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World-Class Women’s Liberal Arts Education at Wesleyan

Wesleyan College appears in our ranking of the 30 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the South..

Ranked Kiplinger’s 245th best value nationally, Wesleyan College is a private, nonprofit AAUW member in Macon that delivers 23 bachelor’s and three master’s degrees, including three fully online, plus the Dual Enrollment Program for Georgia high schoolers at an 8:1 student-teacher ratio. For example, the B.S. in Nursing follows a 120-credit, CCNE-accredited generalist path with Munroe Simulation Lab practice, Sigma Theta Tau membership, and internships like Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital for 87 percent first-time RN exam success. Directed by Dr. James Ferrari, the 120-credit B.A. in Environmental Studies offers opportunities to conduct Patuxent Wildlife Research Center projects, preserve the 104-acre College Arboretum, study abroad in Freiburg, and serve with Habitat for Humanity.

Online on Wesnet, the B.S. in Accounting accelerates its 120-credit, four-year curriculum via eight-week courses like Business Information Systems for initial CPA preparation with 97 percent job placement at Ernst & Young, Deloitte, McNair McLemore Middlebrooks, Mauldin & Jenkins, and others. Chaired by Dr. Virginia Wilcox, the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education has a 36-credit, GPSC-aligned hybrid plan focused on play-based learning that immerses PreK-3 teachers in two-week summer Macon intensives, Ron Clark Academy trips, and Bibb County School District practicum. Other Wesleyan degrees include the B.F.A. in Art, B.A. in Advertising, B.A. in Neuroscience, B.A. in Spanish, B.A. in Women’s Studies, B.A. in Music, Executive M.B.A., and M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

About Wesleyan College

Wesleyan College originated on December 23, 1836, when the Legislature chartered the Georgia Female College as the world’s first degree-granting institution for women. In January 1839, the Methodist Episcopal Church enrolled the inaugural class of 168 bachelor’s students. In 1843, the name was changed to Wesleyan Female College to signify its Christian values. In 1851, Wesleyan students founded one of the earliest sororities called Alpha Delta Pi. In 1897, Wesleyan became a Young Woman’s Christian Association (YWCA) Chapter. Shortened to Wesleyan College in 1917, it earned initial regional accreditation two years later. In 1953, Wesleyan student Neva Jane Langley was crowned Miss America. By 1968, Wesleyan had established its three-story Lucy Lester Willett Memorial Library. In 2004, Wesleyan was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In Fall 2007, Wesleyan invested $12.5 million in building the Munroe Science Center.

Endowed for $60.0 million, Wesleyan College now employs 52 full-time faculty teaching 605 female undergrad and 95 coed post-grad Wolves from 20 nations online or on the 200-acre, Georgian-style Macon campus along Foster Lake with 30+ clubs like Disability Awareness. In 2017, Wesleyan received the GACE Jack Mangham Experiential Learning Award. In 2018, Wesleyan won the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Excellence in Rehabilitation Award. Wesleyan College accepted the 2000 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Award for Campus-Community Collaboration too. The U.S. News & World Report named Wesleyan College the 145th best liberal arts school with the 96th best social mobility. On Forbes, Wesleyan boasts America’s 329th top private education and 163rd best liberal arts degrees. College Factual positioned Wesleyan 211th for public relations, 165th for applied math, and 225th for religion majors. Money magazine declared Wesleyan College the 268th best investment for a median $68,500 pay.

Wesleyan College Accreditation Details

On December 8, 2015, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees voted favorably to reaffirm the Level III accreditation status at Wesleyan College through the next 2024-25 evaluation under President Vivia Fowler, PhD., who earned Columbia’s James Milton Ariail Society Medallion Award. Located 83 miles up Interstate 75 in Decatur, this superb 11-state Southeast Region accreditor is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC). Further, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) has accredited Wesleyan since September 1, 1937. The Division of Nursing is approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 2021 too.

