Kentucky Wesleyan College

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Kentucky Wesleyan College
KWC Seal.png
Motto Find YourSelf
Established 1858
Type Private Liberal Arts College
Religious affiliation United Methodist Church
Endowment $23.2 million[1]
President Craig Turner
Academic staff More than 88 percent of faculty have a Ph.D. or terminal degree
Students 655 as of 2013
Location Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Campus 55 acre (.22 km²) campus near the southern bypass
Athletics 17 Division II NCAA teams
Colors Purple and white
Mascot Panthers

Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC) is a private Methodist college in Owensboro, a city on the Ohio River, in the U.S. state of Kentucky. KWC is east of Evansville, Indiana, north of Nashville, Tennessee, west of Louisville, Kentucky, and east of St. Louis, Missouri. Daviess County is home to 94,000 residents.

Kentucky Wesleyan College is known for its liberal arts programs. Fall 2013 enrollment was 655 students. [2]


Kentucky Wesleyan College was founded in 1858 by the Kentucky Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. It was originally located in Millersburg. Classes began in 1866 and the first commencement took place in 1868. At first, it was a training school for preachers but soon business and liberal arts classes were added to the curriculum. In 1890 the school was moved to Winchester and soon after women began to be admitted for the first time. In 1951, the school moved to its present location in Kentucky's fourth largest city, Owensboro.[3]


Kentucky Wesleyan offers 30 majors and 12 pre-professional programs [4] and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1.[5] Academics are divided into four divisions: Fine Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Professional Studies, and Social Sciences. [6]

Kentucky Wesleyan College also offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology, and a Bachelor of Science in General Studies completely Online.[7] Tuition for the online business degree is extremely competitive and affordable. Financial aid is available for all students who qualify.[8]

Student life[edit]

Kentucky Wesleyan offers over 40 student organizations on campus. These range from campus ministry, student government, Greek life, academic, and other special interest clubs.[9] Intramurals are offered on a seasonal basis.

Media and publications[edit]

  • The Panogram — weekly student newspaper
  • The Porphyrian — yearbook
  • 90.3 WKWC — 5,000 watt FM radio station run by students and volunteers

Greek life[edit]

Kentucky Wesleyan has three national fraternities and two national sororities.[10]




The Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers compete in NCAA Division II and are members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. KWC is a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) joining in the 2013-14 season. The Panthers previously competed as a full member in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), but now compete as an affiliate team in certain sports..[11]

Intercollegiate men's teams include: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, football, soccer, and implemented modern era indoor and outdoor track and field teams beginning in the 2012-2013 academic season. Women compete in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and also implemented modern era indoor and outdoor track and field teams in the 2012-2013 academic season.[12]

The men's basketball team advanced to the Division II championship game six consecutive years (1998–2003), winning in 1999 and 2001 under the direction of Ray Harper.[13] In addition to these successes, they won six other championships (1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1987, and 1990) and were runners-up in 1957. Overall, Kentucky Wesleyan has won eight NCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Championships, which is the most by any NCAA Division II School.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]


College presidents include:[14]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009."U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Common Data Set 2013-2014". Kentucky Wesleyan College. Kentucky Wesleyan College. 
  3. ^ History
  4. ^ Retrieved 11 April 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "KWC Common Data Set 2013-2014". Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "KWC Academic Divisions". Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "KWC Online". Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "KWC Online Financial Aid". Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "KWC Campus Clubs, Organizations, & Societies". Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Greek life at KWC
  11. ^ Panthers joining the Great Midwest Athletic Conference starting in the 2013-14 school year.
  12. ^ Athletic teams
  13. ^ a b Men's basketball NCAA Div. II Championships
  14. ^ Presidents of the College

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