Location: Buckhannon, West Virginia
Percent Women: 53%
Tuition (One Year): $25,650
Most Popular Majors: Nursing, Education, Business, Biology
Greek life: Yes
Acceptance rate: 77.5%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores visit wvwc.edu/admissions
Photo Credit: Justin Frye, WVWC class of '13
Why Choose Wesleyan?
"I applied to Wesleyan because my father is a United Methodist Minister. At all of the churches he was appointed to, there was always someone who attended WVWC. They spoke so highly of the school, I had to check it out. Once I did, I fell in love with the beautiful campus. Also, I feel confident knowing that my department (Athletic Training) will prepare me well for graduate school."
“I really liked how the campus was “real”. It wasn’t a concrete jungle; it was exactly what I thought of when I imagined a college campus."
“The smaller class sizes were really attractive along with the beauty and history of the campus.”
“I enjoyed the feeling of being important before I even applied. On my visit to Wesleyan I was so impressed by the friendly staff and how they seemed to already care about making my Wesleyan experience the best that it could be. Also, Wesleyan is a safe school and has a beautiful campus.”
"The academic scholarships make this school about the same cost as a public school, but with a quality private school education. While it wasn't my first choice, it has given me a lot of opportunities I wouldn't have at a larger university."
"People come to Wesleyan because it's as easy as a state school but has a little more prestige attached to the name."
Photo Credits: Ashley Young and Justin Frye
“I love that the furthest walk to class is less than 6 minutes….you can’t beat that!”
“I like how easy it is to be close to everyone around you. Yeah, there’s drama, but it’s a lot like having a really big family because everyone really does know everyone.”
“The one on one attention that I get from my professors is unlike any other. I get such an individualized education because my professors care about my success.”
“The sense of community and the quality of education is really what makes Wesleyan great.”
“I love Bobcat pride, family ties, Greek Life, networking…..everything!”
"Homecoming, Convocation, Do Good Day, Jump, Spring Sing, Big Bingo, and social justice week are some of my favorite events around campus!"
"Our president and other staff and faculty are really supportive. They attend all the sporting events, performances, etc. I think it really shows the Wesleyan family experience."
Photo Credits: Lauren Panaro and Justin Frye
“During the winter, we sometimes have issues with hot water or heat in the dorms, since they are so old.”
“The internet connection is almost zero on some parts of campus, especially at night.”
“The location could be better, for sure. There is a severe lack of entertainment in Buckhannon.”
“The food could be healthier and a little better. Also, the parking situation is awful. Once you get a good spot, you don’t drive your car for a few days to avoid losing your spot!”
"Being such a small school, it seems like we are treated like high-schoolers. I can't miss a class without a call or email from my professor."
"Everything is falling apart on campus but they only focus on things prospective students will see. The dining hall, the science buildings, admissions building, and a couple new (very expensive) dorms are the only updated areas."
Photo Credit: Brooke Lancaster
New Collegiette on Campus
"Being a freshman is actually better than you’d think. Every upperclassman that I encountered was very friendly and helpful—which helped me get acclimated to the college. Admittedly, managing my course-load was somewhat difficult, but once I learned how to manage my time effectively it was doable."
"Orientation at Wesleyan runs really smoothly. If you’ve already registered for classes and don’t have any schedule changes or extra obligations (tuition payments, meal plans, Health Center record information, parking fees, et cetera) then it’s a breeze. Once “check-in” is over, you go to your dorm, sign in, get your dorm key, and begin the unpacking process. Once all of this has been done, we meet with our Freshman Seminar groups, then head off to the ever-monotonous and tedious Convocation Service. We are left to do whatever we so choose for the remainder of the day."
"Wesleyan always offers the annual Bootcamp to incoming freshmen a few days before orientation begins. This past year, students were taken camping at Seneca Rocks, a nearby state park. Though I did not attend the trip myself, I heard that everyone enjoyed it immensely; it also helped students form bonds with future classmates and fellow freshmen."
"Dorm-life helps in the process of getting to know upperclassmen; trust me, you really do get to know everyone on your floor! Extracurricular activities are probably the best means to help freshmen get better acquainted with upperclassmen."
"On orientation day, all the freshman walk in procession into the chapel for convocation - a ceremony and speakers specifically there to welcome freshman to the Wesleyan family."
"Freshman seminar is one of the best experiences. You not only get close to your classmates, you get to know your professor and your seminar leader (an upperclassman student) who are there to guide you through your first year."
All About Academics
"Nursing, Education, Business, Athletic Training, and the physical sciences are some of the most popular majors here at Wesleyan, but we have such a mix of programs."
"While the course registration process is easy and flexible, Wesleyan is too small to offer a lot of course options. Many students in smaller departments have trouble finishing their majors on time due to scheduling conflicts."
"The library is pretty nice, with a talking and silent floor conducive to group projects or solo studying, but it's not very popular until finals week."
"One of the best parts of Wesleyan is the flexibility in courses. Advisors can help you get into a class or find courses that count for your major and a general-education credit."
"Depending on you major, you may have to take a capstone class, write a thesis, or do a senior project."
Photo Credit: Justin Frye, WVWC Class of '13
Learn From the Best
I love Dr.Sal in biology, she broke everything down really well and since I’m not a bio major that was great for me. Professor Van Gundy in English is really fun and Dr.Calef in Psychology is really great as well. I also love Dr. Thweatt and Dr.Toale from the communication department.”