Wesleyan College Application Requirements

Getting into Wesleyan College is classified as “moderately difficult” by Peterson’s because only 426 of the 890 Fall 2018 applicants were triumphant for 48 percent acceptance. First-year, degree-seeking Wolves must exhibit academic promise during diploma or GED completion. Rigorous advanced courses with AP/IB scores of 4 or higher are transferrable. BSN cohorts need at least “C” grades in math, science, and psychology prerequisites. The Dual Enrollment Program only admits Georgia high school juniors and seniors with minimum 2.75 unweighted GPAs. The Class of 2022 presented a mean GPA of 3.28. The middle 50th percentile had SAT scores of 970-1170. Mid-range admitted ACT composite scores were 19-26. Unconditional admission requires transfers to hold 12+ semester credits and 2.5 or higher GPAs. Non-native English speakers should achieve at least 213 cBT, 550 pBT, or 80 iBT TOEFL scores. Graduate programs mandate a four-year bachelor’s GPA above 3.0. The Executive M.B.A. prefers five or more years of experience. Hybrid M.Ed. students need valid, current K-12 teaching credentials.

Wesleyan College has a November 15th Early Decision deadline for freshmen. Undergrads can apply until April 1st for Fall or November 1st for Spring enrollment. The BSN Program is one exception closing on February 1st. Required tuition deposits of $200 are only refundable until May 1st. The Graduate School has rolling admission until one month before class starts. Accordingly, complete the Wesleyan Application online with $30 by credit card or e-check. Send official transcripts to 4760 Forsyth Road in Macon, GA 31210. Forward testing results through SAT/TOEFL code 5895 or ACT code 0876. Attach supplemental documents, such as the school counselor recommendation, teacher evaluation, AP/IB credit, international certificate of finances, valid passport, and resume. Contact (800) 447-6610 or admissions@wesleyancollege.edu with questions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2019-20, Wesleyan College is billing full-time day undergrads $11,995 each semester or $23,990 annually. Institutional fees cost $600 by term or $1,200 yearly. Traditional part-time study incurs $610 per credit. Living at the Macon campus’ dorms like Wortham Residence Hall adds $10,365 for room and board. Wesleyan budgets $2,000 for textbook and supply expenses. Annual undergrad attendance equals about $34,859 on-site or $24,999 if commuting. The Dual Enrollment Program is priced at $250 per credit. Online bachelor’s degrees charge $448 per credit. M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education cohorts pay the flat-rate $15,000 tuition. The M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology costs $650 per credit. The Executive M.B.A. has an 18-month tuition total of $39,500.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Financial Aid Office at the Stewart M. Reid House helps 100 percent of new full-time Wesleyan Wolves enroll with tuition assistance averaging $20,142 each for $1.45 million combined. Institutional funds include the Roberto Goizueta Foundation Scholarship, Ministerial Scholarship, Music Performance Scholarship, Legacy Scholarship, Wesleyan Methodist Youth Leadership Scholarship, Hall County Scholarship, Margaret Pitts Scholarship, Peyton Anderson Scholarship, Lovick & Elizabeth Corn Scholarship, Mary Knox McNeill Scholarship, and Munroe Scholarship. The Findlay Scholars Program covers full tuition for first-year humanities majors meeting the 1050 SAT or 23 ACT score minimum. The full-tuition Lane Scholars Program assists talented Bachelor of Fine Arts students with GPAs above 3.0. Federal resources, such as the Pell Grant or Unsubsidized Direct Loan, require FAFSA applications coded 001600 preferably by March 15th. Georgians could also claim the Hope Grant, Zell Miller Scholarship, Horatio Alger Scholarship, Public Safety Memorial Grant, Tuition Equalization Grant, Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship, and more.

Explore the Academic Resource Center for 25+ top-ranked, female-focused liberal arts programs placed 108th overall by Washington Monthly at the Wesleyan College website.