At first glance Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia may seem small with just about 700 students attending. But a closer look reveals a school devoted to academics, spirituality, and teaching women of today to succeed tomorrow. With over 35 majors this all-female liberal private arts college challenges women to pursue their interests.
Students at Wesleyan College follow four cornerstones in their education: Academics, Faith, Community and Values. Academically, administrators at Wesleyan College believe that it is important for students to excel in their studies while forming strong relationships with their fellow students and faculty. Faith is also an important aspect at Wesleyan College. Although Wesleyan has a close relationship with the United Methodist Church and is committed to its traditions, it respects those who do not follow their faith. Community plays a huge factor in a student’s life at Wesleyan; with a number of service projects within the community, Wesleyan College hopes that they can make their campus a fun, thriving environment for everyone that enters.
Finally, administrators at Wesleyan College puts a strong emphasis on values. Wesleyan College hopes to provide “a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning and growth.” Among the values they hope to instill on their students are: Academic excellence and critical thinking, personal honesty, civility, and integrity; Respect for diversity among people, religions, and cultures as a powerful force for understanding, innovation, and social justice; and Recognition of the impact of the individual and the strength of the team.
Wesleyan College initiated many ideas and traditions. In 1839, Wesleyan College gave a class of 11 bright and talented women baccalaureate degrees, becoming the first college to do so. Wesleyan College was also the first college to have sororities, and first to host a professorship in the United States in English Literature.
There have been numerous famous women that have attended Wesleyan College since it was established in 1836. Viola Ross Napier, class of 1901, was the first woman to argue a case before the Georgia Supreme Court while Antoinette “Toni” Jennings, class of 1971, was the first woman president of the Florida Senate in 1996.
With over 200 acres of beautiful land and a Historical campus listed in the National Register of Historic Places, students can explore their surroundings or relax in the Quad, which hosts numerous events throughout the year.
Students can choose between 5 resident halls or 2 apartment buildings equipped with a computer, visiting lounge, full kitchens, and internet access. During the day students can participate in numerous student activities and clubs such as Amnesty International, Math Club, and several religiously-affiliated clubs.
Although Wesleyan is considered the birthplace of sororities, there are no sororities on campus today. Instead each class is assigned a team name and mascot. Each team has its own cheers and dances. Much like sororities, these teams are created to foster close bonds and relationships among each other.
With academic and performing art based scholarships students have ample opportunities to fund their education. Costing just over $30,000 per year, many students rely on financial aid to get an education at Wesleyan. Although students receive an average financial aid package of $12,700 they can still expect to owe $20,000 upon graduation.