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Admission Hosts Virtual WesFest Throughout April

This month, the Class of 2024 admitted students and their families are learning all about Wesleyan during the 2020 WesFest. In lieu of the traditional, on-campus three-day event, the University is hosting a series of virtual information sessions, department open houses, student and parent panels, and department events through the Zoom application.

“We hope to deliver the same core experience that our on-campus WesFest program strives to provide: a firsthand look at life on campus, opportunities in and out of the classroom, and, of course, a chance for admitted students and family members to pose any outstanding questions they have about Wesleyan,” said Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez ’96, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid.

Sessions focused on social entrepreneurship at Wesleyan; study abroad opportunities; finding a career with a liberal arts education; campus sustainability; opportunities in the sciences, health professions, and classical studies; the LGBTQ community; Wesleyan athletics; navigating survivor care and support at Wesleyan; and more.

On April 16, Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78 delivered a welcome address to the Class of 2024 admitted students and their families.

Roth explained his three hopes for what students can accomplish during their college experience: discover what they love to do, get better at it, and share it with other people.

“You may get As and be good at tests, but you may not know what makes you feel what is meaningful,” he said. “It’s important you discover other things you didn’t know you even cared about that make you feel exuberant and full of energy.”

He concluded: “Take the education you’re privileged to get and use it in a powerful, meaningful, and contributory way. If that sounds exciting to you, come to Wes!”

On April 27, Andrew Clibanoff ’86, P’19, ’22, Dana Dudley P’20 and Johannah Townsend ’91, P’22, ’24 will lead a parent-to-parent panel; and on April 30, Wesleyan student tour guides will provide a last-minute Q&A for admitted students.

A sampling of the WesFest virtual sessions are below:

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 delivered a WesFest welcome message to Class of 2024 admitted students. “You should be on campus right now. You should be touring this incredible place,” he said. “I’m sorry you didn’t get to have that experience. The world turned upside down, and here we are. But welcome to Wesleyan. I’m thrilled that you’re going to be joining us in the fall.”

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Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez ’96, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid, congratulated the admitted students on their acceptance to the Class of 2024. “At Wes, we stand tall and together,” he said. “We encourage exploration and celebrate the fact that no two Cardinals, even if they share common characteristics, have identical journeys to or through campus.”

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On April 15, Sharon Belden Castonguay, executive director of the Gordon Career Center, delivered a live presentation entitled “Teacher, Banker, Coder, Artist: Learning Career Management in a Liberal Arts Environment.” (The large photo above is taken from a past event held at the Gordon Career Center, before social distancing measures.) Belden Castonguay focused her discussion on the benefits of a liberal arts education in finding work after college. She explained how Wesleyan career advisors help coach students through the process of preparing themselves for the workforce.

Class of 2023 Admitted Students Experience All-Things-Wes at WesFest 2019

All Class of 2023 admitted students and their families were welcomed to Wesleyan April 10-12 for WesFest.

More than 500 Class of 2023 admitted students and their families participated in WesFest 2019 activities.

For three days, Class of 2023 admitted students and their families had the opportunity to learn all about Wesleyan during the 2019 WesFest.

Held April 10-12 on campus, WesFest provided campus visitors with multiple information sessions, campus tours, department open houses, attend-a-class opportunities, keynote speakers, meet-and-greets, student performances, a student activity fair, a concert on Foss Hill, and more.

Wesleyan received a record 13,358 applications for its Class of 2023, offering admission to 2,114 students (15.8%) from one of the most competitive, diverse applicant pools in the University’s history. Of those who were admitted, more than 500 attended WesFest. An additional 375 family members and guests accompanied them.  

Class of 2022 Students and Families Attend 3-Day WesFest

Hundreds of admitted Class of 2022 students and their families attended WesFest April 10-12 on campus. Guests had the opportunity to experience university life first-hand and explore the diverse opportunities that a Wesleyan education has to offer.

Hundreds of admitted Class of 2022 students and their families attended WesFest April 11–13 on campus. Guests had the opportunity to experience University life firsthand and explore the diverse opportunities that a Wesleyan education has to offer. The admitted students had ample time to mingle with their future classmates during the event.

