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New School Year Brings Over 400 New and Transfer Students to Buckhannon

Aug 15, 2017

More than 400 new and transfer students are set to arrive on West Virginia Wesleyan College’s campus on Saturday, August 19 for orientation activities.

Students will arrive on campus August 19 for check-in beginning at 8 a.m. for Orientation. The College will also be hosting its BOOT Camp (Bobcat Outdoor Orientation Trip) activities at Seneca Rocks.  This is the sixth year for the Bobcat Orientation Outdoor Trip.  The trip runs from August 15 to August 17 and includes opportunities for rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, caving, cave floating/swimming, and team building exercises.

During Orientation, students will move in to their new residence halls and participate in numerous campus activities, including the Bobcat Street Fair, which includes over 30 businesses from the Buckhannon area to welcome Wesleyan students to town.  President Joel Thierstein will welcome students and their families at a picnic lunch on the Agnes Howard Lawn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The afternoon brings many more activities for students and parents.  Line-up for the New Student Walk will begin at 3 p.m. in front of the Administration Building, and new students will process to opening convocation, which begins at 3 p.m. in Wesley Chapel.  Following the service, families are welcome to join their students for a final campus picnic from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Campus Center Plaza before saying their farewells.

“We are so excited to welcome over 400 new undergraduate students for Orientation 2017,” stated John Waltz ’01, vice president for enrollment management.  “This class hails from 21 states and nine countries and has talents in the arts, athletics, service and leadership, and in many other areas.  They come eager to learn with tremendous academic preparedness.   Fifty-eight percent of the class has a 3.5GPA or higher, and over half of our West Virginia students are Promise Scholars.  I am thankful for the work of the enrollment team and campus community in welcoming this incredible group of students.”

Classes begin Monday, August 21.

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