North Carolina Wesleyan College

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3400 N. Wesleyan Boulevard

Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Phone: (252) 985-5100
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#74 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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North Carolina Wesleyan College is a private institution that was founded in 1956. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,522, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. North Carolina Wesleyan College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 74. Its tuition and fees are $26,981 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

North Carolina Wesleyan College, a private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, prepares students for professional advancement, life-long learning, and responsible participation in their communities.

The liberal arts are the foundation of Wesleyan's curriculum for all undergraduate degree programs. Students choose from a variety of majors, all of which help prepare students for rewarding personal lives, good citizenship, and productive careers. The College provides an educational environment that encourages spiritual and ethical development, but serves students of many religious backgrounds. The College provides degree programs and other educational opportunities for residential, commuting, and adult students. Instruction emphasizes critical thinking, analytical reasoning, reading, writing, speaking, making informed ethical decisions, and using the new information technologies. It understands the increasing importance of a global perspective and of helping students learn to function in a complex society.

The program in Rocky Mount for residential and commuting students emphasizes small classes and individual attention. It also provides strong student support services and encourages student development through co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The Adult Degree program is designed for students who wish to strengthen their academic background, enhance their professional knowledge and skills, and advance their careers. It is tailored to the learning styles and schedules of working adults. While its curriculum and programs do not reflect a sectarian perspective, the College affirms the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

The College has a special commitment to the Rocky Mount area and to eastern North Carolina. Through individual faculty, staff, and alumni activity, and through its educational and cultural programs, the College promotes the development of the region. The Wesleyan community includes students from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. The College works to create an environment in which students, faculty, and staff come together in a dynamic learning community.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1956
Religious affiliation Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $9,355,397


When applying to North Carolina Wesleyan College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 15. The application fee at North Carolina Wesleyan College is $45. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 46.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 46.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at North Carolina Wesleyan College is 13:1, and the school has 71.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at North Carolina Wesleyan College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Psychology, General; Accounting; and Computer and Information Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 55.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 15%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 32%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 17%
Psychology, General 13%
Accounting 12%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 8%

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Student Life

North Carolina Wesleyan College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,522, with a gender distribution of 39.5 percent male students and 60.5 percent female students. At this school, 41 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 59 percent of students live off campus. North Carolina Wesleyan College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,522
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

North Carolina Wesleyan College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. North Carolina Wesleyan College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at North Carolina Wesleyan College, 43 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Students who have cars on campus 43%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At North Carolina Wesleyan College, 85.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,800.

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Tuition and fees $26,981 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,679 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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