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Founded in 1873 to provide a value-centered education to students of all races and faith. The original Wilmington Conference Academy became Wesley College institute in 1918 and Wesley College conferred its first four-year degrees in 1978. Graduate programs were added in the 1990s. The institution is Delaware’s oldest private college.

  • Wesley is fully-accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and operates as an independent liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Several majors are accredited through field-specific accreditation commissions. The College was named for John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.
  • Located in the historic district of Delaware’s capital city.
  • The 50-acre main campus features a library, 20 buildings and recreational facilities. Several other support facilities are located within a walking distance of campus including a public library, the state archives and museum, and the legislative plaza. The College operates an off-campus center at the Dover Air Force Base.
  • More than 30 areas of study in arts and sciences, business, health sciences, education, and fine arts.
  • Wesley is a partner in the Schwartz Center for the Arts, located in downtown Dover, allowing the College to provide cultural programs for our students and the local community.
  • Approximately 1,150 students on the Dover campus attend the College each year from 21 states and 6 countries.
  • Over 4,000 undergraduate applications received annually. The Office of Admissions considers a variety of criteria, including high school GPA, SAT/ACT scores, extracurricular involvement, among others.
  • The student to faculty ratio is 15 to 1; 75 percent of full-time faculty hold appropriate terminal degrees.
  • As a member of ISEP, the International Student Exchange Program, Wesley College offers its students opportunities to study abroad at more than 300 institutions in over 50 countries. As a partner of Education First or EF, Wesley offers students the ability to learn 7 different languages in 8 different countries. In addition to ISEP and EF, students can participate in Wesley courses that have an additional travel component to the course.
  • The Robert H. Parker Library is a three-story 30,000 square foot building that houses more than 50,000 books. The students also have access to more than 2.6 million books, articles, journal thru the library’s database subscriptions and the Delaware library catalog.
  • Over sixty percent of full-time students live in a variety of College housing. There are six residence halls on campus. Zimmerman Hall offers apartment-style living for upperclassmen, Malmberg has suite style living, Carpenter and Roe Halls offer traditional housing, and Gooding and Williams Halls provide housing for first-year students. The Honors House is uniquely positioned on campus and offers a quality housing experience for students that maintain a certain GPA and are approved by the Director of the Honors Program. First-year students can room in Carpenter and Roe Hall features an Honors wing.
  • Athletic teams are nicknamed the Wolverines and compete as an NCAA Division III institution in 18 intercollegiate sports. All sports compete in the Atlantic East Conference, except Football (which competes in the NJAC).
  • Students participate in a variety of 40 co-curricular organizations including Student Government, Student Activities Board, Greek Life, intramurals and recreation, academic clubs, special interest groups and community service groups.
  • Internships, cooperative education, undergraduate research programs, and professional practicums are an integral part of many academic programs and encouraged in others.
  • Various volunteer opportunities are available in the community and through unique, campus based service programs, including charter school and other programs located within our campus community.
  • Nearly $42 million in financial aid and scholarships are awarded annually.
  • Ninety-eight percent of full-time students receive financial aid comprised of scholarships, institutional grants, federal and state grants, student loans, work-study, and on-campus employment.