Wesleyan University Announced they will Admit Undocumented Students as Domestic Students!

By RACHEL 

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Wesleyan University, a prestigious, private university located in Connecticut, recently announced they would start considering undocumented students (including students without DACA) who graduate from an American high school in any state as if they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The university’s president Michael Roth says, “Supporting these talented and deserving young people is the right thing to do and is consistent with Wesleyan values and our commitment to equity and inclusion.”

Previously the university had admitted undocumented students as international students, which meant undocumented students had to compete with international students for a limited pool of financial resources. But now the university will provide admitted undocumented students with the same financial resources offered to domestic students and will meet undocumented students’ “demonstrated financial need.” This new policy will take effect beginning with the Fall 2017 class.

“We are delighted to throw the door open wider to welcome more of these bright and hardworking students who we know will thrive at Wesleyan,” said Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Nancy Hargrave Meislahn. Check out Wesleyan University and think about applying! For more information please see their news release.


Rachel is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has worked closely with undocumented youth activists in several states, the Bhutanese refugee community and LGBT community in Oakland, California. Rachel taught in two public high schools in Okinawa, Japan for two years and has worked in the community college and higher education sector for Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Achieving the Dream, and Jobs for the Future. She received her Masters in Higher Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and her Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.


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