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Fast Facts

Founded in 1873 to provide a value-centered education to students of all races and faith. The original Wilmington Conference Academy became Wesley College institute in 1918 and Wesley College conferred its first four-year degrees in 1978. Graduate programs were added in the 1990s. The institution is Delaware's oldest private college.

•   Wesley is fully-accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and operates as an independent liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Several majors are accredited through field-specific accreditation commissions. The College was named for John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.

•    Located in the historic district of Delaware's capital city.

•    The 50-acre main campus features a library, 19 buildings and recreational facilities. Several other support facilities are located within a walking distance of campus including a public library, the state archives and museum, and the legislative plaza. The College operates an off-campus center at the Dover Air Force Base.

•    More than 35 areas of study in arts and sciences, business, health sciences, education, and fine arts.

•    Wesley is a partner in the Schwartz Center for the Arts, located in downtown Dover, allowing the College to provide cultural programs for our students and the local community.

•    Approximately 1,600 students on the Dover campus attend the College each year from 28 states and 18 countries.

•    Over 4,000 undergraduate applications received annually. The Office of Admissions considers a variety of criteria, including high school GPA, SAT/ACT scores, extracurricular involvement, among others.

•    The student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1; 86 percent of full-time faculty hold appropriate terminal degrees.

•    As a member of ISEP, the International Student Exchange Program, Wesley College offers its students opportunities to study abroad at more than 150 institutions in 38 countries. In addition, Wesley has several international partners in Europe, China, Australia and Japan.

•    The Robert H. Parker Library is a 3-story 30,000 square foot building that houses over 100,000 books and paper periodicals, along with access to over 20,000 full-text electronic journals through database subscriptions.

•    Seventy percent of full-time students live in a variety of College housing. There are six residence halls on campus. Zimmerman Hall offers apartment-style living for upperclassmen, Malmberg has suite style living, Carpenter and Roe Halls offer traditional housing, and Gooding and Williams Halls provide housing for first-year students. The Honors House is uniquely positioned on campus and offers a quality housing experience for students that maintain a certain GPA and are approved by the Director of the Honors Program. First-year students can room in Carpenter and Roe Hall features an Honors wing.

•    Athletic teams are nicknamed the Wolverines and compete at the NCAA Division III level in 17 sports. All sports except football (which is independent) compete in the ECAC. All sports except football also compete in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).

•    Students participate in a variety of over 30 co-curricular organizations including Student Government, Student Activities Board, Greek Life, intramurals and recreation, academic clubs, special interest groups and community service groups.

•    Internships, cooperative education, undergraduate research programs, and professional practicums are an integral part of many academic programs and encouraged in others.

•    Various volunteer opportunities are available in the community and through unique, campus based service programs, including charter school and other programs located within our campus community.

•    The College awards nearly $9 million in institutionally funded financial aid annually.

•    Ninety percent of full-time students receive financial aid comprised of scholarships, institutional grants, federal and state grants, student loans, work-study, and on-campus employment.