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Wesleyan Welcomes Class of 2020 on Arrival Day (with photos and video)


Arrival Day at Wesleyan University, Aug. 31, 2016. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

Several Wesleyan student athletes, upperclassmen and Wesleyan staff and faculty helped new students and families move belongings on Arrival Day. Aug. 31.

Wesleyan welcomed more than 840 new, transfer, international and exchange students and their families to the Wesleyan community on Aug. 31.

Nick Ticali ’20, center, gets move-in assistance from his father Vinny and his sister Allana, who just graduated from Colgate University. The Ticali family is from Long Island, NY. Nick is excited about Wesleyan’s interdisciplinary, cross-curriculum majors. He is thinking about studying biology and theater. Nick played varsity soccer in high school and may play club soccer here at Wesleyan.

Nick Ticali ’20, center, gets move-in assistance from his father Vinny and his sister Allana on Arrival Day.

Nick Ticali ’20 left home in Long Island, N.Y. at 5:30 a.m. to make it to Wesleyan early. His sister, Allana, and father, Vinny, helped Nick move his belongings into his West College student residence.

“I’m really excited about Wesleyan’s interdisciplinary, cross-curriculum majors, because I want to study biology and theater,” he said. Nick played varsity soccer in high school and may play club soccer at Wesleyan.

Nancy Auerbach helped her daughter Dalia ’20 move to her room in Bennet Hall on Arrival Day. The Auerbach family is from Claremont, Calif. Dalia, who has relatives in Boston, looked forward to attending college on the East Coast. “I have a lot of energy and I love doing things, so I am excited for all the activities Wesleyan has to offer,” Dalia said.

Mary McAllister ’20 of Westchester, N.Y., received Arrival Day help from her parents Maureen and Don. “I chose Wesleyan for its diversity, the open curriculum, and openness of thought,” Mary said.

President Roth Speaks to Families, Students on Arrival Day

President Michael Roth spoke to families in Memorial Chapel on Arrival Day, Sept. 2. He urged students to explore parts of the curriculum beyond their comfort zone and to discover what they love to do, get better at it, and share it with others.

“It’s an extraordinarily exciting time to be starting at Wesleyan,” he said. “There are tremendous resources across this place; there are people with extraordinary ideas.… Students should find the people from whom they can learn most deeply.”

Watch his remarks, which appeared on The Huffington Post homepage, below:

Diversity and Talents of the Class of 2019

The Class of 2019 gathered for the traditional panoramic class photo Sept. 2.

The Class of 2019 gathered for the traditional panoramic class photo Sept. 2. (Photo by Rick Culliton)

On Sept. 3, Meg Harrop '19 met with her academic advisor, Professor of Economics Richard Grossman, to discuss her fall semester pre-registaton enrollments and educational goals. The individual faculty advising appointments are part of New Student Orientation for the Class of 2019. 

On Sept. 3, Meg Harrop ’19 met with her academic advisor, Professor of Economics Richard Grossman, to discuss her fall semester pre-registaton enrollments and educational goals. The individual faculty advising appointments are part of New Student Orientation for the Class of 2019. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

By 9 a.m. Sept. 2, vehicles brimming with backpacks, boxes, books, bedding, microwaves, clothes, laptops, lamps and dorm decor descended on Andrus Field. Members of the Class of 2019, with help from their families and fellow students, moved into their student residences and immediately began New Student Orientation (See photos and a video of Arrival Day here).

Meg Harrop ’19, who is on the women’s soccer team, said her transition to Wesleyan has been “incredibly welcoming, smooth and comfortable.”

“There are only about nine other students in my hall, but everyone has such different backgrounds and interests, and the orientation activities helped me learn something new and meaningful about each of them,” she said. “Everyone is excited to get to know each other, so everyone seemed comfortable approaching new people and knocking on other hall mates’ doors. I can’t wait to meet new people in my classes and get to know my professors!”

