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Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College seal
Motto Latin: Ora et Labora
Motto in English "Pray and Work"
Established 1866
Type Private
Religious affiliation Free Methodist Church
President John A. Martin
Students 2,000
Location North Chili, NY, USA
Campus Suburban
Former names Chili Seminary
Colors Red, white, and black               
Nickname Raiders

Roberts Wesleyan College (RWC) is a Christian liberal arts college located in North Chili, New York. It is the first educational institution established for Free Methodists in North America. Roberts is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, is a member of the Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York,[1] the Rochester Area Colleges, the Association of Free Methodist Educational Institutions, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC),[2] and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).[3]

Northeastern Seminary (NES)[4] is a graduate school of theology located on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College. NES has been fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada since 2003.[5] It is also accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools [6] and the New York State Board of Regents University of the State of New York.[7]



Roberts Wesleyan College was originally established as Chili Seminary by Benjamin Titus Roberts in 1866. Roberts was a social activist who opposed slavery and oppression of the poor, and was a supporter of women's right to vote. He began the school to train young people to become servant leaders with high moral character.

In 1885, its name changed to Chesbrough Seminary in response to the $30,000 gift of benefactor A.M. Chesbrough. In 1945, it was renamed Roberts Junior College in honor of B.T. Roberts, the founder both the college and of the Free Methodist Church. Four years later, it was renamed as Roberts Wesleyan College in order to pay homage to John Wesley, the founder of Methodism and the Wesleyan Church.

In 1998, Roberts Wesleyan College established Northeastern Seminary[8] as its graduate school of theology.


Roberts offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Through Northeastern Seminary, students can complete a Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministy degree, and several certificate programs in Buffalo and Rochester.

The school has an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Student life

The majority of the college's students live in college-owned housing as required by the college for students coming from out of town. Men and women are in separate dorms.

Students are required to go to 22 of 40 chapel services every semester. If they do not attend they are charged $75 per semester. Roberts also requires that its students sign a statement saying that they will abstain from alcohol, tobacco, gambling, plagiarism and sexual immorality while enrolled at the College. If students are caught consuming alcohol there is a suspension period in which they are not allowed to attend class and suffer academically. There is no dress code.

Numerous student groups are active on campus as well as off. Some of these include: Acting on AIDS, At the Foot of the Cross, Beacon Newspaper, Campus Crusade for Christ, Chesbronian Yearbook, Dance Ministry, Drama Ministry, Gospel Choir, Habitat for Humanity, In Jesus' Name (Street Ministry), Intramural Athletics, mission trips, Student Association, SIFE, Thirsty Thursdays, and Worship Teams.



Roberts belongs to two national athletics associations: the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Roberts offers twelve varsity sports: basketball (men and women), soccer (men and women), track and field (men and women), cross-country (men and women), tennis (men and women), golf (men), and women’s volleyball.

Notable alumni

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