Roberts Wesleyan College
|Motto||Education for Character |
|Affiliation||Free Methodist Church|
|President||Dr. Deana L. Porterfield|
|Dean||Dr. Scott Caton, Dr. Cheryl Crotser, Dr. Julie Grimm, Dr. Steven Bovee and Dr. David Skiff|
|Location||Rochester, NY, USA|
|Athletics||Division II - NCAA – ECC|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Women's Volleyball and Bowling|
|Mascot||Reggie the Redhawk|
Roberts Wesleyan College is a Christ-centered liberal arts college offering liberal arts and professional programs located in Rochester, New York. The college celebrated 150 years in 2016 (1866-2016).
It is the first educational institution established for Free Methodists in North America. Roberts is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, is a member of the Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York, the Rochester Area Colleges, the Association of Free Methodist Educational Institutions, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
Northeastern Seminary (NES) is a graduate school of theology located on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College. Northeastern has been fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada since 2003. It is also accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New York State Board of Regents University of the State of New York.
Roberts Wesleyan College was originally established as Chili Seminary by Benjamin Titus Roberts in 1866. Roberts was a social activist who opposed slavery and oppression of the poor, and was a supporter of women's right to vote. He began the school to train young people to become servant leaders with high moral character.
In 1885, its name changed to Chesbrough Seminary in response to the $30,000 gift of benefactor A.M. Chesbrough. In 1945, it was renamed Roberts Junior College in honor of B.T. Roberts, the founder of both the college and the Free Methodist Church. Four years later, it was renamed as Roberts Wesleyan College to indicate the transition to a four-year baccalaureate institution and to root itself clearly within the Wesleyan theological tradition.
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Roberts Wesleyan offers 87 undergraduate, graduate and adult degree-completion programs. The College also has a doctoral program in Clinical & School Psychology. The undergraduate programs include: Art, Business, Biological and Chemical Sciences, Communication, Mathematics and Computing, Criminal Justice, Engineering and Physics, History, Interdisciplinary, Language and Literature, Music and Performing Arts, Nursing, Pre-Health, Psychology, Religion and Philosophy, Social Work, and Teacher Education. New programs (launched 2015-16) include: English to Speakers of Other Languages, PsyD, Health Administration (online), Sports Management & Marketing, Social Work degree completion at TTI, Exercise Science and Media. At Roberts, the student to faculty ratio is 11:1.
At Northeastern Seminary, students can complete a Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry degree, and several certificate programs.
Roberts has 19 NCAA DII teams. The College is a dual member of two national athletics associations: the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). The Redhawks are currently competing as members of the East Coast Conference (ECC); they formerly competed as members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the American Mideast Conference. Roberts offers the following varsity sports: Basketball (men and women), Cross-country (men and women), Golf (men), Lacrosse (men and women), Soccer (men and women), Tennis (men and women), indoor track and field (men and women), swimming (men and women) and women’s volleyball and bowling.
In July 2011, the college was accepted into the NCAA Division II reclassification process from the NAIA to NCAA. Roberts became a full member of NCAA Division II for the 2014-15 academic year. Roberts Wesleyan College is the first NCAA Division II school in the Greater Rochester Region.
- Kirk Wagar (1990), United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore
- John Walsh (1990), President of the Conservative Party of Canada
- Jennifer Suhr (2004), Pole Vaulter, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2013 Women's Pole Vault Champion - USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, holder of the indoor women's pole vault world record, American women's pole vault record, holder of 15 National Titles.
- Dr. Paul Shewan (1982), Professor of Instrumental Music at Roberts Wesleyan College and conducts the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. Member of Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, 4th trumpet and guest conductor since 2004.
- Timothy D. Bellavia (1992), Children's Author / Illustrator & Professor, Touro College
- Richard Goddard, Goalkeeper, Vancouver Whitecaps
- Juan Pablo Galavis (2001), Former professional soccer player and contestant on The Bachelor
- Sharon Sweet (1974), Opera Singer, Metropolitan Opera Company & Vocal Professor, Westminster Choir College.
- Daniel Bennett (2002), Award winning Manhattan-based jazz bandleader and composer
- Eileen Button (1989), Writer and columnist
- As of June 30, 2016. "US News and World Report - Higher Education". US News and World Report. 2016. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
- NAICU – Member Directory
- Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York
- Council of Independent Colleges
- CCCU Member Detail
- ATS Member School Profile
- MSACHE Member School Profile
- Northeastern Seminary
- Bradley, Steve (July 13, 2011). "Roberts Wesleyan moving up to Division II athletics". Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
- Roberts Wesleyan College Official Website
- Roberts Wesleyan Redhawks Official Athletics Website
- Northeastern Seminary