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New Students Arrive at Wesleyan Full of Hope (with Video, Photos)


Wet weather couldn’t dampen the feelings of excitement, anticipation and, above all, hope that abounded on Wesleyan University’s new student Arrival Day.

Over 900 students in the Class of 2025 – the second largest in Wesleyan’s history – as well as transfer students and students who deferred admission, moved in Wednesday morning. Many of this diverse group of young people from across the country and the globe navigated their entire application process through the complications of a global pandemic, demonstrating resilience in addition to intellectual and social acumen.

On this rainy morning, harnessing and shaping all of that nascent energy is a task for the future. As they moved into their dorms and said goodbye to their parents, the students’ minds were on new beginnings and, perhaps above all else, finding lasting friendships.

As she directed students to Clark Hall Wednesday morning, Anna Nguyen ’22 remembered her own Arrival Day three years ago.

Nguyen, an international student, had come to campus a few days before everyone else. “I remembered that I was alone, arriving at 8 p.m. But everyone was welcoming right away,” said Nguyen, who is now the Wesleyan Student Assembly president and works for the Office of Residential Life.

She called out to students walking toward their new home. “Welcome to Wesleyan,” she said. “Now I get to be that person,” Nguyen said.

Cars started pulling onto Andrus Field early in the morning. By 8:45 a.m. parents and students started the process of unloading. Current students helped parents wheel bins of necessities into the students’ dorm rooms—one mom had a plastic container of homemade cookies carefully perched on her kid’s boxes. The first rainy Arrival Day in over a decade was filled with anxious energy.

Pennsylvania resident Xzavier Pacheco ’25 felt good on his first day — he wasn’t nervous, at least not that he would say. He was excited to explore the freedom being at school offers and hoped that majoring in archaeology would feed his love of travel and history. “I just thought Wesleyan would be a good fit for me,” he said.

C-CERT Assists with Student Arrival Period

During the spring semester arrival period, Feb 5–8, volunteers from Wesleyan’s Campus-Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) assisted with welcoming students to campus, checking them in, and ensuring they had a COVID-19 test within five days of arriving on campus.

Members also shoveled snow to keep paths clear and delivered students’ suitcases, via an ATV, to their residences. Joe Fountain, director of athletic injury care, loaned the Athletics Department ATV to C-CERT for this purpose.

Wesleyan’s C-CERT group consists of staff, faculty, and student volunteers.

(Photos by Olivia Drake and Roseann Sillasen)

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Students’ On-Campus Arrivals Staggered Over One-Week Period


Wesleyan welcomed students back to campus during the week of Aug. 24. Traditionally, students would arrive on New Student Arrival Day, and be accompanied to their new home-away-from-home by families and fellow students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Residential Life stretched Arrival Day activities over the span of seven days, and students were assigned a formal arrival date and time to minimize crowds and allow for appropriate social distancing. Only students could enter residences during the move-in period. Classes began virtually on Aug. 31.

While COVID-19 is continuing to tear through Japan, Tokyo resident and first-year-student Takumi Abe ’24 feared he wouldn’t make it to campus this fall. But “I managed to make it here,” he said. “I am excited about the new experiences that I will have with new students and staff, the lessons that are starting next week, and about the summer heat coming to an end. The change in the working and living environment feels like a fresh start and I am motivated in making this first semester productive and fun.”

Prior to moving into their residence halls and homes, every student was tested for COVID-19 at Wesleyan’s testing site.

Photos of Arrival Week are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake and Simon Duan ’23)

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Natalie Aller ’23 carries a packaged chair to her West College residence on Aug. 27. “While moving in this year was pretty different from last year considering our current situation, I found the process to be relatively easy with the help of my roommate! It definitely was a lot less hectic, as I was the only person in my hall to move on that day and I felt as though I had way more time to settle in,” she said. “Overall, I believe that everyone is doing their best to adjust to this new way of living on campus while maintaining health and safety precautions, and hopefully, the actions we take now will allow us to experience a more normal semester moving forward!” 

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Takumi Abe ’24 shows off his dorm room in Nicolson 5, which is home to both first-year and upper-class students. Abe arrived on campus late on Aug. 24, and a Public Safety officer guided him to his room. “The atmosphere has been nothing short of welcoming, whether it be at the PI Cafe or the ResLife Office,” he said.

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Wesleyan Welcomes 781 Students on Arrival Day (with video and photo gallery)


On Aug. 28, 781 members of the Class of 2023—along with their families—flocked to campus for Arrival Day. Hauling armfuls of personal belongings and comforts from home, students settled into their new home-away-from-home amid fond (and a few teary) farewells.

President Michael Roth ’78 provided a personal welcome, helping carry students’ belongings into residence halls and offering warm greetings to the new members of the Wesleyan family. Athletic teams also helped carry the load, hoisting plastic tubs of cold-weather clothing and draped bedding over their shoulders.

Clark Hall volunteers had organized their sidewalk space, chalking it into squares labeled with room numbers to keep belongings all in one place. Inside the new room, families helped their first-year students to settle in and brand-new roommates found common ground and made plans for their space. Wesleyan’s mascot, a bright red Cardinal, fluttered about to add to the spirit of the day.

A total of 13,358 individuals applied for a spot in the Class of 2023, the most in Wesleyan history. Of those, Wesleyan admitted 2,187 and 781 matriculated. An additional 52 transfer students enrolled this fall.

