Planning your visit

Homecoming/Family Weekend 2011

Questions? Telephone Numbers and Contacts

Parents and families of current students should contact: Dana Coffin in the Office of Parent Programs at (860) 685-3756 or
Alumni and other guests should contact: the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (860) 685-2116 or

Registration and Information
To ensure adequate facilities and the availability of meals, we ask that all attendees register in advance of the weekend. If you missed the pre-registration deadline (October 21), there's still time to join us.  You can register onsite when you arrive for the weekend. Each family will be charged a $15 registration fee on site.  Meals and T-shirts are available at an additional charge. When you arrive on campus, please visit the Usdan University Center for a final schedule with locations and event updates, a welcome packet, nametags, T-shirts, and other important information.

Check in hours are:
Friday 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Wesleyan's Open Container Policy and Know Your Rights and Responsibilities Blog
In preparation for the weekend, the Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee has posted some information for students on our “Know Your Rights & Responsibilities” blog. Information pertaining to Wesleyan’s updated open container policy is included as well.

Wesleyan’s on campus student dining options will be open to parents, alumni, and families during Homecoming/Family Weekend, or you can choose to dine at one of the many restaurants in downtown Middletown. For a list of area restaurants and information about making reservations in advance, visit A complete list of on-campus dining options and hours of operation will be available when you arrive on campus and check in at the Usdan University Center.

Meals Requiring Advance Purchase
Please register for these meals by October 21. Meal tickets will not be mailed to you in advance; they will be included in your welcome packet at the Usdan University Center.

Friday All College Dinner*
$15 adults and children over age 12 (except Wesleyan students using their meal plan onsite)
$10 children 12 and under
Friday Shabbat Dinner*
$15 adults and children over age 12 (except Wesleyan students using their meal plan onsite)
$10 children 12 and under
Saturday Lunch*
$10 adults and children over age 12 (except Wesleyan students using their meal plan onsite)
$5 children 12 and under
Sunday Fall Harvest Brunch*
$10 adults and children over age 12 (except Wesleyan students using their meal plan onsite)
$5 children 12 and under
A limited number of meals will available for purchase on-site. A surcharge will be applied to meals purchased onsite.

Guests with Disabilities
The University is committed to full access and reasonable accommodations for all people. Please let us know if you or your guests have any special needs. Requests for sign language interpreters or real-time captioning must be made by October 21. Contact Suzanne Kampen in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (860) 685-3156 or to make arrangements. Visitors needing accessible parking may utilize any of the designated spaces on campus with a properly displayed state-issued plate or placard from any state.


Request for refunds will be honored through October 21, 2011.

Campus Parking and Shuttles
We do our best to accommodate the larger crowds on campus during the weekend, but please expect delays and plan accordingly. Parking is available at the Middlesex Mutual Parking Garage (two blocks from campus at the junction of Court and Main streets), the Vine Street parking lot (adjacent to the tennis courts), and the Freeman Athletic Center parking lots (Cross Street and Pine Street). Student-operated shuttles (mini-vans) will run regularly between these lots and all sites on campus. You can flag down a shuttle anywhere on campus, or call (860) 685-2418 to arrange an on campus ride in advance. Please allow at least one half-hour for all requests during the weekend.

The RIDE, Wesleyan's Campus Shuttle service operates 7 nights a week, 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Two shuttle vans make stops within 15 minutes of each other minimizing delays. The RIDE is free to all members of the Wesleyan Community.

The RIDE Special Services: Persons with disabilities can access special shuttle services by calling the driver at 860/982-8031 during the following hours: 
Friday: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Transportation to and from campus is available by contacting local taxi and car services, which offer flat rates for travel to or from Bradley International Airport and New Haven Train Station; fees range from $60 to $65 for a one-way trip. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Contact taxi and car services directly for more information, or to make reservations.

Taxi and Car Services
Avalon Transportation
(860) 895-5466

CT Limousine
(800) 472-5466

Edie’s Cab Company
(860) 570-1129

Essex Taxi
(860) 767-2152

Executive 2000
(860) 635-8222

Hunter Limousine
(860) 344-1130

Yellow Cab Company
(860) 666-6666

AAA Cab & Livery LLC
(860) 680-4040

Ace Taxi
(860) 244-9999

Central Connecticut Taxi of Meriden
(860) 833-6949

Checker Cab Company
(203) 468-2678

Horizon Cab Company
(203) 777-5555

Metro Taxi
(203) 777-7777

New Haven Yellow Taxi
(203) 777-000
Car Rental Companies
(800) 327-9633

(800) 831-2847

(800) 527-0700

(800) 800-3665

(800) 736-8222

(800) 654-3131

(800) 227-7368

(800) 367-2277

Box Office
Tickets for Center for the Arts (CFA) events are available through the University Box Office on the first floor of the Usdan University Center, at (860) 685-3355. Each performance requiring tickets through the box office is noted in this schedule. Seating is limited and many performances sell out in advance. All sales are final, and programs, dates, and artists are subject to change.

Lost & Found
The campus-wide Lost & Found will be relocated from Public Safety to the Usdan University Center during and immediately following Homecoming/Family Weekend. If you lose an item or come across something that was left behind by someone else, please go the Information Desk at Usdan or call (860) 685-3566.

The following hotels and motels are located close to campus:

Comfort Inn (860) 635-4100  

Courtyard by Marriott (860) 635-1001 
Super 8 Motel (860) 632-8888 
Crowne Plaza (860) 635-2000
Hampton Inn (203) 235-5154 
Sheraton Four Points (203) 238-2380 
Comfort Inn & Suites (203) 440-9600 
Holiday Inn Express & Suites (203) 443-5700 
Quality Inn and Suites (203) 440-9770 
Inn at Middletown (860) 854-6300 
Rocky Hill
Hampton Inn (860) 563-7877 
Marriott (860) 257-6000 
Residence Inn (860) 257-7500 
Courtyard by Marriott (203) 284-9400 
Fairfield Inn (203) 284-0001 
Homewood Suites by Hilton (203) 284-2600  

For additional information regarding local accommodations, go to

Photos and Video
University staff will take photos and video throughout the weekend and may publish them in any format or media without additional permission from the individuals in the photos or videos.

Wireless Access on Campus
Users are required to login when using the Wesleyan wireless network. Faculty, staff, and students can log in using their email usernames and passwords. Guests will be given a temporary login and password to be used during the weekend. The login/password information will be available on any public computer or visit the Homecoming/Family Weekend registration site at Usdan University Center, or call (860) 685-2802.

NOTE: As a guest user on Wesleyan University’s private network, you are expected to comply with all applicable laws related to Internet use including, but not limited to, RIAA laws prohibiting illegal file sharing and access to illegal content. Access to the Internet is monitored and violators will have their privileges revoked.