West Virginia Wesleyan College

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59 College Avenue

Buckhannon, WV 26201

Phone: (304) 473-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#14 Overall Score: 77 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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West Virginia Wesleyan College is a private institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,315, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 110 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. West Virginia Wesleyan College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 14. Its tuition and fees are $26,794 (2013-14).

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

West Virginia Wesleyan College
West Virginia Wesleyan College aspires to graduate broadly educated men and women who: Think critically and creatively, Communicate effectively, Act responsibly, and Demonstrate their local and world citizenship through service. Located two hours south of Pittsburgh, PA, West Virginia Wesleyan offers 47 majors of study, and eleven graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, education, and nursing, and 19 NCAA Division II sports. Personal attention and small classes allow for a challenging, yet supportive environment, the hallmark of a Wesleyan education. With a student faculty ratio of 12:1, Wesleyan students frequently interact with faculty in lively classroom discussions, exciting research projects, or sidewalk conversations. The College also features a distinctive Honors Program; three-four international study courses each May Term, and a Learning Center that provides a wide range of support services including those for students with diagnosed learning disabilities. Wesleyan, which has won 16 of the last 18 best overall athletic program titles in a 16-member conference, also offers an outdoor recreation program, intramurals, and more than 70 campus organizations including fraternities and sororities, religious life, student government, and honoraries. The College's ten performing arts groups are regionally renowned and tour throughout the region. Over 80 percent of Wesleyan students actively participate in a wide variety of community engagement projects. The beautiful campus is situated on 110 park-like acres and features Georgian red-brick architecture. It is located within two hours of many West Virginia parks, ski resorts, and whitewater rafting. The College recently opened of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts and the David. E. Reemsnyder Research Center. In addition, a new residence hall, one of nine dorms on the campus, opened in the fall of 2011 with suite-style ultra modern living arrangements. The combination of an outstanding academic program and rich co-curricular opportunities is why 90 percent of Wesleyan students report being satisfied with their college experience and why Wesleyan consistently ranks among the top schools in the state in retention and graduation rates. Because access to higher education is important, Wesleyan offers academic, athletic, community service, leadership, and performing and visual arts scholarships. Over 95 percent of Wesleyan students receive scholarships and grants.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1890
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $34,025,532


When applying to West Virginia Wesleyan College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 31. The application fee at West Virginia Wesleyan College is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 77.5 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 77.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at West Virginia Wesleyan College is 12:1, and the school has 59.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at West Virginia Wesleyan College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 40%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Education 13%
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 8%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

West Virginia Wesleyan College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,315, with a gender distribution of 46.2 percent male students and 53.8 percent female students. At this school, 76 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 24 percent of students live off campus. West Virginia Wesleyan College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,394
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 II

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Campus Info & Services

West Virginia Wesleyan College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. West Virginia 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 West Virginia Wesleyan College, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At West Virginia Wesleyan College, 78.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,074.

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Tuition and fees $26,794 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,740 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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