From the School

Here, you’re home. West Virginia Wesleyan is a private four-year co-educational residential college that is affiliated with The United Methodist Church. West Virginia Wesleyan creates a unique learning environment enabling our students to develop the skills, values, relationships, and perspective needed for them to obtain employment, enhance their careers, and demonstrate leadership throughout their lives. Wesleyan graduates are well prepared to be successful and respected citizens in a rapidly changing world. Of those reporting, 95% of Wesleyan graduates either find employment in their respective field or attend graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

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 College offers over 40 majors and over 40 minors of study, and several additional Master's programs spanning Athletic Training, Business Administration, 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 students pursue unique 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 1,350 undergraduate students, 53 percent are from West Virginia, while the other 47 percent originate from 39 states and 19 countries. 16 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.


From The School

Students are selected by the Office of Admission on the basis of ability, interests, academic preparation, character, and promise, as indicated by their own statements on the application, as well as by high school or college records, recommendations, and standardized test results. Open without discrimination to all qualified students, the College reserves the right to refuse to admit any applicant who, because of low scholarship or citizenship record, is deemed by the Admission and Academic Standing Council to be unlikely to succeed within the standards the College seeks to maintain.

Persons wishing to be admitted directly from high school should present an application for admission with $35 fee (waived for online applications); a transcript of record from an accredited high school; and a record of either SAT or ACT scores. Applicants from non-accredited high schools or completing General Educational Development may be considered for admission if satisfactory ability and achievement are demonstrated. Students are encouraged to apply for free online ( or via the Common Application ( Neither of these applications require a fee.

Persons seeking to transfer from another accredited college or university may be admitted to advanced standing upon presentation of an application for admission with $35 fee (waived for on-line applications); an official transcript showing all credits attempted at all post-secondary institutions previously attended; a high school transcript certifying graduation and showing courses pursued and grades earned and, if the cumulative grade point average is less than 2.5, either SAT I or ACT scores. Wesleyan will accept transfer credit courses compatible with its academic program. Grades and hours so earned shall count toward graduation. The College accepts no more than 60 semester hours of credit from a junior or community college.

Students who transfer to Wesleyan with an associate degree from a regionally accredited community or junior college may be admitted with the degree credited as fulfilling Wesleyan's general studies requirements when the total educational background, including high school record, shows compatibility with Wesleyan's general studies requirements. Deficiencies in general studies requirements, as determined by the Admission and Academic Standing Council, must be satisfied after enrollment at Wesleyan.

Wesleyan participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Students who have successfully completed AP or IB programs should contact the Office of Admission for credit transfer policies.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
420 - 540
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
420 - 550
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 530

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Regular — August 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Talent / Ability

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

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.

Majors and Degrees Offered

West Virginia Wesleyan offers four undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts; the Bachelor of Music Education; the Bachelor of Science; and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The most popular programs of study are in the sciences (biology, physics / engineering, pre-professional studies, etc.); education; business; athletic training; and nursing. Wesleyan also offers a number of master's degree programs.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Police Science

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Religious Education

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Music, General

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."


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Mark Defoe
Professor of English, English

Allen Hamner
Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry

Katharine Gregg
Professor of Biology, Biology

Robert Rupp
Professor of History and Political Science, History

Stephen Cresswell
Professor of History and Political Science, History

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

The 2017-2018 total direct costs at Wesleyan are $29, 574 for tuition, $8,436 for standard room and board, and $1,178 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.

Financial Aid

The College offers financial aid on the basis of a variety of criteria: scholastic achievements, special talents and abilities, and financial need. A number of scholarships are available including awards for academics, athletics, performing arts, leadership, community service, and visual arts. Student employment is available in most areas of the College community, financed through a blend of institutional and federal funds. Students may apply for low-cost federal loans. All students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Currently, more than 95 percent of all students receive grants or scholarships from Wesleyan.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


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 84 percent of Wesleyan students of those reporting in the NSSE survey 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 21 varsity programs in NCAA Division II. Wesleyan competes in the Mountain East Conference. Our newest sports include Women’s Lacrosse and Women’s Acrobatics and Tumbling.

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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



55% female
45% male
40% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

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."


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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.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Wesleyan's 23 buildings include 10 modern residence hall units, including two suite style halls renovated or newly built in the last eight years. Located in the center of campus is Wesley Chapel, which chapel serves as a focal point of campus and houses many campus events, both religious and cultural. The hub of the campus, Benedum Campus and Community Center, houses a convenience store, bookstore, swimming pool, campus radio station, student development offices, study lounges, and a cabaret-style restaurant, The Cat's Claw. The Rockefeller Physical Education Center includes a main arena that seats 3,700 spectators, an intramural gymnasium, training rooms, and an indoor astro-turf training area. The multimillion dollar Reemsnyder Research Center was opened in 2009 and boasts state of the art laboratory space for the sciences. Other vital buildings on campus include Christopher Hall of Science; Middleton Hall, which houses the Nursing Department and region-renowned simulation facilities; and the Lynch-Raine Administration Building. In addition, the multimillion dollar Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts, opened in 2009, offers the most advanced performing arts facility of its kind in the region. Most recently, a brand new student wellness center was opened in 2012 along with a new multi-sport stadium project in phase one in 2015. Since 2015 more than 20 classroom spaces have been completely updated and renovated with 20+ more planned for 2017-2018.

Wesleyan's Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library is committed to providing high quality resources and services that empower students for advanced learning. Currently, the number of print and electronic books is nearly equal at 150,000 each, and the nearly 20,000 electronic journal titles far exceed the 300 received in print. In addition to its collections and research services, the Library offers media viewing facilities, areas for group study, and a quiet place for reading and reflection.

The entire campus has been outfitted with a ubiquitous campus-wide wireless network ensuring access to all students, faculty, and staff from all major campus buildings and every residence hall room. Network speeds are improved yearly and rival any private college in the region.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Wesleyan encourages all students to expand their education beyond the traditional classroom. Many students have studied abroad in such places as England, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Spain, Kenya, Scotland, and Australia. Professional internships are available in the Buckhannon area, Charleston, WV, Washington, D.C.; New York, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; and other states and countries.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

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

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.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
The Learning Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Dr. Shawn Kuba

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Required 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 Required 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

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

25% join a fraternity
25% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division II

43% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bobcats)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bobcats)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Admission
59 College Avenu
Buckhannon, WV 26201



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

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


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; Hampton Inn (304) 473-0900, 1 Commerce Blvd, Microtel Inn and Suites (844)-269-4517,2 North Ridge Drive,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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