Kentucky Wesleyan College
|Type||Private Liberal Arts College|
|United Methodist Church|
|President||Barton D. Darrell|
|More than 88 percent of faculty have a Ph.D. or terminal degree|
|Campus||Suburban; 55 acre (.22 km²) campus near the southern bypass|
|Colors||Purple and white|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II|
G-MAC, Independent (football)
|Sports||17 varsity teams|
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.
College presidents include:
1. Rev. Charles Taylor (1866–1870)
17. David C. Hull (1925–1928)
Kentucky Wesleyan offers 29 majors and 13 pre-professional programs  and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1. Academics are divided into four divisions: Fine Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Professional Studies, and Social Sciences.
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. Tuition for the online business degree is extremely competitive and affordable. Financial aid is available for all students who qualify.
Kentucky Wesleyan offers over 40 student organizations on campus. These range from campus ministry, student government, Greek life, academic, and other special interest clubs. Intramurals are offered on a seasonal basis.
Media and publications
- The Panogram — weekly student newspaper
- The Porphyrian — yearbook
- 90.3 WKWC — 5,000 watt FM radio station run by students and volunteers
Kentucky Wesleyan has three national fraternities, two national sororities and one local sorority.
The Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers compete in NCAA Division II and was a charter member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. KWC is currently a charter member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) joining in the 2013-14 season. The 2014 KWC football team currently competes as an Independent NCAA Division II team after leaving the Great Lakes Valley Conference, as an associate member, after the 2013 season.
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, bowling, 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.
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. 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.
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- Urban Valentine Williams Darlington - former bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South
- G. Lindsey Davis - bishop of the United Methodist Church
- Ray Harper - Former head men's basketball coach, current head coach at Jacksonville State University
- Bobby R. Himes - history professor at Campbellsville University and Republican official
- John Wesley Hughes - founder of Asbury University and Kingswood College
- Doug Moseley - former Kentucky state senator and retired United Methodist minister
- Paul A. Porter - former Federal Communications Commission chairman
- Stanley Forman Reed - former justice of the United States Supreme Court
- Jody Richards - former Speaker of the House, Kentucky House of Representatives
- Roy Hunter Short - former Bishop of The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church
- A. J. Smith - Executive Vice President and General Manager of the San Diego Chargers
- Benjamin T. Spencer
- Edward Lewis Tullis - former bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and the United Methodist Church
- Cory Wade - pitcher for the New York Yankees
- Russell Montfort - former minister at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee and former pastor (1977-1980) of the American Protestant Church in Bonn, Germany during the Cold War
- Mark Patton - CFO Colony Hardware
- Keelan Cole - current wide receiver for Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2014-04-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- President Darrell
- As of fall 2016. "Student headcount by level: All independent institutions (2006-16)" (PDF). Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
- Presidents of the College
- "About Wesleyan". Retrieved 3 November 2017.
- "KWC Common Data Set 2013-2014" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
- "KWC Academic Divisions". Retrieved 11 April 2014.
- "KWC Online". Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
- "KWC Online Financial Aid". Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
- "KWC Campus Clubs, Organizations, & Societies". Retrieved 11 April 2014.
- Greek life at KWC
- Athletic teams
- Men's basketball NCAA Div. II Championships