Wesley College (Delaware)
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- This article is about Wesley College in the U.S. state of Delaware. See Wesley College (disambiguation) for articles on other institutions named "Wesley College".
|Motto||Great Things Await|
|Type||Private liberal arts college|
|Religious affiliation||United Methodist Church|
|President||William N. Johnston|
|Location||Dover, Delaware, United States|
|Former names||Wilmington Conference Academy
Wesley Collegiate Institute
|Athletics||NCAA Division III
Capital Athletic Conference
|Colors||Blue and white|
The institution was founded in 1873 as a preparatory school called Wilmington Conference Academy. It became a two-year college in 1918, and was renamed the Wesley Collegiate Institute. The institution conferred its first four-year degrees in 1978.
Many of its students 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. Majors offered in the professional studies include degrees in nursing, education, physical therapy, accounting and business administration.
As of 2009[update], the institution had approximately 2,500 students. Full-time students made up 85.7 percent of the student population, and non-traditional, adult students (aged 25 or over) comprised 14.3 percent. The institution has a second campus in New Castle, Delaware, designed to provide higher education for working adults.
Approximately 51 percent of the student body are female. For the freshman class entering in fall 2007, 67.5 percent of applicants were admitted and 27.2 percent of those actually enrolled.
The institution competes in National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III athletics in the Capital Athletic Conference. Its teams are known as the Wolverines. Among the varsity sports offered are baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track & field, and women's volleyball.
- William N. Andrews (1898) – lawyer and Republican Party politician, including serving as U.S. Representative for Maryland's 1st congressional district (1919–1921)
- Wayne Gilchrest (A.A., 1971) – Republican Party politician, including serving as U.S. Representative for Maryland's 1st congressional district (1991–2009)
- Charles M. Oberly, III (A.A., 1966) – lawyer and Democratic Party politician, including serving as Delaware Attorney General (1983–1995); U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware (since 2010)
- Eunan O'Neill (1982) – journalist, including for Russia Today
- Colin R.J. Bonini (1991) – Republican Party politician, including serving as a member of the Delaware Senate from the 16th district (since 1995)
- Rocky Myers (2005) – football player; awarded Gagliardi Trophy, all-American football player and National Football Foundation scholarship
- Bryan Robinson – professional football player; awarded all-American football player
- Carolyn Bunny Welsh – Republican Party politician, including serving as sheriff of Chester County, Pennsylvania
- Naeem Taj (1989) – IT Director
- "About Wesley". Wesley College.
- William N. Andrews
- Carolyn Bunny Welsh