Students in the Class of 2019 were selected from some of the toughest competition the Office of Admission has ever seen.

“Our new students are superbly prepared—by traditional academic measures as good as it gets. And, particularly well prepared to work across the entire curriculum of arts and sciences,” said Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid. “The range of talents, cultures, family backgrounds in this group is remarkable. In many ways, this may be the most diverse class ever enrolled at Wes—and that’s saying something!”

Members of the Class of 2019 moved into their student residences on Sept. 2.

Members of the Class of 2019 moved into their student residences on Sept. 2. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

In 2014-2015, Wesleyan received 9,905 applicants for first-year fall admission into the Class of 2019. Of those, 2,181 were admitted and 758 expected to matriculate.

The Class of 2019 is 44 percent male and 56 percent female. International students make up 11 percent of the entire class and come from more than 40 countries including Brazil, Cuba, Ethiopia, Nepal, Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates. More than 100 students reside outside the U.S., and 80 are citizens of other countries.

Forty-two percent of the students (including international) are self-identifying students of color, the highest percentage in at least five years.

“This is as cosmopolitan and international a class as Wesleyan has seen,” Meislahn said.

Seventeen percent of the Class of 2019 are first-generation college students. Thirteen percent have a Wesleyan alumnus/ae or student relative.

The Class of 2019’s top projected majors are economics, biology, psychology, film studies and English while 13 percent are undecided.

Fifty-one percent of the class is receiving financial aid.

“We think we’ve assembled a remarkably engaged and talented group of new students—the next generation who are committed to making a difference wherever in the world they are, here at Wesleyan or beyond the university,” Meislahn said. “The variety of talents and commitments to school groups, civic and religious organizations, politics and the arts that these students bring bodes well for the life of this vibrant community called Wesleyan.

 

More than 800 Students Move in on Arrival Day

Hundreds of families and friends helped students move into their student residences on Arrival Day Sept. 2.

Hundreds of families and friends helped students move into their student residences on Arrival Day Sept. 2.

Wesleyan welcomed more than 800 new, transfer, visiting, international and exchange students to campus during Arrival Day activities Sept. 2. Several Wesleyan student-athletes, staff and faculty helped the new students and their families carry their belongings into the student residences.

Zenola Harper P’19 helped her son, Salim ’19,  move into his Clark Hall residence home. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Zenola Harper P’19 helped her son, Salim ’19, move into his Clark Hall residence home. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Allen and Zenola Harper P’19 of Westchester, N.Y. borrowed a friend’s SUV to haul their son’s belongings to campus. Salim ’19, a basketball player, brought along a rug, microwave, laundry soap, printer, athletic apparel, a box of brownies, but most importantly his shoe collection.

“I can’t believe how many shoes he has,” Zenola said, looking over a heap of unpacked boxes, bins and bags. “Look at all this stuff. Does he need all those shoes?”

Angel Martin ’19 of Brooklyn, Conn. looked at colleges in the Washington D.C. area, but ultimately decided Wesleyan’s close proximity to home and the university’s course offerings appealed most to her.

“I love how progressive Wesleyan is, and I already know that I want to double major in feminist, gender and sexuality studies and government, and focus on international politics,” she said.

Martin, with help from her brother, parents and student-athletes,

First-Year Students Move In on Arrival Day (with photo gallery)

Wesleyan student-athletes, staff and Orientation Leaders helped members of the Class of 2018 move into their student residences on Arriva Day, Aug. 27.

Wesleyan student-athletes, staff and Residential Life Orientation Leaders helped members of the Class of 2018 move into their student residences on Arrival Day, Aug. 27.

A mini fridge, mirror, bed linens, navy blue rug, a N.Y. Yankees decorative sign, storage tubs, a closet-full of clothes. And don’t forget the guitar.

Aaron Stagoff-Belfort ’18 of Montclair, N.J. moved into the Butterfields Residence Complex with help from his sister and mother.

