From the School

Hello, tomorrow. Founded in 1890, West Virginia Wesleyan is a private four-year co-educational residential college that is affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Small interactive classes and a dedicated and accessible faculty whose priorities are teaching and advising allow students to benefit from a highly personalized educational experience. With its beautiful Georgian campus located in the small town of Buckhannon, West Virginia provides the ideal backdrop for a liberal arts education.

Over 80 percent of Wesleyan's faculty hold the highest degree in their respective teaching field and the student faculty ratio is 14:1. The curriculum foundation begins with a general studies liberal arts program where students complete one-third of their course of study. The College offers over 40 majors and over 40 minors of study, and several additional Master's programs spanning Athletic Training, Business Administration, Education, English (Creative Writing), and Nursing.

West Virginia Wesleyan is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church. It is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and is approved by the West Virginia Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The College participates in the Interstate Certification Project whereby a number of states certify teachers graduating from Wesleyan's Department of Education. The athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Degree programs offered in business and economics, including the Master of Business Administration program, are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

All academic programs either require or strongly encourage the completion of an internship experience. Wesleyan's academic calendar is 4-4-1 that includes an optional May Term in which over 50 students pursue study abroad courses or intensive study curricular offerings. The Advising and Career Center assists students with course scheduling, academic advising, internships and study abroad, resume writing, job searches, and graduate and professional school placement. The Learning Center provides tutoring services as well as comprehensive services for students with diagnosed learning disabilities.

Of the more than 1,400 undergraduate students, 53 percent are from West Virginia, while the other 47 percent originate from 39 states and 19 countries. 15 percent of Wesleyan's American students are minority students. Over 90 percent of Wesleyan's students live on-campus and the College guarantees four years of on-campus housing for all undergraduate students. Housing options include double and single rooms, suites, and apartments. Campus dining is provided and prepared by a contracted professional catering service.

Overview

Applicants
1,743
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average HS GPA
3.36

Test Scores

SAT Reading
410 - 520
SAT Math
440 - 550
ACT Composite
20 - 26

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Overall

From The School

Wesleyan's liberal arts curriculum begins with a broad base view in a variety of core courses designed to enrich the student's whole view. The classes range from the humanities to contemporary issues and can be intermingled with the courses in the individual's major throughout the four-year program.

Wesleyan's Honors Program is offered for superior students who meet the specific requirements and demonstrate a high quality of academic excellence. Challenging, yet rewarding, classes, along with culturally enriching outings, offer Honors students a diverse and unique educational experience.

Students Say

West Virginia Wesleyan College is a small, private liberal arts school with a career-oriented bent and "a religious undertone" located "among the hills" of "the great state of West Virginia." There are more than 40 majors on offer. There's also a somewhat unique May Term here (when students focus on just one course) and an abundance of scholarships. In addition, Wesleyan grads enjoy exceptionally high acceptance rates at medical schools, professional schools, and graduate schools. Students tell us that the academic atmosphere here is "encouraging and intimate." Classes are usually "small," "which is extremely helpful in difficult" courses. The faculty is "very accessible." "One of the things I love most about this college is that the professors are so willing to meet with you outside of class," raves a biology major. In the classroom, some professors are "lackadaisical" or "awful," but the vast majority are "interesting," "enthusiastic, and genuinely great." They are "knowledgeable in their subject and are willing to help you in any way." "They really want you to succeed in life."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
172
with Terminal Degree
78

92
Women
80
Men
2
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Overview

From The School

The 2012-2013 total direct costs at Wesleyan are $24,780 for tuition, $7,510 for standard room and board, and $1,024 for student fees, which includes a student activity fee, facilities fee, and a technology fee. These costs do not include books, travel, clothing, the laptop computer, medical insurance, or other personal expenses. Wesleyan offers an interest-free monthly payment plan during the academic year.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
83
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,819

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,770

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,960

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,155

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
67%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$19,767

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$24,790
Required Fees
$1,024
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$2,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

Wesleyan has a balanced and diverse student life program that includes more than 70 campus organizations. Included among these are a campus radio station, newspaper, student government, departmental clubs, national fraternities and sororities, and religious organizations. Over 87 percent of Wesleyan students participate in community service activities that include the complete administration of a youth basketball program to Special Olympics, to tutoring, mentoring, and educational activities to senior citizens programs to more global programs such as hurricane relief and international service trips.

Wesleyan features 19 varsity programs in NCAA Division II. Wesleyan competes in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Together the 19 programs have combined to win an unprecedented 163 conference championships.

While Wesleyan is affiliated with The United Methodist Church, students of all faiths are welcome and active. The College holds an optional weekly ecumenical worship service every Tuesday morning and a Catholic Mass each Saturday evening.

