I am now in the process of choosing between Middlebury College and Wesleyan University for the class of 2012 (yes, i know it is past the deadline, it is a long story). These two schools have so much to offer that I am having trouble trying to concretely decide.
I am interested in economics, perhaps international affairs, and languages. I speak chinese proficiently and would like to learn arabic. While I know the language aspect would tip the scales towards middlebury, I am also very interested in the CSS program at Wesleyan. Also, I visited during Wesfest and really like Wesleyan, not to mention the location (yay for not being in isolated vermont).
To sum up my questions:
Which school has a better econ department?
Is the language (Chinese and Arabic) instruction at Wesleyan even comparable to that of middlebury?
Overall, which school is better (I know this is a nearly impossible question to answer) not based on prestige but rather actual quality of instruction?