Aaron Stagoff-Belfort ’18 of Montclair, N.J. moved into the Butterfields Residence Complex with help from his sister and mother.

“What didn’t I bring with me?” said Aaron Stagoff-Belfort ’18 as he unloaded and unpacked his bounty of belongings into his 113 Butts C residence Wednesday morning. “I have it all. But I only brought a couple books because I heard that [in college] you have no time to read them.”

Stagoff-Belfort, who hails from Montclair, N.J. is one of 757 members of the Class of 2018 who settled into their new home-away-from-home on Arrival Day, Aug. 27. Stagoff-Belfort received help from his parents, Cindy Stagoff and Bob Belfort, and sister Claudia Stagoff-Belfort.

Stagoff-Belfort is interested in Wesleyan’s economics and government programs and looks forward to exploring the music scene on campus.

“I’m super excited to be here,” he said. “Wesleyan is going to be a great experience.”

Mother Danusia Zaroda, at left, takes a break from unpacking with her daughter, Alina Whatley '18.

Mother Danusia Zaroda, at left, takes a break from unpacking with her daughter, Alina Whatley ’18. Whatley is residing in West College.

Alina Whatley ’18 of Orinda, Calif. flew to Connecticut on Aug. 25 with her mother, Danusia Zaroda. The mother-daughter duo unpacked three over-stuffed suitcases and a blanket, hand-quilted by Alina’s grandmother.

Whatley also unpacked boots and a down jacket in anticipation of the New England winter. Then they headed to a local home furnishings store with a 20 percent off coupon. “We bought out the entire store and helped end the recent recession,” Zaroda said.

Over in Bennet Hall, Joseph Kim of Clairmont, N.J. unloaded his belongings with help from his mother, Jae; sister Michelle; and father, Kwan. Joseph plans to study biology and chose Wesleyan for its strong academic reputation.

“I think I have everything I need,” he said. “I have my laptop, printer, guitar. All my clothes. And seven pairs of shoes.”

Claudia Kahindi '18 poses in her West College room.

Claudia Kahindi ’18 poses in her West College room. “Wesleyan is the place for me!” she said.

Claudia Kahindi ’18 traveled more than 7,000 miles from her home in Kilifi, Kenya to her new West College dorm room. Kahindi is a Kenya Scholar-Athlete Project Scholar and plans to participate in intramural basketball at Wesleyan. She decorated her room in African flags, jewelry, a elephant khanga and shells from a popular beach in Kenya.

In contrast, Courtney Robinson ’18 traveled only 20 miles to Wesleyan’s Bennet Hall from her home in West Hartford. Her parents, David and Jane, are both Wesleyan alumni from the Class of 1987 and helped their daughter unpack.

“I woke up at 8:15 and sorted through some photos. I packed a few more things and came to campus,” Robinson said.

The Class of 2018 is 45 percent men and 55 percent women. Thirteen percent come from outside the U.S., including both international students and U.S. citizens raised abroad. They come from 30 different countries outside the United States, with home countries as far flung as Ukraine, Guatemala, Palestine, Egypt and Malaysia. There is also an increase in representation from students who live in the U.S. South and Midwest. Learn more about the Class of 2018 here.

View more photos of Arrival Day activity below: (Photos by Olivia Drake, John Van Vlack and Harry Jiang)

Class of 2018 on Student Arrival Day, Aug. 27, 2014. Class of 2018 Arrival Day, Aug. 27, 2014. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Class of 2018 Includes 10 Veterans, Students from 30 Countries (with video)

The Class of 2018 gathered for a group photo Aug. 27.

The Class of 2018 gathered for a group photo Aug. 27.

This fall, Wesleyan welcomes 757 members of the Class of 2018 to campus, including the inaugural class of 10 Posse Veterans. The class also includes 15 QuestBridge Match Scholars.

