My son is being recruited, at a minimum, at Bowdoin, Vassar, Wesleyan, Haverford, Kenyon and possibly Amherst and Pomona to play baseball. We have a pretty good handle on all these schools except Wesleyan in Connecticut, which we have visited but we are having a hard time getting a read on.
In the 2011 Insider's Guide to the Colleges, Wesleyan is described as an extreme example of a college dedicated to politically correct intolerance. The book says that the classes tend to be mainly focused on teaching kids to be radical activists rather than any traditional subject matter. Social life is portrayed as revolving around marijuana and hallucinogens. It is by far the most negative review we have read (well, I suppose this would not be negative to some).
We are trying to get a read on the accuracy of this. Any of you know this school or attend it? Is there truth to this, or does the writer have an ax to grind? He is not naive to what he will find politically at New England liberal arts colleges. The question is not whether there is a lot of leftish political correctness - that is a baseline in all such schools. The question is whether this school is unusually extreme. The book makes it sound like it is Kos Kidz Academy. Comment or send me an email.
Update: Hmm, based on the comments, I explained myself poorly. Nic will likely never play pro ball. If that were his goal, we would definitely be looking to ASU or Texas. He has decided he wants to go to a small liberal arts college. Baseball has two synergies - one, he would like to play in college. Two, being recruited for sports helps in the admissions process at selective schools.
There is money set aside to pay for college, from a source such that it needs to be used for college, so arguments about price-value issues with college are not immediately relevant.