Wesley College

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120 N. State Street

Dover, DE 19901-3875

Phone: (302) 736-2300
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Apr. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#38 Overall Score: 27 out of 100. Regional Colleges (North)

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Wesley College is a private institution that was founded in 1873. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,587, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Wesley College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), 38. Its tuition and fees are $23,540 (2013-14).

Wesley College is a small school in Dover, Delaware, about 80 miles from both Philadelphia and Baltimore. Undergraduate students at Wesley College can choose from more than 20 areas of study. Graduate students can earn master's degrees in fields including nursing, education, business administration and environmental science. Outside the classroom, Wesley students can get involved in more than 30 campus clubs, including several Greek organizations, The Whetstone newspaper and the Student Government Association. Student athletes can play at the intramural level or join the navy-and-white Wesley College Wolverines varsity sports teams, which compete in various conferences of the NCAA Division III.

Off campus, in the Delaware state capital of Dover, students can explore pre-Revolutionary War buildings, shopping malls and even NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway. There's also no shortage of good food in Dover, where restaurants often serve fresh seafood from the nearby Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake and Delaware bays.

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

Located in historic Dover, Delaware, Wesley College is well positioned to meet today's challenges. Its enrollment growth, faculty enhancement, physical facilities expansion and creative programs stand it in good stead to become a higher education beacon in the eastern United States.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1873
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $5,889,890


When applying to Wesley College, it's important to note the application deadline is April 30, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Wesley College is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.6 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 62.6%
Application deadline April 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Wesley College is 11:1, and the school has 77.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Wesley College include: Business/Commerce, General; Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing; Education, General; Psychology, General; and Sport and Fitness Administration/Management. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 46.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 19%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 38%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 27%
Education, General 8%
Psychology, General 6%
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 6%

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Student Life

Wesley College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,587, with a gender distribution of 49 percent male students and 51 percent female students. At this school, 59 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 41 percent of students live off campus. Wesley College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,707
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

Wesley College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Wesley College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Wesley College, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Wesley College.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Wesley College, 98.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,206.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $23,540 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,440 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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