<p>This is about the fourth year in a row that applications to Wesleyan have exceeded the 10,000 mark:
Applications</a> Surge to Berkeley and Virginia, Slow to Columbia and Middlebury - NYTimes.com</p>

<p>In a correction made late today, the NY Times changed the title of the article to "Applications Surge to Berkeley and Virginia" and posted a statement correcting, among other things, that applications to Middlebury did not decline but actually rose by 4.56% -</p>

<p>"Correction: January 23, 2012:<br>
An earlier version of this post cited the announcement of a program to provide tuition relief to middle class students as a possible factor in the rise in applications at the University of California, Berkeley. That program was announced after the university's Nov. 30 deadline for regular applications. The earlier post, and the accompanying chart, also reported, erroneously, that Middlebury College had a 4.56 percent drop in applications; in fact, its applications increased by that percentage."</p>

<p>The Times reports that Wesleyan had only 9,986 applications last year, but Wesleyan, on its own website, states that last year there were actually 10,033 apps. Still, this year's figure of 10,437 represents a 4.03% increase (rounded off) over last year.</p>

<p>Yea, even according to last year's count-down, Wes had a 10,010 application year:
Applications</a> Rise (Yet Again) at Dozens of Selective Colleges - NYTimes.com</p>

<p>Hey JW, did you post last year when applications were down 6%. :-)</p>

<p>Um, yes:
<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/wesleyan-university/1079881-wesleyan-admissions-data-2011-a.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/wesleyan-university/1079881-wesleyan-admissions-data-2011-a.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>What's most significant to me is that the number of applications in the past three years are more than 30 percent higher than the average in the previous decade, while the yield has also gone up. This year's growth shows that it's not a temporary blip. More and more people around the country have figured out what kind of place Wesleyan is.</p>

<p>It's so impressive that Wesleyan has gained that much popularity over the past few years :)</p>

<p>Wesleyan's popularity is about to accelerate even more over the next few years. The turning point, in my view, had a lot to do with the appointment of Michael Roth as president. More so than at any time in the last 45 years--the length of time I have been observing Wesleyan from near and far--we have a president who is competent as a leader, as a manager, as a fundraiser, as a publicist, as a scholar and as a teacher. He has put in place a strategy that builds on the existing and heretofore unrealized assets of Wesleyan while at the same time steadily chipping away at threats and areas need to be developed. I am a leadership development professional, and in my opinion, the way Roth handles his job is at least equivalent to the best CEOs I have seen. Apple became Apple because of Steve Jobs; Southwest Airlines became Southwest Airlines because of CEO and Wesleyan alumnus Herb Kelleher, and the new Wesleyan will become an even greater Wesleyan in great part due to the vision and execution of that vision by Michael Roth.</p>