Wesleyan College

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Wesleyan College
Motto Scientia et pietas (Latin); First for Women
Motto in English
Knowledge and devotion
Type Private women's college
Established Chartered 1836, opened 1839
Endowment $42,142,858
President Dr. Vivia L. Fowler
Academic staff
Undergraduates 550 (full-time)
Postgraduates 95 (coed)
Location Macon, Georgia, U.S.
Campus Suburban
Colors Deep purple and lavender
Nickname Wolves (formerly Pioneers)
Website wesleyancollege.edu
Wesleyan College Historic District
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Wesleyan College is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Wesleyan College
Wesleyan College is located in the US
Wesleyan College
Location 4760 Forsyth Rd., Macon, Georgia
Area 200 acres (80.9 ha)
Built 1928
Architect Walker & Weeks; et al.
Architectural style Colonial Revival
NRHP reference # 04000242[1]
Added to NRHP April 2, 2004

Coordinates: 32°52′29″N 83°42′45″W / 32.8745862°N 83.7124689°W / 32.8745862; -83.7124689

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.[citation needed] 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[2] 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 was named among the "Best 361 Colleges" in 2007, 2008, and 2009 by Princeton Review.[citation needed] In 2009, Forbes ranked Wesleyan #15 on its list of best college buys.[3]


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.

Student life[edit]

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.[4]

Notable alumnae[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ not associated with the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania
  3. ^ "America's Best College Buys". Forbes. 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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