Wesley College (Delaware)

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Wesley College
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Former names
Wilmington Conference Academy
Wesley Collegiate Institute
Motto Great Things Await
Type Private liberal arts college
Established 1873
Affiliation United Methodist Church
President Robert E. Clark
Students 2,320
Location Dover, Delaware, United States
Campus Small city
50 acres
Athletics NCAA Division III
Capital Athletic Conference
Colors Blue and white
Nickname Wolverines
Website wesley.edu

Wesley College is an American private, co-educational, liberal arts college, located in Dover, the capital of Delaware.


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.[1]


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, science, media arts, music, philosophy and religion, political science and psychology. Majors offered in the professional studies include degrees in nursing, education, physical therapy, accounting and business administration.


As of 2016, the institution had approximately 1,600 students.[2] 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.

Approximately 51 percent of the student body are female.[3] 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 track & field, and women's volleyball.

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