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Wesleyan celebrates growth, range of successes

April 30, 2012

With enrollment numbers increasing, West Virginia Wesleyan College continues to be a top choice for affordable higher education.

The combination of more academic programs, new facilities and exciting campus-life opportunities for students has enabled Wesleyan to have yet another banner year.

"We are very proud to be a part of Upshur County and the entire region, and our progress within the past year is something we hope everyone will celebrate," said Wesleyan President Pamela Balch. "There has been much success; but we do not plan to slow and are looking forward to an even better future for our students, alumni, faculty and staff and residents of the area we call home."

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West Virginia Wesleyan College recently installed a water fountain, shown here, in front of the Wesley Chapel in the new green space at the college’s entrance in Buckhannon.

Students with stellar academic records or standardized testing scores are eligible to receive up to $16,000 each year toward education at Wesleyan. Also, students may apply for Wesleyan's nearly 600 endowed scholarships, such as the Culpepper History Scholarship and United Methodist Church Partnership, which offset the costs of a four-year degree.

This year, Upshur County businesses made generous contributions to Wesleyan to support the scholarships that enable students to achieve success at the college and give back to the local community. Wesleyan athletics play an integral part of enrollment and afford students opportunities to receive scholarships or walk on to a team.

Other than academic work, Wesleyan students are active volunteers, practicing good citizenship within local, national and global communities. Keeping with the college's mission to engage in these practices, students have the opportunity to become Wesleyan Service Scholars and participate in alternative spring break trips, which focus on service to communities and individuals in need.

This fall, Wesleyan experienced a 10 percent increase in enrollment. Those who chose Wesleyan are among the top students of their high school class. Among private higher education institutions, Wesleyan is home to the most West Virginia PROMISE Scholars.

Also, within the last five years, Wesleyan has been honored to see its students awarded prestigious, competitive scholarships. The scholarships include nine Fulbright Scholarship winners, three NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship winners, a Mitchell Scholar, a Gilman Scholar, two Alpha Lambda Delta national scholarship winners and a Clinton Global Initiative participant.

It is easy to understand why Wesleyan continues to be recognized as one of U.S. News & World Reports' Best Colleges. This year, Wesleyan was ranked in the top tier of "Best Regional Colleges in the South," and second in the south in the category of "Great Schools, Great Prices."

Balch attributes the high ranking in "Great Schools, Great Prices" to The Wesleyan Fund, which helps support the current scholarship program, and the many alumni and friends who make generous contributions to the college.

To build upon the enrollment success and accolades, Wesleyan recently announced its new major, digital photography. The courses will enable students to pursue photographic image-making, which include topics about digital and darkroom processes, video and motion production, studio and location lighting, photographic history and professional practices.

In addition to the digital photography major, this fall Wesleyan began offering a master's degree in science with a certificate in psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner or a certificate of endorsement in nurse-midwifery. This summer, officials from Wesleyan and Shenandoah University, located in Winchester, Va., signed a memorandum of agreement, which created a partnership that enables the two institutions to collaboratively offer new programs leading to Master of Science in nursing degrees.

To complete the new course offerings at Wesleyan within the last year, the college welcomed 12 students into its first Low Residency Master of Fine Arts classes, which began in July.

Finally, Wesleyan further enhanced its campus by giving students, faculty and staff and the community new facilities and improved aesthetics with five major construction projects: New Hall; David E. Reemsnyder Research Center; Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts; the Campus Green and fountain; and renovations in Fleming Hall.

Within the past year, the Wesleyan community has experienced many positive changes and witnessed goals come to fruition. While the college sees a growing, bright future, it will remain committed to the tradition of small classes, academic excellence, personal attention and a wide range of co-curricular programs.

To learn more about West Virginia Wesleyan College, anyone interested can contact the Admission Office at 304-473-8510 or 1-800-722-9933.



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