West Virginia Wesleyan College has been selected again as a first tier college in the South in the latest U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The United Methodist-related school was listed as the 17th best regional college.
In addition, Wesleyan was the only school in West Virginia to be included in the Great Schools at Great Prices category. Wesleyan was ranked seventh in the South in the category that includes academic quality and cost of attendance after financial aid. More than 90 percent of Wesleyan students receive scholarships and/or grants, and the school's average net cost of attendance for 2011-2012 was $17,584. This is the second consecutive year that the private residential school has been honored by US News & World Report.
Wesleyan, which enrolls more PROMISE Scholars than any private school in the state, was honored earlier this summer by the Washington Monthly College Guide and by The Princeton Review. The Washington Monthly ranked Wesleyan as the 12th best Baccalaureate College in 2012 and The Princeton Review named Wesleyan in its "Best in the Southeast" in the 2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region.
"We are delighted to be included in the Great Schools at Great Prices category and as a first tier college in the South," said Wesleyan President Dr. Pamela Balch. "Wesleyan has a long tradition of academic excellence that is affordable to families from West Virginia and surrounding states. We have an outstanding teaching faculty and dedicated staff. The US News & World Report recognition and the recent accolades we have received from other publications validates our history of offering a high-challenge high support academic atmosphere."
West Virginia Wesleyan offers 46 majors along with graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, education, English writing and nursing. Wesleyan also offers the only Leadership Certificate program in the state.
During the past six years, 11 Wesleyan students have been named Fulbright Scholars, while four others have won international scholarships through the U.S. Department of State.