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3 College Freshman

Diversity: A large majority are earthy because it is an expensive school but overall there is a good amount of diversity when it comes to international kids and diverse personalities.

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4 College Sophomore

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

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.

3 College Student

Diversity: An expensive liberal arts college is going to attract a "type", but Wesleyan somehow is able to get an incredibly diverse group of that "type". There is diverse thought which is a great thing to experience.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The fact that diversity is such a contentious and often spoken about issue on this campus shows that people care. The school has many people from different races, countries, sexual identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Current discussion is very focused on the recruitment of low-income students because of our change from "need blind" to "need aware." Despite these concerns, if you are accepted your full need will be met. It just will be potentially harder to get in if you're applying for financial aid, which really is a shame as half of the student body is on some sort of financial aid. The admin has promised to keep it at half, but it is too early to see if they'll be successful in recruiting low-income students with this policy change.

Diversity in sexual identity is embraced and nobody will treat you any differently based on how you identify. Some people say this school has a ton of gay students, but in reality there probably aren't any more than there are at any other top college in the U.S.

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Often called "Diversity University," Wesleyan is, obviously, known for its unique backgrounds. While it does not stray too far from the racial makeups of other small, private liberal arts colleges in New England (it's still mostly white, middle/upper-middle class), the administration and students both make a colossal effort to be inclusive, culturally aware, and politically correct. Student-led programs such as "WesDEF" strive to educate the student population about current diversity issues and ways in which everyone could be more sensitive to difference.

In addition to this, there are multitudinous groups, clubs, and even a residence hall devoted to diversity. While Wesleyan might not be at the pinnacle of actual racial and class diversity, the effort put toward this goal is impressive. If you come to Wesleyan, you will be accepted, and your uniqueness will be celebrated.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 41%
22-24: 7%
25+: 5%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 77%
Unknown: 5%
Gay Pride
The Wesleyan student body is extremely open to homosexuality. Wesleyan offers an undergraduate queer studies program, as well as a queer alum network. Also found on campus is the LGBTTQQFAGPBSDM organization that represents every alternative gender/sexual choice, including lesbian, gay, transgender, transsexual, queer questioning, flexual, and asexual. Each semester, this group organizes and advertises numerous events for the queer community both on and off campus. Other queer organizations on campus include the Queer Alliance and SPECTRUM.
Political Activity
The 1994 film "PCU" (short for "Politically Correct University") was written by Wesleyan alums Adam Leff and Zak Penn and based on Wesleyan University. The film depicts the widely-held myth that Wesleyan is an extremely active, politically-oriented school. On the surface, protests and debates are prevalent, but for issues reaching beyond the boundaries of campus, Wesleyan is less active. On the whole, while many Wes students pride themselves on bucking the system, very few students are actually involved in broader politics. Student apathy is the ugly underside of Wesleyan's activist facade.
Economic Status
While Wesleyan promotes its "need-blind" policy, it is, after all, a private school, and many lower-income students cannot afford to attend. While there certainly is a wide range of economic backgrounds on campus, the majority of students falls into the middle- and upper-middle-class brackets.
Most Common Religions
Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, and atheist are the most prevalent religions (or lack thereof) represented on campus. While a chunk of the student population is Jewish, programs are offered on campus for many other faiths, as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
From the Queer Alliance to the Students of Color Coalition (SCC), Wesleyan has many active minority clubs on campus. They throw events (such as Queer Prom) that are pretty well attended by the student body.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 30 responses

  • 33% Progressive/very liberal
  • 27% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 3% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 30 responses

  • 73% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 3% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 3% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 30 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 30 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 29% No
  • 29% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 43% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 86% Democratic
  • 14% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 86% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 14% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 86% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 14% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 57% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 43% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 31 responses

  • 71% Very accepting.
  • 19% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
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