“The Class of ’18 has all the hallmarks of another great Wesleyan class,” said Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Nancy Hargrave Meislahn.“They bring an incredible range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives which is sure to enliven our community, inside and out. I am struck by the great curiosity and resilience with which these individuals have embraced their worlds.”

Wesleyan Welcomes 109 International Students to the Class of 2018

International students shout "Go Wes!" during their orientation Aug. 26 at Usdan University Center.

International students shout “Go Wes!” during their orientation Aug. 26 at Usdan University Center.

Students from 30 different countries joined the Class of 2018 during International Student Orientation, held Aug. 24-26.

This fall, 109 undergraduate students come from international countries, including students who are U.S. citizens but live abroad. Three students are visiting from Germany, two from Spain and one from France.

This year, Wesleyan has students who hail from Guatemala,

Wesleyan Welcomes 753 Students to the Class of 2017 on Arrival Day

John Eisner and Jennifer Door White P' 17 helped move their daughter, Hannah Wolfe Eisner '17 into her new 200 Church Street residence on Arrival Day, Aug. 28. More than a dozen orientation leaders and Residential Life staff helped carry in her belongings. "We had everything in here in five minutes," John Eisner said.

John Eisner and Jennifer Door White P’ 17 helped move their daughter, Hannah Wolfe Eisner ’17 into her new 200 Church Street residence on Arrival Day, Aug. 28. More than a dozen orientation leaders and Residential Life staff helped carry in her belongings. “We had everything in here in five minutes,” John Eisner said.

Watch this video of Arrival Day:

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(Story by Olivia Drake and Cynthia Rockwell)

After touring 12 colleges and universities, Hannah Wolfe Eisner ’17 stopped looking after visiting Wesleyan.

“I fell in love with Wesleyan on a campus tour,” Eisner said. “Wesleyan students are passionate, but they also love to share their passions with each other and interact and share ideas with one another, and that’s the educational philosophy that I was looking for in a school.”

On Aug. 28, Eisner, who hails from New York City, moved a car-load of belongings into her new home-away-from-home at the 200 Church Street student residences. Eisner was one of 753 new students welcomed to campus on new student Arrival Day. Additionally, Wesleyan is welcoming 59 transfer matriculants for the fall semester, bringing the total number of new students enrolling this fall to 812.

She brought boxes of clothes, jewelry racks, a lap top, drying rack, ironing board, mirror, fan and “too many containers.” Her parents, John Eisner and Jennifer Dorr White, helped unpack and install hooks and mirrors on the wall.

“I love this room, ” she said. “I can’t wait to meet my roommate!”

 

Hawaiian resident Rick Manayan '17 bought his first pair of winter boots in anticipation of a snowy New England winter. He moved into Clark Hall on Aug. 28 with help from his parents, Rick and Mae.

Hawaiian resident Rick Manayan ’17 bought his first pair of winter boots in anticipation of a snowy New England winter. He moved into Clark Hall on Aug. 28 with help from his parents, Rick and Mae.

At 9:45 a.m. Hawaii resident Rick Manayan ’17 said “aloha” to his new student residence in Clark Hall. After spending 13 hours in a plane and three hours in a car, he welcomed his new surroundings, even though space was tight.

“The first thing we need to do is knock down a wall and make this section bigger,” he joked to his parents, Mae and Rick.

Manayan learned about Wesleyan while attending Punahou School in Hawaii.

“I wanted to go to a small liberal arts college with people who liked things I like … dance, theater and English, and I wanted a school that offered leadership opportunities. So I chose Wesleyan,” he said.

Immediately after moving in, students took part in New Student Orientation activities including a residence hall welcome and a meet-and-greet gathering with Wesleyan President Michael Roth.

The Class of 2017 is 54 percent women and 46 percent men. Twenty-two percent of this class are New England residents, with 34 percent from the nearby mid-Atlantic states. The Midwest and South both sent Wesleyan 5 percent of the class of 2017; 21 percent call the West their home, and 13 percent arrived from outside the United States.