 

Student Models, Artists Perform at SOC Fashion Show

The For Us By Us (FUBU): Student of Color Fashion Show 2017 on April 13 featured alumni artist, Sandflower Power, as well as student models, designers, artwork and performances. The event was held in conjunction with WesFest and took place in Beckham Hall. Three hundred students attended the show. (Photos by Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19)

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Class of 2021 Admits Experience ‘All Things Wes’ during WesFest 2017

Admitted Class of 2021 students gather on Foss Hill April 14 during the WesFest picnic.

Admitted Class of 2021 students gather on Foss Hill April 14 during the WesFest picnic.

More than 500 admitted Class of 2021 students and their family members attended WesFest activities on campus, April 12-14.

WesFest is a three-day celebration of all things Wesleyan. The Office of Admission invites all admitted students and their families to visit Wesleyan, experience university life first-hand, and explore the diverse opportunities that a Wesleyan education has to offer.

During WesFest, campus visitors attend classes and academic department open houses; tour campus and academic departments; meet and interact with Wesleyan students; attend a Student Activities Fair; enjoy an all-campus barbecue picnic and live student bands; learn about liberal arts career opportunities and Wesleyan athletic programs; attend student-to-student

Class of 2020 Explores Wesleyan during 3-Day WesFest Celebration

Several students groups and departments, such as the Office of Admission, posted WesFest images on Instagram and other social media sites.

Several students groups and departments, such as the Office of Admission, posted WesFest images on Instagram and other social media sites.

During WesFest, April 13-15, the Office of Admission invited all Class of 2020 admitted students and their families to visit Wesleyan and experience university life first-hand. The three-day celebration allowed admitted students to explore the diverse opportunities that a Wesleyan education has to offer.

Activities included campus tours, an all-campus barbecue, student band performances, a Student Activities Fair, department open houses, daily fitness classes, student-to-student and parent-to-parent panels, an a cappella concert, opportunities to attend classes and academic department open houses, and much more!

Alumni Keynote Speaker, Bozoma Saint John ’99, head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes, delivered the WesFest keynote address on April 15. In the fall of 2014, she was inducted in the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement and she now serves on the Hall of Achievement Executive Committee.

WesFest Gives Admitted Students, Families a Taste of Campus Life

Wesleyan welcomed about 450 admitted students and their families to campus April 15-17 to experience life at Wesleyan first-hand. Visitors had an opportunity to explore all that Wes has to offer through tours of campus, film studies, science facilities, the Center for the Arts, and the theater department; parent-to-parent and student-to-student panels; departmental and center open houses; and a student activities fair, as well as lectures, performances and film screenings. (Photos by Dat Vu ’15, Hannah Norman ’16, Gabe Rosenberg ’16, Dena Matthews and Lauren Rubenstein.)

The Cardinal made an appearance, April 15.

The Cardinal made an appearance, April 15.

Admitted Students Celebrate All Things Wesleyan at WesFest

Jennifer Swindlehurst Chan attended WesFest with her father Kyle Chan.

Jennifer Swindlehurst Chan attended WesFest with her father Kyle Chan. Jennifer is an admitted student.

WesFest, the annual three-day celebration of all things Wesleyan, was held April 16-18 for admitted students and their families. WesFest allows the students to experience university life first-hand and explore the diverse opportunities that a Wesleyan education has to offer.

Admitted students and their parents tour campus on April 16 during WesFest.

Admitted students and their parents tour campus on April 16 during WesFest.

During Wes Fest, Class of 2018 admitted students had the opportunity to tour campus, visit Exley Science Center and the Center for the Arts, have lunch at the all-campus barbecue, meet Wesleyan students at student-to-student panels, attend a Student Activities Fair, participate in “Homerathon,” an all-day reading of Homer’s “Odyssey,” learn about classes and programs during academic departmental open houses, and meet Wesleyan President Michael Roth. (Watch a video of President Roth’s welcome to students and families online here.)

Jennifer Swindlehurst Chan of San Diego, Calif. attended WesFest with her father Kyle Chan. She learned about Wesleyan through its website and reading about it online.

“Wesleyan sounded like a nice place and it’s one of the top schools on my list,” she said. “Now that I’m here, I think it is a beautiful campus and I enjoyed the students who led the campus tour. I also met [President Roth] this morning. That was so cool to meet the president!”