Students Say

"Our school runs the gamut of students," proclaims a junior. There is a "range from very poor to well-to-do" in this little "cluster of everyone." Ethnic minorities are reasonably represented given the location, and there are "a lot of international students, too." You have your "dedicated Christians." "You have your athletes, the sorority/fraternity people, the average ones, the theater group, the brainiacs, and the stuck-up people." Overall, students here are "motivated but down-to-earth" and in good physical shape. Many students play a sport or spend a lot of time outside. "The average student participates in Greek life and parties on the weekend" as well. Wesleyan is also a friendly environment. "Everyone knows everyone else," and people are "nice to nearly everyone." "Everywhere you go you feel like you're welcomed." At the same time, "there are many cliques, and people tend to stay in the same group they found freshmen year."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,360
Out of State
38%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
12

Demographics

10.19%
African-American
2.02%
Hispanic
82.50%
Caucasian
2.64%
Unknown
5.75%
International

53% female
47% male
38% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

From The School

Situated in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, Wesleyan's beautiful 100-acre campus is located in the quaint, residential town of Buckhannon, West Virginia. Buckhannon has been included in Norman Crampton's book, The Top 100 Best Small Towns in America, a Random House Publication. Many students are drawn to this personal and picturesque setting and the numerous outdoor opportunities located in close proximity to campus. The local community offers movie theatres, coffee houses, department stores, and a wide selection of local and chain restaurants. Wesleyan is a short two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and 90 minutes from Charleston, West Virginia, the state capital.

Students Say

The idyllic campus here is "very peaceful." However, some of the dorms are "in need of serious remodeling." Also, while some students say "the food is fine," others disagree. "We have the same thing every other day, and most of it is tasteless," grumbles a famished junior. Community service is a fairly big deal, but intercollegiate athletics, theater, and frats and sororities are "the three main things around here." "The nightlife on the weekends is pretty decent," reports a senior. "The fraternity houses throw pretty great theme parties," and there is "a significant amount" of drinking and revelry. "Even if you aren't Greek, you party on the weekends at the fraternity houses." The tiny, "quaint" town of Buckhannon is "a great place to relax and de-stress" and there are a few popular bars but, otherwise, "there isn't much to do." "The geographic location of the campus lends itself to people who like to be outdoors," though. "It rains and snows a lot," but you can whitewater raft and rock climb to your heart's content, and there are "some great spots for snowboarding in the winter." Urban pursuits are considerably harder to find. "Clarksburg isn't too far away if you want a nice dinner or want to go shopping," and Morgantown—home to West Virginia University—offers the big state school vibe. That's about it, though. "People from out of state will definitely go into culture shock from the rural atmosphere," warns a senior.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
78%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
77
First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Dr. Shawn Mahoney Kuba

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale or the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability plus the Woodcock Johnson Achievement Battery. All testing must be completed no more than 2 years prior to application. Both narrative and numeric reporting is necessary.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Psychological or medical documentation on professional letterhead describing the diagnosis, how the disability interferes with academic and everyday functioning, and recommendations for accommodations.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
75
Number of Honor Societies
31

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
6

30% join a fraternity
30% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Bobcats)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bobcats)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: GLASS is a student organization for and supporting gay and lesbian students

Minority Support Groups: Director of Intercultural Relations is a positions specifically geared to help both minority and international students. Black Student Union is a student organization supporting African American Students and International Student Organization is a student group supporting International Students

Sustainability

Green Rating
64

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admission
59 College Avenu
Buckhannon, WV 26201

Phone
304-473-8510


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
David E. Reemsnyder Research Center
Sunny Bucks (Convienence Store)
Wesley Chapel
Sleeth Art Gallery
Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Audra State Park
Area Ski Areas
Blackwater Falls State Park
Meadowbrook Mall
Dairy Queen

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:00-2:00 on the hour
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@wvwc.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Most students fly to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) or Washington National and connect to Clarksburg Benedum Airport Airport via US Airways Express. Greyhound Bus service is available in nearby Clarksburg (35 minutes from campus) 304-624-6381.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-79, take exit 99 onto US 33 East East to Buckhannon. Exit US 33 East at Route 20 South South labeled West Virginia Wesleyan (right off exit). Follow signs to campus. Middletown Hall houses the Office of Admission. From the East: Exit US 33 at Route 20 South labled West Virginia Wesleyan (left off exit). Follow signs to campus. Middletown Hall houses the Office of Admission.

Local Accommodations
The following local hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts are recommended by the school: A Governor's Inn 304-472-2516, 76 E. Main Street; Baxa Budget Host Inn 304-472-2500, 21 N. Kanawha Street; Bi-Centennial Motel 304-472-4100, Rt. 20 S, will be on your right before you reach City Hall; Colonial Hotel-Motel 304-472-3000, 24 N. Kanawha Street; Comfort Inn 304-269-7000, Exit 99, from I-79, Rt. 33 E to 151 E to Heavener Grove Rd., 1.3 miles on the right; Hampton Inn 304-473-0900, exit 99 from I-79, follow Rt. 33 East 11 miles, will be on right; Riverside Bed and Breakfast, 304-472-0796, 113 Island Ave.; Post Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast, 304-472-8959, 8 Island Ave.
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Key Stats

1,743
Applicants
1,360
Size
78%
Acceptance Rate
960
SAT Scores

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