Eighteen percent have Wesleyan relatives, and seven percent are children of Wesleyan alumni. Thirteen percent of this Wesleyan class of 2017 are the first generation in their family to attend a four-year college. Forty-two percent of the class receives financial aid and 37 percent receive grant aid.

The class boasts strong academic high school records, with 83 percent taking a mathematics program that included calculus; a science program with biology, chemistry and physics, and four years of a foreign language. Of the 37 percent of the class reporting rank, 68 percent were in the top 10 percent of their class; 87 percent were in the top 20 percent.

More photos of Arrival Day are below. View the full Arrival Day photo gallery online here.

Amy Hood '17 received move-in help from her brother, Peter, 16. The family is from New York City.

Amy Hood ’17 received move-in help from her brother, Peter, 16. The family is from New York City.

Lili Kadets '17 of Newton, Mass., moved into Clark Hall with help from her parents Philip and Elaine. She may major in English. "I like to write, I like studio art, but I also have a mathy-sciency kind of mind." She has a twin, who is attending George Washington University.

Lili Kadets ’17 of Newton, Mass., moved into Clark Hall with help from her parents Philip and Elaine. She may major in English. “I like to write, I like studio art, but I also have a mathy-sciency kind of mind.” She has a twin, who is attending George Washington University.

Howard Matthew and Megan Norris '83, chair of the alumni association, helped their daughter, Taylor, move into her new Butterfields residence. Megan made the bed, Taylor was unpacking her clothes and Howard's job was to hang items on the walls.

Howard Matthew and Megan Norris ’83, chair of the alumni association, helped their daughter, Taylor, move into her new Butterfields residence. Megan made the bed, Taylor was unpacking her clothes and Howard’s job was to hang items on the walls.

Zachariah Ezer '17 moved into Clark Hall with help from his father Jonathan. Zachariah plays drums, piano "and a little guitar." They live in Houston, Texas.

Zachariah Ezer ’17 moved into Clark Hall with help from his father Jonathan. Zachariah plays drums, piano “and a little guitar.” They live in Houston, Texas.

Aida and Oscar Salazar  P'17 helped their daughter, Lauren '17, move into her new student residence.

Aida and Oscar Salazar P’17 helped their daughter, Lauren ’17, move into her new student residence in Bennet Hall.

Res Life staff and orientation leaders helped move students into their new home away from home.

Res Life staff and orientation leaders helped move students into their new home away from home. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

 

756 Students Join the Class of 2016 on Arrival Day

(NEW! Arrival Day video!)
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Savannah Benis '16 of San Diego, Calif. unloads her belongings during New Student Arrival Day Aug. 29. Benis, who is planning to major in film studies, is living in Clark Hall. "I'm so excited, but nervous," she says.

Savannah Benis ’16 of San Diego, Calif. unloads her belongings during New Student Arrival Day Aug. 29. Benis, who is planning to major in film studies, is living in Clark Hall. “I’m so excited, but nervous,” she says.

At 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 29, Lorin Ferris ’16 of Bellevue, Wash. arrived on Wesleyan’s campus in a rented Jeep, packed with her West Coast belongings.

Susan Fife-Ferris and Frank Ferris of Bellevue, Wa. helped their daughter, Lorin Ferris '16 move into her Butterfield Residences. "I really like my room. It's a lot bigger than I though it would be," Lorin says.

Susan Fife-Ferris and Frank Ferris of Bellevue, Wa. helped their daughter, Lorin Ferris ’16 move into her Butterfield Residences. “I really like my room. It’s a lot bigger than I though it would be,” Lorin says.

“I brought my entire closet,” she says, standing among disheveled heaps of half-unpacked suitcases and boxes in her Butterfield Residence room. “Most of this stuff is clothes and jackets … also bedding, sheets and towels. I did some shopping here (in Connecticut), but I brought a lot with me, too.”

