College Freshman 2013-12-10T16:40:41Z
I'm a freshman and I live in what was supposedly the worst dorm, the Butterfields (known as the Butts). This dorm was recently renovated and so I think much of the past stigma was based on what it used to be like. I think now a days many people love the dorm and some reapply to live in it as Sophomores. All the common spaces are renovated with new couches and big flat screen T.Vs and every building has its own washing machines and dryers plus a nice kitchen space.
Almost everyone lives on campus here and the housing options are pretty diverse. Freshman can apply to program halls, single/double occupancy dorm rooms, and 200 Church. Sophomores can apply for program houses or halls and dorms. Juniors can apply for apartments, and all the other options already mentioned. Seniors live in houses or senior Fauver (which is a super nice apartment building).
College Freshman 2013-12-10T16:27:56Z
Nightlife is all on campus. There are plenty of places to go whether it be a small gathering of friends or a large party at one of the houses, apartments, or frats you'll definitely find your niche. There are concerts with bands or DJs, dance shows, plays, and plenty of other entertainment on the weekend.
College Freshman 2013-12-10T16:15:13Z
Nobody will peer pressure you into alcohol or drugs. You will probably be offered alcohol if you go partying, but that's more out of people being nice and offering than trying to get you to do it. I haven't really run into the drug scene here, but I guess you'll occasionally smell marijuana when you pass by someone smoking.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T18:13:00Z
I'm from California, and yeah, the weather is definitely not as nice. However, it isn't the nightmare that I imagined it would be. Just wear layers of clothes and you'll be fine. Heating inside dorms is great too, so no complaints about that.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T18:11:52Z
The fact that diversity is such a contentious and often spoken about issue on this campus shows that people care. The school has many people from different races, countries, sexual identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Current discussion is very focused on the recruitment of low-income students because of our change from "need blind" to "need aware." Despite these concerns, if you are accepted your full need will be met. It just will be potentially harder to get in if you're applying for financial aid, which really is a shame as half of the student body is on some sort of financial aid. The admin has promised to keep it at half, but it is too early to see if they'll be successful in recruiting low-income students with this policy change.
Diversity in sexual identity is embraced and nobody will treat you any differently based on how you identify. Some people say this school has a ton of gay students, but in reality there probably aren't any more than there are at any other top college in the U.S.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T17:59:29Z
Sports are an important part of life for some people on campus. By most students it is considered just a worthy as the numerous other activities students participate in. However, watching sporting events is definitely not the most popular event on campus. Athletes come here for the Wesleyan culture, not the crazy fan base.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T17:54:35Z
ST lab in Exley is open 24/7 and has rows and rows of iMacs that run both Mac and Windows. All computers have software such as Adobe creative suite, Microsoft office, and other specific applications needed for humanities and science classes. Other computer labs such as in the CFA have Final Cut Pro and other advanced digital arts software. Having a laptop is definitely convenient and many students have one, but it is not necessary.
The new printing system installed a few months ago is great. Your print jobs get sent to the cloud where it can be printed from any printer on campus after you swipe your ID card. You can install a plugin for your laptop that also lets you send your stuff to the campus printers. I don't own a printer and I haven't had a problem as there are printers available 24/7.
Wireless is pretty good. No problem in dorms or in academic buildings. Only when walking outside you might lose connection as your phone switches between wifi routers. Foss hill has wifi but I have never tried doing work there.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T17:45:49Z
Middletown is a small and spread out city. Main street is nice with a bunch of mostly pricey but good restaurants that students will sometimes frequent. There are also some coffee shops, bakeries, and other local stores along the street. Fast food chains are further away from downtown and aren't conveniently in walking distance. There is no Starbucks in town, but alternatives such as Pi Cafe, Espwesso (student run coffee shop), or just buying Starbuck products at Weshop (campus grocery store) usually are fine substitutes. These on campus spots also accept your points which is super important.
During breaks people will often go to New York City or Boston (around the same distance away) by train or Wesleyan shuttle. Both those cities have plenty of things to do. During the school year there are so many great events on campus that people rarely stray elsewhere. I think Wesleyan's campus makes up the local atmosphere for a lot of students.
