Wesleyan University was the last school that I visited in the spring. Located in Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan is considered to be one of the “Little Three” among the leading liberal arts colleges that compete in the New England School College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) along with Amherst College (MA) and Williams College (MA), one of the smartest athletic conferences in the US. I have also collected pictures for a Pinterest page.
These three schools are also among the older and better-endowed liberal arts schools in the nation. They all have impressive lists of “who’s-who” among their alumni bases. They all have resources for liberal arts majors that you wish that your home state university would have. Wesleyan’s most notable athletic alumni include New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Marvel film producer Josh Weeden, and actor, composer, rapper and writer Lin-Manuel Miranda, most recently creator and star of the Broadway musical Hamilton.
While these three colleges compete against each other in athletics and they are often cross-shopped against each other, there are differences between them.
There is a lot to like about Wesleyan University. Wesleyan does an excellent job of housing all of its students, advancing them from traditional (double rooms along a corridor with shared bathrooms) residence halls to suites to apartments or special interest houses. The university is a member of the Liberal Arts Career Network along with 38 other liberal arts colleges whose names you will also recognize. Wesleyan also participates in the Twelve College Exchange Program with Amherst as well as Dartmouth. That gives a Wesleyan student a possible opportunity to spend a year at a school that s/he might have considered before s/he decided to commit to Wesleyan.
I’m inclined to give Wesleyan University A’s on a Report Card for Graduation Rates, Freshman Retention, Costs, Comforts, Curriculum and Connections, but only a B+ for Community.
While the students who choose Wesleyan might want a campus-based experience, they have few opportunities to go elsewhere unless they spend their junior year abroad, at another school in the 12 College Exchange or at Columbia or Cal Tech if they are part of the 3-2 engineering program. Wesleyan University is one of the best liberal arts colleges around. However, it is not one of the best located.
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