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This article is about Wesley College in Delaware, USA. See Wesley College (disambiguation) for articles on other institutions named "Wesley College".
Wesley College
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Motto Delaware's Oldest Private College
Established 1873
Type Private liberal arts college
President William N. Johnston
Students 2,320
Location Dover, DE, US United States
Campus Small city
50 acres
Athletics NCAA Division III Capital Athletic Conference
Colors Blue and white
Mascot Wolverines

Wesley College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Dover, the capital of Delaware.



Wesley College was founded in 1873 as a preparatory school called Wilmington Conference Academy. It became a 2-year college in 1918 and was thus renamed the Wesley Collegiate Institute. The College conferred its first 4-year degrees in 1978. Its first Master's degree programs were added in the 1990s. Named for John Wesley, the founder of the Protestant Christian faith of Methodism, Wesley College maintains a covenant relationship with the United Methodist Church.

Today, Wesley College offers 30 bachelor degree programs and four associate degree programs, along with master's degrees in nursing, education, business administration and environmental science.


Although Wesley College has offered master's degree programs since the 1990s, the majority of the student body still consists of undergraduates. Many of those pursue a liberal arts program of study. Majors offered in the liberal arts include American studies, English, history, international studies, liberal studies, mathematics, media arts, music, political science,and psychology.[1]


Wesley College and its athletic facilities are located on a 50-acre (200,000 m2) campus in Dover, Delaware. Dover is the state capital. Delaware was the nation's first state. The city has roughly 36,000 residents and was founded in 1683 by William Penn. The campus of Wesley College is situated in Dover's historic district, which is a residential community with stores and banks in easy walking distance. Dover is home to many historic sites, the Delaware State Library, the Delaware State Museum, and the Delaware State Archives, which are located close to campus and are open to the public. Dover is also home to the Schwartz Center for the Arts and the Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art.


Wesley had about 2,500 students as of 2009.[2] Full-time students make up 85.7 percent of the student population, and non-traditional adult students aged 25 or over comprise 27 percent. Wesley College has a second campus in New Castle, Delaware, designed to provide higher education for working adults.

Whereas 71 percent of undergraduate students at Wesley College are white, 23 percent are African-American. About 57 percent are female. For the entering class in fall 2007, 67.5 percent of applicants were admitted and 27.2 percent of those actually enrolled.


Wesley College competes in NCAA Division III athletics in the Capital Athletic Conference. Wesley's teams are known as the Wolverines.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ From 1991 to 1994 Wesley College was a training site for the United States Army Reserve's Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3), a component of the Army's Command and General Staff College.
  2. ^ About Wesley

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