To be honest I haven't experienced any negative attitudes towards students from local residents. Wesleyan students tutor at many of the local schools and I have truly enjoyed working with local kids through academic help programs. There are other ways to get involved in the local community such as Geminal fund (Wesleyan startup) which helps fund and support local business startups.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T17:22:17Z
University provided housing is mandatory all four years here. Some exceptions are made for medical or other reasons, but for the most part everyone lives on campus. Housing is great (dorms, apartments, and wood frame houses) though so there really is no reason to live off campus.
College Freshman 2013-11-21T00:42:23Z
Middletown is an OK area, but students never really feel the need to go very far off campus to find fun things to do.
College Junior 2013-11-16T21:13:57Z
Very easy to use the technology and help services are always available.
College Junior 2013-11-16T21:13:11Z
The people are great, that's why I chose the school. I was choosing between a few academically competitive schools, and the truth is that the students here are all very interested in their studies, so much that they don't worry about others and the atmosphere becomes less competitive and everybody is friendly with one another. It's an incredible school and I would definitely do it all over again.
College Junior 2013-11-16T21:08:29Z
Big town feeling, very accessible if you want. Many stores, safe, good connection with residents.
College Junior 2013-11-16T21:05:25Z
It's usually not that cold, very bearable. Spring and Fall are beautiful, school looks great with snow on the ground too.
College Junior 2013-11-16T21:00:06Z
Freshmen dorms are brand new, renovating the older buildings to make the insides like the newer buildings. Seniors get their own houses. Juniors get their own apartments. Housing at Wes is great.
College Junior 2013-11-16T20:56:50Z
Health & Safety:
Public Safety effectively takes care of every situation, definitely not over-bearing, and understanding. PSafe does a good job of ensuring the safety of students.
College Junior 2013-11-16T20:52:57Z
Wesleyan provides a shuttle, The Ride, for the entire campus. There are several vans to pick you up even at late hours of the night. It's pretty convenient, and public transportation is never really needed or used. Taxis are easy to get, just somewhat expensive, but on the holidays and breaks, Wesleyan offers bus rides and shuttles to the airport and major surrounding cities.
College Sophomore 2013-10-21T17:40:15Z
Main st. is just a 5 minute walk away and has lot of different options for different budgets. There's Thai food, Sushi (and some half price days), Vietnamese, Italian, upscale and regular Pizza, Mexican food and delicious ice-cream and frozen yogurt!
College Sophomore 2013-10-21T17:35:46Z
Always different type of things going on t suit whatever you're looking for. There is a shuttle that goes around campus that is great, especially in the cold weather.
College Sophomore 2013-08-20T18:54:19Z
There is a standard view on all of these that remains constant throughout the majority of the campus
College Senior 2013-08-17T20:33:00Z
Wes has a beautiful campus. It is a high powered institution with a relaxed atmosphere. There is not much campus-wide support for athletic events. However, there is always some art, music, or film event on campus to keep yourself busy on the weekends. There are tons of student organizations.
College Senior 2013-08-17T20:26:56Z
I am a double major at Wes. I have loved the challenging nature of the courses. The professors are thought provoking and have given me a solid foundation to be successful in my future career. I would hands down attend Wesleyan again. My future goal is to become a leader in the health care industry.
College Junior 2013-08-11T15:35:10Z
Middletown is not very exciting but when you're on campus that doesn't really matter. There is so much to do on campus that you sometimes forget that Middletown is a not a hype town.
But if you want to get away for the weekend there is a van that takes students to and from New Haven Thursday-Sunday. In New Haven there are many things to do. You can also take MetroNorth to NYC, which is only about 1.5 hours away.
College Junior 2013-08-11T15:32:56Z
The Wesleyan Career Center is very helpful when looking for an internship. They will sit with you and help you figure out, which internships are the best for you to apply to. They guide you through the application process which is very helpful.
College Junior 2013-08-11T15:29:49Z
I love my majors. All the professors are great! They are always happy to make time after class to meet up with you. Most are doing research in the topic they are teaching in class so you know they are more than apt to teach the course. If a professor cannot answer a question during class, they will go research the subject and give you the answer the next day. This just shows how my major professors go far and beyond what they are expected to do. The professor makes the classes so I love all of my classes.
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