“You couldn’t have brought anything more,” says her father, Frank.

Lorin, who plans to major in mathematics, was one of 756 students who joined the Class of 2016 on New Student Arrival Day. Of these, 64 students are from international countries. An additional 58 transfer students moved into Wesleyan residences on Arrival Day and participated in New Student Orientation.

While students decorated their new home-away-from-home and mingled with their new hall-mates, parents participated in question-and-answer workshops presented by the Dean of Students and Dean for the Class of 2016.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth delivers the President’s Remarks for Families.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth and other university administrators welcomed parents and new students during the President’s Remarks for Families.

New Student Orientation, ongoing through Sept. 2, includes information sessions on community standards and responsibilities, resident hall community standards, computer set-ups, money management, studying abroad, working with faculty advisors, course selection and major requirements, health and wellness, Wesleyan libraries, spiritual life, student activism and more.

Savannah Benis ’16 of San Diego, Calif. came to Wesleyan for its superb film program and academic reputation. Her parents, Cherri and Rick, helped move Savannah (and her six suitcases) into her Clark Hall room on Arrival Day.

“It’s going to be hard seeing her leave, but I’m really glad she chose Wesleyan,” Rick Benis says. “All the alumni we’ve spoken to, and everyone else that knows about Wesleyan really loves it, and this is just the type of atmosphere and (student body) size that Savannah wanted.”

Max Atkinson ’16 of Dunnellon, Fla. received Arrival Day help from his parents Mia  and David. The family drove to Connecticut in three days and unloaded Max’s belongings in his West College residence.

His grandfather, John W. Atkinson, was a member of the Class of 1947. “I’m sure if he were alive, he’d recommend Wesleyan to me,” Max says.

More photos of Arrival Day are below and in this Wesleyan Facebook photo gallery.

Max Atkinson ’16 of Dunnellon, Fla. received Arrival Day help from his parents Mia (pictured) and David.

Wesleyan Welcomes First-Year Students on Arrival Day (with videos)

Students move in on Arrival Day. Wesleyan students and staff assisted new students with their move. (Photo by Nick Lacy)

Jimmy Albrecht '15 moves into Clark Hall on Arrival Day.

At 8:50 a.m., Jimmy Albrecht ’15 began lugging in boxes of clothing, canvas totes of athletic equipment, a 3.1 cubic-square-foot fridge, an X-Box, microwave, bedding, toiletries and six – make that eight – pairs of shoes, into his new student residence in Clark Hall.

“Oh, there’s another pair over there. And there’s another pair. Jimmy, you’re going to need a shoe rack,” says his mother, Sharon, who drove Jimmy to Wesleyan from their home in Chicago, Ill.

Jimmy’s father, George, also helped with the unloading. “Our Jeep was so packed with stuff, there wasn’t even room for a toothbrush back there,” George says.

Jimmy Albrecht, who will play hockey at Wesleyan, joined 810 other Class of 2015 students for Arrival Day 2011. Students and their families began trickling in around 8 a.m. with carloads of back-to-school supplies. Eighty-seven international students arrived three days prior for International Student Orientation.

In addition, Wesleyan welcomed 18 transferred sophomores, seven transferred juniors, five visiting international students and four college-exchange program students on Arrival Day.

At left, Elizabeth Binswanger '15 enlisted her father, David, for help moving in.

Elizabeth Binswanger ’15 and her parents, David and Dorothy, traveled from Philadelphia, Pa. to Middletown Aug. 30. Together, they hauled in “lots of clothes,” bedding, food and a computer.

Wesleyan Welcomes 87 International Students

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International students shout "Go Wes!" during a group photo shoot Aug. 30.

Wesleyan welcomed 87 international students to campus Aug. 28-31. International Student Orientation is held prior to new student orientation in order for international students to recover from travel, often from across the globe. ISO also offers sessions that address health and medical insurance issues, programs about cultural adaptation, weather adjustment, and liberal arts education,