Hannah Levin of Philadelphia, Pa. attended WesFest with her mother Joan Joanson. The mother-daughter duo, who enjoyed lunch at Usdan’s Marketplace, previously visited campus in 2012.

“I applied to Wesleyan because I was looking for a liberal arts education that offered professor access and a science program. I also like Wesleyan’s vibrant and creative community,” Levin said.

At the all-campus barbecue April 18, families braved unseasonably chilly temperatures to sit out on Foss Hill and enjoy lunch while a student band played.

Caroline Diemer attended WesFest with her father. The two hail from San Jose, Calif.

Caroline Diemer attended WesFest with her father. The two hail from San Jose, Calif.

Caroline Diemer of San Jose, Calif. relaxed over lunch with her father. She had applied to Wesleyan early decision, and returned to learn more about the school she will be attending next fall. Diemer plans to play on Wesleyan’s volleyball team, so she hung out with her future teammates. She also attended a class called “Living in a Polluted World,” watched an a capella concert, and spent the morning wandering the stacks of Olin. Despite the cold, she said she was really enjoying her visit.

David Hoffman of Wilmington, Del. shared lunch with his parents. Visiting Wesleyan since the previous day, he had taken a tour, attended an info session, sat in on chemistry and architecture classes, and gone to a film screening.

“I love it—the culture, the kids,” he said. “Everyone is very relaxed, and very smart. They know when to have fun and when to work.”

Anthony Springate of Louisville, K.Y. stayed overnight at Wesleyan with a current student.

“I made lots of new friends and met a lot of new people,” he said. “It seems like such a community, and such a diverse group of people, but it’s all so harmonious and cool. I love it!”

Photos of WesFest are below.

Admitted Students, Families Celebrate All Things Wesleyan at WesFest 2013 (with Photo Gallery, Video)

James Kellner of Verona, N.J. attended WesFest with his mother, Michele Kellner, and grandmother, Maria Montoto.

James Kellner of Verona, N.J. attended WesFest with his mother, Michele Kellner, and grandmother, Maria Montoto.

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.

Admitted student Cloie Logan of Albuquerque, N.M. visited Wesleyan with her parents, Nina Logan and Jimmy Miranda.

Admitted student Cloie Logan of Albuquerque, N.M. visited Wesleyan with her parents, Nina Logan and Jimmy Miranda. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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.”

Malaysia Johnson of Prince Frederick, M.D. attended a student-to-student panel and was impressed by how active Wesleyan students are in community service. She is pictured with her mother, Glenda Johnson, and her grandmother, Delois Johnson.

Malaysia Johnson of Prince Frederick, M.D. attended a student-to-student panel and was impressed by how active Wesleyan students are in community service. She is pictured with her mother, Glenda Johnson, and her grandmother, Delois Johnson.

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

Class of 2016 Admits Experience Wesleyan at WesFest (Photos and Video below)

During WesFest, held April 12–14 on campus, Class of 2016 admits attend classes, meet with professors, talk with Wesleyan students, and participate in campus events.

Midday on Friday, April 13, Class of 2016 admitted students and their families spread out across a sunny Foss Hill at WesFest, enjoying a barbecue lunch buffet as upbeat music plays in the background. Some, having arrived only hours earlier, are still soaking in the sights and sounds of Wesleyan. Others already have a good feel for the school, having stayed overnight in the dorms with a student host, and sat in on a class or two.

Kai Leshne and his mother have come from San Francisco, Calif., drawn by the excellent academics, and strong soccer and music programs. Kai visited a Portuguese class earlier in the day, and is excited after discussing study abroad opportunities in Brazil with the professor.

“I really, really like it,” he says, summing up his impressions of the school thus far. “There’s just such a friendly atmosphere. Everyone’s really open and extroverted.”

Shravya Raju, visiting with her parents from San Jose, Calif., says she was attracted to Wesleyan because of its strong science program and small size. Compared with the large schools in the University of California system, she feels Wesleyan would give her greater opportunity to interact with professors and engage in hands-on work.

“It’s really pretty,” she says of the campus.

Admitted Students Experience All Things Wesleyan

Wesleyan’s Office of Admission hosted WesFest for all admitted students April 15-17 on campus. More than 500 students and their families attended the event to explore what Wesleyan has to offer. Pictured, admitted students enjoy a concert and barbecue in the West College Courtyard.