Below are some stats about the Class of 2023:

  • 45% men and 55% women
  • 52% attended public high schools
  • A record-breaking 18% are from outside the USA
  • 44% are students of color (including international)
  • 24% identify as Asian/Asian American
  • 14% are international students (view story)
  • 8% are the children of Wesleyan alumni
  • 15% are among the first generation in their family to attend a four-year college
  • 48% are receiving financial aid
  • 80% have already studied a foreign language
  • 84% graduated in the top 20% of their high school class
  • English, biology, economics, film, and psychology are the top projected majors (identical to the Class of 2021 and 2022).

Wesleyan Welcomes 810 Students to the Class of 2022


Annabella Machnizh ’22, from Mexico City, who arrived early for the International Students Orientation, helped her roommate, Amanda McHugh '22, of Westchester, N.Y,, on arrival day. The two chose to room together, citing similar living habits yet different social circles to make the transition both comfortable and interesting. Both were looking forward to explore a variety of different courses.

Annabella Machnizh ’22, from Mexico City, who arrived early for the International Student Orientation, helped her roommate, Amanda McHugh ’22, of Westchester, N.Y., on arrival day. The two chose to room together, citing similar living habits yet different social circles to make the transition both comfortable and interesting. Both were looking forward to exploring a variety of different courses. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

On Aug. 29, in temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, 810 new students from the Class of 2022 moved into their new residence halls on New Student Arrival Day.

Wesleyan received a record-breaking 12,788 applications for a spot in the Class of 2022, of which 2,219 were admitted. Of those, 810 matriculated and another 44 students transferred into Wesleyan.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth '78 helps a student move into her residence in the Butterfields.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78 helps a student move into her residence in the Butterfields. Several Wesleyan staff, residential advisors, and student-athletes assisted the new students with their belongings.

After settling into their home-away-from-home and saying farewell to their families, the new students participated in an array of New Student Orientation social activities involving group sessions with orientation leaders, academic forums, autobiographical monologues written and presented by current students, a neon space party, a student of color luncheon, an a capella concert, a pride reception, stargazing, karaoke, and more.

The students also were introduced to the First Year Matters program, which provides a shared experience for the entire class as well as an introduction to intellectual life at Wesleyan. This year, the students will collectively read A Body Undone, by Christina Crosby, professor of English, professor of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies.

Orientation concluded with the Common Moment, where members of the incoming class are brought together through music and performance.

“A good liberal education empowers you to figure out what you love to do, learn how to do it better, and then how to share that talent with the rest of the world,” said Wesleyan President Michael Roth during a gathering with the first-year students and their families.

(Cynthia Rockwell contributed to this article)

Paul Tran ’22, with parents Hoa Hoang and Thai Tran, from Houston, Texas, chose Wesleyan for its open curriculum. He’s considering a major in English and government, with the goal of becoming a civil lawyer. Asked if he minded that his son was so far away from Texas, father Thai Tran was both cheerful philosophical: “This, he chose. We have to follow.”

Paul Tran ’22, with parents Hoa Hoang and Thai Tran, from Houston, Texas, chose Wesleyan for its open curriculum. He’s considering a major in English and government, with the goal of becoming a civil lawyer. Asked if he minded that his son was so far away from Texas, father Thai Tran was both cheerful and philosophical: “This, he chose. We have to follow.”

818 Students Welcomed on New Student Arrival Day (with video and photo gallery)

On Aug. 30, Wesleyan welcomed 766 students to the Class of 2021. An additional 52 transfer students also arrived.

Student athletes, Wesleyan staff and faculty — and Wesleyan President Michael Roth — assisted families with unloading vehicles and hauling suitcases, boxes, lamps, microwaves, computers, bed linens, and more to the students’ residence halls. The Wesleyan Cardinal made the rounds, even hitching a ride on the golf carts used to help haul carloads of belongings into new dorm rooms.

Watch a video of New Student Arrival Day below:


Making the trek to campus to the sound of favorite tunes—ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Car Seat Headrest, and “everything on my iPhone”—the Class of ’21 arrived on campus, cars loaded down with everything needed to turn a dorm room into home, along with family members to help carry the gear, set up equipment, make beds, and hang clothes. “I knew this was the right place for her,” noted one father, “but I didn’t say a word. Happily, she came to that conclusion, too.” Another parent had been surprised: “This was a late-in-the-game choice. He called us from campus last spring and said, ‘This is the place!’’ Another student confided, “I knew I wanted to go here the moment I stepped on campus.” Whichever end of the spectrum, the results were smiles and an eagerness to jump into life at Wesleyan.  (See photos below to meet a few of the newest members of our community.)

The Office of Admission received more than 12,450 applications for the Class of 2021, of which 2,014 students were admitted (16.2 percent). This is the highest number of applicants received in Wesleyan’s history.

    • The Class of 2021 is 46 percent men and 54 percent women.
    • The students hail from New England (20 percent), Mid-Atlantic (31 percent), Midwest (5 percent), South (8 percent), West (20 percent) and outside the U.S. (16 percent).
    • 15 percent of the class are international students.
    • Students of color, including international students, make up 44 percent of the Class of 2021. Students identify as Asian/South Asian (23 percent), Black/African American (11 percent), Latino/Hispanic (13 percent) and Native American/Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Island (1.5 percent).
    • 14 percent of the students have a Wesleyan relative; 7 percent are children of an alumnus or alumnae.
    • 15 percent of the class are in the first generation of their family to attend a four-year college.
    • 47 percent of the students receive financial aid.
    • Economics, English, film, psychology and biology are the top projected majors.

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.”

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.”