|Motto||Scientia et pietas (Latin); First for Women|
Motto in English
|Knowledge and devotion|
|Type||Private women's college|
|Established||Chartered 1836, opened 1839|
|President||Dr. Vivia L. Fowler|
|Location||Macon, Georgia, U.S.|
|Colors||Deep purple and lavender|
|Nickname||Wolves (formerly Pioneers)|
Wesleyan College Historic District
|Location||4760 Forsyth Rd., Macon, Georgia|
|Area||200 acres (80.9 ha)|
|Architect||Walker & Weeks; et al.|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival|
|NRHP reference #||04000242|
|Added to NRHP||April 2, 2004|
Wesleyan College is a private, liberal arts women's college located in Macon, Georgia, United States. The Wesleyan College Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 2, 2004. It is the oldest member of the elite colleges known as the Seven Sisters of the South.
The school was chartered on December 23, 1836, as the Georgia Female College; it opened its doors to students on January 7, 1839. The school was renamed as Wesleyan Female College in 1843, when its affiliation changed from the Methodist-Episcopal Church to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The college shortened its name in 1917 to the present Wesleyan College.
Wesleyan has the world's oldest alumnae association, begun in 1859. Wesleyan College is the birthplace of the first sororities in the United States: the Adelphean Society in 1851, now known as Alpha Delta Pi, and the Philomathean Society in 1852, now known as Phi Mu. The two sororities together are referred to as the "Macon Magnolias". In 1914, the school disbanded sororities. It has since used a four-class system used to assign all students with a class name.
Incoming first years are assigned a class based on the outgoing seniors of the previous school year. The classes are the Green Knights, the Purple Knights, the Red Pirates, and the Golden Hearts. Further, each of these classes is paired with another: the Green Knights and Purple Knights are sister classes, and the Golden Hearts and Red Pirates are sister classes. The incoming first-year class of 2017 will be the Red Pirates.
Wesleyan College has an undergraduate student population of around 700. It has a student-faculty ratio of 8:1 and an average class size of 21 students. Students from more than 20 states and over 20 countries around the world attend the school each year. Wesleyan offers 30 majors, 33 minors, and pre-professional programs for its students. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Wesleyan College has a 200-acre (800,000 m²) campus dotted with revivalist Georgian style brick buildings. The campus features a 6.3 acre (25,000 m²) lake, Foster Lake, the Nancy Ellis Knox Equestrian Center, Porter Gymnasium, Anderson Cabin, Pierce Chapel, and Matthews Athletic Complex. It also has five academic buildings, Tate Hall, Taylor Hall, Murphey Art Building, Porter Fine Arts Building, and the Munroe Science Center. The campus also has six residential halls: Banks Hall, Wortham Hall, Persons Hall, Jones Hall, Hightower Hall, and Corn North and South.
There are four major student boards: CRU (Council on Religious Unity), CJA (Council on Judicial Affairs), CAB (Campus Activities Board), SRC (Student Recreation Council), which are represented as a part of SGA (Student Government Association). Wesleyan boasts the Nu Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity. It also has over 25 special interest clubs, academic honor societies including the Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Beta Beta and Omicron Delta Epsilon; musical groups, art clubs, service organizations, religious groups, and departmental leadership groups.
There are several popular events of the International Cherry Blossom Festival every springtime, such as the annual hot air balloon launch. Porter Auditorium was once the home of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and it still hosts many musical and theatrical events and competitions.
Wesleyan's athletes were Pioneers until becoming Wolves in fall 2013. They play in the NCAA Division III. The Wolves have 6 varsity sports: basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball, and the IHSA equestrian team. Wesleyan competes in the USA South Athletic Conference of NCAA Division III.
The school colors are deep purple and lavender.
- Catherine Brewer Benson, first woman to earn a college degree at Wesleyan (1840)
- Kathryn Stripling Byer, poet and teacher; 2001 North Carolina Award in Literature and North Carolina Poet Laureate, 2005–09
- Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald, founder of the first woman's secret society established at a women's college.
- Toni Jennings, Lieutenant Governor of Florida
- Neva Jane Langley, Miss America (1953)
- Ellamae Ellis League, architect from Macon, first woman FAIA from Georgia
- Sara Branham Matthews, microbiologist
- Phaedra Parks, Entertainment attorney and star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta
- Hazel Jane Raines, first woman in Georgia to receive a pilot's license (1936)
- The Soong sisters, significant political figures in early 20th Century Chinese history
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- not associated with the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania
- "America's Best College Buys". Forbes. 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
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