Sorry for the long hiatus but I'm back! If you have any questions Wesleyan related feel free to ask and I will answer it after I answer the questions that haven't been answered yet. Stay cool in this heat wave!
@IBinLux: I'm so sorry for getting back to you so late but I hope this answer finds you well.
1.) The Office of Student Affairs supports students with any kind of learning disability. The link for more information can be found at Disabilities Services, Student Affairs - Wesleyan University. Obviously, professors, advisors, and class deans are available for support and guidance if needed. Disability Services is an integral part of the learning process for many students at Wesleyan. In my experience, I have worked as a note-taker and also a reader for students who cannot take notes or read for themselves.
2. Yes, you hit the nail on the head: Wesleyan takes a holistic approach to the admissions process. There’s never one thing that guarantees admission or precludes a student from admission. Additionally, every application will have strengths and weaknesses--no one is perfect, even on paper! I think that the Deans will see that you are an extremely hard-worker through overcoming your LD with your academic achievements. Test scores aren't everything!
3. The Admission Deans definitely want to know about any kind of learning disability, especially if it is a huge part of your identity. One dean who I asked said, "Every year we receive successful applications from students who focus their entire essay on their LD and how it has shaped them." BE HONEST. Yes, you are trying to showcase yourself in the best light, but being genuine is more important than withholding information about yourself from the people who are trying to help you. I'm not sure if you have started the Common App yet, but there is a space for extra information that hasn't come across in your application and you can use that space to talk about your LD, if you do not want to dedicate your entire essay to it. Feel free to also include a statement from a doctor if you think that would help explain your situation better.
My DD and I visited back on Veterans Day and it turns out that she fell in love with Wes. We recieved info that day, which I just came across last week that says that 85% of students applying to med school are accepted...is it really that high? I have read here on CC that colleges/uni's will play with these stats..
The number varies from year to year (as you might imagine, with most medical schools accepting 5% of applicants and only 40% of applicants being accepted overall, things are bound to fluctuate - even moreso when you're dealing with LAC med school acceptance rates, as the applicant pool is small) but yes, Wes has achieved acceptance rates over 80% fairly consistently. The number has dipped into the high 60's% some years but is usually around 80%, which is common among the top LACs and universities.
In other words, even in a "bad" year, Wes is still significantly higher than the national average for med school acceptance rate. The 85% number you saw is probably just from a single year, not the long-term average. The long term average is probably closer to 75-80%, but one thing to know about Wes pre-med is that they don't weed out the applicants. At some schools, you need the pre-med office's approval, so to speak, to apply. At Wes, even if the office doesn't think you have a great shot (and they'll let you know) they will still let you apply. That 85% number is literally everyone who wants to apply, not just applicants Wes is screening. Fantastic school for pre-med, in other words.
@suki813 : I know that you have already made your decision, and I hope it was to Wesleyan, but I'm still going to answer this question because future applicants may wonder the same thing! Our campus is so exciting and there is so much to do. We are in no way, shape, or form a "suitcase school." And honestly, Middletown is a great place to have a school! There are over 30 different restaurants at our fingertips (aka walking distance) from campus. There are also hundreds of volunteer and community service opportunities with the Middletown community, especially in the area of tutoring and prison outreach. I'm not going to lie, if you are looking for a "city school" this is not going to be the place for you. But unlike city schools we have a beautiful campus, trees!, Foss Hill, Senior Wood Frame Houses, and a tight-knit community. There are also opportunities to get off campus and go to Boston or New York, if you are in need of a larger city. Also, New Haven and Hartford are smaller than Boston and New York, but larger than Middletown, and offer many sources of entertainment very close to campus.
AbInito: Socially, Wesleyan has a ton to offer. Whether it's in the arts, greek life, sporting events, groups, ect. I'm sure Amherst can say that too, but I can really only speak from my experience as a current Wesleyan student. One of my favorite things to do on a random Wednesday-Saturday night is going to our Film Series. It is a known fact that Wesleyan has a fabulous Film Program/Department, but what a lot of people don't know is how open it is for all students. Any night Wed-Sat you can see a Film in our on-campus cinema. It's a really fun thing to do with a group of friends because most nights it's free!
I feel like I've been answering this question about Middletown far too often! I know that location is important, but in reality, I very rarely ever need or want to leave campus (we even have an on-campus grocery store!). But there are plenty of places to hang out in Middletown if that's what you're into! One of my favorite things to do in town is go to La Boca for Trivia Night every Tuesday. There are malls in Meriden and West Hartford that are only 15 minutes away.
@IBinLux: I spoke to Admissions and they do not calculate the acceptance rate for international students because it can be quite complicated with Financial Aid. Financial Aid is not available for non-US citizens. There are a few exceptions like The Freeman Asian Scholarship. The most current data that I have: In 2010 (applying for the class of 2014) there was 1241 International applications form 94 different countries. The deans also feel that IB programs are a great preparation for college and usually get many strong candidates from these programs.
She doesn't want to do the so called pre med route... she wants to explore other things prior to getting down to the business of science/medicine... She is considering African American Studies, The Classics, Spanish... her interests vary.. she is only a high school sophomore so she has time before she applies to college.
Wesleyan, along with most of its "peer" liberal arts colleges, does not offer a pre-med major. Rather, you major in whatever you want (literally anything - religion, classics, etc... and of course, you can choose a science field like biology) and you meet with the pre-med advisor periodically to make sure you are also taking the courses required for medical school admission. For example, a religion major might take 1-2 religion classes a semester, along with a course like organic chem and then an english course (both of which are needed for med school) or even a language.
If you really don't want to take much science in college (med schools usually require 2 semesters each of bio, physics, gen chem, and organic chem) you can always take post-bac courses as well. The point is, there is no "pre-med" route at liberal arts colleges. You take whatever path your interests take you, adding the med school requirements along the way, or after.
Right! But we use that term premed just to alert others that students want to become doctors... DD knows she will have to take science classes during undergrad. But my question for WesTalk was the acceptance rates to med school... if she had any current stats(I believe the stats were from 2008)... Especially since I came across that information from Wes that says that the acceptance rates are 85%.
Does Wesleyan care about interest level (i.e sitting in classes, going on tours, sitting in on college nights)? Should I bother introducing myself to the deans of admissions after presentations?
Is an upward trend legitimately useful? As in like, an 80 to a 92 in one term? Just want to make my weak GPA look a little better. Is attaching an arts supplement noticeably useful?
Is it good to have diverse SAT 2's? I have strong history and literature SAT's but my physics SAT is right under a 700 - would it hurt to attach that?
And.. lastly, would Asian males be an URM?
Johnwesley helped me out in my thread but I think another perspective would be useful (no disrespect to him).
@NewHavenCTMom- I have the same information that you have, "For the classes entering between 1999 and 2003, Wesleyan graduates with overal GPAs of 3.5 or above have been acceptance rates ranging from 85% to 100% to medical school."
Although this data is not completely current and the acceptance rates to Med School vary from year to year, it still is around the 85% range.