Tag Archive for Class of 2017
by Olivia Drake •
On Oct. 1, the Office of Student Affairs hosted a “First-Year Dinner with President Roth.” The event gave first-year students living in Clark Hall and Bennet Hall an opportunity to visit with President Roth, staff and their fellow residents. Students dined in the Daniel Family Commons. President Roth met with students living in the Butterfield Residences, Foss Hill, 200 Church and 156 High earlier this year.
Students also met with Dean Mike Whaley, vice president for student affairs; Dean of Students Rick Culliton, and Dean of the Class of 2017 Louise Brown.
(Photos by Hannah Norman ’16)
by Olivia Drake •
by Olivia Drake •
Watch this video of Arrival Day:
(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!”
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.
by Kate Carlisle •
Admissions reports that the class of 2017 is nearly fully formed, the final offers have been made and Wesleyan will welcome a class of around 750 frosh in September.
The class is more international than in previous years, with 101, or 13 percent of its students coming from outside the United States. These students are extremely well prepared academically for college and an open curriculum: more of its members took calculus, at least four years of a foreign language and biology, chemistry and physics in high school than the previous admitted class.
“We’re pretty excited about this, and have a good idea about what the class looks like, although it’s not completely final,” said Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Nancy Hargrave Meislahn. The admitted class shrinks or in admission parlance “melts” a little during the summer, but usually only by seven to 10 students, she explained.
The exciting sub-plot this year is the debut of paperless admissions. The class of 2018 will be chosen from applicants who apply, submit references and transcripts – and even set up interview appointments – online.
“We’re going great guns,” said Meislahn. “We’re going to start using the new system, called SLATE by Technolutions, to read applications on line, and the first module that we’re rolling out will book our interviews.” Charlotte Lazor, Greg Pyke and Dan Manuyag are the leaders of the effort and deserve all the credit for keeping implementation on schedule and everyone on task. By the end of the summer, no stone will be left untouched and all staff engaged in the transition.
And if an applicant goes old-school and submits material on dead trees?
“We’ll scan the materials,” Meislahn said. “We’ll keep some version of paper around for the next several years. But there will be much less of it. We might consider a yard sale for our file cabinets.”
Admitted Students, Families Celebrate All Things Wesleyan at WesFest 2013 (with Photo Gallery, Video)
by Lauren Rubenstein •
More than 500 admitted students and their families descended on Wesleyan’s campus for WesFest, the annual celebration of all things Wesleyan. Between Wednesday, April 17 and Friday, April 19, they were treated to dozens of tours, panels, lectures and demonstrations to acquaint them with Wesleyan’s academics, student organizations, athletics and facilities.
On Friday around noon, the sun came out and visitors took a break to enjoy a barbecue lunch on Foss Hill while a student band played.
Cloie Logan and her parents came all the way from Albuquerque, N.M. Cloie fell in love with Wesleyan after visiting as a high school junior, and was accepted early decision I.
“Basically since December, I’ve been aching to be here,” she said. At WesFest, she said, “I ate a lot of really delicious food, went to a comedy show, saw Prometheus, went to a few department office hours, and visited the Argus,” where she hopes to work as a student.
James Kellner of Verona, N.J. also was admitted early decision. He visited Wesleyan with his mother and grandmother, and met with the coach of the wrestling team, which he plans to join. He plans to study economics.
“I like it a lot. I like the people, the diversity,” he said. “Just the vibe here—it’s relaxed and easygoing.”
Accompanied by her parents and younger sister, Anne Chen of New York City had heard President Michael Roth speak earlier in the day, and took a tour. Her initial impressions of Wesleyan: “It’s really friendly and open. It’s a really supportive community. People seem really creative.”
Malaysia Johnson of Prince Frederick, M.D. visited with her mother and grandmother. After attending a student-to-student panel, she said, “I was impressed with how active the students at Wesleyan are with volunteering and things like that.”
Jackson Dumont of Albany, N.Y. attended a class on astronomy, which he found, “really interesting.”
“I like all the different academic opportunities available to me at Wesleyan,” he said.
Lucy Salwen of Amherst, Mass. visited with her mother. She sat in on an environmental science class, stayed overnight with a current student host, saw a performance by Prometheus—“That was really cool. A little scary.”—and attended a co-ed ultimate Frisbee team practice.
“I’ve been walking around campus and seeing the same faces again. It seems like a nice size,” she said.
VIDEOS and PHOTOS of the event are below. View the complete WesFest photo gallery on the Wesleyan Flickr page.