior

Weather: In the summer, it rarely gets hot. Sometimes it's hot for the first couple days of class, but otherwise it's tepid at best. When fall arrives, it's pretty outside, but dust blows up across campus and dust gets stuck in your eyes. When winter arrives, it's slushy and wet all the time. There's a good chilly wind most of the time. When spring rolls around again, it stays wet and chilly for months.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I was thinking about it the other day. There is no way I could live in Middletown after I graduate. I see no reason why anyone would want to unless they got "stuck" after graduation. There is nothing I find interesting about the town, but it's probably because Wesleyan University fails at integrating students with the area. Renting houses to students was the last opportunity for Wesleyan students to connect with Middletown residents and that was stifled ten years ago when the university decided that every aspect of student life would be encapsulated by the campus.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They aren't exactly throwing money at the middle of applicants' faces, but it's not entirely unsatisfactory either. The recent switch to need-aware acceptance is unpopular with the students, though little has been done about it.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: While there could always be more, they're far from unsatisfactory.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Facilities: The weekend is what Wes students live for. You could see a free film, go to concerts, parties, and plays, or spend a night in with your (male and female) friends watching chick flicks, which I might recommend as a de-stressor for finals week.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Wes is a school with as much character as the people there. The course selection is spectacular, though the selection process is far from it, the people you meet range from interesting to awesome, and the resources available are exactly what you might want or need.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and start your own ventures at Wes. The Patricelli center for social entrepreneurship provides mentors and financial support to student ventures that have a social focus. SHOFCO, Minds Foundation, and the Geminal Fund are recent ventures by students that are making a difference. I'm involved here in the entrepreneurship scene and I find the possibilities endless.

2 people found this useful Report
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Anya Morgan
Hometown
Los Angeles
Major
English and French
Grad Year
2014
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Wesleyan is a school that goes by many names: "Diversity University," "PCU," "Wellesley," and "The Hippiest Place on Earth," to name a few. But what is Wesleyan, really? Well, the short answer is: it's a small liberal arts university in Central Connecticut. The long answer, however, includes naked parties, drum circles, tent protests, free pancakes, free hugs, spontaneous dancing, having tremendous school pride but not remembering the fight song, igloos, bonfires, and a crazy, vibrant music scene. Aren't you glad you asked?

The key thing you need to know about Wesleyan is that it has the prestige of an elite university with the attitude of a laid-back vegetable co-op (or a cheese co-op—the University has both). If you go on a tour, it is likely that someone will call out to you, saying "Come to Wes!" and possibly chase barefoot after the tour group if he or she is feeling especially enthused—everyone loves it here. While Wesleyan students play hard (on their mandolins and ukeleles), they also work hard. Most students are very invested in their coursework, and because of the flexibility of Wesleyan's requirements, students are able to tailor their workload to involve things they actually enjoy doing. There is an ongoing movement to "Keep Wes Weird," which inspires students to push societal, gender, and political norms on a daily basis, inviting unique thought and action into everyday life. In a few words, Wesleyan is eye-opening, stimulating, accepting, politically active, and a rollicking good time!

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