28 Facts About Wesleyan University


Wesleyan University has distinguished alumni in the arts and sciences, literature, politics and government, business, journalism, and academia.

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Wesleyan University was founded in 1831 as an all-male Methodist college by the Methodist conference.

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Butterfield proved effective at fund raising: by 1960 Wesleyan had the largest endowment, per student, of any college or university in America, and a student-faculty ratio of 7:1.

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When Wesleyan University was founded in 1831, it took over a campus on which two buildings, North College and South College, had already been built in 1825.

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The cupola and the belfry, which contains the Wesleyan University Carillon, was designed by Henry Bacon and was added in 1916.

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Wesleyan University began offering minors in February 2012 and at present offers eleven minors; more minors are under consideration.

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In February 2013, Wesleyan University announced the creation of a new College of Film and the Moving Image, incorporating the Film Studies Department, the Center for Film Studies, the Cinema Archives and the Wesleyan University Film Series.

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Wesleyan University's Science in Society Program is an interdisciplinary major that encourages integrated study of the sciences and medicine as practices, institutions, and intellectual achievements, among other areas of study.

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Wesleyan University was followed by composers Alvin Lucier, Ron Kuivila, and Jon Barlow.

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Wesleyan University's highly regarded theater program has two theater facilities: the Theatre in the Center for the Arts, a 400-seat space; and the '92 Theater, home to Second Stage, which solely student-run volunteer theater organization.

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Wesleyan University has 11 graduate departmental programs in the sciences, mathematics, computer science, psychology, and music.

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In 1953, Wesleyan was the first university to begin a program leading to a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree, called the Graduate Liberal Studies Program.

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Wesleyan University teaches online courses in Math, Computer Science, Law, Psychology, and Literature, as well as other subjects.

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Wesleyan University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

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Wesleyan University was listed on the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's 2016 "10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech".

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University is notable for the success with African American students, in which Wesleyan is one of nine universities with a black graduation rate above 90 percent.

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Wesleyan University has been noted as one of the most productive baccalaureate colleges in the United States in the undergraduate origins of PhDs in all fields of study, with exceptional productivity in undergraduates pursuing doctorates in the physical sciences, geosciences, life sciences, psychology, social sciences, and humanities.

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Wesleyan University graduates are awarded external fellowships, including Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman, and Watson.

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Wesleyan University has an extensive library collection, most of which is housed in Olin Memorial Library, which has more than 1.

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Wesleyan University Press is well regarded for its books of poetry and books on music, dance and performance, American studies, and film.

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The press connects the campus to the larger intellectual and cultural world through the presence of its authors on campus, whether they are faculty, visiting scholars, guest lecturers, or participants in Wesleyan University's Distinguished Writers Series or Writers Conference.

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Wesleyan University is a member of the Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference, fielding intercollegiate varsity teams in 29 sports.

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Wesleyan University was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-American in 1992, four times was named all-New England, and was inducted into the Wesleyan University Hall of Fame.

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Wesleyan University owns a tract of land that is used as Long Lane Farm, a 2-acre organic vegetable farm run by students.

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Wesleyan University was long known as the "Singing College of New England.

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Wesleyan University has chapters of Alpha Delta Phi, Alpha Psi Alpha, Chi Psi, Psi Upsilon, and Delta Kappa Epsilon.

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In September 2014, Wesleyan University ordered all fraternities with on-campus housing to become co-educational within the next three years.

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In 2015, Wesleyan University ordered the closure of the DKE fraternity house on High Street.

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