Wesleyan Gears Up for Orientation Activities

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

As West Virginia Wesleyan College gears up for another school year, students are set to arrive on campus Saturday, August 23 for Orientation activities.  The College will be welcoming its second largest class in ten years, a class that will help the College reach a total enrollment of over 1,500 students for the first time in just as long.

“It is truly an exciting time at the College, and fall enrollment is expected to surpass 1,500 students,” stated Bernie Valento, vice president for enrollment management.  “This enrollment growth can be attributed to another large incoming freshman class, an increasing number of graduate students, and improved retention rates that have contributed to student success.”

Students will arrive on campus August 23 for check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m. The College will also be hosting its BOOT Camp (Bobcat Outdoor Orientation Trip) activities at Seneca Rocks.  This is the third year for the Bobcat Orientation Outdoor Trip.  Thirty-five new students will be attending the trip, which runs from August 20 to August 22, that includes opportunities for them to participate in rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, and team building exercises.

“The BOOT Camp is a great opportunity for new students to meet other students and begin building relationships,” commented Leah Ripley, assistant director of admission and BOOT Camp coordinator.  “Many of the students that attend the pre-orientation BOOT Camp trip maintain their initial friendships throughout their time at West Virginia Wesleyan College.”

Director of Admission and Enrollment Marketing John Waltz attributes the success of this recruitment year to the hard work put in by not only by the Office of Admission, but also the entire College.

“I am so proud of the work of the Admissions team in bringing the second largest incoming class in ten years to the College and am lucky to be a small part of that effort,” Waltz said.  “The team’s creativity, teamwork, and drive is evident every day.   Recruitment and retention are truly campus-wide initiatives at WVWC, and the collaborative work of Financial Aid, Academic Services, Athletics, Community Service and Leadership Development, Performing Arts, all of our faculty and staff members and offices, and the administration and President Balch is critical in helping Wesleyan students find their voice.”

For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at (304) 473-8510 or (800) 722-9933.