Wesleyan University has been a QuestBridge Partner College since 2008 and graduated the first class of Quest Scholars in 2012. Wesleyan has long been a leader in higher education in the effort to provide access to underrepresented students and to diversify our student body. The University has long standing relationships with Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) that seek to identify, advise and nurture underrepresented students in their quest for a college education, and Wesleyan hosts an annual conference that brings together the directors of these programs in an effort to facilitate communication and discuss best practices. Wesleyan is a charter member of A Better Chance, and has long-standing relationships with the Gates Millennium Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and has enrolled more Prep for Prep scholars than any school in the country. Additionally the admission staff works with hundreds more CBO’s from across the country each year.
Wesleyan has typically enrolled between thirty and forty Quest Scholars each year of our partnership, including no fewer than ten scholars through the College Match. Those scholars have come from small, rural towns across the country as well as major urban centers both near to and far away from Middletown, CT., and all have had their full demonstrated need met through comprehensive, need-based financial aid. All of these students, whether enrolled through the College Match or through an Early or Regular Decision process, contribute not only to the community of first-generation, low-income and under-represented students but also to the community as a whole through leadership in the student government, the campus newspaper, Residential Life, the Office of Admission and many other areas of student engagement and leadership. They have enriched our campus, our student body, and the lives of their peers, faculty and administrators.