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Top 10 schools where students follow the beltway as closely as their studies

By Explore Editor

What the students are saying about:

Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University

Shortly before he was elected President, candidate Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at Wesleyan University. After spending months ferociously following his exploits, Wesleyan’s left-leaning student body went wild. Though it’s several hours away from DC, Wesleyan is known for attracting a remarkable quantity - and quality - of high profile speakers and professors from the political realm. “Almost all students are political here”, with “most identifying as very liberal.” “Opinions, chalking, protests and political passion are rampant.” This makes sense, as Wesleyan “is a school full of truly engaged students,” says one alum who majored in Government, one of Wesleyan’s strongest departments. Though some in the outside world tend to see Wes students as nebulous “Queer Activist Race-conscious Youth Questing For a Better Understanding of Life in America and the World,” graduates tend to go on to do very successful (and practical) things – everything from being elected the Mayor of Colorado, to founding the popular political news outfit Politico.com.