College Welcomes Largest New Student Class in a Decade

Monday, August 19th, 2013

The fountain was ready during Orientation to welcome the largest class in 10 years!

West Virginia Wesleyan College was abuzz this past weekend as the College welcomed its largest incoming class in ten years.  A total of 517 students and their families joined the campus community in its Orientation festivities Saturday and Sunday on the Buckhannon, WV campus.

President Balch welcomes new students to her home during the President's Luncheon during Orientation.

Joining the ranks of the College’s student body to encompass the highest total campus enrollment in five years, the incoming class stems from the second largest applicant pool in the school’s history and boasts some strong credentials.  The class’s average GPA is a 3.46 with an average ACT score of 22 and an average three-part SAT score of 1490.  This class comes from 26 states and 11 countries, yields a 19% diversity rate, and has 150 WV PROMISE Scholars.

“The weekend was excellent as we welcomed our largest class in over 10 years,” stated Director of Admission John Waltz.  “I am so thankful for the work of our Admission staff, as well as all of the faculty, staff, and current students who came together to show the new class why this is such a special place.  From lunch at the President’s home to members of the Wesleyan Greek community, Residence Life staff, student organizations, and community helping move in their boxes and furniture, it truly affirms what a caring and supportive environment we have at this place.”

Classes began today for both new and returning students, and the buzz around campus is unavoidable.

A new student checks out the amenities at the Buckhannon Fitness Center at the Bobcat Fair during Orientation.

“This is an exciting period for the College as evident in recent campus facilities construction and improvements, unprecedented student achievements, and interest in the College,” commented Bernie Valento, vice president for enrollment management.  “The College continues to be recognized for its high quality and affordability.”

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