- Class: Junior
- Gender: M
- High School: Arlington High School
- Transfer Student: Y
I'm a transfer student from a much larger, public institution and to me it seems as though Wesleyan's size is very well suited to fostering and enabling community. It's not big enough for you to feel insignificant or lost and it's not so small that you get tired of the student body. Wesleyan does live up to it's reputation for weirdness, but it's an endearing weird and one that you'll find you miss when you go home.
There's little more you could ask for in Wesleyan's academic atmosphere. Professors are generally both great teachers and scholars and most of them seem to genuinely care about getting to know and help their students. Some departments could use a little more funding or a few extra professors, but there are really no weak departments. Outside the classroom, intellectual conversations are definitely commonplace, students truly enjoy talking about what they have learned or want to learn, it's a very intellectual atmosphere.
Any prospective student should know and understand that Wesleyan is a very liberal place and though there is a diversity of opinion among the student body, the vast majority of students lean left of center. The nickname "Diversity University" is an accurate moniker. Students come from a lot of different ethnic and racial backgrounds. That said, this is a private liberal arts school that doesn't have the biggest endowment ever, so socio-economic diversity is not extremely high. This is certainly not a school run by jocks. Sports are not the center of student activities and school spirit is less about face-painting and game attendance and more about appreciating other things Wes has to offer.
The Best Things
Everything but Usdan
The Worst Things
sometimes the hipsters can get annoying