“I loved having Allison Hull, Drew Mason, Rae Emrick, Boyd Creasman, and Aaron Smith in class. All of the professors on campus are really great and willing to help you with anything.”
“My favorite classes so far have been social psychology, corrections, and communications”
“Most of the professors play instruments or sing outside of class.”
“Having dinner at Dean of Students Julie Keenhers house is a tradition student’s look forward to all year. She invites her classes, sports teams, and other organizations over throughout the year to indulge in her seafood lasagna….yum!”
Interests & Involvement
"Greek Life is a HUGE part of our campus. We have 4 sororities and 5 fraternities, as well as a few honorary organizations. It's a blast to be part of something bigger than yourself!"
"The Fellowship of Christian Students is prominent on campus, and really helps us to live John Wesley's vision of a school founded on good principles."
"At Wesleyan, people don't do just one thing. You might be on the track team, the VP of your sorority, a writer for the school paper, and a singer in the choir.....doing it all is celebrated here!"
"There aren't all that many diverse opportunities here on campus other than Greek Life and Athletics."
"The arts are pretty well supported here, which is a benefit of a liberal arts school. Our chorale is well-recognized, as are our music, dance, and theatre departments."
Photo Credit- Jess Wagner, Office of Greek Life
"Our school isn't very spirited when it comes to sports."
"Our girls and boys soccer teams are pretty good, and we really have a lot of talented athletes in every sport!" "Because so many people come here to play sports, there is definitely a cliquey vibe. They tend to stick together." "We have intramural sports through out the year, like volleyball and basketball, especially amongst the Greeks." "While we are a small school, we do have a lot of spirit and like to wear our black and orange to support our friends."
"Our campus has a really strong Gender Studies program, so our students are very aware of feminist issues. They do an annual production of the Vagina Monologues that is pretty popular too!"
“Wesleyan is a very safe school, so that’s reassuring to the women on campus. Women seem to be the most involved on campus.”
“Girls on campus wear anything and everything. There’s no specific trend. We have a pretty good variety of styles” "Uggs, leggings, fleece jackets, big sweatshirts, riding boots, and anything sorority related are pretty popular fashion trends."
Photos courtesy of WVWC students
Food & Drink
"The food is pretty bad overall, but it's improving with the help of a new head chef."
"It's pretty difficult to access a kitchen unless you are in a sorority or live in Holloway."
"People usually get pretty excited for chicken nugget day, omelet bar, and World Food days in the caf!"
"Depending on how far you are willing to walk, there are a couple fast food options in the area. The Donut Shop is a popular late night stop!"
"Cat's Claw is a flex-dollar food option on campus, and it's by far everyone's favorite place to grab a smoothie or snack!"
"There is A LOT of Alcohol on our campus." "I’d say weed is probably the most prevalent drug on campus. We don't have a big drug problem, only at some of the frats."
“Going to the movies, bowling, or eating out are the most popular activities outside of parties. Sometimes Bobcat Entertainment will hold social events on campus to give people some safe fun.” "Most people stick with their group of friends, so it's usually best to go out with a group."
"We have what’s called “Wesleyan Wednesday”, and some people will go to the Frat houses, or to the bar, or just party in their rooms."
"The fraternities can't hold theme parties such as Trailer Trash, Toga, of Highlighter, anymore, so it's kind of lame. But, the houses are open most normal weekends and they can be fun if you go with the right people!"
"Go out of town, for sure. Clarksburg has a lot of shopping and other options and Morgantown is great for going out on a different scene."
"You can choose to pay more live in premium housing, in two of the newest dorms with suite-style rooms, by yourself in a standard room, etc. There are some dorms that are co-ed, split up by floors, and others that are all girls or all boys." " The dorms are very secure and comfortable! The housing staff is really great and vigilant about safety" "The dorms at Wesleyan are in serious need of repair. Only the premium housing is really all that nice."
"Unless you live in the area with family, you are required to live on campus until you are a fifth-year. For some people, this is irritating, but I think it really brings our campus closer together! This is especially true as a freshman, as a lot of your closest friends will be your neighbors" "The Resident Assistants hold programs every month to help residents get to know each other, and you'll often find people with open doors or in the lobby hanging out together."
"As a freshman, you fill out a sheet about your lifestyle, interests, etc. and they work to match you with a roommate. You can also ask for someone specific, and many people meet through their official freshman class Facebook group and decide to live together."
"The only dorms really worth living in are the premimum ones, and they are really expensive."
"Standard housing really isn't too bad, and you get to know a lot more people. Ask friends or upperclassmen to see their rooms - tour guides WON'T take you certain places."
Photo Credit: Ashley Young, HC WVWC Founder
"Buckhannon is a very rural, sleepy town. There's not usually a lot going on."
Photo Credit: Justin Frye, WVWC Class of '13
"There aren't many nightlife options in the area. There's a bar close to campus called The Bobcat, but it's kinda overrated."
"It's pretty hard to get places if you don't have a car, but there are some restaurants on main street within walking distance. We just got a Buffalo Wild Wings and a Taco Bell!"
"Buckhannon is centered around the college, so the town is pretty friendly. They give student discounts too, which is awesome!"
"Students will often have internships with local businesses or companies in the surrounding area, but with limited options, many opt for a summer opportunity. Our Her Campus chapter founder is working at Seventeen Magazine in NYC right now!"
"There is nothing to do in Buckhannon, so you usually have to drive 45 minutes to Clarksburg to do something fun."
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